FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
The University of Alaska Anchorage is located in Anchorage, Alaska. Anchorage is the largest city in the state with approximately 300,000 residents. About 40% of Alaska's population live in Anchorage, which has been named All-American City four times. Anchorage is located in South Central Alaska, northeast of the Alaska Peninsula and Cook Inlet, and northwest of Prince William Sound. Anchorage is surrounded by the Knik Arm on the North, Turnagain Arm on the south, and the Chugach Mountains on the east.
Anchorage has a subarctic climate with moderate temperatures. In the summer, average temperatures range from 13-26°C (55-78°F) and about -15 --1°C (5-30°F) in winter. Anchorage has an average snow fall of about 180 cm (70in). During the mostly mild summers, rain is frequent.
During the summer, days can be as long as 20 hours, with no complete darkness at night. In winter, on the other hand, days can be short, with less than 6 hours of daylight.
What can you do for fun in Anchorage?
Anchorage, with its motto "Big Wild Life" has to offer hundreds of activities year around. Anchorage has more than 220 parks, more than 400 km (250 miles) of trails, more than 100 athletic fields, and 11 recreation facilities. During the winter time, many people enjoy hiking, snow shoeing, skiing (Alpine, Nordic, ...), ice fishing, sledding, snowboarding, ice skating, and dog sledding.
In the summer, many Alaskans enjoy fishing, hiking, hunting, gold panning, wildlife watching, as well as rafting, canoeing, and kayaking.
Anchorage also has indoor entertainment to offer. Every year, world renowned performers visit Anchorage. In recent years, Disney’s The Lion King, Mamma Mia! and The Blue Man Group performed in Anchorage. For more information for activities in and around Anchorage, visit the website of the Anchorage Visitors Bureau.
UAA also offers a variety of events to its students. The UAA concert board often presents comedians, bands, and other performing artists for a low cost to UAA students. Past performers included Iron and Whine and Bo Burnham
How many students attend UAA and how many of them are international students?
UAA has more 20,000 students. 15,000 of them attend school at the Anchorage main campus. The number of international students at UAA on student visas is about 300.
Can I live on campus?
UAA Housing has space for approximately 950 students. North, East and West Hall are the three residence halls. Opened in 1998, the halls house approximately 200 students each in Single, Double, and Quad Suites. On each floor, rooms are clustered on two wings, and feature common area lounges for studying and socializing, coin-operated laundry facilities, computer labs and a student-staffed service desk. The six-building Main Apartment Complex, known on campus as “MAC,” is located just west of the Residence Halls and offers apartment-style living for 296 students. Each apartment has four single-bedrooms, plus a kitchen, bathroom, living room, and storage area. The Templewood Apartments are located on the southeastern side of the Student Housing area and offer twenty “town-house style” units housing a total of 80 students. The upper-level of each unit includes two single bedrooms, one shared bedroom, and two bathrooms. A kitchen, living room (complete with gas fireplace), half-bath, laundry room and storage closet are located on the middle level, and a two-car garage and additional storage complete the ground level. For more information on housing rates and pictures, please visit the ISS housing website or the UAA housing main website.
How many students live on campus?
Approximately 950 students live on campus.
How much does it cost to live on campus and how can I apply?
Housing rates vary, depending on if you live in a residence hall or one of the apartment buildings. Cost range from $3,000 to $3,500 per semester. You can find an easy to fill out application here. When submitting the application, a $40 non-refundable application fee has to go along with the application form.
Are there any student clubs at UAA?
UAA has over 75 registered student clubs, including an International Student Association. Find a list of UAA clubs .here
Is there an International Student Orientation?
All International Students are required to attend New Student Orientation, also known as Howl Day. They have several sections of New Student Orientation; however, there are certain days that will cover International Students Orientation materials. To figure out which section of orientation you are supposed to take, contact us. To register for orientation, visit Student Orientation website.
How can I get a driver's license?
You are allowed to drive in Alaska for 90 days with your valid non-commercial out-of-country driver’s license. After 90 days you must obtain an Alaska driver’s license from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You will have to pass a written knowledge test, a vision test, and a road test. You can find a list of required documents and directions to the nearest DMV in Anchorage here.
How can I get a Social Security Number?
Social Security Numbers (SSN) are used for tax and identification purposes. Only F1 and J1 students with job offers qualify to apply for Social Security numbers (SSN’s). Other students may apply for an ITIN for tax purposes. You must have a letter with proof of a job offer. Bring the letter to the International Student Advisor, and he/she will provide you with a letter for the Social Security Administration. Find a list of required documents and the application procedure for a SSN or ITIN here.
How can I get around in Anchorage?
If you do not have a car, you can use public transportation to get around in Anchorage. The bus system is called “People Mover” and provides bus service on 14 routes throughout Anchorage. Most buses are on an hourly schedule. You can find all bus routes and time table on the people mover website. UAA student can ride all buses for free, with a valid student ID card. You can get a student ID card at the University Center.
On campus, you can get around with the Seawolf Shuttle. During the semesters, buses run from from approximately 8am until 8pm. Routes cover the Housing Commons, UAA main campus, the University Center, and the Aviation Complex. You can find more information and the current schedule on the Seawolf Shuttle Website. You can also track all shuttles by GPS and see their current location.
How do I find an on-campus job?
You can find an on-campus job by searching the University of Alaska Job database on UAK Jobs Webpage. Go to “Advanced Job Search”, select part time under “Assignment Type”, and Anchorage under “Job Location”. Then press Search and easily apply online for position you are qualified for. You can find more information about your job search in this presentation.