Degree Link

Cleveland State University (CSU) and Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) are excited to announce a new partnership.

The Degree Link program provides a structured academic pathway to a four-year degree for students who would benefit from starting their educational journey at Tri-C.

Collaborative academic advising will guide students from the beginning of their studies at Tri-C through graduation from CSU. It also allows students to seamlessly register for classes at both Tri-C and CSU, while taking advantage of both institutions’ special events and facilities.

This one-of-a-kind partnership makes earning a four-year degree possible for students of all backgrounds, and will allow students to focus on their studies while prepping for a successful career after graduation.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Guaranteed admission to CSU when all Degree Link requirements are met, with no additional application fees required*
  • A cost-effective and time-efficient pathway ensuring courses transfer and apply to a CSU degree
  • Ability to take up to 3 courses at CSU while attending Tri-C
  • Access to CSU transfer specialists and pre-enrollment services
  • Endowed Scholarship available from Tri-C (approximately 10 $500 awards each year given after the student has matriculated to CSU and successfully completed one semester)
  • Priority consideration for transfer scholarships for those who meet the academic qualifications
  • Invitations to special events and access to facilities at CSU
  • Financial savings and cost predictability at the University through the CSU Guarantee. Through this initiative, students participating in Degree Link will lock in tuition and fee rates prior to CSU!

*Completing Degree Link requirements guarantees admission to CSU, not specific programs that require additional application

Full Admission Requirements:

  • Completion of 12 college-level credit hours, including college-level English and math, is needed to earn full admission to CSU

If you are interested in learning more about Degree Link, please plan to attend one of our upcoming information sessions. Advisors from both Tri-C and CSU will be on hand to answer questions regarding the application process, program details and much more. Register at

Degree Link Information Sessions
Tuesday, April 9

Tri-C Westshore Campus
Westshore Health & Sciences Building, Room 138
31001 Clemens Road
Westlake, OH 44145
3:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 11

Tri-C Western Campus
West Student Services Building G4A
11000 Pleasant Valley Road
Parma, OH 44130
11 a.m.


Tri-C Eastern Campus
East Student Services Building, Room 3306
4250 Richmond Road
Highland Hills, OH 44122
3 p.m.

Tri-C Metropolitan Campus
Metro Campus Center, Room 066
2900 Community College Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44115
3:30 p.m.

For more information, contact:

Adam Sikula
Manager, Transfer Center and Returning Students
Cleveland State University

Melissa Swafford
Manager, Transfer Center
Cuyahoga Community College - Metropolitan Campus