University of Alaska

University of Alaska Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

The University of Alaska - Anchorage is the largest campus of the University of Alaska System. Learn about its admissions, financial aid, and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at the University of Alaska - Anchorage.

Is the University of Alaska - Anchorage the School for You?

The University of Alaska - Anchorage (UAA) is a 4-year, public university that is part of the University of Alaska System. It offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees, along with certificate programs. It is the largest postsecondary school in Alaska. Consider the pros and cons below to decide if UAA is the right school for you.


  • Acceptance rate is 14.1 percentage points higher than the national average
  • Accepts dual and AP credits
  • Offers academic mentoring and tutoring services
  • Very low number of teaching assistants instructing classes


  • 4-year graduation rate is 31 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Following graduation, student debt averages $1,341 more than the national average

Rankings & School Analysis

The University of Alaska - Anchorage offers 56 degree programs at the baccalaureate level. According to U.S. News & World Report, in 2011, 21% of students were studying business, management, marketing, or related support services. Programs related to healthcare accounted for 14% of majors, and 9% of students chose to study psychology. Whether you're an in-state or out-of-state student, UAA charges a total cost, which includes tuition, fees, and living expenses, that is on par with the national average; however, the average debt at graduation is slightly higher than the national average. The graduating class of 2011 owed an average of about $28,000.

At UAA, you'll encounter a student-faculty ratio of 15 to 1, which is slightly less than the national average of 16 to 1, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). In addition, teaching assistants make up a very low percentage of instructors at just 48 out of the 720 total faculty as of 2011. If finding a college with individualized education is important to you, you may be interested to know that, on average, about 53% of your classes will have fewer than 20 students, and only 4.1% will have more than 50 students.

If you need extra academic help, academic mentoring and tutoring services are available. NCES reports that after 4 years, only 9% of students who began schooling in 2003 had graduated. After 6 years, 27% had completed their bachelor's degree, and after 8 years, 32% were finished.

Admissions & Financial Aid at the University of Alaska - Anchorage

For fall term, you'll need to have your application submitted by June 15. For spring term, the deadline is November 1, and for summer term, it's May 1. Application requires high school transcripts, standardized test scores, and an application fee of $50. The University of Alaska prefers a minimum high school GPA of 2.5; however, high school graduates with a GPA of 2.0 to 2.49 may be admitted on probation. Successful completion of the GED is also acceptable. Either the SAT, the ACT, or another placement test approved by the University of Alaska is required.

The priority deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is April 1. In 2011, the average financial aid package for first-time students was $7,876, according to U.S. News & World Report. Of the 83% of first-time students who applied for need-based aid, only 59% were determined to have need, and just 9% of students had their financial aid need fully met. You can also qualify for non-need-based aid on the basis of academics or athletics as well as leadership, minority status, music and drama, or ROTC.

Application & Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013) Fall term: June 15*
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2011) April 1***
Application Fee (2013) $50*
Acceptance Rate (2011) 79.6%***
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2011) $17,917 in-state, $29,557 out-of-state**
Average Financial Aid Package for First-Year Students (2011) $7,876***
Percent of First-Year Students with Need Met (2011) 9%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $28,001***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 9.4%**

Student Life at the University of Alaska - Anchorage

The majority of students at UAA, about 94%, are from Alaska. In 2011, the majority of students were part-time, with only 47% of students attending classes full-time. The retention rate of full-time students between 2010 and 2011 was 70%, but it was 52% for part-time students. On-campus housing is available in 3 residence halls and 2 apartment complexes.

UAA is located in Anchorage, a city of about 300,000 people and the largest city in Alaska. In 2011, 60% of the 18,128 students were classified as white, according to NCES. In that year, 7% were American Indian or Native Alaskan; the school has a Native Student Services Center to serve this population.

UAA has 1 fraternity and 2 sororities on campus. There are also about 75 other clubs and organizations in which to get involved. When it's time to study, you can go to the Consortium Library, which holds a major medical library and a collection of books, maps, and other materials relating to Alaska.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Large city**
Student Population (2011) 17,074 undergraduate students and 1,054 graduate students**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 42% male to 58% female**
% of Full Time Students (2011) 47%**
% of In-state Students (2011) 94%**
% of International Students (2011) 0%**
Retention Rate (2011) 70%**
Campus Housing Available Yes**
Number of Libraries 1*
Extracurricular Activities About 75***

Sources: *University of Alaska - Anchorage, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Info

  • Address: University of Alaska - Anchorage, Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 141629, Anchorage, AK 99514-1629
  • Phone: (907) 786-1480