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University of Akron


University of Akron

University of Akron

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The University of Akron, founded in 1870, is located in the heart of the "Rubber City." The school, best know for its College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, offers 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The sprawling city campus has an enrollment of over 23,000 students, and continues to expand.


The University of Akron was founded in 1870 as Buchtel College, an Ohio Universalist institution. In 1907, the school became a non-denominational college, and in 1913, it was acquired by the city of Akron, due to financial problems. The university remained a city college until 1967 when it became a state university.

The University of Akron Campus:

The University of Akron Campus consists of 82 buildings on 218 acres in the heart of the city of Akron. Highlights include a the new (in 2004) College of Arts and Sciences building, a new student union, and a new student recreation and wellness center. Also worth noting is the striking modern 12-story Goodyear Polymer Center (pictured at right).

Courses and Colleges:

The University of Akron offers 300 under-graduate and graduate degrees from 12 colleges within the university. Among them are the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business Administration, the School of Law (ranked as the number one law school value in the US), the College of Engineering, and the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.

The Student Body:

The 2006 University of Akron enrollment was 23,400, with 80 percent of those students seeking undergraduate degrees. The majority of U of A students life off-campus and come from within Ohio. There are over 200 student organizations at the university, including 22 sororities and fraternities.

Notable Alumni:

Notable University of Akron alumni include former Cleveland Browns quarterback, Charlie Frye; former Republican National Committee Chair, Ray C. Bliss; and Miami Dolphins defensive end, Jason Taylor.

Sports and Culture :

The University of Akron is home to E.J. Thomas Hall, a modern 3000-seat auditorium that hosts a regular schedule of music, theater, and dance performances.

The U of A sports teams, called the "Akron Zips," compete in division 1-A in the MAC conference. Recently successful teams include football, men's soccer, and women's cross-country.

Visiting the University of Akron:

The University of Akron welcomes prospective students and their parents to visit the campus. Student-guided tours are offered Monday - Friday at 10am and 2pm when school is in session, with an hour informational session preceding the tour. In addition, private tours may be arranged by contacting the admissions office at 330 972-7707 or 800 655-4884.

Contact Information:

The University of Akron
302 Buchtel Common
Akron, OH 44325
330 972-7111

Hotels near the University of Akron:

Accommodations near the University of Akron include the modern Radisson Inn (check rates), which features a roof-top pool and in-room Jacuzzi tubs.

(last updated 2-10-08)

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