Anchorage, Alaska's University

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An Alaskan public university, UAA is located in the city of Anchorage. Kenai Peninsula College, Kodiak College, Matanuska-Susitna College, and Prince William Sound College are the four community campuses managed by UAA in Southcentral Alaska. Approximately 15,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students call UAA's main Anchorage campus and its community campuses home. It's the biggest school in Alaska and the flagship of the University of Alaska System. The university has a Community Engagement classification on top of its "Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs" category. [3]

Only about six kilometers (four miles) from downtown Anchorage is UAA's main campus. It is located about 2.5 miles (4 km) southeast of downtown in the University-Medical District, which is home to the Alaska Native Medical Center, Alaska Pacific University, and Providence Alaska Medical Center. Located near Goose Lake Park and surrounded by a large green belt, UAA has been designated as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the past ten years (2010-2019). Both an elevated indoor "spine" running east to west from Rasmuson Hall and a system of paved outdoor trails serve to connect the majority of the campus buildings and facilities. following a route that starts in the Consortium Library, winds its way through the student union, and then across UAA Drive (the more heavily traveled of the two north-south roads which go through the campus).

Anchorage is home to UAA's five colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences, Business & Public Policy, Community & Technical, Engineering & Health, and Health & Human Services. The Graduate Division at UAA is where students can earn a master's degree, a graduate certificate, or even a doctorate in a specific field by partnering with a university outside of Alaska. As of May 2012, the university has been granted permission to award doctorates. UAA has been granted approval from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, as stated in [8]. UAA's School of Education was de-accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in 2019. According to [10], the School of Education's Advanced Preparation program will have CAEP accreditation as of August 2021. [11]

History [ edit ]


Anchorage Community College (ACC) was established in 1954 and initially served a student body of 414 at Elmendorf Air Force Base during the college's evening session. The ACC and other Alaskan community colleges joined the University of Alaska system in 1962. Day and evening classes at ACC's current main campus in the University-Medical district didn't start until five years later. Associate degrees and the first two years of a bachelor's degree were both offered at ACC. citation needed(Citation required)

The University of Alaska, Anchorage Senior College (ASC) was founded in the late 1960s in response to a growing demand for a four-year institution of higher education in the Anchorage area. Upper division and graduate programs leading to baccalaureate and master's degrees as well as continuing education for professional programs were administered by ASC while ACC oversaw the undergraduate college. West Anchorage High School held its first graduation ceremony in 1971, and 265 students received advanced degrees including master's, bachelor's, and associate's. In 1973, ASC made the switch to the Consortium Library. Daytime classes were introduced the year after the first classroom and administration building were finished. As of 1977, when it expanded to a full four-year university, ASC was known as the Anchorage Senior College (ASC), but today it is known as the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UA,A). After being separate institutions for ten years, ACC and UA,A merged to form what is now known as the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). citation needed(Citation required)

The university has expanded and grown steadily since its founding in 1987. Campuses in Anchorage and community campuses and extension centers throughout Southcentral Alaska offer a wide variety of courses leading to a variety of degrees, including certificates, associate's, bachelor's, master's, and even doctorates. The goals of the university include the promotion of learning, research, community service, and artistic endeavors. [12]

Open to anyone who wants to attend, the University of Alaska Anchorage has about 17,000 enrolled students. The university attracts thousands of in-state students each year, and many Anchorage residents continue to attend the school as commuters. Almost 10% of the student body does not originate from Alaska or the United States. which?Which school has the highest percentage of student veterans in Alaska? [13]

Academics [ edit ]

Research on Alaska Natives [ edit ]

UAA's Alaska Native Studies program is a standout among the university's many academic offerings. To meet the new requirement, all undergraduates must earn a minimum of three credits in approved Alaska Native studies courses. This mandate is part of a larger initiative to increase the university's emphasis on Alaska Native and Indigenous peoples. At UAA, [14] students can take classes in Alaska Native arts through the Fine Arts and Alaska Native studies programs, where they can learn about traditional carving techniques, drum making, beadwork, and other forms of indigenous knowledge. Indigenous Alaskan art is studied and preserved as part of the Alaska Native Art Program. Artistic techniques involving the collection and preparation of organic materials like animal hide, wood, bone, and ivory are taught to students. Both historic and cutting-edge art supplies can be found in the Native Arts studio. Traditional craft skills from all over Alaska are shared by visiting elders. In order to find their own voice, students from all walks of life are encouraged to try out a variety of both tried-and-true methods and more daring, out-of-the- [15][16]

Agreements between three different law schools [ edit ]

The University of Alaska Anchorage currently partners with the University of Washington School of Law and Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon to provide qualified students with the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree and law degree on an accelerated schedule, typically in six years rather than the usual seven Students in these programs spend three years in college and three years in law school, hence the common name "3 3 programs" or "Accelerated JD Program." [17]

The Science of Flight [ edit ]

University of Alaska Anchorage provides a range of science-based degrees, including the Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science[18].

  • Management of Air Traffic
  • Aviation Administration
  • Work as a Professional Pilot

The following areas of study also lead to an A.S. in Applied Science:

Center of Excellence for General Aviation (CGAR)[19] is a consortium of academic institutions dedicated to advancing the field of general aviation.

Universities and other academic institutions [ edit ]

Libraries [ edit ]

Help with finances [ edit ]

  • The Alaska Educational Advantage Grant
  • Award from the University of Alaska[20]

Institutions and research hubs [ edit ]


UAA serves as a hub for academic study by funding studies, programs, and events that benefit northern populations and the local and regional economies. These state-funded initiatives and specialized studies focus on the state's abundant resources and distinct challenges. Both local issues and those of national and international significance are covered. To further the mission of the university, the following institutes and centers have been established:

  • Alaska Area Health Education Center (ACRH/AHEC)
  • Acknowledged as the "Alaska Center for Supply Chain Integration"
  • The Alaskan Natural History Program
  • In Alaska, we have a place called the Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
  • CAEPR stands for the Center for Analysis of Education Policy in Alaska.
  • CAAS is the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
  • Research and service hub for mental and behavioral health; abbreviated "CBHRS"
  • The Community Collaborative for Educational Opportunities (CCEL)
  • Institution for Promoting Economic Growth (CED)
  • CEE stands for the Center for Economic Education.
  • C.H.D. - Center for Human Development
  • Insititue for the Study of the Environment and Natural Resources (ENRI)
  • Temple of Ethos
  • The ICHS (Institute for Health Research in the Arctic and Antarctica)
  • The Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER).
  • Place of Justice
  • The Center for Japanese Language and Culture at Montgomery Dickinson University
  • The Psycological Health Center

Financial aid that is offered on a national level [ edit ]

Kelcie Ralph was the first UAA student to win a Marshall Scholarship in 2009. [21][22][23]

Twelfth UAA students have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships as of 2016. [24]

In the year 2017 (as stated by Samantha M. Mack made UAA history when he was awarded the university's first-ever Rhodes Scholarship. [25][26][27]

Many UAA students have been awarded prestigious national scholarships like the Harry S. Truman Scholarship or the German Academic Exchange Service Scholarship. [28][29]

Rankings [ edit ]

For 2020, U.S. News & World Report placed UAA in a tie for 62nd place among all Western Regional Universities and tied for 25th place among public Regional Universities in the West. According to Forbes' 2019 rankings, UAA is 116th in the West and 635th overall. [35]

Publications [ edit ]

  • The Magazine for UAA Grads and Friends is Called Accolades. [36]
  • UAA's literary magazine, The Alaska Quarterly Review
  • Northern Light is the name of the student newspaper.
  • Every undergraduate at UAA is welcome to submit work to Understory, a magazine published by graduate students in Creative Writing and Literary Arts. [37]
  • Annually, students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication publish a magazine called True North. [38]

Athletics [ edit ]

The Seawolves, UAA's athletic teams, compete in 13 different NCAA divisions. These divisions include men's ice hockey, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's skiing, men's and women's cross country, women's gymnastics, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field, and women's volleyball. In gymnastics and ice hockey, the university competes at the highest level (Division I) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. UAA competes in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in men's and women's basketball, volleyball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, and a variety of other sports at the Division II level. The Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation are the other conference affiliations. citation needed[quote missing]

The Seawolves have sent numerous athletes to the NCAA Tournament over the years, including several ski and gymnastics national champions. The now-defunct Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center gave UAA athletics widespread national exposure. Every year in September, the Seawolf volleyball team hosts some of the best Division II programs in the country in the SpringHill Suites Invitational, and the Kendall Hockey Classic is one of the best preseason college hockey tournaments in the country. citation needed[quote missing]

The Seawolves use some of Alaska's best facilities, such as the Sullivan Arena for hockey and the Alaska Airlines Center for volleyball, gymnastics, and basketball, when preparing for and engaging in competition. The alpine skiers at UAA take advantage of the nearby world-class slope at Mount Alyeska, while the Nordic skiers and cross-country runners use Anchorage's complex trail system for training in a recreational getaway. In September of 2014, the Alaska Airlines Center, with seating for 5,000, debuted as the new home of UAA's athletics department and programs, which had previously been housed in the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. [12]

College experience [ edit ]

Arts Building Lobby, NE Campus Corner

While UAA accepts everyone who applies, the school is still picky, with a 75-80% acceptance rate between 2010 and 2014. At UAA, there are 12 students for every professor, and there are 53 1 percent of classes enroll fewer than 20 students The most common undergraduate degrees at UAA are in Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Engineering; Psychology; and Social Sciences. One measure of how satisfied students are with their educational experience is the 71 3 percent [39]

Housing [ edit ]

Nearly a thousand students live in UAA dorms:

  • Three dorms for both sexes were built in 1998: North, West, and East Halls. A total of 230 students can live in each dorm; rooms are typically doubles or triples and are arranged in suites of one, two, or four.
  • Built in 1984, the Main Apartment Complex (MAC) originally served as family housing. Housing 74 groups of four same-sex students in six buildings, each apartment has four bedrooms.
  • Eighty students can be accommodated in 20 apartments at the Templewood complex.

Elections for student government [ edit ]

There is a student government at UAA called the Union of Students of University of Alaska Anchorage (USUAA). [40] Every four years in the spring, Americans go to the polls to choose a President and Vice President for a term of one year. [41]

There have been union-sponsored political debates in Anchorage, such as the 2004 event between Senatorial candidates Tony Knowles and Lisa Murkowski, which took place on campus. Using social media to connect with and engage with the local community, USUAA hosted a mayoral debate at the Alaska Airlines Center in 2015. [43]

Organizations like the Concert Board and the Green Fee Board, which charge students fees to improve campus life and supply them with resources, fall under USUAA's purview as well. [44]

Campus Journalism [ edit ]

There are two main student-run publications at UAA. Student employees run both media outlets, which are overseen by the Media Board, a USUAA entity. Northern Light is a student newspaper that publishes every other week on Tuesdays and features extensive coverage of topics like school news, sports, community events, and movie reviews. [46]

KRUA 88.1FM is a student-run, non-commercial radio station serving the University of Alaska Anchorage campus and the greater Anchorage area. [47]

Research Conducted by Students [ edit ]

At UAA, the hub of undergraduate research and experiential learning is housed in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS), which is part of the University Honors College. The Honors College at UAA encourages and facilitates scholarly inquiry and research by its students across all academic departments, schools, and colleges at the university, as well as among the international community of scholars. 14 campus-wide award programs are made possible by OURS. The Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium (URDS) is held annually in April to promote academic dialogue among UAA's undergraduates, faculty, and the surrounding community.

References [ edit ]

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  3. ^ (PDF) UAA Fact Book 2020 (Final) FACT BOOK - Final.pdf1
  4. ^ For the ninth year running, the UAA has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA. News in Green and Gold Anchorage, Alaska's University April 20, 2018 Retrieved August 22, 2019
  5. ^ Schools in the USA with a "Tree Campus" ArborDay org Tree Planting Institute Retrieved August 22, 2019
  6. ^ Organizational Structure Under the Chancellor (Archived 2016-04-24) Get access to as of April 11, 2016
  7. ^ Awarded by the University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (UAA) Obtainable as of 15 December, 2011
  8. ^ The Latest Insights That Are Green And Gold 3 May 2012 UAA Accessed on June 14th, 2012
  9. ^ Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, 2013: Directory of Institutions: S to U Archived 2016-01-05 at the Wayback Machine This page was accessed on January 24. 2013
  10. ^ It's been reported that "UAA School of Education programs lose accreditation, putting the value of degrees at risk." In the Daily News of Anchorage Retrieved 2019-01-16
  11. ^ Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Accredited Provider Information. caepnet org Retrieved 2022-06-30
  12. ^ a b There is an "Office of the Registrar" at the University of Alaska Anchorage. www uaa alaska edu
  13. ^ Godfrey Neale Anchorage Campus of the University of Alaska Forbes Retrieved 3 July 2015
  14. ^ Posted by Michelle Saport on May 1, 2018 UAA's newest GER unit focuses on Alaska Native culture. Anchorage, Alaska, State University Retrieved 2020-10-29
  15. ^ Individuals Honored as "Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artists"1 Rasmussen Foundation Retrieved 2020-10-29
  16. ^ Native Alaskan Art | UAA Art Department | UAA Anchorage" Anchorage, Alaska's University Retrieved 2020-10-29
  17. ^ Anchorage, Alaska's University Green & Gold News: "UAA and UW Law School Partner to Offer Accelerated Admission Program." Reports in Green and Gold Retrieved 3 July 2015
  18. ^ University of Alaska Anchorage, "Aviation Technology, Academics," 2012. Available on the 24th of January 2013
  19. ^ Center For General Aviation Research, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, "Welcome to CGAR." Archived 2013-01-28 at the Wayback Machine. 2013 On 24 January, you could access: 2013
  20. ^ UAA Offers Scholarships for Students Pursuing Degrees in the Logistics and Supply Chain
  21. ^ Marshall Scholarships, 2012-2013, "Scholar Names Q-S." Obtainable on November 26th, 2013. 2017
  22. ^ Title: "Woman receives full-ride scholarship," Date: January 6, 2014, Montana Standard 2009 It was retrieved on November 26th, 2015. 2017
  23. ^ Kelcie Ralph, B.A. in Economics permanent dead link[link no longer active] the 13th of April 2011 in the Green and Gold News Obtainable on November 26th, 2013. 2017
  24. ^ UAA's Green and Gold News reported on May 4 that "Another UAA Fulbright scholar heads to Germany this fall." Obtainable on November 26th, 2009. 2017
  25. ^ Rhodes Trust, "2018 U.S. Winners of the Rhodes Scholarship," 18 November 2017 Date Obtained: November 25 2017
  26. ^ "Johnson, Gene" Time (2016-11-20): "The Newest Group of American Rhodes Scholars Is More Diverse Than Ever." 2017 Date Obtained: November 25 2017
  27. ^ KTVA-TV (Anchorage, Alaska), 24 November, 2015, "Alaska Native becomes UAA's first Rhodes Scholar." 2017 Annotated text with a three-minute Conferring Via Video Interview Obtainable on November 26th, 2013. 2017
  28. ^ UAA University Honors College, "Major Scholarships," 2017 It was retrieved on November 26th, 2015. 2017
  29. ^ Scholarships That Compete Nationally," UAA University Honors College, 2017 Extracted on November 26th, 2017. 2017
  30. ^ "2021 Regional University Rankings: Best Colleges" United States News & World Report Retrieved Thursday, September 24 2020
  31. ^ "Best Masters Programs in 2020" Monthly in Washington Retrieved August 31, 2020
  32. ^ The Best U.S. Universities According to Forbes in 2022. Forbes Retrieved On September 13th, 2022
  33. ^ "2022 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings" The Times Higher Education / Wall Street Journal Retrieved July 26, 2022
  34. ^ There are rankings for the University of Alaska, Anchorage. U S Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media Retrieved Tuesday, September 12 2019
  35. ^ Topping Universities in the United States in 2019 Forbes Tuesday, August 15, 2019
  36. ^ "Passive Media" Retrieved December 10th 2015
  37. ^ This is a mirrored post from the Wayback Machine on October 12, 2006, at
  38. ^ Location of the North Star Retrieved the tenth of December 2015
  39. ^ UAA: Academic Life at America's Best College (US News) Retrieved 3 July 2015
  40. ^ Student Leadership and Identity" www uaa alaska edu College of Anchorage, State of Alaska Retrieved 8 May 2018
  41. ^ Arrangement of Student Assemblies for Student Leadership www uaa alaska edu Anchorage, Alaska, University Retrieved 8 May 2018
  42. ^ On Tuesday, Senators Knowles and Murkowski will argue (archived 2008-03-26 at the Wayback Machine]. The Associated Press/KINY On this date in 2004 Obtainable on March 9, 2008
  43. ^ This mayoral debate in Anchorage has been boosted by social media at UAA. Photo by Devin Kelly / Alaska Dispatch News. April 3, 2015 You can access this on June 19th, 2015.
  44. ^ Subject: "Student Life & Leadership - Boards & Committees" www uaa alaska edu Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage Retrieved 8 May 2018
  45. ^ "Student Leadership and Life on the Media Board" www uaa alaska edu Anchorage, Alaska's University To be found at the original location at: Retrieved 8 May 2018
  46. ^ It reads, "The Northern Light - Get in Touch with Us." life uaa alaska edu UAA, or the University of Alaska at Anchorage Date of original publication: May 9, 2018 Retrieved 8 May 2018
  47. ^ "About Us" KRUA 88 1 FM UAA, or the University of Alaska at Anchorage 29 March 2017 Retrieved 8 May 2018

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