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Locations

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)

Unique

Programs*

Programs &

Tracks

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

Accreditation

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

Enrollment

Fall 2018

Undergraduate Students 17,455
Graduate Students 2,265
Professional Students 474
Full-time students 14,826
Part-time students 5,728
Total Headcount 20,554

Fall 2019

Undergraduate Students 16,407
Graduate Students 2,366
Professional Students 445
Full-time students 13,835
Part-time students 5,383
Total Headcount 19,218

Fall 2019 Enrollment by Degree Type

 CountPercent
Certificate 33 0.2%
Associate 933 4.9%
Baccalaureate 13,294 69.2%
Master's 1,600 8.3%
Doctoral 675 3.5%
Law 429 2.2%
Non degree-seeking 2,254 11.7%
Total 19,218 100.0%

Fall 2019 Enrollment by Ethnicity

CountPercent
African American 1,719 8.9%
Asian 590 3.1%
Hispanic 575 3.0%
Native Hawaiian 2 0.0%
Native American 28 0.1%
Non Resident Alien 837 4.4%
Two or More Races 779 4.1
White 14,396 74.9%
Unknown 292 1.5%


Percentage of Enrolled Full-time Students

Fall, Undergraduate

Ethnicity2018Ethnicity2019
Native Amer 0.2% Native Amer 0.1%
Hispanic 2.9% Hispanic 3.2%
Asian 3.1% Asian 3.1%
African Amer 10.2% African Amer 9.7%
NR Alien 2.5% NR Alien 2.4%
White 74.7% White 75.6%
Two or More Races 4.6% Two or More Races 4.5%
Native Haw/Othr Pacific 0.0% Native Haw/Othr Pacific 0.0%
Unknown 1.8% Unknown 1.5%
Female 46.6% Female 46.6%
Male 53.4% Male 53.4%
Pell** 35% Pell** 33%


Fall 2019 FTE Students

Undergraduate FTE 13,521
Graduate FTE 1,231
Professional FTE 376
In-State FTE 13,526
Out-of-State FTE 1,602
Total Full-time Equivalent Students: 15,128
Annual 2017-18 FTE Students: 18,227
* Term FTE is SCH/15 and annual is SCH/30

Fall 2019 Freshmen Admission Info

Applicants 15,153
Acceptances 10,960
Enrollees 2,985
Accept Ratio 72.3%
Yield Ratio 27.2%
* Accept Ratio is acceptances divided by applicants
* Yield Ratio is enrollees divided by acceptances
Note: Internally reported applicant count includes in-progress applications.

Fall 2019 Student Characteristics

Freshmen ACT Composite (As of Fall'19) Overall Gender Breakdown
25th Percentile Score 19 Male 50.6%
75th Percentile Score 25 Female 49.4%
FTFT Akron Campus Bachelor's Degree Seeking CohortsAverage Age Full-time Students
First Year Retention Rate - 2018 Cohort 71.6% First-time first year students 18
Six Year Graduation Rate - 2012 Cohort 43% Undergraduate students 21
Graduate students 27
Pct In-State Undergrad Students93% Overall UA Full-time students 21

Students receiving Financial Aid

84% (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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