University of Akron


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University of Akron

In-state Tuition

$8,382 / year

Out-of-state Tuition

$17,631 / year

Room and Board


Application deadline

August 1

Application fee


Educational Resources


School of Law Library, Wayne College Library, Science and Engineering Library;

  • Member of library consortia.
  • 1,233,833 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents.
  • 12,438 current serial subscriptions.
  • 1,675,948 microforms.
  • 45,631 Audio/Visual items.
  • 6,379 e-books.

Museums & Art

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.



  • Students are not required to take a computer course.
  • Students are not required to own or lease a computer.
  • Recommended computer operating system: Microsoft

Campus Resources

  • 2,900 computers for student use in locations such as computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
  • 2,500 Internet connections elsewhere on campus.

Student accommodations

  • Email accounts are available to all students.
  • Internet access is available to all students.
  • Student web-pages are permitted.
  • Online class registration is available.
  • 85% of college-owned hosting units are available for internet access.

Wireless Internet Hotspots

  • Wifi is 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
  • Campus wireless internet hotspots are not available.
  • Approximately 4,080 students can be on the network at once.



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Campus Safety

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



  • The school offers housing for students.
  • The school will provide assistance for off-campus housing

Types of housing available

  • 6% of housing units are Singles.
  • 68% of housing units are Doubles.
  • 11% of housing units are Triples.
  • 11% of housing units are Apartments.
  • 4% of of housing units are some other type.
  • In total, there are 14 housing buildings.

Room Accessories

  • 43% of rooms are equipped with sprinkler systems.
  • 100% of rooms are equipped with fire alarms.
  • 85% are equipped with high-speed internet connections.


  • 30% of students remain on campus over the weekends, on average.
  • Alcohol is not permitted on campus.
  • Popular events on campus: 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.
  • Student activities: choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, marching band, music ensembles, musical theater, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, symphony orchestra, television station, yearbook
  • In total, there are about 200 organizations on campus.
  • Honor societies: Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology Honorary), Alpha Mu Gamma (Foreign Language Honorary), Alpha Sigma Lambda (Adult Focus), Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting Honorary), Beta Beta Beta (Biology Honorary), Chi Eta Phi (Nursing Honorary), Chi Sigma Iota (Graduate Counseling Honorary), Eta Kappa Nu [Zeta Zeta Chapter] (Electrical Engineering Honorary), Golden Key International Honour Society (Scholastic Honorary), Kappa Kappa Psi (Band Honorary), Kappa Omicron Nu (Home Economic Honorary), Mortar Board (Scholastic Honorary), National Residence Hall Honorary, National Society of Collegiate Scholars (Scholastic Honorary), Omicron Delta Kappa (Scholastic Honorary), Order of Omega (Greek Honorary), Phi Alpha Theta (History Honorary), Phi Eta Sigma (Freshman Honorary), Pi Delta Phi (French Honorary), Pi Mu Epsilon (Math Honorary), Pi Sigma Alpha, Psi Chi (Psychology Honorary), Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honorary), Sigma Iota Epsilon (Management Honorary), Tau Alpha Pi (Engineering & Science Technology Honorary), Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honorary), Tau Sigma (Transfer Student Honorary)
  • Religious organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Akron Chinese Christian Fellowship, Alpha Omega Pentecostals, Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Campus Focus, Christian Zips, Friends Always Ministries, Hillel Jewish Students Union, Impact Movement, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Latter-day Saint Student Association, Muslim Students Association, Newman Catholic Community, Under God,
  • International organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) African Students Association, Bangladesh Students’ Association, Black Law Student Association, Black United Students, Chinese Soccer Club, Chinese Student and Scholar Assocation, Chinese Student Association, Hispanos Organizados por Lengua y Amistad (H. O. L. A. ), Indian Students Association, International Students Club, Korean Student Association, Multicultural Nurses Association, National Society of Black Engineers, Romanian Student Association, Thai Students Organization, Turkish Student Association
  • Other organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Professional: Accounting Assoc. , Akron Blades, Akron Council of Ed. Students, Addiction Services Assoc. , Alternative Dispute Resolution Soc. , American Assoc. of Family & Consumer Sciences, American Choral Directors Assoc. , American Civil Liberties Union, American Institute of Aerospace & Aeronautics, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Soc. for Training & Development, American Soc. of Civil Engineers, American Soc. of Interior Designers, American Soc. of Mechanical Engineers, Anthropology Club, Asian Latino Law Student Assoc. , Assoc. of Trial Lawyers of America, Assoc. of Women in Comm. , Beta Psi, Biology Club, Biomedical Engineering Soc. , Collegiate Nurses Club, CPU Science Club, Coun. /Psych. Grad. Student Org. , Criminal Justice Assoc. , DAC, Delta Sigma Pi, Diversity Dialogues, Doc. Assoc. of Arts, Sciences and Public Affairs, Economics Club, E-Docs, Electronic Engineering Tech. Assoc. , Engineering Student Council, Environmental Law Society, Financial Management Assoc. , Fire Protection Soc. , Future Physicians Club, Gathering of Potential Surveyors, Geography & Planning Org. , Geology Club, Gerontology Assoc. , Grad. Business Student Assoc. , Grad. CROW, Honors Club, Honors Delegates, Hospitality Club, Ind. /Org. Psych. Student Org. , Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Institute of Management Accountants, Intellectual Property & Technology Law Assoc. , Internat Assoc. of Administrative Professionals, Internatl Business Assoc. , Internatl Emergency Management Student Assoc. , Internatl Soc. of Pharm. Engineers, Kappa Kappa Psi, Lacrosse Club, Literary Guild, Masters Social Work Student Assoc. , Math Club, Minority Student Nurses Assoc. , Natl Assoc. of Black Accountants, Natl Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Natl Assoc. of Teachers of Singing, Natl Society of Black Engineers, Natl Student Speech-Language Hearing Assoc. , NE Ohio Clarinet Assoc. , NE Ohio Flute Assoc. , Ohio Collegiate Music Educators Assoc. , Org. for Children’s Health Care, Paralegal Student Assoc. , Phi Sigma Beta, Philosophy Club, Pi Sigma Epsilon Polymer Eng. Student Org. , Polymer Science Student Org. , Psychology Club, PRSSA, Respiratory Care Society, SHRM, SITE, SAMFC/T, Society of Automotive Engineers, Society of Mechanical Engineering Technology Students, Society of Physics Students, Society of Students in Construction, Society of Women Engineers, Sociology Club, Sports & Entertainment Law Society, Student Art League, Student Assoc. of Graduates in Education, Student Athlete Advisory Council, Student Dietetic Assoc. , Student Fashion Assoc. , Student Social Work League, Student Toastmasters, Students in Free Enterprise, Tau Alpha Phi, Tau Beta Sigma, Terpsichore Dance Club, Theatre Guild, Transportation Student Assoc. , University Assoc. for the Education of Young Children Military: Assoc. of Future Army Nurses, Garfield’s Own, Rangers Greek: Alpha Sigma Phi, Lambda Chi Alpha, Lone Star, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Gamma Delta, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Sigma Kappa, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Nu, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Theta Chi, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Iota Phi Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Phi, Delta Gamma, Kappa Kappa Gamma Governing Bodies: ASG, GSG, IFC, NPHC, PHC, RHC, Student Bar Assoc. Political: College Democrats, College Republicans Programming: RHPB, ZPN Publications: Akros Review, Buchtelite, Tel-Buch Special Interest: 2380 Project, Akron Alumni Assoc. , Akron Animation Assoc. , Akron Cricket Club, Alpha Phi Omega, Amateur Radio Club, Ambassadors, Aquatics Club, Badminton Club, Ballroom Dance Club, Habitat for Humanity, Circle K, College Billiard Tour Assoc. , Equestrian Club, Gospel Choir, Green Dragon Kung-Fu Club, Guitar Club, Karate/Judo/TKD Club, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Union, Marksmanship Club, Outdoor Adventure Club, Parenting Network, Pershing Rifles, Pre-Law Club, Senior Class Board, Ski & Snowboard Club, Speech & Debate Team, Student Athlete Advisory Council, Tae Kwon Do Club, Terpischore, UA Adult Learners, University Chess Club, University Medieval Society, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Zip Recruiting Club
  • Student papers: (Appears as submitted by school) The Buchtelite (twice a week)


  • Nearest airport(s) (distance in miles): Cleveland, Ohio (30), Akron, Oh (15)
  • Nearest train(s) (distance in miles): Akron (1)
  • Nearest bus-station(s) (distance in miles): Akron (1)
  • Public transportation serves the campus.
  • All students are permitted to have cars on campus.


  • School employment is available.
  • 9% of undergrads are employed with average earnings of 3,840
  • Freshman are not discouraged from working.

Greek Life

  • There are 14 fraternities
  • 11 fraternity houses
  • There are 8 sororities
  • 5 sorority houses


  • Army ROTC: Offered on campus
  • Navy ROTC: Not offered
  • Airforce ROTC: Offered on campus
  • Additional Policies

    class attendance policies set by individual instructors, honor code, hazing prohibited, smoking prohibited

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