Complete an associate degree at Stark State College while preparing to transfer here to complete your bachelor’s degree. We'll help you every step of the way!
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You may participate in Direct Connect directly out of high school or if you are currently enrolled at SSC.
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Helpful to prospective transfer students for choosing courses that satisfy the general education requirements at UA.
Provide an outline for what coursework can be taken at Stark State for a specific degree before transferring to UA to complete the Bachelor's degree.
At first, Stark State 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 Stark State's Akron campus to transfer to UA.
Direct Connect makes it easy for Stark State 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."