The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is the largest post-secondary educational institution in Alaska. Over 20,000 undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students are enrolled at UAA.
The university campus has the best of both urban and rural life, situated on a greenbelt running through the city of Anchorage. Lakes, ponds and hiking trails lie on either side of the university. UAA is one of the only universities in America where students can enjoy pastimes like dog-sledding or river rafting in between lectures.
The university has seven colleges: arts and sciences, business and public policy, education, engineering, health, community and technical and the Honors College. Business and management, health professions, psychology, social sciences and engineering are some of the most popular subjects at UAA.
UAA prides itself on its connection to the Arctic and aims to be a leader in research and lobbying for Arctic issues. These issues are woven through UAA’s teaching across all disciplines. English literature and language students read essays by writers from the Arctic, anthropology students study the native peoples of Alaska and science students look at the environmental impact of receding ice levels.
Students can take part in the north2north exchange programme with other Arctic universities. International hosts include Finland, Russia, Sweden and Iceland.
Student athletes at UAA, known as the Seawolves, are renowned for gymnastics and skiing. The Seawolves compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I in gymnastics and hockey and in Division II in basketball, cross country, volleyball and indoor and outdoor track and field.