University Style Guide

This section of The University of Akron Style Guide covers names, terms and information specific to the University.

AACSB – Acceptable in all references to Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the accrediting organization for the College of Business Administration.

academic degrees and programs – Capitalize when the full title is used: Bachelor of Science in Biology, Master of Arts in Music, Juris Doctor, the Aerospace Systems Engineering Program. In shortened and casual forms, use an apostrophe in bachelor’s and master’s, and do not capitalize: bachelor’s degree in psychology; master’s degree in geology; he is studying aerospace systems engineering this fall. It is an associate degree, not an associate’s degree. The general rule for most degrees when abbreviating is to capitalize and use periods: B.A. in Music; Ph.D. in Chemistry; J.D. (MBA and RN are exceptions). When used after a name, the abbreviation is set off by commas: Sally Smith, Ph.D., was hired last spring. Instead of Ph.D., it is preferable to say a person holds a doctorate in an area of expertise: Christopher Colson holds a doctorate in physics. 

academic titles – Titles used before a name are capitalized; and titles that come after a name, or that are used alone or informally, are lowercased: Distinguished Professor John Jones; John Jones, distinguished professor; Abigail Andrews is a senior instructor; the department hired a new assistant professor. Named titles are always capitalized: John Smith, the David L. Brennan Associate Professor of Law; A. Schulman Professor of Polymer Science Dwight Johnson.

advisor – The University’s preferred spelling, an exception to AP style.

Akron e-Magazine – The University’s electronic magazine for alumni, published three times a year.

Akron Global Polymer Academy – AGPA on second reference.

Akron Law – Acceptable substitute for School of Law on second reference.

alumna, alumnae, alumni, alumnus – Alumna is used for one female graduate; alumnae for more than one female graduate; alumnus for one male graduate; and alumni for multiple graduates of male, mixed, or unspecified sex. In text, one’s academic degree and year of graduation are indicated as follows: Charlie Miller, B.A. ’73, was recognized for his contributions to the University. Use an abbreviation for the degree. (See academic degrees and programs for rules about abbreviating degrees.) Use an apostrophe and figures for the year. If multiple alumni and their degrees and years are listed, separate each name with a semicolon: Charlie Miller, B.A. ’73; Denise Gonzales, B.A. ’93, M.A. ’95; Robert Thompson, B.S. ’80, M.S. ’82, Ph.D. ’88. 

Ambassadors – The student organization that represents the University on behalf of the Office of the President at events and functions.

ampersand (&) – Not used in the names of UA departments or programs (unless Board-approved). The symbol is only used in publications when it is part of the official name of a business or organization.

associate degree – Associate degree, not associate’s degree. Capitalize when full title is used: Associate of Applied Science in Construction Engineering Technology. In shortened and casual forms, lowercase — associate degree in hospitality management. When abbreviating, capitalize and use periods: A.A.S. in Construction Engineering Technology. See academic degrees and programs.

athletics facilities – The official names of Department of Athletics facilities are listed below. Visit GoZips.com/Brand for abbreviated forms on subsequent references.  

  • Benjamin and Nancy Suarez Family Strength and Conditioning Center
  • FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field – Men's and women's soccer stadium.
  • InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field– On first and subsequent references to UA's on-campus stadium, the full name should be used. When appropriate, at The University of Akron should be included. Here are the official names of locations within the stadium:
    • C.P. and Cornelia S. Chima Athletics Ticket Office 
    • Huntington Club Level, fifth floor
    • Eugene Waddell Presidential Suite, sixth floor
    • Derek Chima Director of Athletics Suite, sixth floor
    • Montrose Auto Group Press Level, seventh floor
  • James A. Rhodes Arena
    • James A. Rhodes Arena Weight Room
  • Lee R. Jackson Baseball Field
  • Lee R. Jackson Practice Field
  • Lee R. Jackson Softball Field
  • Lee R. Jackson Track and Field Complex
  • Louis and Freda Stile Athletics Field House
    • Louis and Freda Stile Athletics Field House Weight Room
  • Oliver J. Ocasek Natatorium
  • Robert A. Pinn Shooting Range
  • Tommy Evans Lounge

baccalaureate – Acceptable term for bachelor’s degree. See academic degrees and programs.

bachelor’s degree – Capitalize when full title is used: Bachelor of Arts in English, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. In shortened and casual forms, lowercase and use an apostrophe: bachelor’s degree in history. When abbreviating, capitalize and use periods: B.A. in Communications. See academic degrees and programs.

Board of Trustees – Always capitalize all references to The University of Akron Board of Trustees, Board, or Trustees.

Buchtel Common – Main walkway through campus.

Buchtelite, The – The University’s student-run newspaper.

campus addresses – U.S. mail that is addressed to the University's primary ZIP code, 44325, could be returned to the sender if it contains a street address other than 302 Buchtel Common. Only the recipient's name or department name, the city, state, ZIP code and the ZIP+4 number, if known, should be included. See addresses.

campus buildings – Refer to UA buildings and Facilities online for a complete list of campus building names and correct abbreviations.

career-ready – Hyphenate as a compound modifier. See hyphen.

catalog – Not catalogue: the academic catalog.

cocurricular – No hyphen, and not synonymous with extracurricular. Cocurricular activities are direct extensions of formal learning experiences, while extracurricular activities need not be academic in nature.

coed – Acceptable as an adjective to describe coeducational institutions and groups: the coed rifle team. Should not be used to refer to a female student.

Coleman Common – The open space south of Buchtel Hall and between the Student Union and Memorial Hall.

colleges, schools, departments and campus units – The official names of colleges (listed below), schools, departments and campus units are capitalized and given in full on first reference: the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering; the School of Law; the Department of Philosophy; the Center for Film Study offers a variety of classes. In subsequent references the official names may be shortened and lowercased, so long as the referent of each is clear: She is a prominent faculty member at the college; the center offers classes in the study of film; the department awards ceremony is next Tuesday. 

  • Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Applied Science and Technology
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health Professions
  • College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
  • LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education
  • School of Law
  • The Drs. Gary B. and Pamela S. Williams Honors College
  • Wayne College

cooperative education – Co-op is acceptable on second reference.

corequisite – No hyphen.

course load – Two words.

courseware – Educational software; one word.

coursework – One word.

curriculum – Singular. The plural is curricula or curriculums.

dean – Lowercase except when used as a formal title before a name: The dean is friendly. I am excited to meet Dean Michael Smith. The dean of the college, Michael Smith, spoke at the luncheon.

Dean’s List – Capitalize. An exception to AP style.

degrees – See academic degrees and programs.

degrees with distinction – Lowercase cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude. The cum laude (“with honors”) designation is given to students in the top 10 percent of a graduating class, magna cum laude (“with high honors”) to students in the top 5 percent, and summa cum laude (“with highest honors”) to students in the top 2 percent.

departments – The official names of departments are capitalized and given in full on first reference: Department of Anthropology. On subsequent references, the official names may be shortened and lowercased, so long as the referent of each is clear: the department is restructuring its curriculum. See colleges, schools, departments and campus units.

doctoral, doctorate – Doctoral is an adjective: she is pursuing a doctoral degree in engineering. The noun is doctorate: Daniel Dennison, who has a doctorate in education, delivered the keynote address. The use of doctorate is preferable to Ph.D. See academic degrees and programs; Dr.; and Ph.D., Ph.D.s.

Dr. – For those who hold a Ph.D. or Ed.D., the use of Dr. can be used as a courtesy title on first reference for University publications. On second and subsequent references, the person’s last name is used. See academic degrees and programs; doctoral, doctorate; and Ph.D., Ph.D.s.

E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall – Thomas Hall, or hall, on second and subsequent references.

emeritus – Use with care. At UA, this is an honorary title conferred by the Board of Trustees. Not every faculty or contract professional retiree has emeritus status. Other forms: emeriti (plural for male, mixed-sex and unspecified), emerita (singular female), emeritae (plural female).

faculty – Singular. The plural is faculties or faculty members. See collective nouns.

Faculty Senate – The legislative body of the University, as delegated by the Trustees.

Fiat Lux – UA motto, meaning “Let there be light.”

FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field – Men's and women's soccer stadium. See athletics facilities for other facilities.

Founders Day – On the first Friday in May (also the last day of spring semester), the University celebrates its founding and honors new and past retirees at a luncheon.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid – Capitalize and spell out on first reference, FAFSA on subsequent references.

freshman, freshmen – The adjective and singular noun is freshman: The freshman class. She is a freshman. The plural noun is freshmen: the course is designed for freshmen.

full time, full-time – Hyphenate when used as a compound modifier: The full-time professor. But: He works full time. The same rules hold for part time and part-time. See hyphen.

grade point average – No hyphens; GPA on second reference. Use figures and two digits after the decimal: 4.00.

InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field – Use full name in all references to UA’s on-campus stadium. See athletics facilities.

intercollegiate athletics – In all references (not sports or intercollegiate sports).

interdisciplinary – No hyphen.

Juris Doctor – This law degree is capitalized and can be abbreviated as J.D. See academic degrees and programs.

Lakewood, The University of Akron – The University’s satellite campus in Lakewood. Use full name on first reference and UA Lakewood on subsequent references. See University of Akron, The.

Living-Learning Communities – Capitalized, with hyphen. LLC on second reference.

master’s degree – Capitalize when full title is used: Master of Arts in Economics, Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction. In shortened and casual forms, lowercase and use an apostrophe: master’s degree in political science. When abbreviating, capitalize and use periods: M.A. in Philosophy. See academic degrees and programs.

meal plan – Not board, as in “room and board.”

Medina County University Center – The University's satellite campus in Medina County. Use full name on first reference and MCUC on subsequent references. See University of Akron, The.

Mid-American Conference – Formal name of the athletic conference of which UA is a member. MAC on second reference. 

Millersburg (Holmes Campus), The University of Akron – Satellite campus of The University of Akron Wayne College. Use full name on first reference and UA Millersburg or Holmes Campus on subsequent references. See University of Akron, The and Wayne College (Orrville), The University of Akron.

names – Use full name on first reference to an individual and last name only on subsequent references.

National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance – NCERCAMP on second reference.

National Polymer Innovation Center – State-of-the-art research facility on the UA campus.

NCAA – Acceptable in all references for National Collegiate Athletic Association.

New Landscape for Learning – The University of Akron’s campus enhancement program between 1999 and 2015, when we added 21 new buildings; 18 major additions, acquisitions and renovations; and 34 acres of green space.

nonresident – No hyphen.

Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) – Formerly Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM). This state medical school, located in Rootstown, was created in 1973 through a consortium of The University of Akron, Kent State University and Youngstown State University (Cleveland State University joined in 2008).

part time, part-time – Hyphenate when used as a compound modifier: The part-time adjunct professor. But: She was hired part time. The same rules hold for full time and full-time. See hyphen.

Ph.D., Ph.D.s – It is preferable to use the word doctorate followed by the area of expertise, both lowercase: He holds a doctorate in biomedical engineering. If using the full title, capitalize: Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry. When abbreviating, capitalize and use periods: Ph.D. in History. When used after a name, the abbreviation is set off by commas: Nancy Nevins, Ph.D., received tenure. See academic degrees and programs; doctoral, doctorate; and Dr.

postbaccalaureate – No hyphen.

postdoctoral – No hyphen.

postgraduate – No hyphen.

postsecondary – No hyphen.

president – Lowercase except when used as formal title before a name: the president gave a speech. President Matthew Wilson visited the college. See academic titles.

program titles – Capitalize when official title is used: the Pre-Pharmacy Program. Lowercase in shortened and casual forms: she is studying pre-pharmacy. See academic degrees and programs.

residence hall – Not dorm or dormitory.

room numbers – Use figures: room 312. 

ROTC – Acceptable in all references to Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.

schools – The official names of schools are capitalized and given in full on first reference: School of Law. On subsequent references, the official names may be shortened and lowercased, so long as the referent of each is clear: the school received a $300,000 grant. See colleges, schools, departments and campus units.

seasons and semesters – Lowercase references to seasons and academic semesters: fall, spring semester.

staff – Singular, not plural. See collective nouns. 

state-assisted – Hyphenate. UA is a state-assisted institution, one of 14 four-year public universities in Ohio’s higher education system. See hyphen.

STEM – The acronym, acceptable in all references, for science, technology, engineering, mathematics/medicine programs.

student-athlete – Hyphenated.

Student Recreation and Wellness Center – SRWC and Rec Center are acceptable on second reference.

Student Union, Jean Hower Taber – Taber Student Union or Student Union on second and subsequent references.

syllabus – Singular. The plural is syllabi or syllabuses.

theatre – The preferred spelling for entertainment venues on campus: Paul A. Daum Theatre in Kolbe Hall, Student Union Theatre, Sandefur Theatre in Guzzetta Hall.

titles and official names – See academic degrees and programs; academic titles; associate degree; athletics facilities; baccalaureate; bachelor’s degree; Board of Trustees; campus buildings; colleges, schools, departments and campus units; company names; composition titles; dean; Dean’s List; Dr.; emeritus; Juris Doctor; master’s degree; military titles; names; Ph.D., Ph.D.s;  president; program titles; schools; titled/entitled; and University of Akron, The.

UANet – The University's network, which encompasses all services and access to services for University electronic properties, including databases, servers, websites, collaborative services and, where possible, third-party services contracted by the University. Access to the network and services, by authorized faculty, staff and students, is accomplished through the issuance of credentials, i.e., a UANet ID. Use of the network and the ID are governed by the rules and regulations of the University and at its discretion.

UA Network ID – UANet ID acceptable in all references.

University Council – This deliberative and representative body makes recommendations to the president on long-range planning and informs decisions on other substantive matters that affect the well-being and common interests of the University community.

University of Akron, The – On first reference, the full name The University of Akron should always be used, with The capitalized. On subsequent references, University, always capitalized, is preferred. UA may be used sparingly. Satellite campuses include: 

  • The University of Akron Lakewood – UA Lakewood on second reference.
  • Medina County University Center – MCUC on second reference.
  • The University of Akron Millersburg (Holmes Campus) – Satellite campus of The University of Akron Wayne College. UA Millersburg or Holmes Campus acceptable on second reference.
  • The University of Akron Wayne College (Orrville) – Wayne College on second reference.

University of Akron Alumni Association, The – The alumni association or association on second reference.

University of Akron Bookstore, The – University Bookstore or UA Bookstore on second reference.

University of Akron Foundation, The – Foundation on second reference.

University of Akron Research Foundation – UARF on second reference.

viewbook – One word, no hyphen.

Wayne College (Orrville), The University of Akron – The University’s satellite campus in Orrville. Use full name on first reference and Wayne College on subsequent references. Its satellite campus is The University of Akron Millersburg (Holmes Campus). See Millersburg (Holmes Campus), The University of Akron and University of Akron, The.

Williams Honors College, The Drs. Gary B. and Pamela S. – The full name is The Drs. Gary B. and Pamela S. Williams Honors College. Use Williams Honors College or Honors College on second and subsequent references. Students in the college are known as Williams Scholars.

WZIP-FM – Student-operated radio station on campus (88 FM).

Zip Card – Campus ID card, two words.

Zippy – The University’s mascot, a female kangaroo.

Zips – The official name used for all of the University’s men’s and women’s sports teams. Do not use the term Lady Zips.

Z-TV – Student-operated television station on campus.