SUMMER and FALL 2015

News for incoming Honors College students

The Honors Leadership Summit Programs

Sponsored by the Honors College and the College of Business Administration, the Honors Leadership Summit Program offers a half day of leadership training for new Honors College students. All students who live within two hours driving time of the Akron campus are required to complete an afternoon session during the summer. See the schedule below.


 Registration for an Honors Leadership Summit during the summer of 2015 is now available:  Complete the form you find upon selecting this link.

Once a session is filled, the session will no longer appear on the registration site.

Each session will be filled on a first-come basis. Registration is required of all incoming Honors College students living within a two hour drive of the Akron campus. Participation is also required of continuing UA students who are joining the Honors College in Fall, 2015.

Each incoming Honors College student is required to attend the special session on August 27 at the beginning of the fall semester. Each summer session will be limited to 125 new Honors College students. Unless otherwise specified, the sessions listed below will be held in the Honors Common Room in the Honors Complex.

Each session will include a keynote speaker and smaller working group sessions. Lunch begins at 12:30 p.m. for each summer session:  

  •  Isil Nugay from Apple Inc., Thursday, 1-4:30 p.m., July 23.  
  • Honors alumna Lynn Lalley Waggers from LifeBanc, Thursday, 1-4:30 p.m., July 30    
  • UA Alumnus Alex Modon from SilverPush Inc., Thursday, 1-4:30 p.m., August 6
  • Honors alumnus, Jon-Michael Durkin from Google Inc., Thursday, 1-4:30 p.m., August 13
  • Plus: Special required session for ALL new Honors students: Thursday, August 27, at the beginning of the fall semester. At Akron's Civic Theatre. The doors open at 1 p.m. and the address will begin at 1:30 p.m.   Bring your student ID to register your attendance.
    Mr. Mark T. Smucker, President and Director U.S. Coffee Retail, The J.M. Smucker Company.

Summer New Student Orientation for Honors College students

At orientation, you will have the opportunity to become better acquainted with the Honors College staff, as well as complete your fall course schedule!  If you haven't already done so, register at the University web site at this link: NSO

Orientation days for incoming Honors College students are scheduled about once a week through May-July. When you contact the Office of New Student Orientation, you will be directed to reserve an orientation time on one of those days.  In general, the earlier you attend, the easier it is to register for Fall semester classes.

Summer Reading

Don't forget to read the recommended book this summer!


Progress Checks for new Honors students

Starting the sixth week of the fall semester, each new Honors scholar is required to make a personal appointment Progress Check with one of the Honors advisors by calling the Honors office (ext. 7966), with appointments starting late September. This personal update is a real benefit for our Honors students! It's also a requirement. The advisors will make sure that course credit you've earned will be applied to your academic record.

During the personal Progress Check, we'll ask you to comment on these aspects of your college experience:

  1. academics
  2. appropriateness of your career choice
  3. your adjustment to college
  4. evaluation of your living and learning environment
  5. clarification of the Honors College curriculum
  6. assessment of the quality of the relationship with your Faculty Advisor
  7. completion of remaining paperwork (i.e. bypass and/or AP credit, etc)
  8. your involvement with extracurricular activities
  9. your financial and employment situation
  10. scheduling issues

    Call the office at 330-972-7966 to schedule your Progress Check. Remember, this is a benefit and a requirement of the Honors College .

Incoming class of 2011

  • Approximately 437 new students, 51% male, 49% female.
  • Average High School GPA- 3.91
  • ACT average score- 29.1
  • 22 valedictorians in the incoming class, with a total of 62 students in the top five of their graduating class
  • 82% coming directly from high school, 3% transfer students, with the remainder as continuing UA students.
  • Out of state students from Arizona, California, Delaware, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas
  • Out of country students from Brazil, England, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria, and Western Africa