Parents

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Common questions

You want to help your student succeed and stay on track in college. Find answers to common questions here.

Preparing for college

How can my student best prepare for success at The University of Akron?

Students who take a rigorous college preparatory curriculum in high school tend to become our most successful students at the college level. Achieving academic success in high school can allow a student to enter UA directly into their degree-granting academic college, and may even pay off with admission and/or scholarships to our highly selective Honors College.

Should my student wait to apply until we have her ACT or SAT score?

No. Your student can (and should!) submit an application even without the supplemental materials, such as standardized test scores. Just send those materials as soon as possible.

Does UA require the writing portion of the ACT or SAT for admission?

No, but we strongly encourage students to take the writing portion.

How does UA use ACT and SAT scores?

We take the student’s highest composite ACT or SAT score.

How do my student’s AP scores translate to credit at The University of Akron?

A score of 3 or higher will be accepted for credit at UA. This chart will give you a good indication of how your student's AP scores will be used for credit. Your student should speak with his or her academic advisor at New Student Orientation about how these credits will apply to degree requirements for the General Education program and his or her major.

What are the advantages of being a part of the Honors College at UA?

There are several advantages to being a part of the Honors College Experience at UA.

  • Honors students benefit from being considered for Honors specific scholarships generally $1,500 to $4,500 for most students
  • Priority consideration for the Honors Residence Hall on campus
  • Priority registration for classes
  • The ability to take special honors sections of classes
  • A personal/academic advisor and the opportunity to be a part of a community of scholars

Students interested in the Honors College should apply for admission to both The University of Akron and the Honors College.

Scholarships and financial aid

Is there a deadline to apply for scholarships?

New Freshmen admitted by March 1 of their senior year will be considered for all available scholarships. Awards are based primarily on high school academic records and ACT/SAT test scores. Many academic departments at UA offer additional scholarships. Therefore, we encourage you to contact the department or college of your student’s intended major for more information.

Should I wait to file the FAFSA until my taxes are complete?

No. It's best to complete the FAFSA with an estimate based on the previous year’s taxes, and then go back and update it later. Now you can transfer your tax return information directly to your FAFSA. Learn more.

Campus life

Is there a deadline to apply for on-campus housing?

Yes; preference is given to freshmen who submit a housing application by the May 15 priority deadline.

Is my student required to live on-campus?

Yes, at least during their first year, unless they live within Summit, Stark, Wayne, Medina or Portage counties.

Does meal plan money roll over?

Yes and no. The Gold Meal Plan will roll over to spring semester, but not to the following fall semester. The Traditional and Unlimited Meal Plans will not roll over to spring semester or to the following fall semester.

What services are available for off-campus students?

Commuter lounge and kitchenette, television, web site with current information, updates on commuter issues and links to relevant offices and departments, The Scoop newsletter, commuter activities and events, and the new Off-Campus Student Services Office in the Student Union.

Can a parent put money on a student’s Zip Card?

Yes, just visit the Zip Card website and you can load money directly from your credit or debit card.

The University of Akron is an urban campus. Is it safe?

UA has one of the lowest on-campus crime rates across all urban institutions in the Midwest. Our UAPD, a 40-member police force, patrols the campus all day, every day to ensure the safety of our students. We offer a campus escort service, Z-Alert text message system, a campus shuttle system (the Roo Express), emergency phones located across campus, self-defense trainings, and many additional safety programs. We encourage students to make smart decisions regarding their own personal safety and the security of their property at all times, both on and off campus.

What is the average class size?

Typically it’s around 30 students per class. Students can anticipate a few large, lecture-style classes during their undergraduate career. Lecture courses always have a breakout session during the week so students can collaborate with classmates on assignments, and review homework or tests with their instructor.

Does my student have to search out their internship or co-op experience?

Career Advantage Network arranges internships and cooperative education work experiences. Learn more at the Career Center.

About UA

Our student population includes more than 28,000 students representing more than 46 U.S. states and 68 foreign countries. Learn more

Undergraduate students 24,308

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