The University of Akron campus

Overview

Applicants
13,109
Acceptance Rate
370,757%
Average HS GPA
3.21

GPA Breakdown

22%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
21%
2.00 - 2.49
2%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
450 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
450 - 620
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 26

Deadlines


Early Action
November 1

Regular
July 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
19:1
Total Faculty
1,601
with Terminal Degree
873

817
Men
784
Women
237
Minority
50
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
14%
Graduate in 5 years
34%
Graduate in 6 years
41%

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Animal Physiology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Ecology
  • Microbiology, General
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Related Services, Other
  • Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
  • Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other
  • E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
  • Financial Planning and Services
  • General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other
  • General Office Occupations and Clerical Services
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing, Other
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Merchandising and Buying Operations
  • Office Management and Supervision
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Real Estate
  • Restaurant/Food Services Management
  • Retailing and Retail Operations
  • Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
  • Selling Skills and Sales Operations
  • Small Business Administration/Management
  • Tourism and Travel Services Management

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Organizational Communication, General
  • Public Relations/Image Management

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Software and Media Applications
  • Computer Systems Analysis
  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
  • Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications
  • Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General
  • Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, Other
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Educational/Instructional Media Design
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Superintendency and Educational System Administration
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
  • Technical Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Polymer/Plastics Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Manufacturing Technology/Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
  • Plastics Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Quality Control Technology/Technician
  • Surveying Technology/Surveying

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Child Development
  • Family and Consumer Economics and Related Services, Other
  • Family Systems
  • Housing and Human Environments, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
  • Histologic Technician
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
  • Medical Office Management/Administration
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
  • Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist
  • Medical/Clinical Assistant
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nursing Administration
  • Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing
  • Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
  • Surgical Technology/Technologist
  • Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Personal and Culinary Services

  • Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General
  • Culinary Arts/Chef Training

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • Physics, General
  • Physics, Other
  • Polymer Chemistry

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Community Organization and Advocacy
  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
  • Social Work
  • Social Work, Other

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Police Science
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Fire Protection and Safety Technology/Technician
  • Fire Protection, Other

  • Social Sciences

  • American Government and Politics (United States)
  • Archeology
  • Cartography
  • Criminology
  • Development Economics and International Development
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Metal and Jewelry Arts
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Photography
  • Piano and Organ
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
  • Voice and Opera


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.”

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
14%
Graduate in 5 years
34%
Graduate in 6 years
41%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,996

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,711

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,535

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,124

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
69%

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

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$8,618
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$17,149
Required Fees
$1,891
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,788
Transportation for Commuters
$1,600

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
19,723
Out of State
4%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
61

Demographics

2.53%
Asian
13.22%
African-American
2.45%
Hispanic
75.68%
Caucasian
2.50%
Unknown
2.27%
International

48% female
52% male
4% are out of state
79% are full time
21% are part time

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!”

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
56%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

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.”

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

Sustainability


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