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University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus: Narrative Description


1332 Seward Ave.
Sitka, AK 99835-9418
Tel: (907)747-6653; Admissions: (907)747-7703; Fax: (907)747-7747; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of University of Alaska System. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1962. Setting: small town campus. Total enrollment: 1,552. Students come from 10 states and territories, 2 other countries, 65% 25 or older, 2% live on campus. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Sheldon Jackson College, University of Alaska Southeast.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission. Options: Common Application, early admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Required for some: essay. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $2160 full-time, $90 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $6744 full-time, $281 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $144 full-time, $6 per credit part-time.

Collegiate Environment: Social organizations: 2 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Tai Chi Club. Major annual events: campus-wide picnic, Christmas tree lighting, biannual stress fair. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices. College housing not available. Stratton Library with 80,050 books, 306 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $76,000. 45 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: Population 8,300. Sitka is the original capital of Russian-America and was the site of the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States in 1867. Many historic sites and museums convey these historic origins, as well as the strong Northwest Coast Native heritage of the region. The rainy climate is mild and comparable to that of Seattle or Portland. Located on Baranof Island, adjacent to the mainland coast of the Southeast Alaskan panhandle, Sitka is surrounded by the heavily forested mountains of the Tongass National Forest. It is served by daily jet service, as well as small regional air carriers. The Alaska Marine Highway System provides weekly passenger and vehicle transportation from the southern terminal of Bellingham, Washington, and the northern terminal of Haines, Alaska. A regional center for health services, business, and education, Sitka has two hospitals, several small but important museums, two colleges, and a State-operated boarding high school.

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