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 2019-2020)



Programs &


Certificates 76 125
Associate 19 32
Baccalaureate 102 204
Master's 72
Doctoral 16 30
Juris Doctor 1 20

 * Unique programs are based on CIP codes (Classification of Instructional Programs) and program level.

Degrees Awarded
(Academic Year 2018-2019)
2018-19 To Date
Associates 520 33,901
Bachelors 2,853 131,686
Masters 769 40,677
Doctoral 151 4,538
Juris Doctor 129 7,675
Law Masters (LLM) 2 61
TOTAL 4,424 218,538


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 2017

Undergraduate Students 18,802
Graduate Students 2,837
Professional Students 465
Full-time students 16,324
Part-time students 5,780
Total Headcount 22,104

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 2018 Enrollment by Degree Type

Certificate 49 0.1%
Associate 1,365 10.1%
Baccalaureate 9,960 65.0%
Master's 1,782 8.7%
Doctoral 754 3.7%
Law 460 2.1%
Non degree-seeking 2,425 10.2%
Total 20,554 100.0%

Fall 2018 Enrollment by Ethnicity

African American 1,959 9.5%
Asian 616 3.0%
Hispanic 570 2.8%
Native Hawaiian 5 0.0%
Native American 29 0.1%
Non Resident Alien 939 4.6%
Two or More Races 840 4.1%
White 15,221 74.1%
Unknown 375 1.8%

Percentage of Enrolled Full-time Students

Fall, Undergraduate

Native Amer 0.1% Native Amer 0.2%
Hispanic 2.7% Hispanic 2.9%
Asian 2.9% Asian 3.1%
African Amer 11.5% African Amer 10.2%
NR Alien 2.6% NR Alien 2.5%
White 73.5% White 74.7%
Two or More Races 4.6% Two or More Races 4.6%
Native Haw/Othr Pacific 0.0% Native Haw/Othr Pacific 0.0%
Unknown 1.9% Unknown 1.8%
Female 46.5% Female 46.6%
Male 53.5% Male 53.4%
Pell** 37% Pell** 35%

Fall 2018 FTE Students

Undergraduate FTE 14,394
Graduate FTE 1,370
Professional FTE 397
In-State FTE 14,451
Out-of-State FTE 1,711
Total Full-time Equivalent Students: 16,164
Annual 2017-18 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 2018 Student Characteristics

Freshmen ACT Composite (As of Fall'18) Overall Gender Breakdown
25th Percentile Score 19 Male 50.8%
75th Percentile Score 26 Female 49.2%
FTFT Akron Campus Bachelor's Degree Seeking CohortsAverage Age Full-time Students
First Year Retention Rate - 2017 Cohort 72.7% First-time first year students 18
Six Year Graduation Rate - 2011 Cohort 42.8% Undergraduate students 20
Graduate students 26
Pct In-State Undergrad Students93% Overall UA Full-time students 21

Students receiving Financial Aid

83% (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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