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.