Stark State College

6200 Frank Ave NW, North Canton, OH

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Stark State College, located in North Canton Ohio, and serving Stark County, was founded in 1960 and originally known as Stark County Technical Institute. The school is one of the larger two year institutions in the state, with an annual enrollment of nearly 16,000 students. The school has gone through many name changes over the years, including Stark Technical College, Stark State College of Technology, and most recently Stark State College. The school is operated by the University System of Ohio. The school offers a number of services and a comprehensive education, and is dedicated to ensuring the quality of its offerings through constant review and update.


Stark State College offers over 230 majors, providing students a vast variety of options for their future. Students interested in transfer opportunities will complete the first two years of their four year education at SSC, followed by applying for transfer to a four year institution to complete the final two years and earning their bachelor's degree.  Students applying for transfer to schools within the University System of Ohio will have an easier time than those applying to out of state schools or private institutions due to the transfer agreements in place. Transfer curriculums should be developed in conjunction with a counselor to assist in their success.

Career and technical programs provide education in a particular field, allowing students to develop the skills and abilities necessary to become professionals. Programs take between one and two years to complete, resulting in a certificate or associate degree upon completion. Programs are taught with a combination of classroom and controlled settings, the controlled settings often simulating work environments and allowing students to perfect techniques and methods under the supervision of qualified teachers. Programs are reflective of community needs and the schools dedication to local workforce development.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Stark State College is an open enrollment institution that provides any interested individuals guaranteed admission if they have a high school diploma or equivalent, or are eighteen years of age or older. Individuals must submit an application and pay all accrued fees. Once completed, students should supply transcripts and standardized test scores if available, and may be required to take a placement exam prior to registration. A meeting with a counselor is recommended prior to registration for new students, as is participation in orientation to familiarize oneself with the campus.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which is used by the school's financial aid office to determine the extent of one's financial needs and aid program eligibility when constructing a financial aid packet. Financial aid must be reapplied for at the start of each academic year, and students receiving aid may be chosen at random by the school to supply additional information prior to the disbursement of funds to verify the accuracy of their FAFSA.

Student Organizations
Stark State College is home to a large number of student organizations that are sponsored by the school. These organizations are formed and maintained by students and dedicated to certain ideas, themes or interests as dictated by their name or charter. Students are encouraged to participate in one or more organization as they provide an excellent setting for socializing with other students and exploring new or current interests.

Organizations at SSC include:

  • Cultural Diversity CLub
  • International Club
  • Stark Raving Writers
  • Social Science Club
  • Future Speakers of America

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,300. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $95 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range:
    • State Residents: $2,800-$3,400
    • Out-of-State: $5,900-$7,085
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • In-State: $120-$140 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $250-$300 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid79%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships69%$3,229
Receiving Student Loans42%$4,327

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Stark State College may offer services to students like:

  • Online classes
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assistance to find work

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often times offer both career training courses and curriculum to help students transfer out to a 4-year college or university, that is why we include how Stark State College compares for both graduation and transfer rates against other community colleges in Stark County and community colleges in Ohio in total.

 Stark State CollegeStark CountyOhio
Graduation Rate9.2%20.9%18.2%
Transfer-out Rate13.4%23.9%21.4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1998)
  • Dietetic Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (since 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 1984)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation

Personal and Culinary Services

Physical Sciences

Precision Production


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Science Technology

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

Other Community Colleges Nearby

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