UA at a Glance
Alaska presents a formidable landscape for a university system: a land mass one-fifth the size of the continental United States; campuses hundreds of miles apart; and occasionally weather that would shut down most Lower 48 schools. This vast environment of rainforest, tundra, coastal shores and mountains is home to the University of Alaska system, established in 1917.
The University of Alaska System’s largest academic hubs (UAA, UAF and UAS) are separately accredited institutions, as is Prince William Sound Community College in Valdez. Twelve community campuses round out the system and provide a multitude of educational experiences - urban or rural; large campus or small campus; coastal or interior. The average student:teacher ratio for the largest campuses is less than 17:1.
Banner images: Butrovich Building by UAF photographer Todd Paris, students at UAA by Annie Route, Director of Student Life & Leadership