Dual Admission | Direct Connect


Dual Admission is a program that helps you transfer seamlessly. Complete your associate's degree at Stark State or Cuyahoga Community College (TRI-C) with the intent to transfer to The University of Akron to complete your bachelor’s degree.

You will receive academic support and transfer services from both institutions to create a guided pathway for your transition to UA.

You will also have the opportunity to take advantage of amenities at both institutions including libraries, career services, computer labs, sporting events, parking, email, and more.


UA has Dual Admission agreements with Stark State and TRI-C.

  • Stark State's Dual Admission program is called Direct Connect
  • Please note: If you have previously attended The University of Akron, you are not eligible for this program.



  • These guides are helpful for prospective transfer students when choosing which courses satisfy the general education requirements at UA.

  • Guides help provide you peace of mind that your credits will transfer.


  • Pathways provide you an outline for what coursework can be taken at your current institution for a specific degree before transferring to UA to complete your bachelor's degree. 

See what guides and pathways are available


Meet Whitney Tarr, the first student to transfer to UA through the Dual Admission Direct Connect partnership with Stark State

Whitney Tarr with UA's Transfer and Admissions team.

Whitney Tarr with UA's Transfer and Admissions team.

At first, Stark State College student Whitney Tarr was intimidated by the idea of transferring to The University of Akron.

"I felt anxious," she said. "UA is so big."

But she was surprised by how easy it was. And by how helpful everyone was.

Now Whitney is excited to start here in January. She will be the first Direct Connect student at SSC's Akron campus to transfer to UA.

Direct Connect makes it easy for SSC students to transfer here.

"I didn't know where I stood, what credits transfer or how I would pay for it," she said. Answers came in meetings with Sarah Hoge, an advisor in the College of Applied Science and Technology, and Jennifer Harpham, director of student financial aid.

A student-led campus tour gave her confidence that she could feel at home here.

Whitney received a $100 Direct Connect Enrollment Award for completing the advising and financial aid sessions, and attending a campus event (athletics, career fair, ZPN movie, etc.). All Direct Connect students are eligible for the award.

Whitney will take most of her classes online, giving her the flexibility to continue working full time. Still she'll be on campus a lot, attending football games and career fairs, and exploring the library, which she calls "ginormous."

"I'm looking forward to starting at Akron," Whitney said. "I really feel welcome there."