Frequently Asked Questions
Academic Advising Questions
- Ask about your student’s new sisterhood or brotherhood, their values, and historical pillars of membership.
- Research on the chapter’s (inter)national website.
- Encourage your student to take a leadership role in the chapter.
- Encourage your student to take advantage of resources in the Greek community, such as scholarships.
- Know the grade requirements to maintain membership and challenge them to take advantage of academic resources being offered.
- Check in with your student during the recruitment process.
- Talk with your student about making an individual decision: friends amongst chapters are a good thing!
- Help them weigh the considerations for joining each group: philanthropy, sisterhood/brotherhood support, service work, scholarship opportunities, leadership development, responsibilities, and job skills.
- Talk about the financial responsibility associated with membership.
- If you are an alumnus/a of an organization, consider their legacy but also be open-minded and supportive of membership should they choose a fraternity/sorority other than your own.
Hazing is against the law in the state of Ohio and can jeopardize a student’s membership in their chapter, while jeopardizing their enrollment at the University. Anyone who knows or suspects that someone is being hazed should contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. The University of Akron has a zero tolerance policy of hazing.
Many of our chapters enhance the academic experience by offering scholarships, study skill workshops, and by holding weekly study tables. The University of Akron’s fraternity and sorority students consistently obtain a higher grade point average than non-affiliated students, with 87% of our members responding that as a result of joining their fraternity/sorority they have increased their academic success. Check out the Fraternity and Sorority Life grade reports on the Scholarship Page
While known as social organizations, partying is not the main focus of the sororities and fraternities on the University of Akron’s campus. Members of the Greek community are constantly busy studying, raising money for philanthropies, participating in service events to help the community, and spending time with their brothers or sisters during events such as socials.
- To be a part of an organization with values
- To participate in philanthropy/community service
- To be able to develop more personal relationships
- To gain leadership opportunities
Placement Test FAQs
|ACT Math Score||SAT Math Score||Course Placement|
|28-higher||630-higher||Calculus 3450: or 2030:255|
|24-27||560-629||Pre-calculus 3450:149 or 3450:215|
|22-23||531-559||College Algebra 3450:145
Basic Statistics 3470:260, 3470:261
|21-lower||530-lower||COMPASS Math Test Required|
|23-lower||560-lower||COMPASS Math Test Required|
|Engineering & Additional Science majors*|
|27-lower||629-lower||COMPASS Math Test Required|
|ACT English Score||SAT Verbal Score||Course Placement|
|28-higher||610-higher||English Composition II 3300:112|
|25-27||570-600||English Composition I 3300:111 (Honors)|
|18-24||430-560||English Composition I 3300:111|
|17-lower||420-lower||COMPASS Writing Test Required|
|ACT Reading Score||SAT Verbal Score||Course Placement|
|16-higher||410-higher||No COMPASS Reading Test required|
|15-lower||409-lower||COMPASS Reading Test Required|
No. You can test at a branch location. Choose from:
- Wayne College
- Medina County University Center, or
- Midpoint Campus, a partnership between University of Akron and Lorain County Community college.
Or you can find a remote test center closer to home:
Note: Some remote testing centers may charge a fee. Arrange the test at the location of your choice by calling us at 330-972-6511.
Transition to College
Akron Adventures FAQs
Akron Adventures is open to all incoming first-year students on a first come, first serve basis. On your trip, you will be joined by other first-year students as well as upper-class student facilitators and professional staff members from the Office of New Student Orientation and other offices on campus.
Students participating in the Akron Adventures trips will meet at The University of Akron campus and depart to the Adventures site as a group. Directions to the meeting point on campus and a campus parking permit will be sent with your confirmation materials after you register for your Adventure.
Each Akron Adventures trip is determined by date of trip, type of event, and location. Please see main page trip details.
Each trip has a different cost depending on length of trip and activities included. All transportation, cost of events, and meals are provided however.
Each trip provides the same opportunity to bond with other incoming students, learn new skills, and to be challenged. The difference is where you go and the activities you do. So, read about the trips and choose the one that sounds most interesting to you.
See main page for instructions on signing up. Registration for Akron Adventures trips fills on a first-come first-serve basis.
Most specialized camping equipment—like tents, kayaks, climbing gear, life vests, and rafts are provided by The University of Akron or affiliated outfitters. You are responsible for bringing personal items like clothing and proper footwear. Please see the sample packing list provided in your trip confirmation materials for more details about equipment.
The Akron Adventures programs are designed to challenge all participants at their own level. Beginners will receive basic instruction for each activity and more experienced campers will also have the opportunity to challenge their comfort zones. All students will learn how to cooperate as a group in an outdoor setting.
Like all physical activities, the Akron Adventure trips can present a risk. The University of Akron aims to minimize that risk by using only trained and certified professionals to facilitate activities. Emergency protocols are in place and will be followed when necessary.
A few weeks before the scheduled departure date for your trip you will receive a packet in the mail with updates about your trip and specifics about where to meet the group on campus.
Participants may stay overnight in a residence hall room on campus. To reserve a room, please contact Nino Colla at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-972-2145.
For those driving to campus, parking is available on campus. You will receive a temporary parking permit in your Akron Adventures Trip Confirmation Packet that will be mailed to you about two weeks before your trip departs. We ask that all participants meet at UA's campus and travel with the group, even if you are "on the way" to the trip's location. Due to safety reasons, we will not pick up participants at other locations.
While you are permitted to bring a cell phone, we will ask you to turn off the phone during the day while participating in camp activities. You should also note that in some remote areas of our camping locations, cell phone service is not available.