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Akron Rises Scholar Program

Beginning college can be tricky for anyone. UA has developed a special program for our Akron Rises Scholars to help them transition successfully from high school to college.


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Connection to student mentors

You’ll be introduced to student mentors who are studying a similar major or has similar interests. These mentors are also available for help with coursework.

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Individual Success Plan

You’ll work together with your Akron Rises coordinator to create a success plan personalized to your life and goals.

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Personal Akron Rises coordinator

Your Akron Rises coordinator works in the Office of Academic and Retention Support (OARS) and is here to support you and help you be successful in college.

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Support in obtaining scholarships

UA offers scholarships to continuing students, and as an Akron Rises Scholar, you’ll have help finding and applying for awards during your freshman year.

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Career and real-world learning opportunities

The University of Akron’s Career Services helps Akron Rises Scholars explore majors, find jobs on-campus, prep for interviews and connect with internships and job opportunities.

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Leadership and personal development opportunities

The Office of Academic and Retention Support (OARS) provides workshops to help you prepare for tests, improve your study skills and become a leader.

Apply today

Take the first step to becoming a Zip. Apply today.

Already admitted? Then confirm your enrollment.

Contact OARS

Phone: 330-972-7760
Fax: 330-972-5848

OARS homepage

Simmons Hall 301 (map)
277 East Buchtel Ave.
Akron, OH 44325-4000