About UAA

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Alaska’s Largest University

Surrounded by an environment that is both urban and wild, the University of Alaska Anchorage is a gateway to innovative thinking, learning and exploration. UAA is the state’s largest university, situated at the heart of the state's largest city, with satellites in Homer, Kodiak, Soldotna, Valdez and Mat-Su. UAA students experience hands-on education, in and out of the classroom.

Learn about the future vision of UAA on the UAA2020 site


The mission of the University of Alaska Anchorage is to discover and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, engagement, and creative expression.

Located in Anchorage and on community campuses in Southcentral Alaska, UAA is committed to serving the higher education needs of the state, its communities, and its diverse peoples.

The University of Alaska Anchorage is an open-access university with academic programs leading to occupational endorsements; undergraduate and graduate certificates; and associate, baccalaureate and graduate degrees in a rich, diverse and inclusive environment.


UAA is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. In addition, many of the colleges and academic programs are individually accredited through professional licensure organizations.

Impact and Influence

UAA is a public university committed to serving students and the state of Alaska. It is home to centers and institutes in a variety of specialized fields, including environmental and natural resources, alcohol and addictions studies, economic education, circumpolar health studies, rural health, human development, social and economic research, justice, biomedicine (WWAMI School of Medical Education), community engagement and learning, faculty excellence, economic and small business development, logistics and supply chain integration, psychological services, education policy and Chinese culture.

Arctic engagement

UAA faculty and students live and work in the only Arctic state in the United States. As such, scholars seek to leverage Alaska's position as the "gateway to the Arctic" in order to broaden understanding of Arctic issues among citizens, policymakers and colleagues at the local, state, national and international level. Areas of engagement include:

UAA Performance 2016Inclusive excellence

UAA has a student/faculty ratio of 11:1. Students and faculty come from diverse backgrounds, yet the university is firmly rooted in Alaska, a place known for its exciting recreation and career opportunities.

History and more

To better assess opportunity at UAA, review Performance '16, a 36-page PDF that includes year-in-review highlights. Check out some of UAA's Amazing Stories.

Find additional student consumer information, including details on diversity, financial assistance, student outcomes, accreditation and more.

Read an historical timeline of UAA on the UAA/APU Consortium Library website.