University of Alaska Anchorage

Anchorage, AK

Brief Description

Nestled among an extensive green belt on a 362-acre urban campus close to scenic Goose Lake Park in downtown of the state's largest city, the University of Alaska Anchorage is a major comprehensive public research institution. With more than 17,500 undergraduate and graduate students, UAA currently has the highest enrollment within the University of Alaska System and stands as the largest higher learning institution in Alaska. For administrative purposes, UAA also includes Matanuska-Susitna College, Kenai Peninsula College, Kodiak College, and Prince William Sound Community College.

Tracing its roots back to five years before Alaska became the 49th U.S. state, the school was initially founded as the Anchorage Community College (ACC) in 1954 with an inaugural class of just 414 students at Elmendorf Air Force Base. In the late 1960s, strong interest in upper-division baccalaureate and professional degree programs lead to the birth of the University of Alaska's Anchorage Senior College (ASC). By 1977, the college was finally renamed as the University of Alaska Anchorage and became the first choice university for many Alaskans.

According to the U.S. News and World Report, UAA is currently ranked as the 71st best college and 27th top public school in the West. Fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the University of Alaska Anchorage offers more than 200 associates, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs at campuses in Anchorage and extension centers throughout south-central Alaska. As part of the Center of Excellence for General Aviation (CGAR), UAA is perhaps best known for its exemplary degree programs for aviation maintenance, air traffic control, aviation administration, and professional piloting.

In order to enrich the campus community by developing interactive networks, building leadership skills, and strengthening interpersonal connections, UAA has over 80 different registered student organizations, including the student-run award-winning newspaper known as the Northern Light. For those who are athletically inclined, the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves also have 11 highly visible athletic teams in ice hockey, basketball, skiing, cross country, gymnastics, track and field, and volleyball for intercollegiate competition in the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 14161

Total institution enrollment: 14794

School type: 4-year public

School classification: Master's Colleges and Universities I: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the master's degree. They award 40 or more master's degrees per year across three or more disciplines.

Campus Location

Main Address

University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508


(907) 786-1480


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 39%

Female undergraduate population: 61%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Less than one year, One but less than two years, Associate's, Two but less than 4 years, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's

Accounting And Finance
Adult And Continuing Education Administration
Air Traffic Controller
Aircraft Mechanic / Technician Airframe
Aircraft Pilot And Navigator Professional
Architectural Drafting
Architectural Engineering Technology / Technician
Arts And Design
Automotive Mechanic / Technician
Aviation Management
Biological And Physical Sciences
Biology General
Business Administration And Management
Business Communications
Business Computer Programming / Programm
Business Management And Administrative
Business Marketing And Marketing Management
Chemistry General
Child Care Provider / Assistant
Civil / Structural Drafting
Civil Engineering General
Clinical Psychology
Computer Installer And Repairer
Computer Science General
Counselor Education / Counseling And Guidance
Criminal Justice And Corrections Other
Dental Assistant
Dental Hygienist
Diesel Engine Mechanic And Repairer
Drafting Other
Drama / Theater Arts General
Economics General
Education Administration And Supervision
Education General
Education Other
Electrical / Electronics Drafting
Electrical / Electronics Equipment Installer
Elementary Teacher Education
Engineering Other
English Creative Writing
English Language And Literature General
Enterprise Management And Operations
Environmental / Environmental Health Engineer
Finance General
Fire Science / Firefighting
Fire Services Administration
General Teacher Education Other
Heating And Refrigeration
History General
Industrial / Manufacturing Engineering
Institutional Food Workers And Administration
Instrumentation Technology / Technician
Legal Administrative Assistant / Secretary
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Management Information Systems And Business Data
Mechanical Engineering / Mechanical Technician
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technician
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Other
Music General
Music Teacher Education
Nursing Rn Training
Paralegal / Legal Assistant
Petroleum Technology / Technician
Physical Education Teaching And Coaching
Political Science And Government General
Pre Elementary Early Childhood Kindergarten
Psychiatric / Mental Health Services Technician
Psychology General
Public Administration
Science Technologies / Technicians Other
Secondary Teacher Education
Social Work
Special Education General
Teacher Education Specific Programs Other
Welder / Welding Technologist