University of Akron

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School Overview

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

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

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of Akron Main Campus Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(330) 972-7111
Type of School:4-year, Public
Address:302 Buchtel Common, Akron, OH 44325-4702
Setting:Rural: Remote
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:21,100
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):40%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:17 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:17,098 (81% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$10,270
Out-of-state Tuition:$18,801
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:93%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$6,927

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

University of Akron Main Campus Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Akron Main Campus.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services111
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies7
Biological and Biomedical Sciences3511
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services25121515
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs161
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services9253
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields665
English Language and Literature/Letters613
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences2164
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics641
Health Professions and Related Programs108882
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service4341
Legal Professions and Studies411
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities13
Mathematics and Statistics133
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies612
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies111
Personal and Culinary Services11
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences1552
Public Administration and Social Service Professions33121
Social Sciences10112101
Visual and Performing Arts11910
Grand total1364113410823

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at University of Akron Main Campus.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Health Professions and Related Programs12
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions11
Grand total235

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Akron Main Campus and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid3,54393%
Grant or scholarship aid3,14383%$6,927
Student loan aid2,38463%$7,219

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid12,11463%$5,920
Federal student loans10,25354%$6,590

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Akron Main Campus. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Akron Main Campus students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants13,9116,4967,415
Percent admitted100%95%97%
Percent admitted who enrolled22%27%18%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Akron Main Campus Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment21,100
Undergraduate enrollment17,417
Graduate enrollment3,683

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Akron Main Campus Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
    • Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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