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 2017-18)
Unique Programs Programs & Tracks
Certificates 86 151
Associate 31 50
Baccalaureate 93 240
Master's 69 152
Doctoral 30 30
Juris Doctor 4 20

Degrees Awarded
(AY 17-18 and To Date thru Spr '18)
2017-18 To Date
Associates 552 33,381
Bachelors 2,885 128,834
Masters 890 39,907
Doctoral 164 4,388
Juris Doctor 120 7,546
Law Masters (LLM) 2 59
TOTAL 4,613 214,132


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 2016

Undergraduate Students 19,465
Graduate Students 3,247
Professional Students 440
Full-time students 16,948
Part-time students 6,204
Total Headcount 23,152

Fall 2018

Undergraduate Students 17,455
Graduate Students 2,625
Professional Students 474
Full-time students 14,826
Part-time students 5,728
Total Headcount 20,554

Fall 2017 Enrollment by Degree Type

  Count Percent
Certificate 19 0.1%
Associate 2,241 10.1%
Baccalaureate 14,376 65.0%
Master's 1,930 8.7%
Doctoral 821 3.7%
Law 465 2.1%
Non degree-seeking 2,252 10.2%
Total 22,104 100.0%

Fall 2017 Enrollment by Ethnicity

Count Percent
African American 2,344 10.6%
Asian 625 2.8%
Hispanic 572 2.6%
Native Hawaiian 7 0.0%
Native American 28 0.1%
Non Resident Alien 1,145 5.2%
Two or More Races 879 4.0%
White 16,047 72.6%
Unknown 457 2.1%

Percentage of Enrolled Full-time Students*

Fall, Undergraduate, Akron Campus

Native Amer 0.1% Native Amer 0.2%
Hispanic 2.7% Hispanic 2.5%
Asian 3.0% Asian 2.6%
African Amer 12.0% African Amer 11.4%
NR Alien 2.6% NR Alien 3.0%
White 72.7% White 74.4%
Two or More Races 4.7% Two or More Races 4.0%
Native Haw/Othr Pacific 0.0% Native Haw/Othr Pacific 0.0%
Unknown 1.9% Unknown 1.9%
Female 45.8% Female 45.3%
Male 54.2% Male 54.7%
Pell** 34.6% Pell** 37.4%

*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 2017 FTE Students

Undergraduate FTE 15,632
Graduate FTE 1,531
Professional FTE 400
In-State FTE 15,542
Out-of-State FTE 2,022
Total Full-time Equivalent Students: 17,563
Annual 2016-17 FTE Students: 19,186
* Term FTE is SCH/15 and annual is SCH/30

Fall 2018 Freshmen Admission Info

Applicants 16,497
Acceptances 11,430
Enrollees 3,026
Accept Ratio 69.2%
Yield Ratio 26.4%
* Accept Ratio is acceptances divided by applicants
* Yield Ratio is enrollees divided by acceptances
Note: Internally reported applicant count includes in-progress applications.

Fall 2017 Student Characteristics

Freshmen ACT Composite (As of Fall'17) Overall Gender Breakdown
25th Percentile Score 19 Male 51.3%
75th Percentile Score 25 Female 48.7%
FTFT Akron Campus Bachelor's Degree Seeking Cohorts Average Age Full-time Students
First Year Retention Rate - 2016 Cohort 72.7% First-time first year students 18
Six Year Graduation Rate - 2010 Cohort 42.8% Undergraduate students 20
Graduate students 26
Pct In-State Undergrad Students92.7% Overall UA Full-time students 21

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
  • 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.

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