The University of Alaska – Anchorage is a rather large university located in the middle of one of Alaska's largest cities. With over 12,000 undergraduate students, it energizes the local and state economy with its energetic and well-prepared graduates. In fact, UAA offers students a choice of over 100 degree and certificate programs in fields that span the arts and sciences, engineering, business and public policy, health, and a Community and Technical College. Specific degree programs include fields such as accounting, anthropology, biological sciences, aviation technology, chemistry, mathematics, mechanical engineering, and occupational therapy, to name a few. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, students might opt for one of the university's eleven graduate programs.
Overview of University of Alaska - Anchorage
Meanwhile, the Anchorage UAA campus also offers students ample opportunities to engage on a less cerebral level. There are over 100 clubs that cater to a wide spectrum of interests, sports and recreational activities abound, and there are many opportunities to explore the arts and culture. Students can engage with the Accounting Club, E-sports activities, spiritual organizations, or political interests. Meanwhile, the more physically inclined can compete in an intramural league, swim laps in the rec center, or rent gear for an outdoor adventure.
|Campus Housing||City: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||14:1|
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|High School Rank||Considered But Not Required|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Recommended|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Common Application Accepted||NA|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
Costs at UAA are kept remarkably low for Alaskan students. They are also low for students who participate in the Western Undergraduate Exchange, which allows students from most Western states to attend college in member states for the same tuition as residents. Thus, Alaskan and WUE students will face a cost of around $9,500 for tuition, books, and fees. Students who qualify for out-of-state tuition face educational costs of $29,000. When living expenses are added, those who pay in-state rates have a total gross bill of around $27,000 for on-campus living. Out-of-state students have total costs of around $47,000.
However, once financial aid is tallied, these costs fall dramatically. In fact, the average net price for UAA students, inclusive of living expenses, is reported at $12,000. For the lowest income bracket, that price becomes $10,000 and for households that report earnings at or above $110,001, a year at UAA is a mere $18,000.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$7,055|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||82%|
|Room & Board||$11,878|
- Tuition In-State - $8,103
- Tuition Out-of-State - $28,084
- Books and Supplies - $1,440
- Room & Board - $11,878
- Other - $5,292
Before any student heads off to a college or university, it's vital that they investigate that school's academic profile. Not only is it important that the institution provide a student's desired major field but that its faculty, curriculum, campus resources, and class sizes all add up to academic success. One way to measure academic prowess in an institution is with its retention and graduation rates.
UAA's retention rates are quite robust. In fact, a full 66% of its first-time, full-time students return for a second year on campus. Of UAA's part-time students, 42% are so satisfied that they return for more. When it comes to graduation numbers, 29% of UAA's students receive a diploma and 17% transfer out to other schools. Given that most transfer students leave to enroll in more competitive schools, the overall graduation rate might rise to 36%.
Much of this success can be chalked up to UAA's student-to-faculty ratio, which is 14 to 1. Given that the school educates over 12,000 undergraduate students, this is a phenomenal number. Students might start their college experience in large lecture halls but then find that their classes shrink once they enter their upper level major courses.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Business Majors||234 Total Graduates /20%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||74 Graduates|
|Finance, General||29 Graduates|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General||16 Graduates|
|Health Professions and Related Programs||218 Total Graduates / 19%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||132 Graduates|
|Public Health, General||40 Graduates|
|Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician||17 Graduates|
|Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist||15 Graduates|
|All Engineering Majors||108 Total Graduates / 9%|
|Mechanical Engineering||45 Graduates|
|Civil Engineering, General||37 Graduates|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering||17 Graduates|
|Engineering, General||7 Graduates|
|Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies||55 Total Graduates / 5%|
|Biological and Physical Sciences||39 Graduates|
|International/Global Studies||15 Graduates|
|Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other||1 Graduates|
|All Social Sciences Majors||55 Total Graduates / 5%|
|Economics, General||22 Graduates|
|Political Science and Government, General||11 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||42%|
Outcome & Salary
Though some may measure educational outcomes in terms of things like critical thinking, an expanded worldview, or creative problem solving, it's hard to quantify these subjective qualities. Thus, students may want to check out the projected earnings for various majors to help them make decisions on where to attend school. At UAA, the top ten earning majors is led by the construction management graduates. Their median entry-level salaries are reported at $72,000. Rounding out the top ten are the business students, who start out with healthy $45,000 salaries. In the middle of the pack are UAA's civil engineers, who report median earnings of $57,000.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$49,900|
|College Grads Average Salary||$68,949|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$70,700|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$689,490|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,396,490|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$50,256|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$639,234|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,346,234|
|No Colleage Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$37,960|
|10 Year Projected Income||$379,600|
|20 Year Projected Income||$759,200|
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