University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA)

3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK

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The University of Alaska Anchorage, located in Anchorage, Alaska, is a public, four year institution founded in 1954. The school is the largest of the three that comprise the University of Alaska System. The university is divided into six sections, each with its own specialization: Education, Health and Social Welfare, Business and Public Policy, Art and Sciences, the School of Engineering and the Community and Technical College. The school also maintains four satellite campuses that offer associate and vocational degrees. The school was originally a community college, become a four year institution in 1976, and extensions and community colleges were merged in 1987 to form the current institution.

The University of Alaska Anchorage offers bachelor degrees typically requiring four years of study. Programs require students to take lower and upper division courses related to their major, general studies and electives in order to complete the required curriculum. Students may also opt take on a minor degree, requiring additional courses of study in a secondary field of expertise.

Students may also pursue vocational or two year degree programs through the school's community college subdivision or extensions. Transfer programs allow students to mirror the first two years of a four year education for the purposes of transfer, followed by applying for admission to four year school or programs in order to continue one's education and eventually earn a bachelor's degree. Transfer within the system is made easier through agreements and requirements that guarantee admission if certain academic criteria are met.

Vocational and career programs allow students to receive an education in a specific industry or field with the intention of seeking employment opportunities after graduation. Programs are taught by industry professionals, providing supervision and guidance for skill development and training. Most programs take between one and two years to complete, resulting in an associate degree or certificate upon completion.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and FInancial Aid
Students interested in enrollment at UAA must complete and submit the application for admission, along with transcripts, test scores, recommendations, and essay. UAA will review all applications and based on the strength of each individual application, will make a decision regarding enrollment. Once the decision is made applicants will be notified, and those accepted will be provided with material to prepare them for their education. Individuals entering a two year program through the community college subdivision will only submit an application and transcripts, and pay all fees in order to enroll.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, work study programs and scholarships. Students in need of financial aid must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which will be used by the school to determine the need and aid program eligibility of the applicant when constructing his or her aid packet. Aid must be applied for prior to each academic year, and should be done in a timely fashion in order for the school to complete the aid packet prior to the start of classes.

The UAA Seawolves participate in athletics through intercollegiate and intramural sports. The school's colors are green and gold. Individuals participating in athletics will be required to meet certain academic standards in order to continue play, and those that do will learn skills useful in their personal and professional lives, such as leadership, discipline and teamwork.  Interested individuals may contact the school's athletic department to begin the process.

Athletic programs include:

  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Volleyball
  • Cross Country
  • Skiing
  • Track and Field

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give you an idea of the candidates UAA accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at University of Alaska Anchorage is around 17,000 students, where graduate students make up roughly 11% of the student body.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,200. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $50 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State: $5,700-$6,800
    • Out-of-State: $19,000-$22,440
  • Charges per unit:
    • In-State: $200-$240 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $670-$800 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid81%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships71%$6,188
Receiving Student Loans27%$5,535

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, University of Alaska Anchorage may provide services like:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Student employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation

Graduation Rates

University of Alaska Anchorage has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 25%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years6%
Graduating in 5 Years7%
Graduating in 6 Years6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
  • Dental Assistant Program (more info)
  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
  • Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
  • Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN) Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

UAA is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division II (without football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Basketball (Great Northwest Athletic Conference)
  • Track and Field (Great Northwest Athletic Conference)
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Skiing
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by University of Alaska Anchorage by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation

Personal and Culinary Services

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Precision Production


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Science Technology

    Security and Protective Services

    Social Sciences

    Transportation and Materials Moving

    Visual and Performing Arts

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