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About UA

The University of Akron 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.

We offer our 19,000 students a wide variety of in-demand associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and law degree programs — each one career-focused to help you get ahead in the job market.

We bring together diverse disciplines in ways that provide students with life-long skills, internships and co-ops, opportunities for academic research, education abroad, on-campus student employment and service projects designed for diverse groups of learners, including full-time, part-time and online students, veterans, and adults returning to the classroom.

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1870 as Buchtel College


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Our students

We have about 19,200 students representing 46 U.S. states and 71 foreign countries. They're a culturally diverse group and they come from a broad economic spectrum. See our student profile.


We offer a wide variety of in-demand undergraduate and graduate programs, including many that are recognized nationally for their excellence. See our areas of study.

The Akron campus

The University of Akron is a vibrant community within metropolitan Akron, with more than 80 buildings on 218 acres.

Additional locations

UA offers courses across the region and online.

Map showing University of Akron sites in Medina, Lakewood, Orrville and elsewhere

Intercollegiate athletics

A member of the Mid-American Conference, UA fields 17 NCAA Division I-A intercollegiate teams for men and women. Follow them at

Visit us!

Students visiting The University of AkronJoin us for a Visit Day! to meet current students and faculty. You'll learn about our excellent academic programs, scholarship programs, financial aid and living on campus. And you'll see our modern classrooms, laboratories and Rec Center.

More information for visitors


A professor lecturing at The University of AkronInnovators and entrepreneurs wanted: We are looking for people to provide for the changing needs and expectations of our diverse University community. 

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Our history

Statue of the founder of The University of Akron

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.

Learn more about UA's history 

Our campus: Then and now

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A student studies in a hammock at The University of AkronOur online newsroom has everything you need to stay on top of activities at UA.

For members of the news media, the newsroom is the place to find expert sources on a variety of topics.

Go to the newsroom.

UA and the Akron community

Aerial view of the University of Akron campusThe University of Akron is at the forefront of redefining the role of higher education as a catalyst for rebuilding our communities and revitalizing the economy, thus providing our graduates with vast career opportunities.

Learn more about the Akron community.


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