First Year Experience
Attending college for the first time is a big step for everyone. From acceptance through your first weeks of classes, Kent State University at Stark provides several programs to ensure that your transition is a smooth one. Your first year of college should be an enjoyable experience filled with plenty of opportunities to get involved and meet new people. We want you to feel at home here at Kent State Stark.
Your First Year Experience at Kent State Stark
First Step - First Year Advising & Registration
Realizing that college is an exciting and challenging time for you and your family, we prepared a fall registration program focused on helping you make a smooth transition to your life as a college student. First Step is required of all recent high school graduates (within the last two years) and includes first semester course placement, meeting with an academic advisor and registering for fall classes. First Step students also receive their FLASHcard student ID. A Parent Forum is offered to parents/guardians who choose to attend First Step with their student.
FYE Summer Service Projects
First Year Experience offers multiple service projects during the summer to allow new students to get to know one another in a small group setting. During the service projects, students tackle projects together, build relationships with each other and Kent State staff all while giving back to the community. Many of the friendships made during these service projects will last throughout your college experience.
Smart Start Saturday - New Student Orientation
Smart Start Saturday serves as new student orientation for incoming students. Held the Saturday before classes start, students are invited to attend sessions on topics such as faculty expectations, money management while in college, staying healthy and balanced, time management, getting involved and effective study habits. Students are also given the opportunity to find their classrooms, receive their FLASHcard student ID and buy their books. Parents and family members are welcome to attend the event and receive information on how to support their student while in college.
US 10097: Destination Kent State FYE
This one-credit course is required of all new Kent State University students and serves as an introduction to college life. The seminar format of the class allows for group discussions while exposing students to topics such as time management, navigating the university, choosing a major, advising, registration and much more. In addition to the course, Kent State Stark offers FlashTopic sections of US 10097 and Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs) that can be used to fulfill the US 10097 requirement.
These US 10097 sections allow students to explore a topic of interest in addition to learning about the college transition. Past topics include Baseball in American History, Rock Music in America and College to Career, to name a few.
Freshman Interest Groups
Students participating in a FIG will take their US 10097 paired with a Kent Core requirement or introductory major course taught by the same instructor. This allows students with common interests to take two courses together, providing opportunities for study groups and additional support.
FYE Success Series
The FYE Success Series is a sequence of workshops to help first year students succeed. With topics ranging from responsibility to relationships and stress to studying, there’s something for everyone.
FYE Parent Breakfast
Parents of first year students are invited to attend this annual fall breakfast to receive information and updates from the Student Services staff at Kent State Stark. This breakfast gives parents an opportunity to ask questions, connect with administrators, learn about important next steps and to connect with other parents.