The mechanical engineering undergraduate curriculum at The University of Akron is designed to give the student knowledge of the basic principles of the thermal/fluids, structures and motion, and controls systems of mechanical engineering and apply to real-world challenges.

What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineers design and analyze physical systems and are employed in a variety of industries in different capacities. Mechanical engineers play important roles in many types of companies, including automotive, petroleum, energy generation and conversion, aerospace, tire, consulting, chemical, electronic, and manufacturing.


The mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, and has specific program educational objectives and student outcomes that prepare graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering.

Admission Requirements

A new first-year student can be directly admitted to their intended major in the College of Engineering if they meet the following requirements:

  • High school GPA of 3.4 or higher
  • At least 24 composite ACT or at least 1110 composite SAT
  • At least 24 math ACT or at least 560 math SAT

Students interested in engineering who do not meet these academic requirements can still be admitted to The University of Akron as a student with an intended major in engineering, with a pre-admission status. After certain criteria are met, students with pre-admission status can apply for full admission to the College of Engineering.


Review the deadlines and important dates on the handy chart provided by the Office of Admissions.


Individuals who graduate with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Akron make an average starting salary of $61,727. We have placed graduates at companies including Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Bridgestone/Firestone, and GPD Group.

Curriculum & Courses

In addition to the regular mechanical engineering program, students also may choose a special emphasis in polymer science and polymer engineering or motion and control. In this option, all mechanical engineering electives are replaced by appropriate electives in polymer science and polymer engineering or motion and control.

For more information:

Dr. Joan Carletta
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies

ph: 330-972-6487

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