Enrollment in fall 2008 was 25,942 students. The school offers more than 200 undergraduate degrees and 100 graduate degrees. The University's best-known program is its College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, which is located in a 13-story reflective glass building that overlooks Akron's downtown. The graduate program in industrial and organizational psychology is highly regarded nationally, as are the engineering programs. The University's School of Law, ranked 2nd Best Value in the nation, has both day and evening programs leading to the Juris Doctor degree and recently added a Master of Laws program in intellectual property law. The university also has a branch campus, Wayne College, located in Orrville, Ohio.
A $300 million construction program was completed in the fall of 2004. Called "A New Landscape for Learning," the program included the construction of nine new buildings, the renovations or updating of 14 other buildings and structures, and numerous capital improvement projects. The New Landscape for Learning included a new College of Arts & Sciences Building, Honors Residence Hall and classroom complex, a new Student Recreation and Wellness Center, and a new Student Union. Multiple new parking decks were constructed to address high demand for parking (placed on the outskirts of campus in accordance with its goal to be less of a commuter school), and several public streets were closed to consolidate the campus, provide a more friendly environment for pedestrians and to add 30 acres (120,000 m²) of new greenspace.
The University has begun work on a satellite campus in neighboring Medina County and is shopping around ideas for workforce centers in the suburbs.
The University has launched with the City of Akron and many local businesses an initiative called the University Park Alliance to further improve the 40-block neighborhood around campus. The initiative includes a new apartment-style residence hall, new shops and restaurants, and street improvements.
On August 1, 2007, the University's Board of Trustees announced that a new stadium, Infocision Stadium, on East Exchange Street, is slated to open in September 2009, with groundbreaking in October 2007. The stadium is expected to have up to 30,000 seats and will replace UA's current stadium, the Rubber Bowl.
Because Brown Street, Walaroo, Joey, and Wallaby residence halls are in the new footprint of the stadium, the University has purchased the Quaker Square Crowne Plaza Hotel and shopping complex, with plans to convert the rooms to ultimately accommodate about 400 students.
In 2007, Keith Dambrot led Akron to the MAC Tournament Final for a second year in a row, yet the team fell for a second time, this time to arch rival Kent State. The Zips advanced to the NIT for a second time in Dambrot's four-years as head coach and won their first game at Florida State, eventually falling in the Sweet 16 in a game at UMass.
The 2005 men's soccer team was the first team in UA history to hold a national No. 1 ranking in any sport, and was coached by Ken Lolla, now the head coach at the University of Louisville.
We cheer the Akron Blue and Gold.
We cheer as the colors unfold,
We pledge anew, we're all for you,
As the team goes crashing through,
We cheer the Akron warriors bold,
For a fight that's a sight to behold,
So we stand up, cheer and shout
For the Akron Blue and Gold.
Zzzip! Zip go the Zi-ips!
Zzzip! Zip go the Zi-ips!
Gold and Blue,
All for you and the Zi-ips too!
Former Akron Zips football players Chase Blackburn, Charlie Frye, Domenik Hixon, Dwight Smith, and Jason Taylor have each gone on to find success in the National Football League. Blackburn and Hixon were members of the 2008 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants, while Smith won a Super Bowl Ring with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003. Taylor was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 and was named the NFL's Man of the Year in 2007.
SEN. BROWN INTRODUCES RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING NATIONAL CHAMPION AKRON MEN'S SOCCER TEAM IN A 1-0 VICTORY, UNIVERSITY OF AKRON MEN'S SOCCER TEAM DEFEATED LOUISVILLE IN NCAA DIVISION 1 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
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