University of Alaska Anchorage Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

University of Alaska Anchorage
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University of Alaska Anchorage Description:

With over 18,000 students, the University of Alaska Anchorage is by far Alaska's largest university. The mountain views, lakes, and forests that feature so prominently on the university's campus belie the fact that the school is just a couple miles from Midtown Anchorage. Alaska Pacific University is an easy walk down the road. The university is made up of six schools and colleges: Education, Health and Social Welfare, Arts and Sciences, Business and Public Policy, Engineering, and the Community and Technical College. UAA has a sizable traditional undergraduate population as well as a large population of adult and continuing education students. Over half of all students are enrolled part-time. The university offers 146 degree programs at the certificate, associate, baccalaureate, and masters levels. Among bachelor's degree candidates, nursing and psychology are most popular. Academics are supported by a 16 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Student life includes a wide range of clubs, activities, and organizations including a few fraternities and sororities. In athletics, the UAA Seawolves compete in the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference for most sports. Gymnastics and hockey compete at the Division I level. The university fields 11 intercollegiate sports.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • University of Alaska Anchorage Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • UAA has an open admissions policy
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
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Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 16,762 (15,917 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42% Male / 58% Female
  • 46% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $5,784 (in-state); $17,990 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,608 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,868
  • Other Expenses: $6,838
  • Total Cost: $25,098 (in-state); $37,304 (out-of-state)

University of Alaska Anchorage Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 81%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 70%
    • Loans: 23%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,086
    • Loans: $5,170

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Finance, History, Nursing, Psychology.

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 70%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 21%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 7%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 25%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Track and Field, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Skiing, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Gymnastics, Volleyball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Skiing

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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University of Alaska Anchorage Mission Statement:

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"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 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’s, baccalaureate and graduate degrees in a rich, diverse and inclusive environment."

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