University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA)

Anchorage, AK

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University of Alaska, Anchorage

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Rated 4 of 5 Stars 32 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for University of Alaska, Anchorage

Student at This School - Grad Year 2011

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

I like the teachers in my field who are knowledgeable and helpful. I am happy to be getting a degree in something I like and feel will be a fun career when I graduate. UAA helps me save money and still get the degree I want by living at home. A tip I would give you is keep to the books and go to class as you cant learn anything if you are not there in the first place. Try to imagine what it will be like when you graduate and are in the workforce, how is UAA going to help you if you don't put your best foot forward.We are the next leaders lets lead not take things for granted.

Academics

Classes are tailored to students who are majoring in art in my program,although UAA has many programs of study.I am choosing art, as eventually I want to be a ART Professor .This semester I have more intensive classes that require much work out of class so i am not working.Class size is not huge but about just right i would say.

College Life

I do watch UAA events on the weekend which is fun.I was a college athlete for 2 years and i know how much work goes into preparing for games and tournaments.The campus life for me is mostly hanging out with fellow classmates who are majoring in different majors we sometimes study together,go for coffee, see a movie or a play.There are security officers on campus which deal mainly with parking and it is nice to know they are there if you need them(dead battery).People at UAA are friendly and happy!


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Honestly, I've enjoyed every single year that I have been attending UAA so far. It's been a roller coaster of classes, work schedules, and personal life, but I'm a firm believer that it is all worth it in the end. I've been in the same major since I started here, and every Geology class I attend, I love the school and topics more and more. My classmates have been about the same all throughout and have been a blast getting to know them and everyone else I have meet.

Academics

My school's programs are great! It seems to me that everyone I have met who are in different programs have also enjoyed theirs. The workload isn't too terrible as long as you are an avid studier, take notes, and pay attention in class. That has truly been my only advice I've taken throughout these three years. The professors I've had are fantastic! They are so approachable and very easy to speak with about assignments and even just to chit-chat with.

College Life

The social atmosphere is very welcoming, I can tell ya that! People are helpful when it comes to looking for a certain classroom or building. There is so much to do on campus if one needs to be rescued from all the hard work at their job or just homework. The fitness centers on campus are open late hours, the Student Union has different shops to eat at, and a BUNCH of room to study if you need out of the house. I truly love this campus and everything it has to offer.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

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Nightlife:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Overall

The University of Alaska Anchorage provides many opportunities to students, so many that I think sometimes it can be hard to navigate the school. Often times many students are "commuter students" so the population can be quite diverse which adds interest to every class. The teachers are very good, however sometimes it can be hard to mesh with a certain teaching style, however I am sure that is the case with every college.

Academics

I think my course load and the professors are quite normal compared to other universities. However I do think our outdoor recreation classes are quite unique, the University of Alaska Anchorage offers classes in Sea Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, and Dog mushing.

College Life

I think that since most students are "commuter students" our social atmosphere is quite different, we do not have a lot of campus activites that are very popular. But that is not for a lack of trying. However I do think every student on campus is very friendly and understanding of one another.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Overall

University of Alaska anchorage is a great school, with tons of opportunities. Im always using the math lab and writing center for extra help on my Math homework, as well as my essays. One of the best places to go studies, besides the learning and help center is cuddy hall. they got food, quiet environment with tons of tables to set up a study group.

Academics

Right now I am in a math class, as well as a oceanography lab and oceanography lecture class. all my classes are very well put together, the syllabus is always right on when it comes to what is going to be taught next and how well it connects with the previous lessons. work load is not too much, but it will make you work hard for your grade. the professors are amazing and more times than not they will work with you and help with whatever you need help with. class sizes are usually smaller than most, every class I had, has had less than 30 students.

College Life

there's lots of clubs, and organizations to join. I have never really been into all that kind of stuff, but there is always flyers and posters about weekend student events as well as weekday events like wensday ice cream out, or homecoming dances. also they always have student government, or debate team and all kinds of stuff.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

As long as the intended college had the degree I was seeking and was in my area of residence then it was right for me. UAA is a great school with a variety of degrees and programs. There is something for everyone whether it be acedemics, clubs, culture, or top notch athletics programs that satisfies your need for total college experience. Everyone loves being there and you can rell by their school spirit with green and gold on every shirt, car, and most books.

Academics

The acedemics are solid and the professors make class interesting and unmissable. The class sizes are bigger or smaller depeding on the course. The classes are not crowded and I feel confident that I get enough personalized attention.

College Life

The social demeanor is very friendly. I feel welcome anywhere and everywhere I go on campus. There is a club for everyone at UAA. With our diverse culture, everyone is confident that there is a place with people for them here. There is plently of extra ciricular activities and weekend activities to keep everyone entertained from basketball and hockey to softball and gymnastics. UAA security is around every corner and easily accesible to all students. I definetly feel safe walking on campus.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I like the small feel at UAA. The campus is growing but it isn't so large that you don't recognize other students and faculty. There is a push for expansion, both facilities and academics. The University of Alaska Anchorage is really overlooked by other public universities. Considering the size of Alaska there is a lot of opportunity.

Academics

Classes are comfortable. Professors are friendly and get to know each of their students. The number of programs is greatly increasing. The only problem is the small population of Alaska which makes graduate studies difficult. There simply isn't the population to support many graduate programs, although there are many agreements between other schools allowing graduate studies in Seattle.

College Life

The campus is mainly for commuters. While there is on-campus living it is limited and just as expensive as living off-campus. Due to few students living on campus the need for clubs is small. Regardless, anyone can find a group of friends and a club. Safety is great. There are few problems with theft or violence. The weekends are always full of outdoor activities. Our proximity to skiing and hiking make every weekend a time to get out and be active.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

The teachers at UAA are the best! They are knowledgeable, respectful, and also mindful of the non-traditional students that attend this school. They go above and beyond to make sure their students succeed.

Academics

There are a variety of classes available in every degree program, and host of professors. The class size is small for almost every course you will take. Even general education classes are quite small.

College Life

Their are a variety of students clubs and organizations on campus, including an active Greek Life chapter, and Sustainability club. Our athletics are supreme, with hockey, gymnastics, basketball, and skiing.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Being a guy who hangs around school campus just about everyday (even before I was a real student), I have a pretty good idea of what UAA is really like. UAA may not be the prominent Ivy League schools, but being one of the few main universities in Alaska, it's a probably one of the more important establishment in Anchorage. As a tip for prospective students: if you are planning to attend this school, you always have to be active in getting what you want. What I mean by that is Alaskan people can be pretty slow about things and you have to keep pushing them to get any results. Things ranging from getting a job to applying for scholarships are included but not limited to this.

Academics

As for the classes and professors, it's really a hit or miss. Not all the professors are awesome, but not all of them are horrible either. One thing that comes very useful when looking for classes is websites like ratemyprofessors.com that has information and reviews by students about the professors. That way, you can lower your chances of landing a professor that you will not be able to put up with for a whole semester. The workloads are about average, depending on the classes you take. Class size also depends on which classes you choose too; some classes such as Biology can have at least 100 students. As for the programs, I do know of two that are pretty prominent in UAA: the nursing program and the language program (particularly Japanese). UAA has a very good nursing program and a lot of people apply to it every year. There's always a long wait list to get in, but the rewards of completing is is pretty good.

College Life

UAA has a very diverse group of people in the student body, whether it be racial, cultural, or age. There's plenty of clubs to choose from and there are groups such as Student Activities that plan and program events to keep campus life as colorful as possible. There will be special events such as a popular band or artist's concert or there may be a free barbecue and ice cream for students. Students from all age range attend; besides the regular students that are just out of high school, there is also a large portion of students that have already been in the work force for years and are coming back for another degree. Also, since Anchorage is the home of a military base, there are a lot of students that are from the military.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

I think that it's what you would generally expect for a public university. It's hard for me to say, as I haven't attended anywhere else out side of the University of Alaska Umbrella. The campus is very long, about a mile from one end to the other, and they are beginning to spread outside of the campus area. we have some classes that meet down town and some several blocks away. They recently build a slew of new, shiny, state of the art, buildings, but some of their other facilities are in disrepair. I was told by one professor that the Arts building (the building I spend most of my time in) that it was slated for a facelift that had been put off for several years--and some of the equipment could use some advancement as well. Either way, we have a really great library and fantastic reference library staff. I hear they've won awards. Depending on what you go for, there are late night passes for labs and studios so you can be there all night if you have to. For the most part, I think it's the professors that really shape your college experience, and at UAA there are some fairly decent, if not excellent ones. The students are fairly diverse--however I think you'll find that the majority are "local" or from other towns in Alaska. Moose and geese also frequent campus, but you cal always call the campus police (it has its own police department of real police, in addition to security) and they'll scare them off, or walk you to your car in the middle of the night--as robberies and such do happen. It's also across the street from the Alaskan Psychiatric Institute, and McLaughlin "kiddie jail," but also two hospitals. I would have to say that my most memorable experiences have been staying late in the lab with other students cranking out work before midterms and finals. Usually there's a fairly large accumulation of us procrastinators--and its always the same group of people--and that's when the really interesting conversations and shenanigans happen. I think that my only tip for prospective students would that if you want to make friends, join a club in whatever it is that you're getting a degree in and be active, as well as utilize your academic adviser, make a plan; and use the damned learning resource center (math and english). It's there for a reason: FREE TUTORS! we also have a lot of exchange/esl students--and that's pretty awesome for them too.

Academics

Theres a whole mess of 2 year, 4 year, and master's programs; and this year they started PhD.s as well--so I can only really describe the programs that I am in. I am a double degree seeking student, so I can tell you from two different perspectives: In the Arts program everyone gets to know everyone, and for the most part, the professors are talented, and fantastic, but also active artists. Mostly they are good teachers, laying that knowledge on you Mr. Miagi style. One day your doing "brush excersizes" and the next project you're like "whoa! when did I figure out how to use a brush?" Also, those classes are pretty heavily project driven, and the higher up in classes you go, the smaller they get. Most are "stacked" meaning that you have some form of two classes together, like intermediate and advanced. When that happens, its great, because people who are better than you allow you to pick their brains, and learn new techniques that they perhaps found elsewhere. There's usually a pretty heavy value placed on skill and content--and if you decide to go BFA, you're work is thoroughly dissected and critiqued. Otherwise, teachers critique but try to be kind at the same time. In the Sciences, because it seems that a masters or a PhD are all that matters, so at a BA level you'll go largely unnoticed, invisible. I had a teacher for two and half solid years once, and when I saw them a semester or two later, they had no idea who I was. The classes tend to be larger, and the teachers seem to be spread thinner as well--teaching not only their specialization but also something more general. You'll see this in the Arts as well, but I think perhaps it tends to be less. Ive taken classes that have had over 100 students, and some that were as small as 8 students, so it just depends--I'd say the general rule is that if it's a GER its going to be larger, as well as core classes tend to have more homework (gee I wonder why). They do have a department of developmental education. when I say this, I mean that, there can be two classes, say Math 105 and Math 105. they look the same, they're worth the same credits, and they even teach you the same thing--it's just that the one taught by the dev ed department has smaller classes, and is taught by a teacher who know how to reach people who have trouble in that area--they offer these for both math and English. if you have similar issues-- search for those when you are registering for classes over UAOnline!

College Life

UAA is home to very active student organizations, and alot of them. I used to be an officer in one--and I'm telling you, if you are looking for partners in crime that like doing the same things you do, join one. Usually the requirements to join are very little, maybe a small fee, maybe some meetings, maybe some man hours--and they are rarely based on academic achievment unless you want to be an officer. Anyway, clubs are always organizing events, whether its a minor as a videogame tourney in the Student Union, or a big dance at one of the hotels in Anchorage. They also do several annual type things, like Haunted Halloween Fun Night--which saw thousands of Anchoragites last year. We also have a pretty kick ass entertainment committee--they're always bringing up band and comedians (last year Patton Oswalt, this year Eddie Izzard) and give students a really deep discount on tickets. Super deep discount. And it's pretty excellent. There's also alot of free food events all year long, even in summer. I've pretty much tuned out our athletics department, from what I know, we're all about the Hockey. There's a gym and pool your tuition fees pay for--so its "free" to use. I read that soon, they're going to build a new multimillion dollar sports center. (and probably forget about replacing the slide projector in Art 117 from 1988).


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

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Nightlife:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

It's definitely worth it to go to the on-campus events because not only will you have a fun time, but lots of times you'll have the chance to win something. I myself won free round trip airplane tickets during their campus kick-off my first year. It's also a bunch of fun to get involved in the clubs on campus that pique your interest.

Academics

UAA has great science classes that put you to the test. It also has some really good degree programs in Nursing, Psychology, and Justice. The professors range from not very good to exceptionally amazing, just as most schools would have. The work load is fairly average, but not very much for non-science classes, I think. Class size ranges from 1 to 75 students depending on the course, from one-on-one private lessons for music majors, to 20 student English classes for a nice conversational environment to a large 75 student lectures for many science classes.

College Life

UAA has a lot of student activity, with myself being a member of 4 clubs on campus. There is also a fairly active student government that does a great job of bringing great performances to UAA. Just last night I was able to attend an Eddie Izzard showing! They also hold lots of events so that almost every day of the school year is packed with something interesting to go to, from battle of the bands, to study nights with food, to tye-dye t-shirt making. There are hockey and basketball games fairly often that get pretty exciting. As for safety,probably the worst thing to worry about is moose, but as long as you leave them alone, they're fine. Overall, the atmosphere at UAA is a friendly and inviting one.


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