About UAA

The University of Alaska Anchorage is a premier university set in the heart of Alaska’s largest city and across the south-central region; a place where culture, innovation and adventure converge. Roughly 12,000 students from all over the U.S. and 89 countries are currently pursuing their dreams at UAA. The unique location provides unparalleled access to valuable industry connections, Arctic research, outdoor recreation courses and more. Specialized academic programs facilitate a variety of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including groundbreaking educational opportunities that positively impact the surrounding communities and kick-start successful careers.

UAA Sports Complex covered in snow

By the Numbers

UAA students, Fall 2021

Alaska residents

NCAA sports
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clubs and organizations
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faculty-student ratio

one-year estimate for full-time resident tuition and fees
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in scholarships and grants administered
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Information provided by Institutional Research from the latest fact book and by Financial Aid.



UAA Mission

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) transforms lives through teaching, research, community engagement and creative expression in a diverse and inclusive environment. Serving students, the state, and the communities of Southcentral Alaska, UAA is a comprehensive, open access, public university established on the ancestral lands of the Dena’ina, Ahtna Dene, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq, Chugachmiut, and Eyak peoples.


We are known as a university of distinction, transforming lives and communities.


  1. We put students first.
  2. We create a culture of equity and inclusion by embracing our diversity.
  3. We embrace our role as a trusted and respected community partner.
  4. We positively impact communities and the world through innovation.
  5. We accelerate excellence through continuous improvement. 

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UAA recognizes and values the diversity of our unique location in Southcentral Alaska, the ancestral lands of the Dena’ina, Ahtna Dene, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq, Chugachmiut, and Eyak peoples.

We honor diverse experiences and perspectives—including differences in ideas, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, culture, nationality, age, disability, veteran and socioeconomic status—and strive to create welcoming and inclusive learning environments where all are treated with respect.

At UAA, valuing diversity is integral to excellence. Diversity maximizes our potential for creativity, innovation, educational excellence, and outstanding service to our communities.

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Dena'ina Land Acknowledgement

Dena'inaq ełnenaq' gheshtnu ch'q'u yeshdu
"I live and work on the land of the Dena’ina."

translation: Helen Dick, Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart, Joel Isaak
reading: Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart



International and Intercultural Values

UAA is committed to international and intercultural education. As part of UAA’s participation in the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Internationalization Laboratory, the following values were developed in consultation with faculty, students and staff. These values help guide the development of international and intercultural programs and services at UAA. UAA and its students aim to:

  • Understand one’s own culture(s) within an Alaskan, national and global context.
  • Apply knowledge and critical thinking to global and cultural issues, trends and systems, and use diverse frames of reference to address problems.
  • Communicate and connect with people in other communities to extend one’s own access to information, experiences and understanding.
  • Foster additional languages, including Alaska Native languages, as a component of the UAA experience.
  • Develop an informed critical awareness and understanding of cultural differences, similarities and ambiguities.
  • Gain an Alaskan, national and international perspective on careers.