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University of Akron

By April 24, 2017August 1st, 2017Ohio's Best Public Universities

The University of Akron is a public research university located on the edge of downtown Akron, Ohio. Known nationally for its world-class work in Polymer Engineering, UA offers an extensive menu of over 200 undergraduate majors to 20,000 undergraduate students. With a AACSB accredited Business School, wide set of STEM offerings including an excellent College of Engineering, not to mention the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education and College of Health Professions, UA has a nearly unlimited set of excellent major offerings. Did we mention their excellent Art program?

When we first visited campus, we were surprised to see so many new and beautiful buildings and experience the feel of an academic enclave belying its urban location.  Campus design and street configuration creates the sense of a rural campus. UA’s nationally rated Student Recreation and Wellness Center offers gym space, pool, workout space, weights, rock climbing, and even a lazy river. The new student center offers a variety of food options including Panda Express, Qdoba, Chik-Fil-A, Einstein Bagels, as well as the traditional cafeteria style options.

UA’s NCAA Division I varsity teams are know as the “Zips” (it’s a long story) and Zippy the Kangaroo is the mascot. The 2000 student strong “AK Rowdies” paint-up and enjoy special seating at all athletic events as they raise the roof!

We loved UA! There’s a good chance you will too!

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our last visit to the University of Akron:

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

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