The University of Akron and the community
We are in the heart of a dynamic regional economy with solid partnerships between business and government. As a result, UA graduates have broad career opportunities, and many of our 162,000 alumni are in the highest echelons in business, education, law, arts, public service and health care.
Campus boundaries are one thing; the limits of our imagination are another. Take a walk through the neighborhoods bordering campus, and you'll notice a community moving forward: houses being refurbished into homes; new storefronts offering groceries and services to area residents, including students. Together, we're on the move.
About Akron and the region
With a population nearing 200,000, Akron is the fifth largest city in the state of Ohio.
It offers a vibrant downtown, serene parks, and events and venues that appeal to almost every interest. Its regional location and easy access to airports and major highways puts you at the hub of a world of experiences and opportunities.
Here's a taste of what you can discover in Akron and the region:
- The critically acclaimed Akron Symphony Orchestra performs in UA's E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. Thomas Hall's Broadway Series brings New York's best to Akron.
- Nearby museums include the Akron Art Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
- Canal Park is home to the Akron RubberDucks, a minor league baseball team.
- The Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, and Cleveland Cavaliers bring professional sports to the region.
- Nationally-known annual events include the All-American Soap Box Derby and the National Hamburger Festival, both of which draw thousands to our city.
- Lock 3 Live and Lock 4 are thriving outdoor venues tucked among the restaurants and attractions downtown.
- Scenic acres by the thousands can be found in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the 13 Summit County Metro Parks.
Town and gown
This year's Report to the Community describes the strengthened ties between UA and its community, and it looks back at the last 15 years of progress.