public-colleges

University of Akron

302 Buchtel Common, Akron, OH

Campus image of University of Akron

The University of Akron (UA), located in Ohio, is a public research university. UA offers 300 undergraduate academic degree programs and also many programs at the graduate levels. UA has many new or updated buildings on campus with modern amenities and high-technology classrooms.  In addition to its degree programs, UA offers workforce and career training, continuing education, distance training via online courses, and international study programs.

UA has a highly acclaimed faculty, is considered a "Best in the Midwest" college by the Princeton Review, and has many top-ranking academic programs. Some of UA's most recently top-ranked programs include chemistry, business, science and technology, and engineering.

History

In 1870, the Ohio Universalist Convention founded the University of Akron was founded as "Buchtel College." Originally a church-focused school, the emphasis shifted to non-denominational interests and curricula by 1907. In 1913, the trustees created the Municipal University of Akron, which became the University of Akron (UA) in 1926.  In 1959, the University of Akron became the fifth university in Ohio to offer a doctoral degree. In 1967, UA became a state university.  In the 1990s, a new campus was developed, with 9 new buildings reaching completion in 2004. In 2008, the on-campus sports stadium, InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field, was completed. In 2010, UA was named an Ohio Center of Excellence for its biomedicine, healthcare, and enabling technologies programs.

Academics

The academic calendar for the University of Akron follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters, and two summer sessions.

Colleges and Schools

The University of Akron has 14 academic colleges and schools, including:

  • College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
  • Graduate School
  • Honors College
  • Law School
  • Summit College
  • University College
  • Wayne College
  • Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Creative and Professional Arts
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health Sciences and Human Services
  • College of Nursing

Student Life

There are more than 200 student clubs and organizations available at UA for student involvement and enrichment. Students at UA can choose from groups focused on politics, faith, ethnicity, academic interests, hobbies, music, careers, and more. There are local chapters of national fraternities and sororities. More than 12 intramural sports and clubs are available for student participation. Campus-sponsored events and activities include inner-tube water polo and ultimate Frisbee tournaments. The Student Recreation and Wellness Center has more information about intramural sports and athletics activities.

Traditions

The University of Akron's school colors are blue and white, and its mascot is "Zippy" the kangaroo.

The athletic teams for the UA were christened the "Zippers" or "Zips" in 1925, after a campus-wide contest was held to choose a nickname.  The origin of the "Zippers" was inspired by a zip-up style of rain boots, or galoshes, that were invented by the B.F. Goodrich Company of Akron, Ohio.

Athletics

Many of the University of Akron's "Zips" athletes have become professional NFL players. The UA "Zips" athletic teams compete in 19 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field (indoor and outdoor)

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field (indoor and outdoor)
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its Akron Campus location, the University of Akron offers many courses at locations around the Ohio region via its distance-learning program. Satellite locations include:

  • Wayne College (Orrville, OH)
  • The Medina County University Center (Medina, OH)
  • The Wayne College Holmes County Higher Education Center (Millersburg, OH)
  • Midpoint Campus Center (Brunswick, OH)
  • Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (Rootstown, OH)

Community Life

The UA is integral to the regional economy of Akron, Ohio, with partnerships in local business and government providing students and graduates with many learning and career opportunities.  Communities bordering the university's Akron campus have been refurbished into healthier homes through UA programs and initiatives.

The city of Akron offers many opportunities for recreation and entertainment, with a vibrant downtown area and many parks for outdoor activities. The UA campus has easy access to the downtown area, and to highways and airports.

Some of the region's points of interest include the EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall, the Akron Art Museum and Cleveland Museum of Art, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Cuyahoga Valley National Park, among others.

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give an overview of the applicants University of Akron accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at University of Akron is about 23,000. The student body is made up of 83% undergraduate students and 17% graduate students.

$16,400

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $16,400. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $45 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State Tuition: $8,600-$10,000
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $17,000-$20,580
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $360-$430 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $720-$860 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid94%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships81%$6,388
Receiving Student Loans67%$7,249
accrediation - SELECT Campus_Name, Campus_IPEDS_UnitID, Agency_Name,clean_program_name as Program_Name,Accreditation_Type,Accreditation_Status,Accreditation_Date_Type,Periods,cipcode,entity_id FROM `college_accreditations_2015` ca left join `college_accreditations_program_names` capn on capn.program_name = ca.Program_Name WHERE `entity_id` = '200800' AND `Last Action` = ''
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-0
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-5
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-5
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-5
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, University of Akron may provide services to students like those listed below:

  • Online course work available
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

University of Akron has an overall graduation rate which is close to 42%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years14%
Graduating in 5 Years16%
Graduating in 6 Years6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program
  • Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dance Program
  • Dietetics Program
  • Coordinated Dietetics Program
  • Law Program
  • Music Program
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
  • Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN) Program
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

University of Akron is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Mid-American Conference)
  • Basketball (Mid-American Conference)
  • Track and Field (Mid-American Conference)
  • Football (Mid-American Conference)
  • Golf
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-5
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-4
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-4
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-4
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-4
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-4
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-4
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-4
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-5
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-3
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-6
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-1
here is the count .. public-colleges-5-2

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by University of Akron by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Architecture

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Personal and Culinary Services

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Psychology

Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

Other 4-Year Public Colleges

The list of schools below have been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to University of Akron.

Also, check out our college lists below, which can help students compare schools to one another:

Contact Information

General Contact

Admissions Office

Financial Aid Office

Virtual Tour of Campus

Virtual Tour of University of Akron

College Video Tour

School Map




ACCEPTANCE RATE
96.60%

FINANCIAL AID RATE
94%

STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
19:1

DEGREES OFFERED ONLINE
20

FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
$5,565