This page contains information for first-year students and for transfer students. At the bottom of the page, you'll find external sources available to all international students.

First-year students

We offer two scholarships for incoming international freshman (first year) students in the summer and fall semesters.

  1. We offer a $3,000 Global Scholarship awarded to students who are accepted, who have proof of their English language proficiency, and who are charged the non-resident tuition rate.
  2. We also offer a scholarship based on academic merit.

The converted GPA, and any ACT or SAT test scores provided, will determine the amount of scholarship awarded. These scholarships are renewable for total of eight consecutive semesters during which students must attend full-time (12 or more credit hours). Students who are fully funded with a scholarship from their country are ineligible for UA scholarships.

Global Scholarship requirements

Minimum Enrollment: Full-time undergraduate (12 credits/semester) starting in the fall semester
English Proficiency: Proof of English language proficiency, if English is not the native language
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Academic Merit Scholarship requirements:

GPA requirement: Minimum 3.00 Converted High School GPA
Providing ACT/SAT test scores: Scholarship range  $2,500–$8,000 (minimum 20 ACT composite)
Without ACT/SAT test scores: Scholarship range $1,500 – $4,000

Renewal criteria:

Scholarship for Excellence: $5,000 - $8,000 College GPA minimum:  3.25
Presidential Scholarship: $3,500 – $4,500 College GPA minimum:  3.00
Student Success Scholarship: $2,500 – $3,000 College GPA minimum:  2.75
Global Scholarship: $3,000 College GPA minimum:  2.75

NEW FOR 2017! The Akron Guarantee Scholarship

The new, optional, Akron Guarantee Scholarship not only guarantees the yearly renewal of your scholarship so long as you are in good academic standing, but it also offers even greater financial support through automatic yearly upgrades.

The Guarantee Scholarship guarantees the annual renewal of your scholarship if you maintain good academic standing (a 2.0 GPA), AND it includes automatic scholarship upgrades as you earn 30, 60 and 90 credits, totaling up to $3,500. Learn more about this option available only to new freshmen entering in the fall of 2017.

All international students who have applied to start in the summer or fall semester, as first year (freshman) status, and have provided proof of their English Language Proficiency, are automatically considered for these scholarships

Students who have attended another institution and have attempted, and completed, less than 24 credit hours (2 full-time semesters) will be changed to first year status and considered for these scholarships as well.

International transfer students

The "Partners in Excellence –Transfer Scholarship" ranges from $2,000 to $2,500 divided evenly over two semesters. Mid-year transfer students would receive only the spring half of the award, if funds are available. Inter­national students transferring from another institution with more than 24 credit hours of undergraduate credit earned after graduating high school must apply and submit final transcripts by the deadlines listed below to be considered for the scholarship. It is renewable for a maximum of six consecutive semesters, during which students must attend full-time (12 or more credit hours).

Partners in Excellence Transfer Scholarship requirements:

Application Deadline: Fall semester July 1
Spring semester December 1
Submit final transcripts: Fall semester August 1
  Spring semester January 5
Transfer GPA requirement: $2,500 College GPA minimum:  3.50
$2,000 College GPA minimum:  3.25

Renewal criteria:

GPA requirement: College GPA minimum: 3.0 (maximum six full-time semesters)

All international students who have applied as transfer status, and meet the requirements, are automatically considered for these scholarships. 

Students who have attended another institution and have attempted, and completed, less than 24 credit hours (2 full-time semesters) will be changed to first year status and considered for freshman scholarships.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

This is a $1,000 scholarship available to qualifying transfer students who are active members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  To apply, students should submit proof of active membership (e.g. copy of their membership card or certificate) to the Office of Student Financial Aid. Student are only eligible if they were inducted after high school graduation.

Learn more about this and other Phi Theta Kappa scholarships at .

External scholarships

Scholarship opportunities offered by groups unaffiliated with The University of Akron:

Funding for United States Study features detailed descriptions of grants, fellowships, and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study, and doctoral and postdoctoral research in the United States. Listings includes grants, fellowships, financial aid, and scholarships available through:

  • U.S. and foreign governments,
  • colleges and universities,
  • educational associations,
  • research centers,
  • libraries,
  • foundations,
  • corporations, and
  • other organizations.

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