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Akron, OH 44325-4702
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University of Akron Main Campus

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Academics

With a history dating back to the 1870s and a reputation today as a leader in scientific research, the University of Akron is one of the most storied public education institutions in the state of Ohio. Renovations completed in the mid-2000s have added a new football field and further research facilities to the university, which has an enrollment of over 28,000 students and nearly 300 undergraduate majors plus over 100 graduate majors from which students can choose.

Originally founded by John Buchtel and other prominent Akron contemporaries as a Universalist institution, the University of Akron ceased being tied to any domination and became a city-run school shortly after the turn of the century. As of 1967, the growth which came to Akron following World War II carried over to the university and it became part of the state system. UA is now one of the largest universities in Ohio and aims to become the leader in university-level research in the northern part of the state.

Besides the numerous undergraduate and graduate programs, UA has a law school, an international program, distance learning courses and continuing education all on the table.

Though known for its dedication and success in polymer research, students will find many humanities programs in the roster of undergraduate majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. Everything from Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics and Anthropology to Modern Language, History and English degrees can be pursued. The College of Business Administration is another major part of the undergrad program. Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting, International Business, Human Resource Management and E-Business Management are offered, with options growing every semester. The College of Engineering and College of Education also feature more than 10 majors per school. The College of Creative and Professional Arts offers majors in Art, Music, Dance, Theatre and Music. Finally, the College of Nursing offers 4-year degrees for students hoping to become certified as registered nurses in Ohio.

Besides the major baccalaureate programs at the University of Akron, 2-year associate degrees are offered through the branch known as Summit College. Graduate programs are offered in all of the major departments as well, along with law degrees and online courses available through the school’s website.

The University of Akron is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a number of other organizations for specific programs, outlined in detail on the school website.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

University of Akron admissions processes will vary by the school which applicants hope to attend. The basic admissions process for high school graduates hoping to attend UA within 2 years after graduation will follow the following 5-step procedure. First, the application must be completed online. Next, the nonrefundable application fee is submitted. Third, transcripts from high school are to be submitted. Fourth, ACT and SAT scores must be submitted. For student reference, the SAT code for U of A is 8129, the ACT code 3338. Finally, the College Prep Form found on the school website should be completed.

For graduate work, the same basic format is followed, though the competition is more intense and the requirements stricter. To find out about specific program requirements, refer to the school website.

Financial Aid

Applicants to the U of A who hope to obtain financial aid must begin the process by completing the FAFSA. Once this is done, students will see whether or not they are eligible for the grants, loans and work-study opportunities being offered by the federal government. There are thousands of scholarships which are a part of the university’s annual endowment of more than $13 million.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3376th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Ohio.

Students

University of Akron students can get the full college experience, whether living on-campus in one of the modern residence halls or commuting from another location. Intramural sports, student government and other clubs are open to any matriculated individual interested. Greek life is also popular at UA, with over 30 organizations represented. Whether on campus or out in the city, UA students looking for quality museums and cultural events will find ways to satisfy their interests.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Scholar athletes will find many opportunities open to them at the University of Akron, as the ‘Zippers’ compete on the intercollegiate level in the Mid-American Conference. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf track, rifle (a co-ed sport) and soccer. Women have access to the same roster of sports, with volleyball replacing football, softball replacing baseball and tennis and swimming added.

Information Summary

Ranks 52nd in Ohio and 1288th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Ohio and 414th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 6 0.02
Robbery 13 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 15 0.05
Arrest 77 0.28

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 869 0.44
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 27 0.01
Forcible Rape 165 0.08
Robbery 718 0.36
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,268 2.14
Larceny 5,790 2.91
Vehicle theft 806 0.40

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3913

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1154th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $8,449 $8,449 $16,813
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,605 $1,605 $1,605
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $352 $352 $754
FT Graduate Tuition $7,430 $7,430 $12,678
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,309 $1,309 $1,309
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $413 $413 $741
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $23,956 $23,956 $32,320
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $25,740 $25,740 $34,104
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,120 $14,120 $22,484

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Law Degree — Tuition $17,101 $17,151
Law Degree — Required Fees $1,559 $1,559

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $9,545 $9,863 $9,545 $9,863 $17,468 $18,063
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $900 $1,000
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,586 $9,878
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,520(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,134(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,152(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,066(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 10,575 (5,060 male / 5,515 female)
Admitted 10,204 (4,859 male / 5,345 female)
Admission rate 96%
First-time Enrollment 3,812 (2,012 male / 1,800 female)
FT Enrollment 3,605 (1,914 male / 1,691 female)
PT Enrollment 207 (98 male / 109 female)
Total Enrollment24,932

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mid-American Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-American Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-American Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-American Conference

ACT Test Admission

799th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 90%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25

SAT Test Admission

470th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 13%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 590
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 610
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 920 / 1200

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,900
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$6,622
Board Fee$3,760

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 224 435 63 124 10 3,986 134 5,010
Accounting 6 4 5 6 147 3 171
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 2 12 14
Accounting and Related Services, Other 1 1
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 1 2
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General 3 2 22 3 30
African Studies 1 1
American Government and Politics (United States) 5 1 1 31 38
Anthropology 1 2 11 1 15
Apparel and Textiles, General 3 1 9 1 14
Applied Economics 4 4
Applied Mathematics, General 2 2 1 1 28 34
Archeology
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 1 2
Art Teacher Education 12 12
Asian History 2 2
Athletic Training/Trainer 2 26 1 29
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 2 58 60
Biochemistry 1 2 12 15
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 4 2 37 1 44
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 1 12 93 2 113
Business Administration and Management, General 7 14 1 60 2 85
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 1 1 1 8 11
Business/Commerce, General 21 2 49 5 77
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Chemical Engineering 9 3 46 1 59
Chemistry, General 3 10 13
Child Development 7 36 3 46
Chinese Language and Literature 1 3 4
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 1 2 6 9
Civil Engineering, General 12 1 2 50 1 66
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 3 1 1 48 1 54
Community College Education
Community Organization and Advocacy 6 3 9
Computer Engineering, General 1 1 1 16 19
Computer Science 17 1 24 42
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst 4 2 4 78 5 94
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 2 1 44 2 49
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Conducting
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 12 1 69 3 85
Corrections
Counseling Psychology 1 5 6
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 7 36 1 44
Creative Writing 3 3
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1 1
Criminal Justice/Police Science 13 2 2 54 1 73
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 10 1 3 47 1 63
Criminology 3 1 1 19 25
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 5 1 1 11 18
Dance, General 5 6
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration 1 1
Development Economics and International Development
Dietetics/Dietitian 28 28
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 1 3 4
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 9 9
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 6 2 2 84 2 98
Ecology
Economics, General 7 3 7 17
Economics, Other
Education, Other 4 6 10
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs 19 19
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other 1 1 2
Educational Assessment, Testing, and Measurement
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 23 1 25
Educational/Instructional Technology 2 29 31
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 16 3 1 27 3 50
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 2 3 1 1 23 1 32
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 2 3
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 11 1 12
Engineering, General 1 6 7
English Language and Literature, General 1 4 1 47 53
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 30 1 32
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary
Family Systems 3 3 19 2 27
Family and Consumer Economics and Related Services, Other
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 1 1 1 4 7
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, Other
Fashion Merchandising
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Finance, General 11 4 2 1 1 48 3 73
Financial Planning and Services 5 5
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 1 4 5
Fine/Studio Arts, General 2 10 1 14
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 4 1 21 26
Fire Protection, Other 2 26 2 30
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 7 7
Forensic Psychology
Forensic Science and Technology 1 2 3
French Language Teacher Education 1 1
French Language and Literature
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other 1 1
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 5 3 11 19
Geography 1 2 3
Geology/Earth Science, General 18 1 19
Geophysics and Seismology 1 1
Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing 1 18 19
Gerontology 12 12
Graphic Design 1 3 1 34 1 40
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 4 5
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 2 20 23
Histologic Technician
History, General 1 3 39 3 46
Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 4 4
Housing and Human Environments, General 11 11
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 1 1 1 36 1 40
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 1 1
Industrial and Organizational Psychology 7 8
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 2 1 23 27
International Finance 2 1 3
International Relations and Affairs 2 2 9 1 14
Jazz/Jazz Studies
Journalism, Other 3 1 11 1 16
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 1 58 3 62
Keyboard Instruments
Latin American Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 2 20 22
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 42 3 9 88 2 148
Linguistics 1 1 2
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 2 4 6
Management Information Systems and Services, Other 1 1 2
Management Information Systems, General 5 1 1 14 1 22
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 1 17 18
Marketing, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 5 5 1 100 2 113
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 1 11 1 13
Mathematics Teacher Education 14 15
Mathematics and Computer Science 13 13
Mathematics, General 2 1 9 12
Mechanical Engineering 12 1 5 1 110 3 132
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 2 75 2 80
Medical Office Management/Administration 4 4 8
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 33 1 34
Medical/Clinical Assistant 3 1 1 19 2 27
Merchandising and Buying Operations 1 1
Metal and Jewelry Arts
Microbiology, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 5 5
Music History, Literature, and Theory 1 1
Music Performance, General 1 1 20 22
Music Teacher Education 1 18 19
Music Theory and Composition 2 2
Music, General 1 1 1 12 15
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Nursing Practice
Office Management and Supervision 1 1
Operations Management and Supervision 1 1 1 18 21
Organizational Communication, General 8 1 1 45 6 61
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 2 2 4
Philosophy 1 8 1 10
Photography 1 7 8
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2 6 2 1 65 3 80
Physical Therapy/Therapist 2 39 1 43
Physics, General 3 4 7
Physics, Other
Political Science and Government, General 2 1 10 13
Political Science and Government, Other 1 1 8 2 12
Polymer Chemistry 22 5 1 28
Polymer/Plastics Engineering 18 3 21
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies 1 22 14 5 43
Printmaking 2 2
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
Psychology, General 11 3 1 107 2 125
Psychopharmacology 4 1 5
Public Administration 8 10 1 1 15 1 36
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Public Health, General 1 3 1 5
Public Relations/Image Management 5 52 3 60
Quality Control Technology/Technician
Radio and Television 6 22 28
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other 3 22 1 26
Reading Teacher Education 23 24
Real Estate
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 17 2 11 261 6 300
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1 21 1 23
Restaurant/Food Services Management 1 5 6
Retailing and Retail Operations 1 1
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 1 1 19 1 22
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 10 11
Sculpture 1 1
Secondary Education and Teaching 2 1 1 22 26
Selling Skills and Sales Operations 1 1 8 10
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 1 1 19 22
Small Business Administration/Management 3 4 7
Social Sciences, General 1 7 8
Social Sciences, Other
Social Studies Teacher Education 5 30 1 36
Social Work 1 33 1 2 2 105 5 151
Social Work, Other
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education 1 1 2
Sociology 1 1 15 18
Spanish Language Teacher Education 1 4 5
Spanish Language and Literature 2 7 2 11
Special Education and Teaching, General 3 4 86 2 95
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 4 5 22 2 34
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 2 9 82 2 95
Statistics, General 4 9 13
Stringed Instruments 2 2 3 7
Structural Engineering
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 6 8 14
Superintendency and Educational System Administration
Surgical Technology/Technologist 18 18
Surveying Technology/Surveying 1 24 1 27
Taxation 20 1 21
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 1 5 7
Technical Teacher Education 1 1 1 15 1 19
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management 1 1 1 1 4
Transportation and Highway Engineering
Urban Studies/Affairs 3 4 7
Voice and Opera 1 2 3
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 2 1 3
Women's Studies 1 1
Writing, General 2 18 20
Zoology/Animal Biology

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 539th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $84,653 ($94,153 male / $68,685 female)
Number of FT Faculty 780 (443 male / 337 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,676
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $46,006,023

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