University of Akron

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The University of Akron, commonly called UA or Akron, is a public research university located in Akron, Ohio. Founded in 1870 as a small religious college, the university transitioned into a full-fledged state college in 1967. UA is a STEM-focused institution, and its most recognized college is the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. UA focuses on subjects such as polymers, engineering, and advanced materials and is widely recognized for polymer research. UA hosts one of the largest campuses in Ohio and has branch campuses at Wayne College in Orrville, Ohio; the Medina County University Center in Lafayette Township, Ohio; and UA Lakewood in Lakewood, Ohio.


University of Akron offers over 300 program degrees and has the following colleges: Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Health Professions, School of Law, College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, Honors College, The Graduate School, University College, Wayne College, and Summit College.

University of Akron also offers Distance Learning Services, which is comprised of 29 distance learning campuses located both on and off the main campus. Through videoconferencing technology, Distance Learning Services connects to hundreds of places around the world for classes, conferences, and meetings.

Rankings and Awards

Home to many awards and distinctions, UA is classified as one of the Best in the Midwest, by The Princeton Review and is ranked as the top university in Ohio. Additionally, UA is the recipient of the University Economic Development Association's Award of Excellence in Technology.


UA is classified as a research-intensive institution. In terms of research ranking, it is succeeded by only Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology, and University of Texas. However, in regards to its total research expenditure and revenue, it is the top university in the nation.

Financial Aid and Affordability

Each year, UA awards over $120 million in financial aid and support to its students. Similar to many other large institutions, the university offers a number of scholarships, grants, loans, work-study, and campus employment opportunities to allay the cost of attending the university.

General Information

Admission Office

The University of Akron

Akron, OH 44325-2001

(330) 972-7100

(800) 655-4884

Fax: (330) 972-7022

[email protected]

Contact: Diane Raybuck

Director of Admissions
Main Address

302 Buchtel Common

Akron, OH 44325

(330) 972-7111

Total undergrads: 19,817

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 4,149

Degree-seeking undergrads: 18,521

Graduate enrollment: 3,806


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: $30
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 75%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 69%

College Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

City/Community/Regional Planning B,C

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Ceramics B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Jazz Studies B
Metal/Jewelry Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B,C
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music History/Literature B
Music Theory/Composition B
Photography B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B
Stringed Instruments B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Animal Physiology B
Biochemistry B
Biology B
Botany B
Ecology B
Microbiology B
Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Accounting Technology A,C
Administrative/Secretarial Services A,C
Business Administration/Management A,B,C
E-Commerce B
Entrepreneurial Studies C
Executive Assistant C
Fashion Merchandising A
Financial Planning B,C
Hospitality Administration/Management A,C
Hotel/Motel Management A,B,C
Human Resources Management B
International Business B
Logistics/Materials Management A,C
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management A,B,C
Merchandising A
Office Clerical Services C
Office Management C
Operations Management B
Real Estate C
Restaurant/Food Services Management A,C
Retailing C
Sales and Distribution B
Sales/Selling Skills A,C
Small Business Administration A,C
Travel/Tourism Management A,C

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Organizational Communication B,C
Public Relations B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Networking/Telecommunications A,B,C
Computer Science B,C
Computer Systems Analysis A,C
Data Entry Applications A
Database Management C
Web/Multimedia Design C


Art Teacher Education B
Drama/Dance Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Early Childhood Special Education B
English Teacher Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
French Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education B


Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Mechanical Engineering B
Polymer/Plastics B

Engineering Technologies

Construction/Building Technologies A,B,C
Drafting and Design Technology A,C
Electrical Engineering Technologies A,B,C
Manufacturing Technologies A,B
Mechanical Engineering Technology A,B
Quality Control C
Surveying Technology A,B,C

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Development B
Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Family Systems B,C
Housing Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
French B
Sign Language Interpretation C
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B,C
Communication Disorders B
Histologic Technician A
Medical Assistance A
Medical Dietetics B
Medical Office Administration A,C
Medical Radiologic Technology A
Medical Transcription C
Nursing (RN) B
Nursing – Practical B
Recreational Therapy B
Respiratory Therapy A,B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B
Substance Abuse Counseling A,C
Surgical Technology A,C


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistance A,C

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Sport/Fitness Administration B,C

Personal & Culinary Services

Culinary Arts/Chef Training A,C

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
GeophysicsSeismology B
Physics B
Polymer Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Community Organization/Advocacy A,C
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Fire Protection/Safety Technology A,B,C
Police Science A,C

Social Sciences

American Government/Politics B
Archaeology C
Cartography A,B,C
Criminology B
Development Economics C
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B,C
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B,C

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

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