The University of Akron’s College of Business Administration ranked No. 89 in our 2023 rankings this year, down just one place from last year’s No. 88 place. Of the three methodological categories, Akron scored best in Career Outcomes, where they placed 73rd. They scored both a No. 90 in Academic Experience and Admissions.
The Akron had an extremely lenient acceptance rate of 97% for the most recent incoming class – nearly the same as last year’s 96.98%, and an average SAT score of 1075 for incoming students – 20 points higher than last year’s 1055.
As far as career outcomes go, 87.64% of the Class of 2023 was employed full-time within 3 months of graduation, and 59% of the Class of 2023 landed at least one business-focused internship by the time of graduation.
Akron’s undergraduate business program offers real, tangible learning with strong professional development and plenty of out-of-classroom opportunities for students to gain valuable experience and build professional networks.
Akron business students have access to 13 different undergraduate majors including Accounting, Business Administration, Business Data Analytics, Economics, Financial Management, Financial Planning, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Marketing, Risk Management and Insurance, Sales Management, and Supply Chain/Operations Management.
All students, regardless of major, are required to complete the general education courses and a required set of Business Integrated Core classes, which feature a comprehensive catalog of fundamental business topics from economics to business communication.
The Akron CBA curriculum features a strong sense of real-world learning. A number of alumni that we surveyed spoke highly about the hands-on and realistic course projects that they were involved in during their undergraduate business education.
“We had to analyze the supply chain structure of another country using five principles we were taught,” one alum told us. “We then had to make recommendations for improvement based on our analysis. It was unique in that capstones usually focus on an industry or specific company. I had never looked at supply chain structure at a global level and assessed how a country handled the infrastructure and approach to the supply chain.”
Outside of the classroom, Akron business students can also take part in a number of experiential opportunities — from case competitions to unique programs — where they gain valuable experience and build their professional network.
“I was the Vice President of the American Marketing Association and participated in the national case competition in New Orleans my Senior Year, it was awesome to meet and be a part of that large of a conference,” one alum reported. “I also was a member of the first business analytics team at Akron who traveled to New York for the Manhattan College business analytics competition. This helped open a new avenue in my future path that I hadn’t considered before.”
Both in the classroom and out, Akron business students are actively involved in real-world learning. While business theory is an important part of undergraduate education, Akron places special emphasis on giving students opportunities to actively apply those theories to the real world. In turn, students gain valuable experience and graduate with a set of tangible skills.
Akron wants to ensure each student has the proper resources to outline their professional goals and track their progress towards those goals. The CBA EDGE (Exploring Degree Goals and Experiences) is a professional development program designed to help students organize their college participation and experiences to easily evaluate their readiness to enter the world of work.
Events and experiences focus primarily on professional development — from career fairs to resume workshops and leadership courses. For each event or experience that students take part in, they earn points towards their “EDGE.” If a student completes 2,000 points, they graduate with a CBA EDGE medal.
The program is a quantitative model that encourages students to actively participate in professional development workshops and events. With real-world learning opportunities (both within and beyond the classroom) and an incentive-based professional development program, Akron students are given both the tangible experience and the impressive edge they need to succeed in the real world.
“Through the Honors Project in the College of Business, my team researched how the advent of self-driving cars and autonomous technology would impact the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.”
“Many of the projects that I worked on at the UA, specifically the group dynamics, helped me navigate real-world projects and manage the group.”
“Teamed up with business students pursuing other degrees, local business came in and described a problem they were dealing with, we had two semesters to research and come up with a presentation covering our solution.”