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Akron, Ohio (OH) Colleges and Universities

The Akron, Ohio, area is home to 43 colleges and universities. See comparisons of the largest, closest and most affordable schools in the Akron area to determine which schools might be right for you.

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Would-be college students residing in or around Akron, OH, have a variety of postsecondary options, including 4-year universities, vocational institutes, cosmetology schools and more. To help the average student make an informed academic decision, we take a closer look at the more traditional private or public colleges and universities within 25 miles of Akron, using information taken from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES):

Closest Schools to Akron, Ohio

The area of Northeastern Ohio, where Akron is located, contains a few different types of schools and institutions that prospective students can look into. If you currently live in Akron and would like to apply to places with shorter commutes, these five schools are the closest to the downtown Akron area:

  • University of Akron Main Campus (2.4 miles from downtown)
  • Kent State University at Kent (10.9 miles from downtown)
  • Kent State University at Stark (12.2 miles from downtown)
  • Stark State College (12.2 miles from downtown)
  • Walsh University (12.2 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools near Akron, Ohio

The schools near Akron possess a significant diversity of student body sizes, ranging from a few thousand to more than 30,000. The NCES lists the following five schools as having the largest student populations in the Akron area:

  • Kent State University at Kent (30,067 students)
  • University of Akron Main Campus (23,101 students)
  • Stark State College (12,645 students)
  • Kent State University at Stark (4,755 students)
  • Walsh University (2,860 students)

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  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Schools with Lowest Net Price

In calculating the net prices for different schools, the NCES takes the average cost of attending a school and subtracting the normal amount of financial aid given to full-time undergrads. These schools have the lowest net prices in the area of Akron for the 2014-2015 academic year:

  • Stark State College ($7,268)
  • University of Akron Wayne College ($8,688)
  • Kent State University at Stark ($9,135)
  • University of Akron Main Campus ($16,423)
  • Kent State University at Kent ($18,531)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

The graduation rate for a specific school refers to the percentage of a school's full-time undergraduate population that finishes their degree programs in no longer than 150% of the average amount of time for that degree. These Akron schools had the highest graduation rate in 2015:

  • University of Mount Union (61% graduation rate)
  • Walsh University (60% graduation rate)
  • Malone University (57% graduation rate)
  • Kent State University at Kent (56% graduation rate)
  • University of Akron Main Campus (41% graduation rate)

Looking at factors like campus location, school size, net price and graduation rate can help you wade through all of the potential schools in an area like Akron, so that you can be sure you make the right educational decisions for you.

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