Alaska is full of unique facts. Did you know that Alaska is the largest state in the U.S. but you only access its capital of Juneau by ferry or plane? It’s also home to 100,000 glaciers, 70 active volcanoes, and has most of the highest mountain summits in the United States. Tourists flock to Alaska every year and check out events such as the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, World Ice Art Championships, Blueberry Festival, and the Alaska Hummingbird Festival. Another popular tourist spot is to cross the Arctic Circle and view the northern lights. Along with all this, residents also have access to the University of Alaska System that consists of three main campuses and satellite locations.
University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA)
The University of Alaska Anchorage is the largest campus in Alaska with 15,000 students enrolled. The campus is walkable, with paths that connect study halls, classrooms, and residence halls. They also offer on-campus housing though many of the students commute to school from the surrounding area. UAA’s athletics teams are named the”Seawolves” and they compete in Division I and Division II sports. Check out the following ariel video tour of the UAA campus.
University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is the second-largest campus in Alaska with about 8,500 students enrolled. UAF is only two hundred miles from the Arctic Circle and offers residential housing year-round. For entertainment, students here have access to a student center with a food court, coffee shop, bowling alley, pub, gaming area, and lounge areas. Known as the Alaska Nanooks, they are known for their hockey and rifle programs. The campus is close to downtown and easily accessible by bus or bike. It has a variety of shops and restaurants for students to enjoy during their free time.
University of Alaska Southeast (UAS)
The University of Alaska Southeast is located in the capital city of Juneau and has about 2,500 students. Juneau doesn’t have a road in or out of the city, and students must fly or boat from the mainland. The campus lies near a beautiful lake and National Forest. The college does offer on-campus housing and has a campus shuttle for students to quickly get to class and around campus. The official mascot is a humpback whale named spike and they have intramural sports teams.
For more information about any of these university’s visit their website at the University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the University of Alaska Southeast.
Community Colleges in Alaska
Along with the university options in Alaska, there are also numerous community colleges.
- Kenai Peninsula College
- UAF Community and Technical College
- Prince William Sound College
- Alaska Career College
- Matanuska-Susitna College
- Charter College Anchorage
- Mat-Su College