Originally named Buchtel College in honor of the Universalist and wildly successful businessman John R. Buchtel who donated nearly half the estimated cost for the school’s construction, the college you love became the Municipal University of Akron in 1913 as the school’s trustees handed over all assets to the city. From then on, the college began expanding as rapidly as local businesses Goodrich, Goodyear and Firestone.
To keep up with the advancements in polymer engineering happening at Akron’s corporations, your university added its Rubber Technical Institute in 1942, which instantly became key for World War II support. Now known for the world’s first College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineer, Akron has 300-degree granting programs, more than 26,000 students and, of course, an athletic history of winning national championships. Pay homage to the Blue and Gold tradition and root your Zips on in this classic tee. All for you, and the Zippers too!
Rubber City’s largest institution of higher ed is the University of Akron, and we’re all for the Zips’ storied tradition, which dates back to 1870. Off the field, the university prides itself on its total STEM domination: your Zips are ranked number one in the nation when it comes to patents issued per research dollar spent.
And on the field: it’s total soccer domination. After going undefeated throughout the 2009 regular season but losing during PKs in the NCAA Division 1 Championship, your Zips threw it into another gear and in 2010 brought home the school’s first national championship—a standout title among the school’s multiple football and basketball conference titles. Rep your Blue and Gold pride in this Zip staple.