Become a Kent State Online Student

Walk through our 7-step guide on how to become a Kent State online student.


1. Get Started

Welcome! We’re excited that you’re here. Let us help you find the perfect program. The first step is to determine if an online program is right for you.

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2. Find Your Passion

At Kent State, our goal is for you to find your purpose. Become a better version of yourself and create a future that you never imagined possible.

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3. Let Us Help

We recognize that every student and every program is different. Speak to our student services advisor today for personalized support and helpful advice along the way.

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4. Test Drive a Course

Are you new to online learning? Want to get a feel for it before you apply? Go on a course walkthrough with our student services advisor.
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5. Fill Out an Application

You made it! You’re ready to fill out an application and we’re ready for you to be a Kent State student. Don’t delay!

Apply Today!

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6. Meet Your Support Network

It takes a village. At Kent State, we want to give you all the tools you need to succeed in your program.

Meet Your Team
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7. Get to Know Your Kent State Family

Now that you are one of us, we want you to stay involved in our Kent State community. Participate in campus events, get involved with the alumni association and stay connected digitally.

Stay Connected

Your Student Support Network

Learn more about our online student support services by clicking through each category.
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Career Exploration and Development
Offering support to online students, Career Exploration and Development is here to assist you with ALL of your career needs. Career Exploration and Development provides a variety of services to help you with career advising, pursuing full-time, part-time, co-op, internship, and student employment opportunities, graduate school preparation, resume, and cover letter critiques, practicing interviewing skills, and navigating Handshake, preparing for career fairs, and more!

For quick career-related questions, you can attend a Virtual Drop-In Session. Each drop-in visit will last about 10-15 minutes, and you can attend multiple sessions throughout the semester. If you have questions that require more in-depth conversations, please schedule a virtual appointment with one of our Career Advisors through KSU Advising.

Career Exploration and Development also hosts Future Focused Friday workshops to help you learn about various topics that will help you pursue your career and beyond. Each Future Focused Friday will be formatted as 30 minutes of presented content and 30 minutes for small group breakout sessions to discuss the material and ask questions. Topics include LinkedIn, Graduate School, Networking, Writing Resumes and Cover Letters, Interviewing, Negotiations, and many more! Visit the Future Focused Fridays webpage for the full schedule and more information on how to join a workshop.
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Getting Started with Online Learning
Let us help you get to the right places quickly and easily to make starting your online journey a breeze.
  • Online Student FAQs
    Visit the online student frequently asked questions for assistance with applications, transfers, programs and much more.
  • FLASHcard
    The FLASHcard is your official Kent State University ID card. It may be needed to confirm your identity when taking online proctored assessments. Check the FLASHcard FAQs for instructions and an application form.
  • Proctored Testing
    Some classes may include proctored testing. A proctored exam is an exam that is supervised by an automated proctor that ensures the identity of the test taker and the integrity of the test-taking environment. We use the remote test proctoring service, Proctorio.
    Additional questions about proctored testing. Check out our FAQ page.
  • Students’ Rights and Responsibilities
    Kent State University has created policies to ensure the safety of KSU’s students and their work. These policies should be followed to obtain the safest, best education possible here is KSU. Textbooks, computer hardware, software applications, and gifts ranging from T-shirts to diploma frames can be purchased online through the KSU bookstore.
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The following are a few of the services and resources available from the library:

Library Tutorials: New to the library? The Kent State University Library has several tutorials on how to use the tools available and lists many of the services that are offered.

Ask a Librarian: Need help, but can’t get to the Library? You can now get expert help from a KSU Librarian via instant text messaging.

Library Services for Distance Learning Students: University Libraries provide a variety of services to off-campus and distance learning students. These include off-campus delivery (to home or work), ebook access, and access to OhioLINK services.

Library Research: The library offers several services for research including information about the collection, numerous databases to search, e-books, a journal finder, and tools to assist with citation.
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One Stop
It’s a one-stop-shop for all of your questions. The One Stop has services to help you if you have questions about registration, financial aid, billing, and transcripts. Housed on the first floor of the library on the Kent campus, online students can reach out at any time by calling 330-672-6000 or filling out an online form.
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State Authorization
Kent State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Kent State University is in a continuous process to comply with regulations pursuant to state authorization, including applying for and maintaining approval and/or exemption status for our online programs in other states.

Learn more about our State Authorization.
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Student Accessibility Services (SAS)
Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides assistance to students with varying degrees and types of disabilities in order to maximize educational opportunities and academic potential.

Contact the office for assistance.

Phone: 330-672-3391
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Technology Assistance
The Kent State Online Technology Help Center can help you with problems with Canvas, accessing your email, logging in to your online course, as well as hardware and software issues.

Contact TechHelp by either submitting a Support Ticket or get help via a LiveChat with support staff. You can also call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 330-672-HELP.
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Veteran Services
The Center for Adult and Veteran Services is dedicated to enhancing the experience of non-traditional students both in and out of the classroom. Services include pre-admission counseling, academic advising, career guidance, and more.

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