Quick facts and figures
UA offers courses across the region and via distance learning:
- The Akron campus
- Wayne College in Orrville
- The Medina County University Center in Medina
- UA - Lakewood in Lakewood
- The Wayne College Holmes County Higher Education Center in Millersburg
- Midpoint Campus Center in Brunswick (a partnership with Lorain County Community College)
- Distance learning
- A B.S./M.D. program is offered at the Akron campus and at the Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio
UA has the No. 2 Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program in the U.S.
Only 2 percent of business schools worldwide have dual AACSB accreditation in business and accounting – UA’s College of Business Administration is one of them.
The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has ranked the undergraduate secondary teacher preparation program at UA in the top 14 percent nationally.
The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is home to the world’s largest polymer academic program and greatest concentration of polymer expertise — helping to establish Northeast Ohio as an advanced functional materials hub that competes on the world stage in the development and commercialization of materials for many industries.
The UA Industrial/Organizational Psychology program has been ranked among the nation’s top 10 by many different ranking systems for over 20 years.
UA’s College of Engineering student design teams consistently rank highly in national and international competitions.
|Academic Programs Offered
(Academic Year 2015-16)
|Unique Programs||Programs & Tracks|
(AY 14-15 and To Date thru Spr ‘15)
|Law Masters (LLM)||8||47|
- North Central Association of Colleges & Schools
- Click to view complete list of accrediting agencies.
Carnegie Basic Classification
- Main Campus RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity)
- Wayne College Assoc/Pub2in4: Associate's -- Public 2-yr colleges under 4-yr universities
- Carnegie Foundation
Fall 2015 Enrollment by Degree Type
Fall 2015 Enrollment by Ethnicity
|Non Resident Alien||1,416||5.6%|
|Two or More Races||866||3.4%|
Percentage of Enrolled Full-time Students*
Fall, Undergraduate, Akron Campus
|NR Alien||2.9%||NR Alien||2.7%|
|Native Amer||0.1%||Native Amer||0.2%|
|African Amer||11.4%||African Amer||12.0%|
|Native Haw/Othr Pacific||0.1%||Native Haw/Othr Pacific||0.1%|
|Two or More Races||4.1%||Two or More Races||3.4%|
*From the IPEDS Fall Enrollment Survey.
**Information is collected for the prior year in the IPEDS Student Financial Aid Survey(Includes part time students).
Fall 2015 FTE Students
|Total Full-time Equivalent Students:||20,048|
|Annual 2014-15 FTE Students:||21,344|
|* Term FTE is SCH/15 and annual is SCH/30|
Fall 2015 Freshmen Admission Info
|* Accept Ratio is acceptances divided by applicants|
|* Yield Ratio is enrollees divided by acceptances|
|Note: Internally reported applicant count includes in-progress applications.|
Fall 2015 Student Characteristics
|Freshmen ACT Composite (As of Fall'15)||Gender Breakdown|
|25th Percentile Score||18||Male||50.9%|
|75th Percentile Score||25||Female||49.1%|
|FTFT Akron Campus Bachelor's Degree Seeking Cohorts||Average Age Full-time Students|
|First Year Retention Rate - 2014 Cohort||74.2%||First-time first year students||18|
|Six Year Graduation Rate - 2008 Cohort||40.6%||Undergraduate students||21|
|Pct In-State Undergrad Students||93.2%||Overall UA Full-time students||22|
Students receiving Financial Aid
81% (Includes disbursed Loans, Grants, Scholarships and/or Federal Work Study)
Brief History of the University
- 1870: The institution now known as The University of Akron was founded as Buchtel College by the Ohio Universalist Convention
- 1872: Buchtel College opened its doors to 46 collegiate students, 171 preparatory students and seven faculty members
- 1873: Buchtel College produces the first graduate
- 1880: The first master's degree was awarded
- 1913: Trustees transfer Buchtel College's assets to the city of Akron, creating the Municipal University of Akron
- 1926: Trustees change the institution's name to The University of Akron
- 1959: The University's first doctoral degree was awarded, in polymer science. In so doing, Akron became the fifth Ohio university to offer doctoral work, following Ohio State, Western Reserve, Case and Cincinnati
- 1967: On July 1, The University of Akron became one of the Ohio's state universities
- 1999: The New Landscape for Learning campus development initiative was launched
- 2004: First phase of the New Landscape for Learning campus enhancement program was completed, resulting in 9 new buildings, 14 major renovations and 30 acres of fresh green space
- 2005: Honors College was created
- Zips football team won its first Mid-American Conference Championship in school history and got its first Division IA bowl bid
- 2006: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation gives its largest-ever single grant, $10 million, to further support UA's revitalization of the 50-block area around campus through the University Park Alliance
- 2007: New Landscape for Learning building program continues with addition of 15th residence hall and announcement that UA would build its first on-campus football stadium
- 2008: UA and four other leading educational and medical institutions launch the BioInnovation Institute to make Akron a nationally known center for medical products and procedures
- On April 4, the official groundbreaking celebration was held for InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field
- 2009: UA opens InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field to a sellout crowd. The Zips win, besting Morgan State 41-0 (Sept. 12)
- Fall enrollment increases 7.6 percent. Between 2005-09, UA enrollment increased 23 percent. To accommodate graduates, a fourth Commencement ceremony is added in the spring.
- 2010: UA is named an Ohio Center of Excellence in two areas: (1) biomedicine and health care, and (2) enabling technologies: advanced materials and sensors.
- 2012: UA's Board approves Vision 2020, a strategic plan to guide the University to its 150th anniversary in 2020.