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About STAR

The Stevenson Transfer Advantage Relationship (STAR) is a transfer access program designed for students who begin their college education at a partner community college and wish to complete a bachelor’s degree at Stevenson. The STAR program makes available to its participants a transfer course plan, guidance by knowledgeable counselors, and scholarship funds.

STAR students “lock in” degree requirements with a specified transfer course plan and catalog year, resulting in a seamless transition from the community college to earning a bachelor’s degree at Stevenson. STAR is supported by up-to-date transfer equivalencies and financial resources that will allow students to efficiently complete degrees at both the community college and Stevenson University. Learn more information about how to apply, complete a STAR application, and choose your Major-specific STAR Plan. The STAR program will help you stay on track with what you want to accomplish during your educational career.

  • How to Apply

    Apply Now

    Complete the on-line STAR application below once you have reviewed the STAR program requirements and have discussed your decision with either your community college advisor or a Stevenson STAR counselor.
    STAR Online Application

    How to Apply to the STAR Program

    Applying to the STAR Program is simple.

    • Read about the program, its benefits, and how it will help you plan your academic journey and transition from your community college to Stevenson University. 
    • Investigate the STAR majors and how they align with your career goals.
    • It is recommended to apply before completing 30 credits at the partner community college.
    • Complete the STAR online application.
      Stevenson’s online STAR Application and Transfer Application start with the same document.  Menu-driven questions will lead you to STAR-specific information. A STAR representative will contact you in 2 to 4 days of submitting your completed application.
    • Review the STAR Completion Requirements for both maintaining a status of good-standing in the major and to qualify for the $2,000 STAR scholarship.

    Your STAR counselor will help you chart your community college coursework according to your STAR Transfer Plan. You will be expected to meet with this counselor each semester that you are participating in the STAR Program – via phone, on-line, or in-person. Your transfer plan will list all the requirements needed to earn an associate’s degree at your community college and the lower-division requirements for Stevenson’s bachelor’s degree.  You will have up to three years from the time you enroll in STAR to begin at Stevenson. You will be guided and advised in areas of financial aid, scholarships, academic opportunities in your chosen major, and experience a seamless transfer to Stevenson.

    The online STAR application is available to students attending a partner community college.

  • Completion Requirements

    Completion Requirements

    In order to maintain a status of good-standing in the STAR Program and to qualify for the STAR scholarship, you will:

    • Maintain  at the partner community college, following the STAR Transfer Plan, andenroll in and complete at least two courses per semester. It is strongly recommended to complete 12 to 15 credits per semester.
    • Maintain a 2.25 cumulative GPA at the end of each enrolled semester (fall and spring).  Higher GPAs may expect additional merit-based scholarships.
    • Work closely with both your community college advisor and Stevenson’s STAR Counselor. Meet with the Stevenson STAR Counselor each semester (phone, online, or in person) to ensure the completion of the above requirements and program deadlines.
    • Enroll in a Stevenson degree program within three years of your application to STAR. Shortly before your intended start term, you will be sent a Stevenson Accepted Transfer Student information packet which will include details regarding enrollment and registration.
  • Benefits

    Benefits

    • Lock-in degree requirements (catalog year): Once a student is accepted into STAR, he/she “locks in” the program requirements listed in that year’s catalog. This means that the degree requirements will not change for the STAR student who transfers to Stevenson within three years, allowing the student to take the recommended courses with confidence.
    • Make a bachelor’s degree more affordable: The total cost of a bachelor’s degree is reduced when a student pays community college’s tuition for the first two years of lower-level coursework. Stevenson will accept up to 70 credit hours from the community college.
    • Earn an associate’s degree on your way to a Stevenson bachelor’s degree: STAR participants who follow the guidance of the STAR Program as well as their advisors at both Stevenson and the partner community college will be able to earn an associate’s degree and transfer credit towards their Stevenson bachelor’s degree – saving time and money.
    • Receive an annual $2,000 STAR scholarship while completing a Stevenson Bachelor’s degree: STAR participants who transition to Stevenson as a full-time traditional undergraduate after earning an associate’s degree or at least 56 credits at the partner community college are eligible for the STAR scholarship of $2,000 (available annually upon matriculation to Stevenson for non-accelerated, undergraduate, full-time study for up to four years).  This scholarship may be awarded in addition to other Stevenson merit-based scholarships.
    • Have knowledgeable support at both your community college and Stevenson: Receive guidance via knowledgeable advisors/counselors, special events, individual meetings, and workshops on both the community college and Stevenson campuses.
    • Use resources for ease of transition: The STAR program’s student-friendly transfer plans and other transfer resources are available online for both the STAR student and partner community college advisors.
    • Pay No Application Fee: There are no fees associated with applying to the STAR program.
    • Guarantee your transfer admission to Stevenson: STAR participants will be guaranteed admission to Stevenson University upon successful completion of the STAR program, its requirements (see list of requirements), and strict deadlines. NOTE: STAR is a limited-enrollment transfer program and follows a space-available admissions policy.
  • Partnerships

    Partnerships

    Stevenson has special articulation agreements with specific community colleges. Our list continues to grow, so check back as new partnerships are formed frequently.

    Community Colleges participating in STAR include:

    Carroll Community College

    1601 Washington Road
    Westminster, MD 21157

    Contact
    Paul Hunter, Coordinator of Transfer Advising, Advising and Transfer Center, Office A102F

    Transfer Plans available to Carroll students:


    Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)

    Catonsville, Dundalk, Essex, Hunt Valley, and Owings Mills

    Contact
    Courtney Topolski, Senior Academic Advisor and Transfer Coordinator
    Email:

    Transfer Plans available to CCBC students:

    • Biology
    • Business Administration
    • Criminal Justice
    • Psychology
    • Visual Communication Design
  • FAQ

    FAQ

    How will I be a STAR participant?
    You must transfer within three years for degree requirements to remain the same. Students are encouraged to complete an associate degree and/or follow the recommended “Transfer Plan” prior to transferring and may transfer up to 70 credits.

    Do I need to be a full-time student to be in STAR?
    It is strongly recommended to maintain full-time status for most if not all semesters at the community college in order to complete your STAR Transfer Plan in under three years and to take advantage of the resulting benefits:  an Associate’s degree and junior-level standing at Stevenson.

    Are all programs/majors at Stevenson available for STAR?
    Not all programs are eligible. Some limited enrollment majors may not be STAR compatible.  Please see the list of approved STAR majors and speak to a Stevenson STAR representative for more information.

    Why do I need to complete a STAR transfer admissions application if I do not plan to attend Stevenson for another two or three years? Can’t I just follow one of the STAR transfer plans on my own?
    By completing the application and being accepted in to the STAR program, you will enjoy all the benefits of a STAR participant: a $2,000 annual scholarship while earning your bachelor’s at Stevenson, providing you with additional academic guidance, updates on your intended major, special university services and special STAR events, and most importantly, lock in your degree requirements for a particular catalog year, which will guarantee the degree requirements you are following in your STAR Plan won’t change.   

    What scholarships are available to STAR students?
    All STAR students who complete the STAR program and its requirements will receive: (See hyperlinks for details)

    • $2,000 STAR scholarship (annual award, renewable for up to 4 years)
    • Merit-based Transfer Scholarship (range of $6,000-$17,000) depending on cumulative GPA
    • Phi Theta Kappa/Honors Incentive of $2,000

    Additionally, STAR students may apply for and be considered for:

    Is there additional financial aid available?
    Yes, Stevenson University is committed to an affordable education.  Nearly 90 % of SU students receive a form of financial aid, whether it's through one of our programs or through a state, federal, or private program. Our Financial Aid Office will help you navigate through the process of financing your education. See the Financial Aid Office web pages for information. 

    Stevenson strongly recommends completing the FAFSA as early as possible in the application process.

  • Advisor Resources

    Advisor Resources

    These links are provided to serve the needs of transfer the advisors at the Maryland Community Colleges while advising students who are transferring to Stevenson University.

    Transferring to Stevenson University

    Applying for Transfer Admission

    Applying as a Transfer Student
    Transfer Admissions contact information: or 410-486-7001

    Traditional Undergraduate Transfer Application

    Completed Application for Undergraduate Admission, onlinepaper, or Common Application. A $40 non-refundable processing fee (fee is waived for applicants using Stevenson's online application).

    Official Transcripts
    Official transcript from each college attended. A final transcript must be sent upon completion of any coursework currently in progress.
    Official high school transcript or GED is required for applicants who have not completed 30 college-level academic credits at the time of application.

    Optional Applicant Information

    • standardized test scores
    • interview
    • resume
    • letters of recommendation
    • essay discussing academic history and career goals

    International Transfer Student Application

    If you are currently attending or have previously attended a post-secondary or post-high school college or university, please follow the admission requirements for International Transfer Students.

    STAR Program Applicants

    What is STAR?

    The Stevenson Transfer Advantage Relationship (STAR) is a transfer access program designed for students who begin their college education at a partner community college and wish to complete a bachelor’s degree at Stevenson. The STAR program makes available to its participants a transfer course plan, guidance by knowledgeable counselors, and scholarship funds.

    STAR students “lock in” degree requirements with a specified transfer course plan and catalog year, resulting in a seamless transition from the community college to earning a bachelor’s degree at Stevenson. STAR is supported by up-to-date transfer equivalencies and financial resources that will allow students to efficiently complete degrees at both the community college and Stevenson University. Learn more information about how to apply, complete a STAR application, and choose your Major-specific STAR Plan. The STAR program will help you stay on track with what you want to accomplish during your educational career.

    How to become a STAR
    STAR Application
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