University of Alaska Anchorage
PO Box 141629
Anchorage, AK 99514-1629
Accrediting Agency:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

The University of Alaska Anchorage is a four-year, public research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. The university has been providing higher education for more than 50 years, and has grown over time to become the largest of the University of Alaska schools with nearly 21,000 students. The university is ranked 58th among regional universities of the west by U.S. News & World Report, which also recognizes UAA’s graduate programs in business, health, and public affairs. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has also recognized UAA for its community engagement. Aside from offering high-quality traditional programs, UAA offers distance education to better serve its student body.

Programs Offered

The University of Alaska Anchorage offers a wide range of programs including occupational endorsements, undergraduate certificates, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and graduate certificates. Associate degrees include both the Associate of Arts, which emphasizes the liberal arts and sciences, and the Associate of Applied Science, which emphasizes occupational education. Baccalaureate majors include accounting, aviation technology, civil engineering, health sciences, psychology, social work, and many more. Notable master’s programs include the Master of Science in Arctic Engineering, which features online courses delivered through the Blackboard online learning platform. Notable graduate certificates are available in earthquake engineering, and coast, ocean, and port engineering. Distance education at UAA utilizes web-based courses, audio conferencing, and videoconferencing using Blackboard or Elluminate Live.


UAA has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1974. Individual programs also hold specialized accreditation, which students can verify on College Navigator.


First-time freshmen must submit a completed application, $50 application fee, official high school transcript (both in-progress and final), and official standardized test scores (SAT/ACT). High school graduates must have earned at least a 2.5 GPA, although those with GPAs between 2.0 and 2.49 may be admitted on a probationary basis. Those who have earned GEDs must submit their GED as well as standardized test scores. Graduate applicants must possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. In general, applicants to graduate programs must have earned a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA, unless a specific graduate department has different GPA requirements. Graduate applicants will submit a completed application, $60 application fee, and official graduate test scores required by the department, such as the GRE or MAT. Beyond this, students will need to meet the requirements of their specific graduate department.


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