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University of Akron

The University of Akron, Ohio’s Polytechnic University, is the region’s most influential public research university, contributing to the resurgence of the local economy, providing a workforce highly trained in diverse disciplines, and known for an innovative approach to higher education.

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About

History

The institution now known as The University of Akron was founded as Buchtel College in 1870 by the Ohio Universalist Convention, which was strongly influenced by the efforts, energy and financial support of Akronites, particularly industrialist John R. Buchtel. By 1907, Buchtel College's emphasis on local rather than denominational interests led it to become a private, nondenominational school.

Education

UA offers more than 300 undergraduate and graduate programs, including many that are recognized nationally for their excellence.

Research

The University of Akron seeks to increase relevant knowledge for its stakeholders, including students, industries, governments and educational institutions. The University sees its research as a driver for finding meaningful solutions to advance the region.

Career

Career Services provides career advising and programming while developing valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with ample opportunities for career development and placement.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
801
2018
801
2017
-
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
819 -66
2019
753 -61
2018
692
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Housing services

UA offers a variety of living options, including a traditional room style with shared facilities to apartment living with private baths. It also have many "living-learning communities," in which students with a shared academic interest live as a group and benefit from mentorship activities and faculty support.

Library services

Named for Civil-War era General Lucius Bierce, whose personal library constituted the first collection of the University Libraries, Bierce Library opened in its present four-story facility on Buchtel Common in 1973. Within this library are resources and services that support the humanities, fine and applied arts, social sciences, and business.

ICT services

Information Technology Services (ITS) is a catalyst for innovations and initiatives that make the University one of the top technology schools in Ohio and the nation.

Medical services

Located inside the Rec Center, Health Services is available Monday through Friday to provide students, faculty and staff with convenient medical care, including the treatment of minor injuries, provide health education, wellness promotion and risk reduction.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Akron is a vibrant community within metropolitan Akron, with more than 80 buildings on 218 acres. Since 2000, we have added 22 buildings, completed 18 major additions, acquisitions and renovations, and created 34 acres of green space.

Sports facilities

The Student Recreation and Wellness Center is the hub of health and recreation on campus. The rec center, ranked #14 in the nation by Best College Reviews, includes a 53-foot climbing wall, a lazy river, a running track, weight room and more.

Student clubs

One of the benefits of attending UA is the opportunity to join other students who share your interests in one of our 300+ student organizations.

Accreditation

UA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

In addition to university-wide accreditation, schools, departments and individual academic programs may earn accreditation.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I feel that My professors really care about education. They really care about keeping the students engaged. I feel that my opinion matters. But I absolutely hate the high cost of education. Overall my study experience has been good but the amount of debt that I will have when I am finished with school is terrifying.

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