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About UA

Our university was built on a hilltop in Akron — a word meaning “the highest point.”

For the past 150 years, that’s where we’ve set our sights, rising from one peak to another in engineering, business, technology, health care, and the arts and sciences.

Bound and determined to meet every challenge, we continue to climb, to forge new paths and reach new heights — and we want you to join us.

WE ARE AKRON.
WE RISE TOGETHER.

University information

Founded

1870 as Buchtel College

President

Gary L. Miller | Website

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.

Academics

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 GoZips.com.

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


Jobs

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. 

See open positions.


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.


News

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 campusUA is a vital urban research university inspired by its people, its promise and its place. We are firmly anchored in a great American city, and driven by collaboration, partnership and a steadfast determination to provide opportunity and success to all learners.

Learn more our great city.


Administration

Outside of Buchtel Hall Administration BuildingLearn more about
the administration
at The University of Akron.