University of Akron Main Campus


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.

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Information Summary

Ranks 44th in Ohio and 1037th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 79.9
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $27,279
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 26 / 1250
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 22 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 72% / 41%
Enrollment Total (all students) 18,731


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.

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Ranks 3498th for the average student loan amount.
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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.

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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.

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