University of Akron

Akron, OH

University of Akron

Akron, OH

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College of Engineering and Polymer Science at the University of Akron

The University of Akron’s (UA) College of Engineering and Polymer Science offers traditional programs steeped in legacy as well as newer programs that have emerged to serve today's most pressing engineering programs.

Paid experience and industry connections
Our Co-op and Placement Office staff provide year-round support, helping students secure paid co-op positions, develop interview and résumé skills, and land a full-time job.

Student design teams—including Zips Racing and the Akronauts, our rocketry team—also provide you with unforgettable learning experiences. Students design and build projects and participate in national and international competitions against other colleges. Whether you’re into rockets, race cars, remote control airplanes, or robots, there is something for everyone here—in fact, 97% of our spring 2022 Engineering graduates participated in some form of experiential learning.

Inclusive and exceptional learning community
Our experienced and dedicated professors are passionate about helping you on your path to becoming a future engineer or computer scientist. Learn from them in an inclusive community that appreciates your unique background and experience. The College’s faculty bring their industry experience to the classroom, having worked previously with industrial giants such as the Timken Co., Goodyear, Ohio Aerospace Institute, NASA Glenn Research Center, and more. As accomplished researchers, they tackle everything from cancer and Chiari malformation to corrosion.

Points of pride
• Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Systems Engineering, the only degree of its kind in the country outside of the US Air Force Academy
• Home to the Musson Charitable Foundation ICS testbed, a lab modeled after the US Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory to simulate cyber threats
• UA students who apply to medical school have an acceptance rate above the national average
• 99% career outcomes rate for 2022 engineering and computing graduates
• Average starting salary of $69,000
• Students earn $43K+ on average during three co-op rotations



Ranked the #1 "Best University for Polymer Science and Plastics Engineering in the World" | EduRank, 2023


Ranked among the "Best Midwestern" regional colleges | The Princeton Review, 2023


Ranked #9 among the "Best Colleges in Ohio" | Academic Influence, 2023


Ranked #88 among the "Best Undergraduate Business Schools" nationally, and #1 in northeast Ohio | Poets&Quants, 2023


Ranked #2 among the "Best eSports Colleges in the US" | Daily Game, 2022

World Leader in Polymers

Located within the College, our School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is a world leader in polymer education and research. Alumni are making a difference as CEOs, company presidents and vice presidents, directors, professors, and more. Undergraduate research opportunities abound for engineering students. Plus, there’s the option to minor in polymer science or engineering.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I love UA! My professors want me to succeed and are always willing to help. I have been offered so many amazing opportunities to become a better student and engineer here.”

    • Kelly Purgason ’21
      BS in Biomedical Engineering
  • “I chose UA over colleges in my home state because of the amazing success of the design teams, the level of engagement between professors and students, and scholarships. UA offers a highly respected education at a great value.”

    • Riley Dodds ’21
      BS in Civil Engineering
  • “I chose the University of Akron because of its outstanding, nationally recognized engineering program. The campus is beautiful, and combined with the financial aid package, it made UA an easy choice.”

    • Zachary Lindsey ’20
      BS in Mechanical Engineering