University Style Guide

This section of The University of Akron Style Guide covers names, terms and information specific to the University.

The University of Akron — On first reference, the full name of The University of Akron should always be used, with “The” capitalized. On second or subsequent references to The University of Akron, University is preferred; UA may be used sparingly. (University is always capitalized when it refers specifically to The University of Akron.)

The University of Akron satellite campuses:

  • Holmes County Higher Education Center
  • The University of Akron Lakewood
  • Medina County University Center
  • Midpoint Campus Center
  • The University of Akron Wayne College

The University of Akron Alumni Association — alumni association or association on subsequent references.

The University of Akron Foundation — foundation on subsequent references.

Board of Trustees — Always capitalize all references to The University of Akron Board of Trustees, Board or Trustees.

academic advisor

academic degrees — Degree names are capitalized when the full title is used. Examples: Bachelor of Science in Biology or Master of Arts in Music. With informal usage, such as bachelor's degree in psychology, there is no capitalization because it is not the proper name of the degree.

The general usage for most degrees when abbreviating is to capitalize and use periods. For example: B.A. in Music. (MBA and RN are exceptions.)

alumna — one female graduate

alumnae — a group of two or more female graduates

alumnus — one male graduate

alumni — more than one graduate

Akron Global Polymer Academy — AGPA on second reference.

Ambassadors — The student organization that represents the University on behalf of the Office of the President at events and functions.

Athletics Facilities — Here is a list of the official names of Department of Athletics facilities:

FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field — men's and women's soccer stadium.

InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field — On first and subsequent references to UA's on-campus stadium, the full name should be used. When appropriate, at The University of Akron should be included. Here are the official names of locations within the stadium:

  • FirstMerit Foundation Club Level, fifth floor
  • D. Eugene Waddell Presidential Suite, sixth floor
  • Polymer Valley Chemicals Director of Athletics Suite, sixth floor
  • Towpath Credit Union Press Level, seventh floor

James A. Rhodes Arena

  • Tommy Evans Lounge

Lee R. Jackson Baseball Field

Lee R. Jackson Practice Field

Lee R. Jackson Softball Field

Lee R. Jackson Track (track and field complex)

Louis and Freda Stile Athletics Field House

Oliver J. Ocasek Natatorium

Robert A. Pinn Shooting Range

Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron —  The University of Akron is a founding partner in this unique collaboration of complementary research, education and health institutions.

Buchtel Common — main walkway through campus.

campus addresses — U.S. mail that is addressed to the University's primary ZIP code, 44325, could be returned to the sender if it contains a street address other than 302 Buchtel Common. Only the recipient's name or department name, the city, state, ZIP code and the ZIP+4 number, if known, should be included.

campus buildings — Refer to the Faculty and Staff Directory, which includes a complete list of campus building names and correct abbreviations.

colleges — UA’s colleges do not include the word “the” as part of their formal name.

  • Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health Professions
  • Honors College
  • School of Law
  • College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
  • Summit College
  • Wayne College

cocurricular — no hyphen

cooperative education — co-op is acceptable on second reference.

corequisite — no hyphen

course load — two words

courseware — educational software; one word

coursework — one word

curriculum — singular (curricula or curriculums in the plural)

Dean’s List — capitalize

degrees — associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, Juris Doctor

degrees with distinction — lowercase cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude

E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall — Thomas Hall, or hall, on second and subsequent references.

emeritus — Use with care. At UA, this is an honorary title conferred by the Board of Trustees. Not every faculty or contract professional retiree has emeritus status. Other forms: Emeriti (plural), emerita (singular female), emeritae (plural female).

Faculty Senate — The legislative body of the University, as delegated by the Trustees.

Fiat Lux — UA motto meaning “Let there be light.”

FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field — men's and women's soccer stadium.

Founders Day — On the first Friday in May (also the last day of spring semester) the University celebrates its founding and honors new and past retirees at a luncheon.

grade point average — no hyphens; GPA on second reference.

Holmes County Higher Education Center — Wayne College, UA's regional campus in Orrville, offers classes at this facility in Millersburg.

InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field — On first and subsequent references to UA's on-campus stadium the full name should be used. When appropriate, at The University of Akron should be included. Here are the official names of locations within the stadium:

  • FirstMerit Foundation Club Level, fifth floor
  • D. Eugene Waddell Presidential Suite, sixth floor
  • Polymer Valley Chemicals Director of Athletics Suite, sixth floor
  • Towpath Credit Union Press Level, seventh floor

intercollegiate athletics — On all references (not sports or intercollegiate sports).

interdisciplinary — no hyphen

Juris Doctor — This law degree is capitalized and can be abbreviated as J.D.

meal plan — not board, as in “room and board.”

Medina County University Center — UA's campus in Medina County.

Mid-American Conference — Formal name of the athletic conference of which UA is a member. MAC is acceptable on second reference.

Midpoint Campus Center — UA and Lorain County Community College have partnered to bring courses from both campuses to Brunswick.

NCAA — National Collegiate Athletic Association

National Polymer Innovation Center — State-of-the-art research facility on the UA campus.

New Landscape for Learning — The University of Akron’s ongoing campus enhancement program. To date, UA has added 21 new buildings, 18 major additions, acquisitions and renovations, and 34 acres of green space. (For specific details, visit New Landscape for Learning.)

Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) — formerly Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM). This state medical school, located in Rootstown, was created in 1973 through a consortium of The University of Akron, Kent State University and Youngstown State University (Cleveland State University joined in 2008).

postbaccalaureate — no hyphen

postdoctoral — no hyphen

postgraduate — no hyphen

postsecondary — no hyphen

residence hall — not dorm or dormitory

state-assisted — UA is a state-assisted institution, one of 14 four-year public universities in the University System of Ohio.

STEM — The acronym for science, technology, engineering, mathematics/medicine programs.

student-athlete — hyphenated

theatre — The preferred spelling for entertainment venues on campus — Paul A. Daum Theatre in Kolbe Hall, Student Union Gardner Theatre and Sandefur Theatre in Guzzetta Hall.

The Buchtelite — student newspaper; “The” is part of its name.

UAnet ID — UA Network ID — Every University employee and student is assigned an electronic identifier for use on various online systems and services, including UA e-mail accounts.

The University of Akron Bookstore — University Bookstore, or UA Bookstore, on second reference.

The University of Akron Lakewood — UA's campus in Lakewood, in Cuyahoga County.

University Park Alliance — The University of Akron is a founding partner in the UPA, which was established through a major grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to revitalize the diverse neighborhood in a 50-block area immediately surrounding campus.

WZIP-FM — Student-operated radio station on campus.

Zippy — UA mascot, a kangaroo

Zips — The official name used for all of UA’s men’s and women’s sports teams. Note: Do not use the term “Lady Zips.”

Z-TV — Student-operated television station on campus.

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