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The University of Akron

Founded in 1870, The University of Akron is one of the largest state universities in Ohio. More than 23,000 students attend The University of Akron, including about 700 students from approximately 101 different countries.

The main campus, in the heart of Akron, Ohio, has 80 buildings on 180 acres. Landmarks include the Goodyear Polymer Center, the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall and Buchtel Hall.

The University of Akron has two 15-week semesters, the first beginning in August and the second in January. Classes are also offered in the summer.
The University of Akron offers more than 200 undergraduate majors and areas of study; more than 100 master's degree options; 17 doctoral degree programs; and four law degrees. The University has about 700 full-time faculty members, about three-quarters of whom hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their fields.

To learn more about applying for a degree program at The University of Akron, use the links below.

Applying to The University of Akron

To be considered for admission, you must submit:

  • a University of Akron application form with the required fees
  • transcripts of previous course work and grades. Graduate aplicants must provide records of undergraduate course work; undergraduate applicants must provide records from secondary school.
  • evidence of having earned the highest degree necessary for admission. Graduate applicants must have already earned an undergraduate degree; undergraduate applicants must have earned a high school diploma.
  • proof of English proficiency

Admission to some degree programs may require additional documents or test scores (e.g., the GMAT for an MBA).

If you are applying from overseas and will enter the U.S. on an F-1 student visa, you must also submit proof that you have enough funds to cover your expenses while you are in the U.S.

Graduate Admissions

Please visit the Graduate School Webpage for information about the application process.

English Language Requirements for Graduate Students: Five Alternatives to Demonstrate English Proficiency

International students, permanent residents and U.S. citizens whose native language is not English must provide evidence of their English language ability in order to be fully admitted to graduate studies. There are five different measures that you can use to demonstrate your English proficiency; you must meet ONE of these requirements to be fully admitted.

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or of 79 on the internet-based TOEFL.

The following departments require a higher standard of proficiency: the Ph.D. program in Urban Studies & Public Affairs requires a TOEFL of 570/88; English and History require a TOEFL of 580/92; and Biomedical Engineering requires a TOEFL of 590/96.

CONDITIONS: TOEFL scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: See http://www.toefl.org for information about the TOEFL.

IELTS: International English Language Testing System
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: A minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which is managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council, and IDP Education Australia.

CONDITIONS: IELTS scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: See http://www.ielts.org for information about the IELTS.

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION of THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE at The UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: For graduate applicants, successful completion is defined as earning a final GPA of 3.0 in a full course of study at the Advanced level and achieving a minimum score of 500/61 on the TOEFL OR a score of 9 or 10 on the ELI-ASSET.

CONDITIONS: The English Language Institute is The University of Akron's intensive (20 hour a week) program in English for academic purposes. Courses are offered every Fall, Spring, and Summer according to the university's academic calendar.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: For details about the English Language Institute, visit the ELI Web Site.

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION of ACADEMIC WORK in a U.S. INSTITUTION of HIGHER EDUCATION
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: Successful completion is defined as completing 24 credit hours of upper-level undergraduate or 18 credit hours of graduate course work while maintaining a 3.0 GPA in full-time, continuous studies.

CONDITIONS:The credits must be earned at a U.S. university or college in which English is the language of instruction. Applicants must submit original transcripts of their course work.

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION of ACADEMIC WORK in an INSTITUTION of HIGHER EDUCATION OUTSIDE the U.S.
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: Successful completion is defined as completing an undergraduate or graduate program at a university outside the United States in which English is the language of administration and instruction. English must be used for all administrative functions and for all areas of instruction (with the exception of foreign language courses) including course lectures, materials, discussions, readings, and writing assignments.

CONDITIONS: Applicants must submit an original official document from the undergraduate or graduate institution certifying that all of the administrative functions and instruction are conducted in English. The document must be signed by an officer of the institution and carry an official seal.
The Associate Dean of the Graduate School at The University of Akron will review the submitted documentation and inform the applicant if he/she has satisfied the English requirement. The decision will be final.

Undergraduate Admissions

Please visit the International Admissions Webpage for information about the application process.

English Language Requirement for Undergraduate Students: Six Alternatives to Demonstrate English Proficiency

International students whose native language is not English must provide evidence of their English language ability in order to be fully admitted to undergraduate studies. There are six different measures that you can use to demonstrate your English proficiency; you must meet ONE of these requirements to be fully admitted.

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: A minimum score of 71 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

CONDITIONS: TOEFL scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: See http://www.toefl.org for information about the TOEFL.

IELTS: International English Language Testing System
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: A minimum score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which is managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council, and IDP Education Australia.

CONDITIONS: IELTS scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: See http://www.ielts.org for information about the IELTS.

MELAB: Michigan English Laboratory Assessment Battery
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: A minimum score of 69 on the MELAB, which is administered only by the University of Michigan and its authorized official examiners in the US and Canada.

CONDITIONS: MELAB scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: See http://www.lsa.umich.edu/eli/testing/melab/ for information about the MELAB.

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION of THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE at The UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: For undergraduate applicants, successful completion is defined as earning a final GPA of 2.7 in a full course of study at the Advanced level or 3.3 in a full course of study at the High Intermediate level AND achieving a minimum score of 480/54 on the TOEFL OR a score of 9 or 10 on the ELI-ASSET.

CONDITIONS: The English Language Institute is The University of Akron's intensive (20 hour a week) program in English for academic purposes. Courses are offered every Fall, Spring, and Summer according to the university's academic calendar.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: For details about the English Language Institute, visit the ELI Web Site.

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION of ACADEMIC WORK in a US. INSTITUTION of HIGHER EDUCATION
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: Successful completion is defined as completing 24 credit hours of course work and maintaining good standing in full-time, continuous studies.

CONDITIONS: The credits must be earned at an accredited U.S. university or college in which English is the language of instruction. Applicants must submit original transcripts of their course work and a written request to waive the English language requirement.

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION of a HIGH SCHOOL in OHIO
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: Successful completion is defined as passing all the sections of the 12th Grade Ohio Proficiency Test.

CONDITIONS: Applicants must submit proficiency test results and a written request to waive the English language requirement.

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