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