University of Akron

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302 Buchtel Common

Akron, OH 44325

Phone: (330) 972-7111
2013-2014 Tuition
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Jul. 1
application deadline

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University of Akron is a public institution that was founded in 1870. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,122, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 223 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Akron's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,055 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $18,417 (2013-14).

The University of Akron, sometimes called UA, is located in northeastern Ohio, about 40 miles south of Cleveland and about 100 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Students at UA can choose from about 300 academic programs, including master's degrees in the fields of business, law, engineering and education. Many Akron students take a break from studying to visit the Student Union building, which is home to a theater, ballroom, Barnes & Noble bookstore, Starbucks café and more.

Students can also join more than 200 student organizations, play intramural or club sports and even float along the lazy river in the recreation center. Student athletes can try out for the nearly 20 UA Zips varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. Notable Akron alumni include former NFL players Charlie Frye and Jason Taylor, and actress Yvette Nicole Brown, who starred in the television show "Community."

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

At The University of Akron, you'll discover a broad range of more than 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctorate and law degree programs-with accreditations by 35 professional agencies. In fact, The Princeton Review listed UA among the "Best in the Midwest" in its 2011 edition of Best Colleges: Region-by-Region. Classes and programs are targeted to diverse groups of learners, including full-time, part-time and on-line students, veterans, and adults returning to the classroom. The Akron Experience provides individualized services and support, and there are many opportunities for internships and co-ops, academic research (both undergraduate and graduate), study abroad, on-campus student employment, and service projects to help prepare you for post-graduation success. The campus, with its modern classrooms and facilities, is easy to navigate, with acres of park-like green space in the midst of our metropolitan setting. Students appreciate the breadth of activities, including our NCAA Division I championship-caliber athletic teams and more than 300 student organizations, encompassing everything from academics and hobbies to politics, faith, music and careers. Go to for details.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1870
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $188,365,850


When applying to University of Akron, it's important to note the application deadline is July 1, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at University of Akron is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 96.8 percent and an early acceptance rate of 97.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 96.8%
Application deadline July 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Akron is 21:1, and the school has 38.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Akron include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Engineering. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 21:1
4-year graduation rate 15%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 18%
Health Professions and Related Programs 13%
Education 11%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%
Engineering 8%

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Student Life

University of Akron has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,122, with a gender distribution of 52 percent male students and 48 percent female students. At this school, 15 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 85 percent of students live off campus. University of Akron is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 26,580
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Akron offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Akron also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Akron, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of Akron.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Akron, 72.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,697.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

In-state tuition and fees $10,055 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $18,417 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,716 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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