The University of Akron: Narrative Description

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302 Buchtel Common
Akron, OH 44325-0001
Tel: (330)972-7111
Free: 800-655-4884
Admissions: (330)972-7077
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and first professional certificates. Founded 1870. Setting: 170-acre urban campus with easy access to Cleveland. Endowment: $165.1 million. Research spending 2003-04: $20.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5896 per student. Total enrollment: 23,282. Faculty: 1,580 (727 full-time, 853 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 9,043 applied, 87% were admitted. 11% from top 10% of their high school class, 27% from top quarter, 55% from top half. 4 National Merit Scholars, 52 valedictorians. Full-time: 13,633 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 5,612 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 42 states and territories, 84 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 14% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 30% 25 or older, 13% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 67% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: protective services/public administration; business/marketing; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, 3 recommendations, interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadlines: 8/1, 2/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 3/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $6424 full-time, $268 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $14,654 full-time, $542 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $1086 full-time, $45 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, and location. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, and location. College room and board: $6660. College room only: $4240. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 200 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities; 5% of eligible men and 3% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Associated Student Government, Residence Hall Program Board, American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Major annual events: Homecoming, May Day, Greek Week. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,064 college housing spaces available; 2,057 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Bierce Library plus 3 others with 1.2 million books, 1.7 million microform titles, 13,677 serials, 45,041 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $8.8 million. 2,450 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The city is a merchandising center and a vital distribution gateway between the industrial East and the Midwest. The Portage Lakes district south of the city provides facilities for boating, swimming, fishing and ice skating. A number of parks provide additional facilities for skiing and other outdoor activities. A short distance to the north, are the New Gateway Complex, Jacobs Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, Gund Arena, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame. To the South is The Pro Football Hall of Fame. Local points of interest are the Akron Art Museum, Blossom Music Center, Canal Park Baseball Stadium, Goodyear Aircraft Hanger, Inventure Place, Perkins Mansion, and the Stan Hywet Hall. Special events are the World Series of Golf, held at the Firestone Country Club, and the All-American Soap Box Derby.

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