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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.
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 $13,200. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $85 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: $3,500-$4,200
- Out-of-State: $5,700-$6,854
- Charges for part-time students are:
- State Residents: $150-$180 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $240-$290 per credit 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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||86%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||76%||$3,957|
|Receiving Student Loans||68%||$6,554|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 30%.
Admissions, Academics, & 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
Popular Transfer-Out Colleges & Universities
The following 4-year schools are popular choices for many students of Stark State College to transfer out to. You can click on the school profiles below to get additional admissions information:
- University of Akron
- Kent State University - Kent Campus
- Youngstown State University
- Cleveland State University
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1998)
- Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program (more info)
- Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 1984)
- Physical Therapy Assistant (P.T.A.) Program (more info)
- Accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (since 1982)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
- Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1994)
- See a list of all associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs in Ohio
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
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Natural Resources and Conservation
Public Administration and Social Services
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Stark State College.
- Kent State University at Tuscarawas in New Philadelphia, OH (28 miles away)
- Kent State University at Trumbull in Warren, OH (42 miles away)
- Kent State University at Geauga in Burton, OH (45 miles away)
- Kent State University at East Liverpool in East Liverpool, OH (49 miles away)
- Lorain County Community College in Elyria, OH (50 miles away)