Quick facts and figures


UA offers courses across the region and via distance learning:

International and National Rankings

Academic Programs Offered
(Academic Year 2019-2020)



Programs &


Certificates 76 125
Associate 19 32
Baccalaureate 102 204
Master's 72
Doctoral 16 30
Juris Doctor 1 20

* Unique programs are based on CIP codes (Classification of Instructional Programs) and program level.


Carnegie Basic Classification

  • Main Campus RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity)
  • Wayne College Assoc/Pub2in4: Associate's -- Public 2-yr colleges under 4-yr universities
  • Carnegie Foundation


Fall 2021

Undergraduate Students 13,941
Graduate Students 1,821
Professional Students 431
Full-time students 11,290
Part-time students 4,903
Total Headcount 16,193

Fall 2019 Enrollment by Degree Type

Certificate 33 0.2%
Associate 933 4.9%
Baccalaureate 13,294 69.2%
Master's 1,600 8.3%
Doctoral 675 3.5%
Law 429 2.2%
Non degree-seeking 2,254 11.7%
Total 19,218 100.0%

Fall 2021 Enrollment by Ethnicity

Count Percent
African American 1,559 9.63%
Asian 553 3.42%
Hispanic 525 3.24%
Native Hawaiian 6 0.04%
Native American 21 0.13%
Non Resident Alien 506 3.12%
Two or More Races 659 4.07%
White 12,037 74.33%
Unknown 327 2.02%

Percentage of Enrolled Full-time Students

Fall, Undergraduate

Ethnicity 2018 Ethnicity 2019
Native Amer 0.2% Native Amer 0.1%
Hispanic 2.9% Hispanic 3.2%
Asian 3.1% Asian 3.1%
African Amer 10.2% African Amer 9.7%
NR Alien 2.5% NR Alien 2.4%
White 74.7% White 75.6%
Two or More Races 4.6% Two or More Races 4.5%
Native Haw/Othr Pacific 0.0% Native Haw/Othr Pacific 0.0%
Unknown 1.8% Unknown 1.5%
Female 46.6% Female 46.6%
Male 53.4% Male 53.4%
Pell** 35% Pell** 33%

Fall 2019 FTE Students

Undergraduate FTE 13,521
Graduate FTE 1,231
Professional FTE 376
In-State FTE 13,526
Out-of-State FTE 1,602
Total Full-time Equivalent Students: 15,128
Annual 2017-18 FTE Students: 18,227
* Term FTE is SCH/15 and annual is SCH/30

Fall 2019 Freshmen Admission Info

Applicants 15,153
Acceptances 10,960
Enrollees 2,985
Accept Ratio 72.3%
Yield Ratio 27.2%
* Accept Ratio is acceptances divided by applicants
* Yield Ratio is enrollees divided by acceptances
Note: Internally reported applicant count includes in-progress applications.

Fall 2019 Student Characteristics

Freshmen ACT Composite (As of Fall'19)  Overall Gender Breakdown
25th Percentile Score 19 Male 50.6%
75th Percentile Score 25 Female 49.4%
FTFT Akron Campus Bachelor's Degree Seeking Cohorts Average Age Full-time Students
First Year Retention Rate - 2018 Cohort 71.6% First-time first year students 18
Six Year Graduation Rate - 2012 Cohort 43% Undergraduate students 21
Graduate students 27
Pct In-State Undergrad Students 93% Overall UA Full-time students 21

Students receiving Financial Aid

84% (Includes disbursed Loans, Grants, Scholarships and/or Federal Work Study)

Brief historical timeline of the University

  • 1870: The institution now known as The University of Akron was founded as Buchtel College by the Ohio Universalist Convention
  • 1872: Buchtel College opened its doors to 46 collegiate students, 171 preparatory students and seven faculty members
  • 1873: Buchtel College produces the first graduate
  • 1880: The first master's degree was awarded
  • 1913: Trustees transfer Buchtel College's assets to the city of Akron, creating the Municipal University of Akron
  • 1926: Trustees change the institution's name to The University of Akron
  • 1959: The University's first doctoral degree was awarded, in polymer science. In so doing, Akron became the fifth Ohio university to offer doctoral work, following Ohio State, Western Reserve, Case and Cincinnati
  • 1967: On July 1, The University of Akron became one of the Ohio's state universities
  • 1999: The New Landscape for Learning campus development initiative was launched
  • 2004: First phase of the New Landscape for Learning campus enhancement program was completed, resulting in 9 new buildings, 14 major renovations and 30 acres of fresh green space
  • 2005: Honors College was created
  • Zips football team won its first Mid-American Conference Championship in school history and got its first Division IA bowl bid
  • 2007: New Landscape for Learning building program continues with addition of 15th residence hall and announcement that UA would build its first on-campus football stadium
  • On April 4, the official groundbreaking celebration was held for InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field
  • 2009: UA opens InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field to a sellout crowd. The Zips win, besting Morgan State 41-0.
  • Fall enrollment increases 7.6 percent. Between 2005-09, UA enrollment increased 23 percent. To accommodate graduates, a fourth Commencement ceremony is added in the spring.
  • 2010: UA is named an Ohio Center of Excellence in two areas: (1) biomedicine and health care, and (2) enabling technologies: advanced materials and sensors.
  • 2011: The University and The Timken Company announce a novel open-innovation agreement Aug 25 to accelerate technology development by combining their expertise in materials and surface engineering in new laboratories in the College of Engineering.
  • 2011: The University breaks ground for a $14.8 million research facility that will house the National Center for Education and Research in Corrosion and Materials Performance. Joining in the effort are the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy, Ohio companies and foundations.
  • 2016: Dr. Gary and Pamela Williams Honors College named in February, in recognition of $3 million bequest to Honors College. The Williams, who are alumni, have made lifetime bequests to the University exceeding $10 million.
  • 2016: Business student Clayton Murphy wins the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Rio.
  • 2020: The University celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding. On Oct. 10, thousands of UA alumni and friends around the world joined for a celebration held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2022: The University was named No. 1 in the world for polymer science and plastics engineering, according to the global ranking site EduRank. The ranking methodology factored in research performance, non-academic prominence, including backlinks to a university from other sites, and an alumni score.

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