Students Say

A “growing, exciting, and really diverse institution with a tremendous vision for the future,” the University of Akron serves nearly 17,000 undergraduates, most in career-oriented programs. Business is one of the largest undergraduate departments here; engineering, however, is the most well-renowned, enjoying an excellent reputation in mechanical and chemical engineering and co-op programs that “can place any engineering student that wants a co-op very easily.” Other academic standouts include the “excellent biology and chemistry” departments, nursing program, education department, and “the only nationally accredited emergency management program in the country.”

Overview

Applicants
10,575
Acceptance Rate
96%
Average HS GPA
3.10

GPA Breakdown

19%
Over 3.75
13%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
21%
2.00 - 2.49
5%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
450 - 590
SAT Math
470 - 610
ACT Composite
18 - 25

Deadlines


Regular
July 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

A “growing, exciting, and really diverse institution with a tremendous vision for the future,” the University of Akron serves nearly 17,000 undergraduates, most in career-oriented programs. Business is one of the largest undergraduate departments here; engineering, however, is the most well-renowned, enjoying an excellent reputation in mechanical and chemical engineering and co-op programs that “can place any engineering student that wants a co-op very easily.” Other academic standouts include the “excellent biology and chemistry” departments, nursing program, education department, and “the only nationally accredited emergency management program in the country.” Students in all programs praise UA’s strong ties to the city and county, saying that “These ties offer students numerous opportunities not found at many other schools.” Undergrads also appreciate UA’s commitment to technology; “it’s one of the top ‘wired for wireless’ campuses in the nation and it makes it easy to get e-mail, notes, grades, etc. online. Practically every building has computers available to use continuously, called ‘computer trees.’” While students once complained about all the new construction on campus, most concede that the university is making all the right moves in its “transition from a commuter school to a residence school.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
20:1
Total Faculty
1,675
with Terminal Degree
906

860
Men
815
Women
238
Minority
55
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

Accounting
Animal Behavior and Ethology
Archeology
Art Education
Art History
Athletic Training
Automotive Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Botany/Plant Biology
Business Administration/Management
Business Education
Ceramics
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Child Development
Civil Engineering
Classics
Communication Disorders
Communications Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Computer Engineering
Computer Systems Analysis
Counseling
Crafts
Culinary Arts
Dance
Data Processing
Developmental Psychology
Drawing
Economics
Education
Education Administration
Electrical Engineering
Elementary Education
Engineering Physics
English
English Composition
Entrepreneurship
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Fashion Merchandising
Finance
French
Geography
Geology
Geophysics
German
Gerontology
Government
History
Hospitality
Human Resources Management
Industrial Psychology
Interior Design
International Business
Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Kinesiology
Linguistics
Logistics Management
Management Information Systems
Marketing
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Technology
Music Education
Music History
Musical Theater
Nursing
Nutrition
Painting
Peace Studies
Philosophy
Photography
Physics
Piano
Political Science
Pre-Medicine
Printmaking
Psychology
Public Administration
Public Health
Real Estate
Respiratory Therapy
Russian
Sculpture
Social Work
Sociology
Spanish
Special Education
Speech Pathology
Sports Management
Statistics
Teacher Education
Teaching English as a Second Language
Tourism
Urban Planning
Urban Studies
Voice
Zoology

Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Charlie Frye
Quarterback, NFL, Cleveland Browns

Jason Taylor
Defensive End, NFL, Miami Dolphins

George Wallace
Comedian-actor, One-Man Show, Las Vegas, NV

Dr. Willis Lonzer II
Johnson and Johnson, Research and Dev (Scientist)

Anthony Alexander
Chairman and CEO, First Energy Corporation

Sandra Pianalto
President, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
63
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,557

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,682

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,853

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,791

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
71%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$3,500

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$8,449
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$16,813
Required Fees
$1,605
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,112
Transportation for Commuters
$1,600

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

UA is a large school where the typical student is “down-to-earth, working class to middle class, from the Akron-Canton-Cleveland area.” Otherwise, students “vary tremendously,” and have “diverse backgrounds” that often include “average to slightly better academic achievement in high school” and a “serious” attitude about college.” Two-fifths of the student body is at least 25 years old; most of these are part-time students juggling jobs and families. Then there are “the frat and sorority people, the people who are always studying, the people who never go to class; you name it, there is someone like that at UA.” Another common type of student, we’re told, “is the beer-drinking sports fan. You can’t go wrong with that!”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
20,473
Out of State
3%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
57

Demographics

48% female
52% male
3% are out of state
78% are full time
22% are part time

Overview

Students Say

UA is a large community that students say is divided roughly in half. One half “is trying to survive and thrive in order to build a future. The other half is just here to have fun.” The first group “lives off campus and only gets slightly involved with student organizations or campus life.” The others go “west a few blocks to all the clubs over on Main Street. Those who are more into sports will hit up the bars that are a block south of campus,” while still others head “east of campus one block for the parties along ‘frat row.’” All students enjoy the new “multimillion dollar recreation center and student union, with thirteen billiard tables and eight bowling lanes and lots more.” They’re even prouder of their 2005 MAC champion men’s soccer team. Students with cars note that “the campus is pretty close to Cleveland,” which presents various opportunities for having fun “ranging from rock to theater to even partying!” As one student sums up, “How good your life is at UA is up to you.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
14%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
70
First-Year Students living on campus
54%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
84

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
254
Number of Honor Societies
34

Number of Social Sororities
14
Number of Religious Organizations
13

4% join a fraternity
4% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Zips)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Riflery
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Zips)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Riflery
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Kent State University

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
150

Average Number of PC's per Lab
19

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
80%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Our Computer Solutions store, an on-campus facility, offers student discounts.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Rachel Privett
Assistant Director of Admissions

Address
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-2001

Phone
1-800-655-4884

Email
admissions@uakron.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Recreation Center
Student Union (includes food court, Starbucks)
E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall
James A. Rhodes Arena
Robertson Cafe
Student Recreation and Wellness Center, which features a 56-foot rock-climbing wall, recreation pool, "lazy river", spa, ball courts and fitness facilities; Student Union with a movie theatre, bowling and billiards, a food court and a Starbucks Cafe.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Summit County Metro Parks
Canal Park - Home of the Minor league Akron Aeros
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Progressive Field - Home of the Cleveland Indians
Akron Art Museum; Cuyahoga Valley National Park; and Blossom Music Center. Three shopping malls near campus and Akron Civic Theatre.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M - F, select Saturdays
8:00am - 4:30pm
1-800-655-4884

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M - F, 11am and 3pm., select Sat at 11 am
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
M - F, 10am & 2 pm, select at Sat 10am

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
www.gozips.com

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
UA is 13 miles form Akron-Canton Regional Airport and 40 miles from the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Greyhound Bus Service provides transportation to Akron from most major cities in the country. The Metro Regional Transit Authority provides bus transportation in the Greater Akron area. Amtrak serves Akron with direct service to and from such cities as Youngstown, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Admissions, in Room 109 Simmons Hall is located at 277 Buchtel Ave. DIRECTIONS FROM THE NORTH From I-77, follow I-77 to I-76 East. Exit I-76 East onto Rt. 8 North. Follow Rt. 8 North to the Carroll St. / Buchtel Ave. Exit. After exiting follow to the second light, make a left onto Buchtel Ave.; continue on Buchtel Ave. through the 4th stop light. Turn left into the Visitor Parking Garage. Bring your parking stub to the Admissions office for validation. From Rt. 8, follow to the Buchtel Ave. exit. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto Buchtel Ave.; continue on Buchtel Ave. through the 4th stop light. Turn left into the Visitor Parking Garage. Bring your parking stub to the Admissions office for validation. DIRECTIONS FROM THE SOUTH From I-77, follow I-77 to Rt. 8 North. Exit Rt. 8 North at the Carroll St. / Buchtel Ave. exit. After exiting, follow to the second light, make a left onto Buchtel Ave., and continue on Buchtel Ave. through the 4th stop light. Turn left into the Visitor Parking Garage. Bring your parking stub to the Admissions office for validation. DIRECTIONS FROM THE EAST From I-76, follow I-76 West to Rt. 8 North. Follow Rt. 8 North to the Carroll St. / Buchtel Ave. Exit. After exiting follow to the second light, make a left onto Buchtel Ave.; continue on Buchtel Ave. through the 4th stop light. Turn left into the Visitor Parking Garage. Bring your parking stub to the Admissions office for validation. DIRECTIONS FROM THE WEST From I-76, follow I-76 East, to Rt. 8 North. Follow Rt. 8 North to the Carroll St. / Buchtel Ave. Exit. After exiting follow to the second light, make a left onto Buchtel Ave.; continue on Buchtel Ave. through the 4th stop light. Turn left into the Visitor Parking Garage. Bring your parking stub to the Admissions office for validation.

Local Accommodations
Quaker Square Inn at The University of Akron 135 South Broadway Street Akron, OH 44325-9002 (330) 253-5970 www.quakersquareakron.com Akron City Centre Hotel 20 West Mill Street Akron, OH 44308 (330) 384-1500 www.akroncitycentrehotel.com Sheraton Suites 1989 Front Street Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221 (800) 274-4831 www.sheratonakron.com
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Key Stats

10,575
Applicants
20,473
Size
96%
Acceptance Rate
1060
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists