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University of Akron

The University of Akron is a public research university located in Akron, Ohio, United States. The university is part of the University System of Ohio and is regarded as a world leader in polymer research. As a STEM-focused institution, it focuses on industries such as polymers, advanced materials, and engineering. In the last decade it has sought to increase its research portfolio and gain recognition for its productivity in technology transfer and commercialization.
 
The University of Akron offers about 200 undergraduate and more than 100 graduate majors.With an enrollment of approximately 27,000 students from throughout Ohio, the United States, and 71 foreign countries, The University of Akron is one of the largest principal campuses in Ohio. The University's best-known program is its College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, which is located in a 12-story reflective glass building that overlooks the western edge of the campus. UA’s Archives of the History of American Psychology, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, contains famous psychology artifacts and is visited regularly by researchers from around the world.

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Location

Address
302 E Buchtel Ave
City
Akron
State
OH
Zip/Post Code
44325-5201

Contact Information

Phone
Fax
Website
Financial Aid Website

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
20473
Total Graduate enrollment
4229
In State Tuition Fees
8449
Out State Tuition Fees
16813
ACT Score
21
SAT Score
1057
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.10
Male Female Ratio
52:48
Acceptance Rate
95%
Student Faculty Ratio
20:01

Additional Information

College Type
Public
Religious Affiliation
N/A
Campus Housing
Yes
Mission Statement
NULL
Mascot
Zippy The Kangaroo
Colors
Blue and Gold
Conference
The Mid-American

College History

History
In 1867, at the annual Convention of the Universalist Church of the state of Ohio, the Committee on Education expressed an interest in founding a college compatible with Universalist religious principles. It was announced that the location would be given to those who could find an appropriate location and also supply $60,000 for the college. John R. Buchtel, a prominent Akron businessman and Universalist, promptly contributed $25,000 to the endowment fund and $6,000 to the building fund. 
This led other Akronites to donate, setting the goal and securing Akron as the location for Buchtel College, named after its greatest supporter. John R. Buchtel would continue to be the college's most significant contributor, giving $500,000 over his lifetime, approximately equivalent to $16 million today. When the university opened for business in 1872 it was a single building campus, housed in what is now known as "Old Buchtel." George Washington Crouse donated $10,000 of the $20,000 needed to build a new gymnasium, completed in 1888. It was named Crouse Gymnasium in his honor, and was known as "the finest gym west of the Alleghenies."
 
Tragedy struck the small college on December 20, 1899, when Old Buchtel burned to the ground. Insurance only covered $65,000 of the estimated $100,000 in loss. While new campus buildings were being constructed, the Crouse Gymnasium was divided into seven classrooms and served as the college until a new Buchtel Hall was opened in 1901. The new Buchtel Hall, which itself was gutted by fire in 1971, survives to this day but had some blackening on the exterior up until a 2011 restoration.

College Specialty

Specialty

University of Akron To ensure student success and leverage our region's unique assets in the creation of knowledge and application of research Our Mission. The Department of Student Life is committed to building community through collaborative learning experiences that provide our students The mission of the I/O program at the University of Akron is to apply basic psychological research and theory to Industrial/Organizational Psychology Mission Statement. Home ct_img; Mission Statement. The A&S Careers Program is committed to focusing on the specific career needs of students.

Alumni

Alumni
The University of Akron has seen many prominent individuals pass through its halls. Former Akron mayor and Ohio Congressman Thomas C. Sawyer attended undergraduate and graduate school there. United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit federal judge Deborah L. Cook received her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the university. Current Ohio congresswoman Betty Sutton received her Juris Doctor from the university as well. Former Republican National Committee chairman Ray C. Bliss graduated from Akron in 1935. The university's Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics is named for him.
 

Campus

Campus

Under the direction of its 15th president, Dr. Luis M. Proenza, The University of Akron underwent a $627 million construction project. Called "A New Landscape for Learning", the project has resulted in 22 new buildings, 18 major additions, acquisitions and renovations, and 34 acres of new green space added to the main campus. The project included a new College of Arts & Sciences Building, Honors Residence Hall and classroom complex, a new Student Recreation and Wellness Center, and a new Student Union. Multiple new parking decks were constructed to address high demand for parking and several public streets were closed to consolidate the campus.

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