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April 27, 2018

of 2017 Stark County seniors attended college in the fall immediately after graduation

Class Persistence

of Stark County students persisted from their freshman to sophomore year in college
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The Stark Advantage: Our BIG SIX

"Energy and persistence conquer all things." - Benjamin Franklin
Stark County has six colleges - the "Big Six" - of higher learning within its boundaries: four private institutions (Aultman College; Malone University
University of Mount Union; and Walsh University) and two public (Kent State University-Stark; and Stark State College). Close to a third of Stark's high school graduates attend a college/university in Stark County. From these institutions a student may earn a certificate, an associate degree, a bachelor's degree, a master's degree and/or a PhD.

Ohio wants to have 65% of its workforce (ages 25-64) hold a postsecondary degree or credential by 2025. Meeting that goal is becoming more and more of a possibility. In fact, Stark County ESC districts[1] saw a 4% increase in the percentage of graduating seniors attending college in the fall immediately following graduation - 60% for the Class of 2017 and 56% the previous year.[2]

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Student Tracker, 73.8%[3] of students nationally persisted from freshman to sophomore year in college (starting as freshmen in the fall of 2015). Locally, 84% of greater Stark County residents persisted into their sophomore year in college.

Stark is gaining ground as our students enroll in college and persist past the first year. We, as a community, must continue to support our youth and families as they navigate the systems of education and the new economy. It's full steam ahead to success!

[1] Stark County Educational Service Center (ESC) includes 22 school districts in greater Stark County area, see
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