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Your fall 2021 preview

Here’s our early plan for fall.

It’s rooted in the realistic expectation that by August the spread of the virus will be much reduced, thanks to the vaccine and to the immunity in those who had COVID and recovered.

Students walk by the Student Union at the center of campusIn our plan, safety is paramount. Our campus this fall will align with state and local health department recommendations for mask wearing and other precautions. And of course, we will adjust our plan carefully should vaccination rates or COVID variants change the landscape.

This fall, we’re planning more face-to-face instruction, undergraduate research, residence hall activities, events, speakers, shows, exhibitions, recreation, esports, intramurals, football, soccer, homecoming and more. Here’s the plan:

CLASSES

Significantly more face-to-face instruction

Most fall classes will be held in normal classroom layouts with social distancing. Some online classes will be offered as well.

We expect a traditional fall calendar, with a break at Thanksgiving and finals week in mid-December, all campus based.

STUDENT ADVISING AND OTHER SERVICES

A helping hand when you need it

We have hundreds of advisers, counselors and other professionals here to help you adjust to college and thrive. They’ll meet you where you are: In person, virtually or in line at Starbucks on campus.

LIVING ON CAMPUS

Residence halls bustling with energy and activity

Our award-winning residence halls are planning a safe and engaging fall living experience rich with programs and activities. We are flexible, too. Want a roommate? No roommate? Want to live at home and commute? We will accommodate you.

DINING

Great food and friends

The chefs who create our great menus look forward to welcoming you back this fall for daily treats and special events that will make meals with friends something else to look forward to. We expect all our dining spaces to be open and group dining to be available to the greatest extent permitted.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

A group for nearly every interest

We have nearly 340 student organizations – focused on academics, the arts, athletics, science, music, leadership, service and more. They’re planning hundreds of welcoming events and social activities for this fall. As August nears, look for emails with more information.

New undergraduate students should look forward to an exciting and informative introduction to Akron through a combination of in-person, on campus and virtual New Student Orientation events. New Roo Weekend, a campus tradition, will give you the opportunity to embrace the campus, community and downtown Akron. Make a Difference Day and Homecoming will be right around the corner!

ATHLETICS

‘Zip go the Zippers’

We expect a limited number of spectators at our fall games. You should join them. Admission is free with your student ID. There’s no better way to feel Zips energy than to stand with friends and cheer for the blue and gold.

RECREATION, INTRAMURALS AND ESPORTS

Healthy body, healthy mind

Our modern rec center will offer a full slate of classes and recreational opportunities to the greatest extent possible. And you can power up for a great fall by gathering friends and joining an intramural or esports league. For details, check out our website as we get closer to fall.

Our modern rec center will offer a full slate of classes and recreational opportunities to the greatest extent possible. And students can power up for a great fall by gathering friends and joining an intramural or esports league.

Facilities indoors and out will be available to our campus. Yoga on the courtyard, our campus bike share and our Zip Walk all help us embrace the early fall. The leisure pool, Olympic pool and weight training areas available for everyone working toward their fitness goals.

For details, check out our website as we get closer to fall.

THE BEST PART

Everything should get better from here

We expect a lively campus come this August, and as COVID continues to fade, things should get even better, with fewer and fewer restrictions. Akron will be the place to be. Join us!