School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Prestigious Accreditations

The University of Akron is accredited at the highest level as a comprehensive, doctoral-degree granting institution by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Akron's School of Family and Consumer Sciences is one of three programs in the state of Ohio accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

The excellence of the Bachelor of Arts Degree Program in Interior Design at The University of Akron is further evidenced by specific discipline accreditation. The program is accredited at the professional level by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. CIDA promotes excellence in interior design education through research and the accreditation of academic programs which prepare interior designers to create interior environments for improving the quality of the human experience. Read here the 16 standards Professional Standards 2011 by which all CIDA accredited programs are evaluated.

CIDA, an international accrediting agency, is a recognized member of the Commission on Recognition of Post-secondary Accreditation; they are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education in the field of interior design; and they are a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors.

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design has also granted institutional accreditation to the Interior Design Program. NASAD, the national accrediting agency for art and design and design-related disciplines, was established in 1944 to improve educational practices and to maintain high professional standards in art and design education. Institutional accreditation, gained only through peer review, is based on an art or design program’s demonstrated content, competence, and educational substance as applied to the preparation of art and design professionals.


The Interior Design Program is designed to help the student become a designer who is prepared to address the wide range of client needs. Students gain specialized knowledge which prepares them for success in the interior design field. They also gain general education skills and knowledge which are essential for meeting the complex requirements and challenges of the 21st century.

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The program is administered by qualified, motivated faculty who encourage faculty/student interaction and give students personal attention. A faculty advising system is provided to help with students' course selection and broader goals. Faculty have a wide range of expertise including interior design, architecture, lighting, fine arts, history, textiles, merchandising, and family life.

Professional Connections

Interaction with the professional community is key to the success of any education program. This Interior Design Program has an active advisory board with representatives from the profession, industry, and alumni. Students benefit from the program's good relationship with the professional community through networking and internship opportunities.

The University of Akron: an excellent choice.

  • The University of Akron is accredited at the highest level as a comprehensive, doctoral-degree granting institution by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Tuition is among the lowest in Ohio for in-state, undergraduate students.
  • The University of Akron is in northeast Ohio, less than 50 minutes from Cleveland, two hours from Columbus and two hours from Pittsburgh. The University is close to two airports, including Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, and just a one-hour flight to major U.S. cities, including Washington, D.C., Chicago, and New York.
  • The University's metropolitan location provides a wide and exciting laboratory for students where they can interact with the professional community, obtain internships, and secure entry-level placement in the field of interior design.
  • With a population of 225,000, Akron is Ohio's fifth-largest city. For the second time in recent years, Akron has been named an All-American City by the National Civic League. The campus is within easy driving distance to many of the country's finest cultural resources. Dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities abound. Also nearby are scenic parklands and the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area.

For more information about the Interior Design Program at The University of Akron use the contact noted below:

Interior Design Program
215 Schrank Hall South
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-6103
Telephone: 330-972-7721

The University of Akron

Akron, OH 44325
Phone: 330-972-7111
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