School of Social Work

Welcome Message from Michele Thornton - BA/BASW Coordinator/Pending Student Advisor

Welcome to the School of Social Work and congratulations on your admission as a pending social work major.  You have completed the first step in becoming an undergraduate social work major.

The School of Social Work does not offer direct admission.  All students are admitted to the school as pending social work majors and must complete the admissions process also known as the pending process.  While pending majors, students complete the required classes and application necessary to become a full social work major.

As a pending major, Michele Thornton is your assigned academic advisor.  You can also receive academic advising from the College Advisor, Francesca Jirsa.  The academic advisors are here to answer your questions and help guide you through the admissions process.  Best wishes for your future academic pursuits.

Michele Thornton
BA/BASW Coordinator/Pending Student Advisor
School of Social Work
College of Health Professions
Office:  Polsky 411D
Phone:  330-972-8195
E-mail: mdt@uakron.edu
E-mail:  pendingsocialwork@uakron.edu

Lisa Crites
BA/BASW Wayne Coordinator
School of Social Work
College of Health Professions
Office:  Wayne College A127
Phone: 330-972-8707
E-mail: lkc6@uakron.edu

Francesca Jirsa
College Advisor
Student Success Center
College of Health Professions
Office: Mary Gladwin Hall (MGH) 313
Phone:  330-972-5875 
E-mail:  aff3@uakron.edu



Do you want to be admitted as a full major in an upcoming semester?  The next Application Deadlines are:

  • Summer 2014     Application Deadline is February 17, 2014
  • Fall 2014            Application Deadlines are March 17, 2014 (register during Spring 2014 or
                                                                  July 17, 2014 (register during Summer 2014)

Effective August 27, 2012 two changes go into effect that impact pending social work majors.

1.  All students newly admitted into the School of Social Work must earn and maintain a minimum
     cumulative GPA of 2.75 for pending and full major admission.

2.  All application essays/autobiographical statements, recommendations, and Request for
     Application Review forms must be submitted to Admissions via pendingsocialwork@uakron.edu

Pending Process Information and Forms

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