Get to the forefront of your Akron Experience!

Want to explore a fun part of Akron and meet some new people before classes start? We're bringing you the keys to Unlock Akron with this exclusive opportunity for all incoming freshmen.

Unlock Akron brings together some unique-to-Akron experiences that you can enjoy with others. Facilitated by current UA students, Unlock Akron experiences give you the opportunity to meet new people before classes start and get the additional low-down on starting college off on the right foot.

In a traditional sense, Unlock Akron is here to help you explore your new city with unique and fun experiences and the opportunity to connect with others. While we can't help you explore your new city right now, we've come up with some fun and exciting ways to at least help you connect with others. While we looked forward to some of planned experiences, we hope you'll consider participating in some virtual experiences that can connect you to some UA opportunities. See descriptions on each experience below and make sure you RSVP!


July 17th - 6 PM

Get Cooking with Dining Services

July 24th - 7 PM

Paint with a Zip

July 31st - 7 PM

Zippy's Trivia Night hosted by UA Esports

August 7th - 11 AM

Yoga with the Rec presented by the Student Recreation & Wellness Center



CookingNightIt's time to get cooking! Join a live stream with a UA Dining Services Chef to cook up something delicious! You'll get tips and step-by-step recipe instructions to follow along with to cook your own meal at home. One lucky cook will take away a prize.

PaintNightIt's not just painting, it's painting with a Zip! Join a UA Myers School of Art student while we paint Akron's favorite marsupial, Zippy! It's your first piece of Akron art work and you'll hand-painted by you! Follow along with step-by-step instructions and a provided material list. Don't have the paint supplies? We'll also have alternative suggestions to create your own Zippy art work! One Zippy painting will be voted on for a prize give away!

TriviaNightFun? Interactive? Prizes? Fireworks?   

Well, okay maybe we lied about the fireworks! Either way, come join us live for an explosive evening of trivia! Learn a little bit more about Akron and show off your knowledge. We will broadcast the entire event live with the Zips Esports team. Prizes will be given away and good times will be on hand. Participate and watch along on twitch as it is casted live! 

YogaClassTake a break and join us for a Live stress relieving Yoga session  with the Student Recreation & Wellness Center. Q&A session to follow with a chance to win a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card! Follow our Instagram account at @uakronrec to join the class and to learn more about our offerings and services this fall!