Akron, Kent Stark, and Stark State are
Top Ohio College Destinations for Stark County Graduates
The University of Akron is the number one in-state destination for
Stark County high school graduates going to college. Kent State Stark and Stark
State College of Technology follow close behind.
Figures released to the Stark Education Partnership by the
Ohio Board of Regents for the Class of 2007, the latest available, show the
three institutions virtually tied for freshman enrollment.
University of Akron - 397
Kent State Stark - 390
Stark State - 358
Together, they accounted for nearly half of the county's 2,416
students who went on to college in Ohio that year. In fourth place was Kent
State University's main campus with 202 students. The Ohio State University
ranked fifth at 142, and Ohio University was sixth with 136 students.
While state schools had the largest enrollments, Mount Union
College, Malone, and Walsh Universities enrolled 226 students, bringing the
total number of graduates who stayed in the county to nearly 1,000. Another 204
students elected to attend private colleges elsewhere in the state.
Percentage-wise, 40% of Stark's high school graduates who go to college in Ohio remain
in-county and attend either state or private institutions. Fifty-two percent
attend state institutions elsewhere in Ohio and 8% attend private colleges in
other parts of the state.
The Ohio Board of Regents estimates that another 15% of all high school graduates go to college out of state.