First-Year Experience | Stark State College - North Canton, Ohio

First-Year Experience

As a new student at Stark State College, your First-Year Experience (FYE) begins with your participation with New Student Orientation and continues throughout your first year of college.  You will receive academic, career and social support, both inside and outside the classroom, resulting in the successful completion of your academic and career goals.

New Student Orientation

As a new student, you will participate in New Student Orientation and learn about college resources.

+ starkstate.edu/orientation


jump start photoJump Start

Jump Start is here to help you make a successful transition into your first year at Stark State. Our faculty, staff, administrators and current students will be on hand to help you establish the  foundation for your future success and build upon what you have learned at New Student Orientation to help you learn what’s expected, how to be successful, where to find key resources and give you an opportunity to meet other new students.

+ main campus: starkstate.edu/jumpstart

+ Akron/Barberton: starkstate.edu/jumpstartakron


First-Year seminar course (SSC101)

This course helps students gain the skills necessary for academic success at Stark State College.  Topics include learning styles, critical thinking, time management, study and test-taking techniques, communication skills and a variety of personal development strategies.  You will also learn how to access and use SSC resources such as mystarkstate and other college resources. It’s recommended that you take SSC101 within your first 15 credit hours.

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Welcome and engagement 

As new students, we want you to enjoy your college experience both inside and outside of the classroom.  Enjoy Welcome Week during the first week of classes and join one of 50 different student clubs or participate in the Student Leadership Academy.


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The Common Read

The Common Read is based on a carefully chosen book to promote a common intellectual experience among students, faculty and staff.  The program includes campus events, activities and discussion and provide a way for students to get to know each other. The 2018-19 Common Read was The Hard Way on Purpose by David Giffels.

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