New Student Orientation

New Roo Weekend

New Roo Weekend: Aug. 22-24

New Roo Weekend includes three very special days, packed with workshops, speakers, events and activities. When the first day of class arrives we want you to know where you're going, who can help you with any problems, and how to master college-level academics. Success begins now! Don't miss a minute!

Daily sample schedule

Friday, Aug. 23

Team meeting (9 a.m.)

  • Students will report to their team meeting locations to meet with their New Roo Weekend Leaders, get their schedules for the weekend, and get to know the other students in their groups

College Meet & Greets and Information Sessions (will take place from 10 a.m. to noon , 12:15 to 2:15 p.m., and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.)

  • Students will attend the college information session from the college to which they have been admitted (Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Health Professions, or Summit College for students seeking Summit College degrees) along with students admitted as pre-majors to these colleges
  • Each session covers information a little differently, but the overall goal is to connect students to their academic area, have them get to know advisors/faculty members from that area, and discuss first-year and academic-career goals

Lunch (on your own)

The Low Down

  • Presented by the Peer Mentors in the Office of Multicultural Development, The Low Down is a down-to-Earth, interactive presentation that talks about the differences between high school and college and what students can do to make a successful transition

Campus Safety

  • Presented by officers from The University of Akron Police Department, Campus Safety will inlude ALiCE training and general rules for staying safe on and off campus

Succeeding in College and Life

  • Transitioning from high school to college can be difficult. Moving away from home, choosing a major, making new friends, adjusting to your newly found freedom…the list is endless. Presented by Hoan Do, this program will help students acclimate to their new environment and conquer college and life!

Meet the Teams and the UA Band, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., InfoCision Stadium

  • Meet our fall student-athletes (includes football, soccer, volleyball), learn the fight song and more.

Choose an Evening Event (8 p.m.)

  • Akron Aeros game at Canal Park
  • Mike Super: Magic and Illusion
  • Late Night in the Student Union – Glow Party sponsored by Fraternity & Sorority Life & Student Life
  • ZPN Movie Series – "The Great Gatsby"
  • Late Night in the Rec sponsored by The Chapel
  • WONE’s Rock the Lock: Satisfaction - The International Rolling Stones Tribute Show with Electric Mud
  • Student Recreation & Wellness Center – programs and late hours

Saturday, Aug. 24

Team meeting (10 a.m.)

  • Students will connect back with their New Roo group and leaders and go over the day’s schedule

Life in the Classroom and/or Time with Your Advisor

  • UA’s faculty/academic advisors will engage with students about what they expect – from the syllabus to office hours, what they are looking for, what to expect on the first day of classes, how to take responsibility for their own learning experiences, and how to move from pre-major to academic program (for the pre-major groups)

Team meeting (before lunch)

  • New Roo Weekend Leaders will break down life in the classroom even more, detailing their struggles and successes as they first began their Akron Experience and what new students need to know to be successful in the college classroom and on campus

Lunch (on your own)

College Life Sessions (students will choose two sessions…one will be Academic focused and one will be Engagement focused…allows time for students to visit Central Hub for Simmons/Advising Services)


Choose an Evening Event

  • Fraternity & Sorority Life Ice Cream Social
  • RA Lip Sync
  • Casino Night in UA’s E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall
  • Cameo with Rumplestilskin at Lock 3
  • Late Night in the Student Union
  • Student Recreation & Wellness Center Late Night Programs
  • ZPN Movie Series – "The Hangover 3"

Sunday, Aug. 25

Team meeting (12:30 p.m.)

  • Students will connect with their small group and their New Roo Weekend Leaders one last time, making sure to exchange contact information to keep in touch

New Student Convocation, 1:30 p.m., James A. Rhodes Arena

  • The annual celebration to celebrate the official opening of the academic year draws students, faculty and staff.
Roo Fest (2 to 5 p.m.)
  • Roo Fest will take over the Student Union, giving all students a chance to explore the variety of organizations they can be a part of here at UA

Class Schedule Tours - will depart every 15 minutes from the Student Union

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