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University of Alaska in Anchorage

Read about the University of Alaska in Anchorage (UAA). Learn about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About University of Alaska in Anchorage

UAA was founded in 1954 when Anchorage Community College became part of the public University of Alaska system. The largest postsecondary school in the state of Alaska, UAA is located in Anchorage, which is the biggest city in the state. UAA's 362 acres are nestled in a greenbelt, surrounded by lakes and wildlife. The campus is also connected to a city-wide trail system. There are over 43,000 UAA alumni, and 80% of them reside in Alaska. Research opportunities are available to UAA undergraduate students through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, a division of the University Honors College.


UAA's six colleges offer 30 associate's, 56 bachelor's and 36 master's degree programs. The most popular majors are nursing, education, business administration, human services, accounting, psychology and aviation technology. In 2007-2008, UAA awarded 1,783 undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates and occupational endorsements. UAA shares the Consortium Library with Alaska Pacific University, a 4-year liberal arts school. Construction of its current building was completed in 2005 and is located on the UAA campus.


Although UAA has an open admission policy, undergraduates should hold a high school education with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students with GPAs below 2.4 must enter school on probation. Completion of the SAT or ACT is also required, as well as a $50 application fee. First-time students pursuing bachelor's degrees can use the Bachelor-No College application type. In-progress high school transcripts are required at the time of application. Up to 21 credits can be earned via College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. To qualify, CLEP paper-based test scores must be 500 or higher, and computer-based test scores must be 58 or higher.

Students can seek admission for the fall, spring and summer terms. Regular fall admission applications are due June 15th. Just over half of all undergraduates attended UAA on a part-time basis. Among undergraduates, 60% of the population was white, 7% was American Indian or Alaska native, 7% was Hispanic or Latino and 6% was Asian. About 40% of all undergraduates were 25 years of age or older.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The 2012-2013 costs for Alaska residents included $4,800 for tuition, $832 for student fees, $1,575 for books and supplies, $9,827 for on-campus room and board and $455 for transportation. For non-residents, tuition was $14,760, and student fees totaled $1,031. Costs to live off campus increased to $11,731 for room and board, as well as $1,598 for transportation.

Total estimated tuition, fees and living costs for 2012-2013 resident graduate students on campus were $20,598. All costs for non-resident graduate students living on campus were expected to total $28,423. UAA offers interest-free monthly payment options through its Tuition Management Systems.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Associate's degree, bachelor's degree, postbaccalaureate certificate, master's degree, post-master's certificate**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 18,128 (17,074 undergraduates) in fall 2011**
Student Housing First-come, first-served basis*
Schools and Programs 6 schools and 146 programs of all levels*
Student-Faculty Ratio 15 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Associate's: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (183)
Bachelor's: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (102)
Master's: Educational Leadership and Administration (53)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (Students Who Began Fall 2005) 9% in 4 years; 27% in 6 years; 32% in 8 years**
Admission Rate Open admission policy**
First-Year Retention Rates 70% for full-time students and 52% for part-time students**
Application Due Date June 15 for fall admission*
Tuition (2012-2013) $19,012 per year for in-state undergraduate students; $29,171 for out-of-state undergraduate students (includes all estimated tuition and expenses for on-campus enrollment)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (32%), state and local grants (2%), institutional scholarships (22%), federal loans (35%)**
Percent of Full-Time Beginning Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 69% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *University of Alaska at Anchorage; **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: UAA Office of Admissions, PO Box 141629, Anchorage, AK 99514-1629
  • Phone: 907-786-1480
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