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S.T.A.R. Program

S stands for Student, that's you! How do you become a student at Kent State University at East Liverpool or Kent State University at Salem? All it takes is an application to the campus. Once you have applied to Kent State University at East Liverpool or Salem, you will receive information about upcoming dates for the S.T.A.R. program.

T stands for Testing. All new Kent State University students are required to take the ALEKS placement test for mathematics. ALEKS is a powerful artificial intelligence-based (AI) assessment software product that zeroes in on the student's mathematical strengths and weaknesses, reports its findings and then, if necessary, provides a learning module to improve the student's knowledge and skill. New students who do not have current ACT scores must take COMPASS reading and writing. COMPASS Is a comprehensive, self-paced computer testing program that helps place students into appropriate courses and maximizes the information colleges need to ensure student success.New students who have current ACT scores will be placed in reading and writing courses according to ACT reading and English subscores. An advisor will evaluate the need for these assessments and make the appropriate accommodations, if you are a transfer student.

A stands for Advising. All students will have an academic advisor. After you have completed the needed assessment(s), you will sit down with an advisor to review your results and discuss academic requirements.
R stands for Registration. During your advising session you will be registered for classes, receive financial aid information, and receive your KSU FLASHcard (student ID card).
View current S.T.A.R. Schedule

To sign up for the next available S.T.A.R. date please contact:
  • Kent State University at East Liverpool  330-385-3805 
  • Kent State University at Salem 330-332-0361

For more information regarding COMPASS

Learn about ALEKS and mathematics placement