Emerging Leaders

The Emerging Leaders Program creates an opportunity for first-year students to become actively engaged in the campus community through leadership development, civic engagement and self-discovery.

It is through academic achievement, mentoring and co-curricular involvement that students experience a holistic approach to college life and later as civic leaders in society.

Program highlights


  1. A minimum 2.2 cumulative high school GPA (minimum 3.5 cumulative high school GPA for UA's Williams Honors College).
  2. Available to arrive to campus one week early for Leadership Training Week and Welcome Weekend 2018.
  3. Able to commit for a full year to the Program and Major Events Committee events.
  4. Members of this community will need to register for the special fall Akron Experience: University 101 class, held on Wednesdays from 3:20-5 p.m. and the advanced Leadership Principles class from 3:20-5 p.m. in the spring.
  5. Resident of either Ritchie Hall, Sisler-McFawn Residence Hall or 5th floor of the Honors Complex (pending Honors College acceptance).

Responsibilities of Major Events Committee include:

  • Welcome Weekend 2018
  • Welcome Back Show Spring 2019
  • Hall Fest 2019


  • Make new friends in a unique Learning Community
  • Award-winning leadership training
  • Membership in America's No. 1 Program Board (RHPB)
  • Work with great entertainers
  • Arrive to school early
  • Be a part of the University from the start!

Emerging Leader Application for 2018-19

What do Emerging Leaders do?

Emerging Leaders take part in a specialized class called Akron Experience: University 101 in the fall and a Leadership Principles course in the spring, are mentored by upperclassmen student leaders within Residence Life and Housing, and come into The University of Akron already a part of the Residence Hall Program Board (RHPB) as a member of the Major Events Committee.


  • 2009 APCA Leadership Development Award
  • 2008 CAACURH Community of the Year