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Providing you the partnership opportunity with both Stark State College and The University of Akron as you complete an associate degree while preparing for transfer here to complete a bachelor’s degree.

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Direct Connect means a great education and an incredible student experience, including:

  • The opportunity to take advantage of amenities at both institutions including libraries, career services, computer labs, recreation centers, sporting events, parking, email, and more.

  • Attention from academic advisors and faculty who will help you transition from Stark State to UA.


  • You may participate in Direct Connect directly out of high school or if you are currently enrolled at SSC.

    • If you are currently enrolled at SSC, complete the Undergraduate Dual Admissions Form

    • If you are not yet enrolled at SSC, start by completing the SSC admissions process.

    • If you are currently taking college courses at SSC but have not graduated high school yet, you are not eligible to participate in the program until you have graduated from high school.

    • Please note: If you previously attended UA, you are not eligible for this program.

  • The application fee for UA will be waived.

  • Your eligibility to participate in Direct Connect aligns with the standard admission requirements for SSC.

  • When you participate in Direct Connect, you will have catalog rights at UA from the term your program application is accepted.

  • You will sign an agreement to allow your education records information to be shared between SSC and UA, in manners consistent with information security requirements.

  • In the program you must:

    • Plan to complete your associate degree at SSC, while purposefully planning to transfer to UA to complete your bachelor's degree.

    • Submit an intent-to-enroll form one semester prior to matriculation to UA.

    • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a minimum of 24 credit hours (non-developmental) at SSC prior to enrolling at UA.

    • Be in good standing at SSC.

  • Academic advisors from UA will work with SSC advisors and faculty members to conduct appointments on each of SSC’s campuses with students participating in the program.

  • In the program you will receive a Stark State/UA Zip Card allowing you to use facilities and services offered to regularly admitted students at both SSC and UA (e.g., libraries, career services, recreation centers, computer labs, sporting events, parking, email and internet access, etc.)