Quick facts and figures


UA offers courses across the region and via distance learning:

National Rankings

Academic Programs Offered
(Academic Year 2013-14)
Unique Programs Programs & Tracks
Certificates 79 171
Associate 29 66
Baccalaureate 95 235
Master's 78 205
Doctoral 20 37
Juris Doctor 1 13
Degrees Awarded
(AY 12-13 and To Date thru Spr ‘13)
2012-13 To Date
Associate 725 29,926
Bachelor's 2,967 113,606
Master's 1,106 34,520
Doctoral Degrees 110 3,660
Juris Doctors 166 6,896
Law Masters (LLM) 9 25


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 2012
Undergraduate Students 24,308
Graduate Students 3,931
Professional Students 532
Full-time students 20,547
Part-time students 8,224
Total headcount 28,771
Fall 2013
Undergraduate Students 22,619
Graduate Students 3,975
Professional Students 485
Full-time students 19,224
Part-time students 7,855
Total Headcount 27,079

Fall 2013 Enrollment by Degree Type

  Count Percent
Baccalaureate 17,039 62.9%
Associate 3,981 14.7%
Master's 2,808 10.4%
Non degree-seeking 1,889 7.0%
Doctoral 880 3.2%
Law 482 1.8%

Fall 2013 Enrollment by Ethnicity

Count Percent
Native American 60 0.2%
Asian 574 2.1%
African American 3,167 11.7%
Hispanic 542 2.0%
Native Hawaiian 28 0.1%
White 19,981 73.8%
Non Resident Alien 1,276 4.7%
Two or More Races 663 2.4%
Unknown 788 2.9%

Fall 2013 FTE Students

Undergraduate FTE 18,475
Graduate FTE 2,097
Professional FTE 398
In-State FTE 19,141
Out-of-State FTE 1,829
Total Full-time Equivalent Students: 20,970
Annual 2012-13 FTE Students: 23,397
* Term FTE is SCH/15 and annual is SCH/30

Fall 2013 Freshmen Admission Info

Applicants 13,584
Acceptances 10,520
Enrollees 3,988
Accept Ratio 77.4%
Yield Ratio 37.9%
* Accept Ratio is acceptances divided by applicants
* Yield Ratio is enrollees divided by acceptances
Note: Internally reported applicant count includes in-progress applications.

Fall 2013 Student Characteristics

Freshmen ACT Composite (As of Fall'13) Gender Breakdown
25th Percentile Score 18 Male 50%
75th Percentile Score 25 Female 50%
FTFT Akron Campus Bachelor's Degree Seeking Cohorts Average Age Full-time Students
First Year Retention Rate - 2012 Cohort 66.4% First-time first year students 19
Six Year Graduation Rate - 2006 Cohort 40.0% Undergraduate students 22
Graduate students 27
Pct In-State Undergrad Students95% Overall UA Full-time students 23

Students receiving Financial Aid

81% (Includes disbursed Loans, Grants, Scholarships and/or Federal Work Study)

Brief History 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
  • Community and Technical College was renamed Summit College
  • 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
  • 2006: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation gives its largest-ever single grant, $10 million, to further support UA's revitalization of the 50-block area around campus through the University Park Alliance
  • 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
  • 2008: UA’s mascot, Zippy, rings in the New Year with a national championship — winning the Capital One Bowl Mascot of the Year Challenge
  • UA and four other leading educational and medical institutions launch the BioInnovation Institute to make Akron a nationally known center for medical products and procedures
  • 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 (Sept. 12)
  • Fall enrollment increases 7.6 percent. Since 2005, UA enrollment has 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.
  • 2012: UA's Board approves Vision 2020, a strategic plan to guide the University to its 150th anniversary in 2020.
  • UA launches The Akron Experience, a new initiative that provides every student with a unique in-and-out-of-the-classroom learning experience to strengthen the connection between campus and community

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