Finally moving to Ohio, I started at the University of Akron (UA) was founded in 1870 as Buchtel College to serve the needs of the Akron, Ohio region as well as those of the Universalist Church. Since then, the university has transitioned to a public, non-denominational school. Akron has been dubbed the “Rubber Capital of the World”, and the university is now home to the largest and most diverse polymer research and educational program in the country. UA offers a total of 256 undergraduate majors as well as a six-year BS/MD program with Northeast Ohio Medical University. When students aren't studying, they have access to the school’s Student Recreation & Wellness Center that boasts a 53-foot climbing wall, a lazy river and a weight room. UA also has a vibrant Greek life with 850 members participating in 14 fraternities and five sororities. As a member of the Mid-American Conference, the UA Zips compete in NCAA Division I athletics.
Here are some fun facts:
- Akron is one of very few colleges that have a female mascot. Zippy the Kangaroo with a pouch.
- UofAkron recently announced full tuition room and board for international students. Only public university that does this.
- The regular Akron Guarantee Scholarship has an interesting upgrades plan which starts kicking in when students earn 30 credits or more.
- Lebron James went to high school in this town.
- The new President brings his long international career experience.
- Biomimickry research lab and the corrosion engineering major seemed impressive with a promise of a high paying career.
Here is the class profile the class of 2019