The University of Akron

About UA

The University of Akron is the region’s most influential public research university, contributing to the resurgence of the local economy, providing a workforce highly trained in diverse disciplines, and known for an innovative approach to higher education.

With 22,000 students and more than 300 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and law degree programs, UA offers career-focused and experiential learning that helps students get ahead in the job market.

UA brings together diverse disciplines in ways that provide students with life-long skills, internships and co-ops, opportunities for academic research, education abroad, on-campus student employment and service projects designed for diverse groups of learners, including full-time, part-time and online students, veterans, and adults returning to the classroom.

UA at a glance


1870 as Buchtel College


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Our students

We have about 23,100 students representing 45 U.S. states and 92 foreign countries. They're a culturally diverse group and they come from a broad economic spectrum. See our student profile.


UA offers more than 300 undergraduate and graduate programs, including many that are recognized nationally for their excellence. Learn more.

The Akron campus

The University of Akron is a vibrant community within metropolitan Akron, with more than 80 buildings on 218 acres.

Additional locations

UA offers courses across the region and online.

Map showing location of UA sites

Intercollegiate athletics

A member of the Mid-American Conference, UA fields 17 NCAA Division I-A intercollegiate teams for men and women. Follow them at

Enrollment, rankings and student profile

See this data on our second page of facts.

Visit us!

Visitation Day at UAJoin us for a Visit Day! You'll meet current students and faculty. You'll learn about our excellent academic programs, our scholarship programs, financial aid and living on campus. And you'll see our modern classrooms, laboratories and Rec Center.

More information for visitors


Teaching at UAInnovators and entrepreneurs wanted: We are looking for people to provide for the changing needs and expectations of our diverse University community. Join our award-winning work environment.

See open positions.

Our history

Old Buchtel

The institution now known as The University of Akron was founded as Buchtel College in 1870 by the Ohio Universalist Convention, which was strongly influenced by the efforts, energy and financial support of Akronites, particularly industrialist John R. Buchtel.

By 1907, Buchtel College's emphasis on local rather than denominational interests led it to become a private, nondenominational school.

Learn more about UA's history 

UA presidents

University of Akron timeline


NewsOur online newsroom has everything you need to stay on top of activities at UA.

For members of the news media, the newsroom is the place to find expert sources on a variety of topics.

Go to the newsroom.

UA and the Akron community

Akron skylineThe University of Akron is at the forefront of redefining the role of higher education as a catalyst for rebuilding our communities and revitalizing the economy, thus providing our graduates with vast career opportunities.

Learn more about the Akron community.


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