University of Alaska Anchorage: Narrative Description

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3211 Providence Dr.
Anchorage, AK 99508-8060
Tel: (907)786-1800
Admissions: (907)786-1558
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University of Alaska System. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1954. Setting: 428-acre urban campus. Endowment: $7.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $4.5 million. Total enrollment: 16,261. Faculty: 1,202 (530 full-time, 672 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 2,564 applied, 81% were admitted. 12% from top 10% of their high school class, 32% from top quarter, 60% from top half. Full-time: 6,906 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 8,575 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 41 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 10% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 4% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 46% 25 or older, 6% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; education; interdisciplinary studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the National Student Exchange, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Western Undergraduate Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: deferred admission. Required: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 7/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $2952 full-time, $116 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9048 full-time, $370 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $513 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level. Part-time tuition varies according to course level. College room and board: $7810. College room only: $4710. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 80 open to all. Most popular organizations: Accounting Club, African-American Students Association, Association of Latin-American Spanish Students, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Student Nurses Association. Major annual events: UAA orientation programs, Great Alaska Shootout Basketball Tournament. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. Option: coed housing available. Consortium Library with 894,080 books, 579,920 microform titles, 3,833 serials, and 9,006 audiovisual materials. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Anchorage, population 250,000, is a friendly, modern progressive city and the largest in Alaska. Summertime temperatures range between 60 and 70 degrees. The winters are less severe in Anchorage than in many U.S. cities. Anchorage is the major stopover point for most international transpolar flights. Living costs are higher than in the continental U.S., with an average living cost (plus tuition) of approximately $11,000 to $14,000 per year. The city bustles with growth and activity; cultural interests are wide range and include a symphony orchestra, museums, a theater group and a dance company. Recreation facilities include theaters, golf courses, bowling alleys, swimming pools, public beaches, skating rinks, ball parks, and several excellent ski areas. Hunting and fishing are easily accessible. There are several hospitals within the city which is near Ft. Richardson Army Post and Elmendorf AFB.