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Academics

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.”

Student Body

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!”

Campus Life

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.”

Contact & Visit

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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Applicants: 13,109
Acceptance Rate: 87%
Average HS GPA: 3.21







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