The University of Akron, Ohio's Polytechnic University

About UA

The University of Akron, Ohio’s Polytechnic University, is the region’s most influential public research university, contributing to the resurgence of the local economy, providing a workforce highly trained in diverse disciplines, and known for an innovative approach to higher education.

With nearly 26,000 students and more than 300 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and law degree programs, UA offers career-focused and experiential learning that defines the polytechnic approach to education.

UA brings together diverse disciplines in ways that provide students with life-long skills, internships and co-ops, opportunities for academic research, study abroad, on-campus student employment and service projects designed for diverse groups of learners, including full-time, part-time and online students, veterans, and adults returning to the classroom.

What is polytechnic?

UA at a glance

Founded:

1870 as Buchtel College

President:

Scott Scarborough, Ph.D.

Our students:

We have about 26,000 students representing 45+ U.S. states and 80+ foreign countries. They're a culturally diverse group and they come from a broad economic spectrum. See our student profile.

Academics:

UA offers more than 300 undergraduate and graduate programs, including many that are recognized nationally for their excellence. Learn more.

The Akron campus:

The University of Akron is a vibrant community within metropolitan Akron, with more than 80 buildings on 218 acres. Since 2000, we have added 22 buildings, completed 18 major additions, acquisitions and renovations, and created 34 acres of green space. See slideshow.

Additional locations:

UA offers courses across the region and online.

Regional locations map

Intercollegiate athletics:

A member of the Mid-American Conference, UA fields 19 NCAA Division I-A intercollegiate teams for men and women. Follow them at GoZips.com.

Enrollment, rankings
and student profile:

See this data on our second page of facts.


Visit us!

Visitation Day at UAJoin us for a Visitation Day! You'll meet current students and faculty. You'll learn about our excellent academic programs, our scholarship programs, financial aid and living on campus. And you'll see our modern classrooms, laboratories and Rec Center.

More information for visitors.


Employment

Teaching at UAInnovators and entrepreneurs wanted: We are looking for people to provide for the changing needs and expectations of our diverse University community. Join our award-winning work environment.

See open positions.


Our history

Old Buchtel

The institution now known as The University of Akron was founded as Buchtel College in 1870 by the Ohio Universalist Convention, which was strongly influenced by the efforts, energy and financial support of Akronites, particularly industrialist John R. Buchtel.

By 1907, Buchtel College's emphasis on local rather than denominational interests led it to become a private, nondenominational school.

Learn more about UA's history 

UA presidents

University of Akron timeline


UA and the Akron community

Akron skylineThe University of Akron is at the forefront of redefining the role of higher education as a catalyst for rebuilding our communities and revitalizing the economy, thus providing our graduates with vast career opportunities.

Learn more about the Akron community.


News

NewsOur online newsroom has everything you need to stay on top of activities at UA.

For members of the news media, the newsroom is the place to find expert sources on a variety of topics.

Go to the newsroom.


Administration

University of Akron administrationLearn more about
the administration
at The University of Akron.