CoB Summer Leadership Academy

A launchpad to a successful first year and the rest of your UAkron Experience with the Summer Leadership Academy!

The University of Akron's College of Business (CoB) is accepting applications for 15 select spots in its new Summer Leadership Academy. Participants will earn six credits, develop leadership skills, get a head start on their first year of college, and connect with faculty and CoB professional development staff and other students during the five-week program.

The five-week program will allow incoming first-year CoB students to immerse themselves in the University of Akron Experience through living on campus, enrollment in specific CoB core classes, and professional development activities. While the classroom component is important, many of the activities will take place outside of the classroom, including coaching, mentoring, and company visits with successful businesses located within walking distance of campus.

The Summer Leadership Academy is aimed at first-generation college students from Northeast Ohio high schools. Leadership experience is not a requirement. There is no cost to participate in the program. Tuition, housing, and daily lunches/snacks will be supplied, and every Pell-eligible student will be provided a free laptop. By enrolling in the Summer Leadership Academy, students and families will have a direct savings of $2,600.00 off tuition and fees by taking the CoB classes offered during the program rather than during the fall semester. The estimated value of the program is over $4,000.00.

Applicants will need to be admitted to the University of Akron by the start of the five-week program. Selected students are required to have submitted their 2021/2022 FAFSA.

This is a full-time Monday through Friday commitment. Participants will not be able to hold a weekday job or participate in other outside weekday activities during the five weeks. Students in the program will be living on campus throughout the duration of the five weeks.

Applications for 2021 are now closed!

Important Links:

July 12 – August 13

Classes and Professional Development activities will take place Monday–Friday

Who should apply:

  • First generation college students
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  • Students from underrepresented groups - having a disability, LGBTQ+, students of color, etc
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  • Students interested in getting an early start on required business courses (with extra tutoring support)
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  • Students who want to become leaders and experience a professional development program
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  • Students without prior high school leadership experience
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