1972 as Wayne General & Technical College. Name changed to Wayne College in 1990.


  • Main Classroom Building - 120,000 square feet
  • Student Life Building - 36,000 square feet
  • Campus - 160 acres on the north edge of the city of Orrville.
  • State-of-the-art distance learning classroom and over 200 computers on campus accessible to students
  • Wireless Internet connection on entire campus


  • Fall Semester 2013 - 2,354 students in credit classes
  • Spring Semester 2014 - 2,161 students in credit classes
  • 47% from Wayne County, 30% from Medina County, 23% from Holmes and other counties


  • 29 full-time faculty, 15 of whom hold doctorate degrees
  • Student-to-faculty ratio is 20 to 1 with an average class size of 18 students.

Working within the Strategic Plan of The University of Akron, Wayne College provides high quality, accessible credit and non-credit educational opportunities to the citizens of Wayne, Medina, and Holmes counties and is a partner with and a resource for the communities and organizations it serves. 

The vision and strategic priorities of Wayne College are built upon the following values/beliefs:

  • The power of education to change lives 
  • The importance of engagement with the community 
  • The value of shared participatory governance 
  • The benefits of continuous improvement 
  • The importance of inclusive excellence and the value of every student and every colleague         

Wayne College will be recognized within The University of Akron, the College’s service area, and among two-year colleges in the State of Ohio as a center of excellence for teaching and learning.  It will be acknowledged via outcome measures and accrediting agencies for the high quality of its teaching, programs, services, and facilities.  And, while it effectively utilizes appropriate technology and instructional strategies, Wayne College will continue to provide a teaching-learning environment in which “Where Student Success Comes First” remains the chief guiding principle.

Upon completing their course of study at Wayne College, students will . .

  • Apply analytic and/or critical thinking skills to solve problems.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate use of technology.
  • Demonstrate information literacy.
  • Apply effective communication skills.

For more information, please visit our HLC Accreditation Page.  The University of Akron Wayne College is accredited at the associate degree level by the Higher Learning Commission. Interested parties can contact the Higher Learning Commission at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604; 1-800-621-7440;

On August 17, 2011, the Higher Learning Commission, a national independent corporation that evaluates the quality of higher education institutions, granted a full 10-year continued accreditation to The University of Akron Wayne College. This will allow the college to remain accredited through 2021.

For information on accreditation or to review copies of the accreditation documents, contact the Wayne College Dean's Office, The University of Akron Wayne College, 1901 Smucker Road, Orrville, OH 44667; 330-684-8941.