University of Akron in Ohio

Learn about the University of Akron in Akron, OH. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

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About the University of Akron

Founded in 1870 as Buchtel College, the University of Akron (UA) is a four-year, public research university located in Northern Ohio. The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits UA.

The 218-acre campus has over 80 buildings, and 21 new buildings have been added since 2000. The school's engineering program is growing quicker than any other engineering program in Ohio, and its polymer program is the largest in the world.


UA offers more than 300 undergraduate and graduate programs through 13 colleges and schools, including the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business Administration, the Law School, the College of Education and the College of Engineering. The University's Summit College offers technical training programs at the associate's and bachelor's degree levels. In addition to the Akron campus, UA has locations in Brunswick, Lakewood, Medina, Orrville and Millersburg.

Popular undergraduate and graduate programs at UA include business, health, education and engineering. UA offers online classes, distance-learning classes and study abroad opportunities. The school has over 200 student organizations. UA provides students access to research materials and support through five libraries, including the Wayne College Library and Akron Law Library.


Freshman applicants must submit an admission application, high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores and a nonrefundable application fee. Additional admissions requirements vary depending on the program. Students interested in applying to the honors program need to submit an additional application and an essay.

The admission levels at UA are direct admission, standard admission and provisional admission. Direct admission is when students are admitted directly into the college or program of their choice. The standard admission tier is for students who don't meet the requirements for a particular program, but still meet the school's standard requirements. The provisional admission tier is for students who don't currently meet the standard admissions requirements for the university. The provisional admission tier will be phased out by 2015.

There is a standard admissions process for UA's graduate school, and admissions decisions are based on the recommendations of individual departments. Applicants are advised to contact the department they're applying to in order to confirm required application materials. Prospective graduate students should submit their applications at least six weeks before the term starts.

Applicants can check their application status online. UA accepts dual credit, AP credits and credit for life experiences. In 2011, the majority of undergraduate students at UA were 24 years of age or younger and attended full-time.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For 2012, the estimated cost of tuition for a full-time, in-state undergraduate student is $9,552 per academic year at the main campus. The estimated tuition for out-of-state undergraduate students is $18,584 per academic year. Graduate tuition can vary based on school programs. Transportation is estimated to cost $310, and books and supplies cost roughly $900 per year. The price of on-campus student housing ranges from $5,410-$8,864 for the academic year. Meal plans per year range from $3,062-$4,082.

UA offers merit-based scholarships; however, some are major-specific. Students can also receive loans, grants and work-study aid. First-time freshmen from out of state may qualify for a tuition-reduction scholarship.

School Type Four-year, public**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorate and certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester***
School Setting Mid-size city**
Student Body In 2011: 22,966 undergraduate students and 4,504 graduate students**
Student Housing More than 3,000 students live on campus*
Schools and Programs Ten colleges, three schools, seven locations; over 300 programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 21 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Certificate: Registered nursing (6)
Associate's: Criminal justice/police science (78)
Bachelor's: Registered nursing (248)
Master's: Special education (63)
Doctorate: Law (116)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates In 2011:
14% in four years
38% in six years**
Admission Rate 74.8% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 4,751 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 62.2% in 2012*
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT scores: 18-24 (composite) in 2011*
Application Due Date July 15th***
Tuition Estimated at $9,552 per academic year for full-time, in-state undergraduates for 2012 (does not include books, living expenses or additional expenses)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For full-time beginning undergraduate students in 2010-2011:
Federal grants (50%)
State and local grants (37%)
Institutional scholarships (36%)
Federal loans (71%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 81% in 2012*

Sources: *University of Akron, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***U.S. News and World Report

School Contact Information

  • Address: The University of Akron, Office of Admissions, Simmons Hall 109, Akron, OH 44325
  • Phone: (800) 655-4884
  • Website:

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