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Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What is the difference between a commuter student and an off-campus student?
    • Both commuter and off-campus students do not live in the University owned Residence Halls.
    • Kent State defines a commuter student as someone who lives at home with their parents/guardian or drives more than 20 minutes to get to campus.
    • Kent State defines a off-campus student as someone who does not live in the residence halls and either walks, bikes or drives less than 20 minutes to get to campus.


  1. Where is the campus bookstore?
    • The campus bookstore is located inside the Kent Student Center.  You can find the hours in their website.


  1. Where can I get tutoring?
    • Tutoring services are available in a variety of places around campus. Check with the Academic Success Center for times and locations of tutoring.


  1. Where do I meet other commuter/off-campus students?
    • Attend events that are put on by UCommute and get involved in COSO.  Also, join a student organization and meet both commuter and residential students.


  1. How can I join COSO (Commuter Off-Campus Student Organization)?
    • To join COSO please visit their website to find meeting times and events that are being held!


  1. Can commuters/off-campus students join fraternities and sororities?
  • Yes, any registered undergraduate student at Kent State University can join a fraternity or sorority, as long as they meet the minimum GPA requirements to become a member of the individual organization and are enrolled for classes on the Kent main campus.  GPA eligibility for freshman students is compared to their high school transcripts, and any students already enrolled in Kent State or other college courses will use their current college GPA to verify academic standing.  At the beginning of each semester, groups will have an open recruitment period where students can learn about what all our individual chapters have to offer.  We encourage you to explore all our organizations and make the best choice for you.  Click here to find out more about Greek Life
  1. Are there spiritual opportunities on campus?


  1. How can I find out about student organizations on campus and what is happening outside of class on campus?
  • You can find more about the student organizations on campus at the Center for Student Involvement website.  We have over 250 registered student organizations and if you cant find one that fits your needs you can create one with you and 5 of your friends!


  1. Where can I find out about campus jobs?
  • You can learn about campus jobs at the Career Services website.  On-campus jobs are a very convenient way to make money while in school.  The hours are usually flexible because the employer understands that you are a student.  It is also a great way to connect with other students that you are working with and make new friends!


  1. Is there a bank near campus?
  • Kent State has a bank on campus!  Huntington Bank is located on the first floor of the Student Center and they also have a few ATM machines around campus.  Also, there are many different banks located close to the edge of campus.


  1. Is there a post office nearby?
  • We have a post office located inside the Kent Student Center. Check out their website for all of the information you need and the hours that they are open.  This is a great service because you can mail your items or buy stamps in between classes without leaving campus.


  1. Can I rent a locker?
  • There are lockers available for students in the Kent Student Center.  These can be reserved by student first come, first serve.  To reserve the locker you go to the information desk on the first floor of the Student Center and the staff member there will help get you signed up.  This is a FREE service for students!


  1. Is there an on-campus health center?
  • Yes, there is a health center on campus.  University Health Services provides non-emergent outpatient care to all eligible students, faculty and staff including examination and treatment for illness and minor injuries, women's health care, laboratory, x-ray, physical therapy, pharmacy services, and health education.  Visit the website for more information.


  1. Where can I get counseling?
  • Counseling Services are located in 3 places on campus:

o   Psychological Serviceslocated in the DeWeese Health Center.

o   Counseling and Human Development Centerlocated in White Hall.

o   Psychological Cliniclocated in Kent Hall.


  1. How can I get a safety escort?
  • CALL 330-672-7004 FOR AN ESCORT!
  • Kent State's Security Aide program is nationally recognized for excellence. Student security aides are in direct contact with University Police Services via two-way radios. The security aides receive 40 hours of intense training prior to assuming their duties. They learn CPR, first aid, fire prevention and emergency procedures. The most widely used service offered by the Security Aide program is the escort service. Security aides provide escorts across campus each night between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.


  1. Where can I get information about parking services?
  • You can find all the information about the services that Parking Services provides on their website.  Remember; always follow the parking rules on campus!


  1. Where can I eat?
    • Commuter students are able to eat at any of the dining halls on campus.  One of the most convenient places to go is The Hub in the Kent Student Center which features Subway, Einstein’s Bros. Bagels, Jump Asian Express, Nathan’s Hot Dog and Arthur Treacher’s, Shake Wrap & Roll, and Ambrosia.  You can find all the dining halls and menu’s on Dining Services website.  


  1. Is there a meal plan for commuters?
    • Eating on campus is easy with a Blue or Gold Dining Option for the Commuter or Upperclassmen student. These plans are designed for your convenience and stay with you for the rest of your time at Kent State University!


  • Our plans are set-up on a declining balance system. This means that you are able to use your Dining Plan how you want, when you want it. Everything is priced individually, so you pay for exactly what you’re getting. 


  1. Is there somewhere to work out on campus?
  • Yes! There is somewhere to work out on campus.  The Student Recreation and Wellness Center is open to ANY student with five or more credit hours at the Kent Campus for free.  It is open to other students, faculty, staff and community members when they purchase a membership.  The SRWC is a state-of-the art facility with great programs, classes, and equipment to offer for everyone.  Visit the SRWC website for more information about the facility.


  1. Where can I relax and study between classes?
  • There are many places to relax on campus.  Some of the hot spots for commuters are the 4th floor of the main library, the Cyber Café in the Lower Level of the Student Center or The Nest on the second floor of the Student Center.  Check out this map of the different lounges on campus to see the places closest to your next class!