She was recruited to play at The University of Akron after averaging 23 points and 12 rebounds at Austintown Fitch High School and earning first team All-Ohio AAA honors in 1984. That recruiting effort paid off as Pam Arnold would have an outstanding 108-game career in which she would become UA's first All-American in women's basketball and the school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, the first and only UA player, man or woman, to hold both records at the same time. Her four-year output produced 1,544 points, which now stands second on UA's all-time list, and 916 rebounds that currently remains as the record to beat. However, it did not start well for the 5-10 forward. In her first open scrimmage she fractured her fibula. Despite being sidelined for 10 weeks, Arnold saw action in all 27 games and started the last five. During the 1985-88 seasons Arnold made up for her slow start. She was the Zips' leading scorer, rebounder and MVP all three seasons. As a sophomore she averaged 15.8 points and 8.7 rebounds and netted a career-high 32 points against Tennessee Tech. It was in the 1986-87 that she was selected Honorable Mention by the U. S. Women's Basketball News Service by averaging 16.5 points and 10.1 rebounds as UA compiled a 14-13 mark for its first and only winning season as a NCAA I member. The Youngstown, OH native was voted UA's Caroline Pardee Female Athlete of the Year in '88 after she had scored a school record-breaking 490 points for an 18.2 average and grabbed 289 rebounds, including a career high 23 versus Oral Roberts. All told, she owned 11 UA records at one time and is still ranked in the top 10 in 22 categories. In 1999, Arnold was inducted into UA's Sports Hall of Fame.