About University of Alaska Anchorage

Founded in 1954, University of Alaska Anchorage. is a Public college. Located in Alaska, which is a city setting in Alaska, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 15,546 full time undergraduate students, and 772 full time graduate students.

The University of Alaska Anchorage Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 12:1. There are 479 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of Alaska Anchorage include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate82%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at UAA are considered Less Selective, with ,33% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 48 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

59% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 29% were in the top quarter, and 11% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of Alaska Anchorage.

University of Alaska Anchorage REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    107 Students rated on-campus housing 3.4 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    112 Students rated off-campus housing 3.3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    143 Students rated campus food 3.3 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    158 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    158 Students rated class size 4 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    158 Students rated school activities 3.6 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    158 Students rated local services 3.7 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    158 Students rated academics 4 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of University of Alaska Anchorage?

80 Students rated University of Alaska Anchorage

Kat - 06/15/2020

The University has several campuses that provide a lot of opportunities to those in smaller communities. There are some amazing clubs, resources, and professors that really make this school fantastic. The larger campus/ main campus is not as safe, but the quality of the buildings and resources is better and not as outdated as the other campuses. The issue with UAA is the lack of funding/ bad spending is leading to a lot of removals of majors and accreditation for programs.

Mimii - 05/28/2020

The University of Alaska Anchorage is a school that is particularly quiet and students mind to themselves, however it has a safe community for students to be involved with. Areas that are designated for certain majors are visually stunning and clean. The sports program is promising as most of their sports are NCAA Division II.

Noah - 05/16/2020

It is a decent school. My only problem is every semester there is at least one professor that just doesn't understand how to teach and assumes everyone in the class comes into the class already understating the majority of it. When there are lots of us that have no prior knowledge of the subject.

Adeline - 02/19/2020

A great school. Everything is easily accessible and the professors along with the advisors are almost always available to some degree. The college could offer more programs but suits my choice of major which is rather convenient. There is a decent amount of school spirit and the students are great. Overall, a very good college.

University of Alaska Anchorage FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at University of Alaska Anchorage?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of Alaska Anchorage is 82%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I would tell myself that social status and popularity dont mean nearly as much as they did in high school. It is so easy to get consumed in your social life and forget all about the real reason we are in college, to learn and gain educational and professional skills. Focus on your studies and everything will work out fine. This doesnt mean to be anti social, it just means that we should watch who we hang out with and what impact they will have on our lives.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    Smarter than the intructors prospected.

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    My school is flexible.

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  5. What's unique about your campus?

    Small class sizes. You get more one on one time with professors.

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  6. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    People who are not serouis about acheiving success and thier life long goals.

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  7. What kind of person should attend this school?

    All types of people are welcome at this school, but I definitely believe that it benefits those who are looking for a smaller and more personal college experience. For instance, there is a 14:1 ratio of students to professors. I believe this makes for a more personable learning environment.

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  8. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Our campus is part of the community and is not a community within itself.

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  9. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My school is best known for affordability, especially for Alaska residents and in comparison to private schools or going to school out of state.

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  10. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Some professors are not interested in your success

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  11. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I consider the worst thing about my school 's shuttle bus do not offer service on weekends. I have to study 28 hours a week. I like to stay at Student Union to study and eat everyday. I have to take public bus to be able to use the computer and meet with my study buddies. It is very inconvenient because I have to use other transportation which I paid fees already to the university. That is why I consider the worst thing not having a shuttle bus during weekends.

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  12. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    That it's impossible to go to school full time and get good grades while working full time and being a single parent.

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I usually tell them how its still a young university and how its an advantage to make it a part of your legacy. I also share woth them about its debate program, as well as the postive learning environment it provides.

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  14. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    I live off campus and have to commute to UAA from a town about 20 minutes away, so I rarely, if ever, am involved with student organizations. I meet most of my friends through classes, and my best friends are often those who I have taken multiple classes with, or met through other mutual friends. If I had to venture a guess, the most popular club at UAA would be the outdoor/gear rental club, judging by their prominent location in the Student Union and the fact that I often hear others talking about it in the halls. As for what you can do on a Saturday night, that depends on the time of year. Anchorage has very little in the way of indoor entertainment, and most people go on hikes or treks during the spring/summer/fall since we are close to the mountains and Chugiak National forest. During the winter, however, activities are limited to going out to the bars/ resturaunts, or going to see a movie.

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I love that there are so many fields of study to choose from. So many ways to earn your degree and so many ways to get help to achieve your goals. As a husband and father as well as a full time worker, it's nice to know that I'll be able to complete a degree with the multiple offerings for classes at different times and often times online. I might change the process for finding and applying for jobs on campus. I would also make a kid/family friendly area near or in the library for those that have to find a place to study but may not have the means to leave their kids elsewhere. If it were possible to have some kind of working program while you're working towards your degree. For example, I want to eventually become a Nurse Practitioner and as far as I know, there is no way to get into that field of work before having any certifications or licenses. If that were a possibility, it would be great because you would be gaining experience that would go towards your hours to further your degree and to earn your license/certification as well as advancing your degree. I believe it's just right. There are times when it seems a bit overwhelming, but the professors I've had with large classes are able to interact with everyone and usually remember names. It can seem crowded at times, but mostly just during peak class times. People are often curious about the school and have some questions, but for the most part it's a pretty awesome school with a great reputation already so there really isn't a lot of debate going on with people who live locally and have for awhile. When I'm on campus it's either with advisers, in the library, or the book store. Again, most of my class load is online and with a family I try not to stay on campus for too long. However, once I do start going for nursing full on, finishing up a different degree at this time, I will more than likely be on campus a lot more to get quiet study time as well as to utilize resources to help me study. I'd say we're somewhere in between. There is a lot of support for UAA throughout town, which is great. But I do believe there could be more. Everyone knows UAA in the entire state, U of A is setup nearly everywhere to offer a college eduction to everyone, even remote villages. The administrators are great. The ones I have worked with are all very kind and helpful. They do a lot for all the students, not just the ones in their specific field. There are some safety issues; Alaska can be an extreme place to live, especially in Fairbanks. There is a ton of school pride. Those who go, family of those that attend, and even friends of students. There is a lot of pride for this school. It's in Alaska, there are places where you are in -30 degree weather or colder at times. The fact that I met my wife in our EMT-1 class. I don't know; i haven't spent enough time on campus itself to really know what a common complaint is.

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  16. What are the academics like at your school?

    They are great! They help when you need the help and you never feel left behind

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  17. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    I'm mostly an online student. When I first started attending UAA, in 2006, I was mostly on campus. There really isn't a stereotypical student. I would say most have a lot going on. I know quite a few have families and are not your traditional student. There's plenty of areas to hang out with like minded people and with the diverse setting that is Anchorage as well as the diverse course load available at UAA, it doesn't surprise me to say there isn't a stereotypical student. We have people straight from High School, some transfer students, exchange students, those that waited to go to college for a short or long period of time, and even people in the military and their spouses. There is quite a bit to do to get to know your fellow students within your same major field of study as well as those that just attend the university.

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  18. When you step off campus what do you see?

    I see beautiful mountains, a serene park for families and pets, a creek with ducks and fish, lots of restaurants (McDonalds, Taco bell, Subway, Applebees, etc) a bit further down the street, and the buildings that make up the UAA campus.

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  19. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    The main deciding factor for me was that it was close enough to home that I could see my family often enough, but far enough away (8 hours) that I could experience the true college life. When I called the school to ask them questions about the university, they were very helpful; answered all my questions, and addressed all of my concerns. During the campus tour, all of the students I was in a group with were very friendly, as were the group leaders. Campus is fairly small and close together, easy to navigate, and quite beautiful. Most importantly, the academics are great, they have wonderful specific programs, and fun and beneficial clubs to join. Additionally, going to UAA was not going to break my bank.

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  20. Where is the best place to get work done on campus?

    The library. It is always quiet with enough tables.

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  21. Describe the dorms.

    We have four residence halls and 2 sets of apartments for students. Each constains multiple Resident Advisors and Peer Mentors. The residence halls are very close communities and there are always fun activities being planned in the halls! Everyone in the halls are pretty close and you always see students with their doors open, televisions on, welcoming people in. The apartments are a little more private, usually consisting of older students, or athletes. The apartments as well have Resident Advisors. Here too, the RA's are always creating programs relevant to the students who reside in the apartments. The apartments have their own culvesac and courtyard so there is always people out there in barbequing, listening to music and having a great time. There almost always students playing basketball in the the culvesac as well. You will always see someone out doing something. The on-campus residences are always very lively, full of action and consist of lots of new people to meet!

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

81% of students attending University of Alaska Anchorage receive some sort of financial aid. 30% were awarded federal grants. While 22% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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$110K & UP

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