Quick facts and figures


UA offers courses across the region and via distance learning:

National Rankings

UA has the No. 2 Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program in the U.S. 

Only 2 percent of business schools worldwide have dual AACSB accreditation in business and accounting – UA’s College of Business Administration is one of them.

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has ranked the undergraduate secondary teacher preparation program at UA in the top 14 percent nationally.

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is home to the world’s largest polymer academic program and greatest concentration of polymer expertise — helping to establish Northeast Ohio as an advanced functional materials hub that competes on the world stage in the development and commercialization of materials for many industries.

The UA Industrial/Organizational Psychology program has been ranked among the nation’s top 10 by many different ranking systems for over 20 years.

UA’s College of Engineering student design teams consistently rank highly in national and international competitions.

Academic Programs Offered
(Academic Year 2015-16)
Unique Programs Programs & Tracks
Certificates 81 178
Associate 31 68
Baccalaureate 96 256
Master's 80 214
Doctoral 20 37
Juris Doctor 2 15
Degrees Awarded
(AY 14-15 and To Date thru Spr ‘15)
2014-15 To Date
Associates 727 31,487
Bachelors 3,127 119,760
Masters 1,101 36,785
Doctoral 131 3,917
Juris Doctor 142 7,180
Law Masters (LLM) 8 47


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 2014

Undergraduate Students 21,608
Graduate Students 3,809
Professional Students 448
Full-time students 18,846
Part-time students 7,019
Total Headcount 25,865

Fall 2015

Undergraduate Students 21,158
Graduate Students 3,591
Professional Students 428
Full-time students 18,497
Part-time students 6,680
Total Headcount 25,177

Fall 2015 Enrollment by Degree Type

  Count Percent
Baccalaureate 15,098 60.0%
Associate 4,049 16.1%
Master's 2,520 10.0%
Non degree-seeking 2,236 8.8%
Doctoral 850 3.4%
Law 424 1.7%
Total 25,177 100.0%

Fall 2015 Enrollment by Ethnicity

Count Percent
Native American 38 0.2%
Asian 614 2.4%
African American 2,621 10.4%
Hispanic 576 2.3%
Native Hawaiian 11 0.1%
White 18,424 73.2%
Non Resident Alien 1,416 5.6%
Two or More Races 866 3.4%
Unknown 611 2.4%

Percentage of Enrolled Full-time Students*

Fall, Undergraduate, Akron Campus

NR Alien 2.9% NR Alien 2.7%
Hispanic 2.4% Hispanic 2.6%
Native Amer 0.1% Native Amer 0.2%
Asian 2.4% Asian 2.5%
African Amer 11.4% African Amer 12.0%
Native Haw/Othr Pacific 0.1% Native Haw/Othr Pacific 0.1%
White 74.2% White 74.0%
Two or More Races 4.1% Two or More Races 3.4%
Unknown 2.4% Unknown 2.6%
Total 100.0% Total 100.0%
Female 46.6% Female 46.8%
Male 53.4% Male 53.2%
Total 100.0% Total 100.0%
Pell** 39.3% Pell** 41.5%

*From the IPEDS Fall Enrollment Survey.

**Information is collected for the prior year in the IPEDS Student Financial Aid Survey(Includes part time students).

Fall 2015 FTE Students

Undergraduate FTE 17,742
Graduate FTE 1,952
Professional FTE 354
In-State FTE 17,759
Out-of-State FTE 2,288
Total Full-time Equivalent Students: 20,048
Annual 2014-15 FTE Students: 21,344
* Term FTE is SCH/15 and annual is SCH/30

Fall 2015 Freshmen Admission Info

Applicants 21,768
Acceptances 15,060
Enrollees 4,171
Accept Ratio 69.2%
Yield Ratio 27.7%
* Accept Ratio is acceptances divided by applicants
* Yield Ratio is enrollees divided by acceptances
Note: Internally reported applicant count includes in-progress applications.

Fall 2015 Student Characteristics

Freshmen ACT Composite (As of Fall'15) Gender Breakdown
25th Percentile Score 18 Male 50.9%
75th Percentile Score 25 Female 49.1%
FTFT Akron Campus Bachelor's Degree Seeking Cohorts Average Age Full-time Students
First Year Retention Rate - 2014 Cohort 74.2% First-time first year students 18
Six Year Graduation Rate - 2008 Cohort 40.6% Undergraduate students 21
Graduate students 27
Pct In-State Undergrad Students93.2% Overall UA Full-time students 22

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
  • 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 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. 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.
  • 2012: UA's Board approves Vision 2020, a strategic plan to guide the University to its 150th anniversary in 2020.

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