The many ways you can become
more career-ready on ‘Five-Star Fridays’

STARTING THIS FALL, most students at Akron will take courses Monday through Thursday, leaving Friday dedicated to hands-on, real-world experience.

This innovative schedule – unique among universities in the area – condenses, but does not change, the weekly course load for most students. It provides additional opportunities for real-world learning each Friday, helping you get the most out of your education.

Students working on a class project together at The University of Akron.


Today, 82 percent of our undergraduate students complete internships, student teaching, research or study-abroad trips. These experiences often lead to job offers.

A student working in a laboratory at The University of Akron

Labs & research

Our faculty look to involve students in research projects as early as possible. It's a great way to enrich your studies and build a resume.

Students on a community service project in the Akron community

Community service

Fridays will allow you to build leadership experience through service in the community and through one of our 300+ student organizations.

Students studying together at The University of Akron

Study groups

Our campus has spaces specially designed for small-group study sessions and project work. (And four coffee houses for those fueled by caffeine.)

A member of the music faculty at The University of Akron provides direction to a student

Meet with faculty

You'll have time on Fridays to stop by faculty members' offices to ask questions or explore points of interest that could not be covered fully in class.

Students meet to discuss a project at The University of Akron

Career planning

Fridays will be ideal for meeting with Career Services advisors and using the time to network and take part in career-related events.

A guest speaker gestures during a lecture at The University of Akron

Speakers & programs

We regularly host speakers and programs designed to enhance your development and eventual career success.

“QUALITY LEARNING AND STUDENT SUCCESS are the primary focuses of Five-Star Fridays. This initiative is consistent with workplace flexibility trends, and based on my conversations with industry, UA students should be even more attractive in the workplace both during school and after graduation if they take advantage of this Friday initiative.”

Matthew J. Wilson, President, The University of Akron


A student on a college campus


The new Akron Guarantee Scholarship not only guarantees the yearly renewal of your scholarship so long as you are in good academic standing, but the award increases in size after you have earned 30, 60 and 90 credits.

Students playing multiplayer video games


Want to earn a scholarship for gaming? We're forming a varsity team that will compete against other universities in League of Legends, Hearthstone and more. We also need players for our club teams – and we’re looking for students who can build equipment, broadcast games, design uniforms and work as personal trainers. Learn more.

The Student Union at The University of Akron


You have to see Akron! Learn about academic programs, financial aid and scholarships, and housing options during one of our special visit days throughout the year. Or schedule a small-group tour of campus weekdays or on select Saturdays. Learn more.