All incoming freshmen attending one of our Advising & Registration Programs should expect to spend a fun-filled full day on-campus. Check-In begins at 8:15 a.m. Our Final Roo-minders will conclude by 3:30 p.m. Below is the schedule you can expect. Your schedule will be personalized based off your major and group for the day! Information for parent and family members can be found on our parent and family page.

Student Schedule

After you check in, take part in the Explore UA Involvement Fair. Learn about campus resources, check out groups to get involved in, and find out more about the many different resources UA has to offer. You may even see Zippy roaming around for a picture!

Welcome to the start of your Akron Experience! There's a lot to learn on the road from here to graduation, and we're here to help you on your journey!

Learn all about the importance of starting your college experience off strong and finishing stronger. Making connections, exploring campus resources, seeking out involvement opportunities, and understanding your journey towards graduation is a shared commitment early on in your college experience will help you in writing your own story – your unique Akron Experience.

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The power of storytelling is an amazing thing. Hear some of our Orientation Leaders share their stories. Their ups, their downs, and everything in between that has shaped their journey and pathway to this point. College Life: I'm A Zip is a peak into the struggles and successes of some of UA's best student leaders on campus.

Fun! Exciting! Engaging! The Akron Experience is all of that and more. Learn all about it and its seven key areas from some of the students who are living it right now. Our Orientation Leaders have tips about textbooks, parking, getting involved, and much more to help you out on the right foot in the fall!

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Time for Lunch! Enjoy a complimentary lunch in one of our dining locations on campus. Have time to get to know other students, parents, and our orientation staff!

You will meet with an academic advisor to discuss your first semester at UA, and receive your class schedule after learning how to add & drop classes using My Akron.

It's almost time to go! Before the end of the day when Zip Cards are distributed to students, we have a few final things we'd like to tell you about before you leave. You'll hear about some important summer tasks, learn about New Roo Weekend, and find out how you can begin to Unlock Akron in our Final Roo-Minders!

Following our Advising & Registration Program, feel free to take advantage of any optional programs available. Activities include:

  • Visit Ritchie Residence Hall for assistance on housing or a residence hall tour
  • Visit Zip Assist and the Student Services Center for questions and assistance regarding student accounts, registration, financial aid, and information for commuter students
  • A Day in the Life of a Zip Tour: Walk your class schedule with some of our Orientation Leaders
  • Visit PNC Bank, the official on-campus banking partner of UA
  • Visit The University of Akron Bookstore to shop UA gear

What should you bring?

Do you need anything? Is lunch provided? These are common questions, so take note of what you need before you get here!

  • Your orientation parking permit.
  • A form of photo identification.
  • Your UANet ID (please check your admission's information or call our Computer Support Desk at 330-972-6888).
  • A smile - we will be taking your picture for your Zip Card.
  • Comfortable walking shoes, you will be walking!
  • Lightweight jacket or sweater, some air-conditioned rooms can get chilly!
  • Umbrella, if rain is in the forecast.
  • Money, if you would like to visit our bookstore to purchase UA gear!
  • We provide a light breakfast and lunch is complimentary, so no need to bring food!
  • Your questions, because we're here to help!