University of Akron

302 Buchtel Common

Akron, OH 44325

General Information

Type: Public institution
Year Founded: 1870
Religious Affilation: None
Academic Calendar: Semester
Size of Undergraduate Student Body: 17,140
Geographical Setting: Urban
Endowment: $49,277,661


Application Fee: $30
Application Deadline: August 1
Selectivity: Less selective


Tuition and Fees: $8,382 in-state, 17,631 out-of-state
Room/Board: $7,640

Student Services

Basic Services Offered: nonremedial tutoring, women’s center, placement service, day care, health service, health insurance
Remedial Services Offered: reading, math, writing, study skills
Counseling Services Offered: minority student, career, military, personal, veteran student, academic, older student, psychological, birth control, religious


Career Services Offered: co-op education, on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, career/job search classes, interview training

Students That Enter the Job Market…

Within 6 Months of Graduation: N/A
Within 1 Year of Graduation: N/A
Within 2 Years of Graduation: N/A
Firms that Hire Most Graduates: City of Akron, Akron City Schools, Summa Health System, Akron General Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, Ernst & Young, Deloitte & Touche, Meaden & Moore, Cohen and Company, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Diebold, ODOT – Ohio Department of Transportation


Does the school have a library on campus? – Yes
Is it a member of a library consortia? – Yes
Number of books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents: 1,233,833
Number of current serial subscriptions: 12,438
Number of microforms: 1,675,948
Number of audiovisuals: 45,631
Number of ebooks: 6,379
Other library facilities: School of Law Library, Wayne College Library, Science and Engineering Library;

Museums or other Special Academic Buildings on Campus: The newest structure on The University of Akron campus is the 11,300-square-foot Gas Turbine Testing Facility for use by College of Engineering faculty and students. A nearby building has been renovated for use by engineering students who are in the second year of the three-year prestigious “Challenge X” competition. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors Corp., the goal is to re-engineer a Chevrolet Equinox sport-utility vehicle to sharply reduce energy consumption and emissions of pollutants while maintaining performance. The 70,000-square-foot addition to Guzzetta Hall, home to the College of Fine and Applied Arts, will be completed in 2006, bringing all the academic programs in the performing arts – dance, theatre, music and arts administration – under one roof. The features of this addition include seven technology-enhanced dance studios with an alternative/experimental performance venue; a design and lighting studio; scene and costume shops; trainer and physiotherapy facilities; and technology-enhanced classrooms. The Archives of the History of American Psychology, housed at The University of Akron, was accepted into the prestigious Smithsonian Institution Affiliations program in 2002. The Psychology Archives, which is the largest and most famous resource of its kind in the world, is the first archive in the nation to be granted affiliate status. The UA facility’s holdings include collections from more than 700 psychologists; records of more than 100 psychological journals and organizations; 153 miles of child development film plus 250 additional reels of file; 3,000 rare photographs; 5,000 test cards, blanks, and manuals; 3,000 rare and antiquarian books in psychology, philosophy, and science; and approximately 700 pieces of psychological apparatus, such as B.F. Skinner’s first teaching machine, Stanley Milgrim’s “shock” machine, and brass instruments from 19th century psychology laboratories. The Molecular Spectroscopy Laboratory, operated by the Department of Chemistry, is one of the best-equipped and most productive laboratories of its kind in the state. The department’s Unityplus 750 MHz NMR instrument is one of only two of its type in the world that has accessories geared for polymer research. The equipment enables the Department of Chemistry to assist the research efforts of more than 40 local, national and international companies. The Applied Mathematics Scientific Computation Laboratory is a duplicate of a laboratory at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. The laboratory offers undergraduate and graduate students, along with doctoral engineering and applied mathematics students, an opportunity to conduct mathematical modeling and computation in material science and crystal growth. The University of Akron is one of the nation’s pioneers in distance learning, a high-tech way to bring together students and teachers located in different cities. The new system connects University of Akron instructors through a two-way fiber-optic network to classrooms at Wayne College and every high school and the Career Center in fast-growing Medina County. Students of all ages can now take a variety of multimedia college courses at these locations, and interact with their peers and instructors, without traveling to our central campus. The University of Akron is the nation’s largest single center of polymer education. It serves more than 300 graduate students in the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. The University also offers noncredit training in plastics processing and testing, a two-year degree program in polymer technology, undergraduate polymer specializations in chemistry and chemical engineering, and an undergraduate degree program in mechanical polymer engineering. These varied programs serve an industrial cluster that accounts for nearly one quarter of Ohio’s manufacturing output.


Is a computer course required? – No
Is a computer required? – No
Number of available computers for all students: 2,900
Available internet access? – Yes
Available email accounts? – Yes
Computers available in: computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center

Number of available wired connections available in…

The Library (not including computer labs): N/A
Classrooms: N/A
Labs: N/A
Other areas: 2,500

Is there a wireless network? – Yes
Where is wireless available? – in all the libraries, in all classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, in all college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing, in all school buildings and on all school property
Wireless simultaneous connection capacity: 4,080

Recommended operating system: Microsoft
Percentage of hosting units owned by college for internet access: 85%
Are students permitted to have webpages? – Yes
Is there online registration? – Yes


Campus Safety Services Offered: 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Campus Life Overview

Percentage of undergrads that live in college-owned housing: N/A
Percentage of Male Undergrads Living in Fraternities: N/A
Percentage of Female Undergrads Living in Sororities: N/A
Percentage of students on campus on weekends: 30%

College Housing

Does the school offer students housing? – Yes
Percentage of students living in college-owned housing: N/A
Housing available for all unmarried students? – Yes
If on-campus housing is unavailable, does school provide assistance? – Yes
Available types of campus housing: coed dorms (82%), women’s dorms (5%), men’s dorms (5%), sorority housing, fraternity housing, apartment for single students (8%), special housing for disabled students, special housing for international students, other housing options

Percentage of college-owned housing units that are…

Singles: 6%
Doubles: 68%
Triples or Suites: 11%
Apartments: 11%
Other: 4%

Number of college-owned housing buildings: 14

Percentage of college-owned housing units that have…

A sprinkler system: 43%
Fire alarms: 100%
Wired high-speed internet access: 85%

Campus Size: 218 acres

Transportation (distances in miles)

Nearest airport(s): Cleveland, Ohio (30), Akron, Oh (15)
Nearest train station: Akron (1)
Nearest bus station: Akron (1)
Does public transportation serve campus? – Yes
Are all students allowed to have cars on campus? – Yes
Percentage of students with cars on campus: N/A

Student Employment

Is there school employment? – Yes
Percent of undergraduates that worked on campus in 2005-2006: – 9%
Average undergraduate wage: 3,840
Are freshmen discouraged from working their first term? – No

Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)

Army ROTC: Offered on campus
Navy ROTC Not offered
Air Force ROTC: Offered on campus

Rules and Regulations

Is legal alcohol permitted on campus? – No
Other policies: class attendance policies set by individual instructors, honor code, hazing prohibited, smoking prohibited


Most popular events: Legacy, Intergrity, Fellowship and Excellence (LIFE) Awards; Commencement; Gradfest; The University of Akron Forum Speaker Series; E. J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall events; Homecoming and Family Weekend; ZipFest, held before each home football game; School of Dance, Theatre and Arts Administration performances; School of Art exhibitions and events; diversity events; New Student Orientation Summer Reading Program; Celebrating Akron Traditions; TubaChristmas; TubaSummer; Arts Awareness Month; Poetry Prose & Acoustical Jam; Good Morning Commuters; Black History Month; Women’s History Month; Feed your Body and Soul Week; Greek Leadership Awards; ; Little Sibs Weekend; Majors Mosaic; Alumni Day; Blue & Gold Scrimmage (Zips annual spring football game); Songfest; UA Jazz Fest; Annual Shakespeare Festival; Founders Day; Hood-Meyerson Guest Lecture.