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Mount Union, Stark State College strengthen partnership with reverse transfer agreement

(North Canton, OH – April 5, 2024) – The University of Mount Union and Stark State College are pleased to announce a new reverse transfer agreement, effective March 7. The goal of this agreement is to help students earn an associate degree while pursuing a bachelor’s degree upon transferring to Mount Union.

To be eligible for this opportunity, students must have earned 20-40 non-developmental credit hours at Stark State prior to transferring to Mount Union and must be in good academic standing. Upon completion of the Stark State required courses at Mount Union, students will then earn an associate degree while taking the same courses to fulfill the bachelor’s degree requirements at Mount Union.

These students will not have to pay a graduation fee at Stark State or a transcript fee at Mount Union and be eligible to participate in the Stark State graduation ceremony.

“The University of Mount Union takes pride in our strong partnership with Stark State College, where both institutions have always prioritized the importance of a quality education and an exemplary student experience,” said Dr. Bryan Boatright, interim co-vice president for academic affairs and university registrar at Mount Union. “We recognize the importance of achieving an associate degree and this agreement allows both institutions to provide the opportunity to Stark County students as they continue their academic careers at Mount Union.”

“Stark State College is pleased to partner with the University of Mount Union on the reverse transfer agreement, which adds additional support to our existing articulation agreements,” said Lada Gibson-Shreve, Ph.D., provost and chief academic officer at Stark State. “Providing students with the opportunity to earn a degree at Stark State while simultaneously completing curriculum at Mount Union supports our mission and goal of assisting students with their career success. Our articulation agreements define the pathways for students and provide them with clear educational program maps.”

The reverse transfer agreement joins existing pathways between Mount Union and Stark State in 11 different disciplines, where an array of students have already found success. Learn more about this agreement by visiting

About the University of Mount Union
The University of Mount Union, founded in 1846, is a comprehensive, private institution grounded in the liberal arts tradition. The University is located in Alliance, Ohio, 80 miles of both Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Mount Union offers an array of broad-based and career-specific undergraduate and graduate programs to its 2,200 students. Ensuring its education is accessible to students of all backgrounds, 99% of Mount Union students receive some form of financial aid. As a result, the University was named sixth in Ohio for Best Value by U.S. News and World Report for 2023. The University is committed to providing a student-centered approach and an exceptional educational experience. For more information, visit

About Stark State College
Stark State College is a student-centered, comprehensive community college with cutting-edge career programs that reflect ever-evolving marketplace demands. With locations in North Canton, Canton and Akron, the College serves nearly 14,000 students annually and is the fourth largest of the 23 public two-year colleges in the University System of Ohio. Stark State offers more than 200 associate degrees and certificates in business, education, engineering technologies, health and public services, information technology, liberal arts, mathematics and sciences. The College also serves approximately 3,700 College Credit Plus (CCP) students through partnerships with school districts across northeast Ohio. Visit to learn more.

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