The 500 full-time and 2000 part-time student body make for small classes and a low student-to-faculty ratio. This ideal ratio offers a friendly, supportive staff, opportunities for active community involvement, and a pleasant and rewarding campus environment. With 16 percent Native American enrollment, UAS is broad-based with diverse perspectives and experiences to share. Classes in the Tlingit language, arts and culture, and studies of the Haida people (two dominant Native groups in Southeast Alaska) contribute to a culturally-rich learning experience. Proximity to federal agencies, state government departments and state legislature, along with several large Native corporations and an extensive social service network provides unique opportunities for internships, practica, service-learning and other career-related experiences.
Main CampusJuneau, Alaska, United States0 - 5,000 on Campus<100,000 residents in JuneauLanguage(s) spoke on campus: English
UAS is located in Juneau, the capital city of Alaska. Juneau is 900 miles north of Seattle, WA and 600 miles south of Anchorage, AK. You can only access Juneau by boat or airplane. Juneau's setting within the Tongass National Forest and along the Pacific's Inside Passage of Alaska's panhandle is one of the most beautiful and pristine environments in the world.
The main campus is situated on the shore of Auke Lake facing the Mendenhall Glacier on one side, and Auke Bay and the Chilkat Mountain Range on the other. A mild maritime climate allows for year-round outdoor activities. Southeast Alaska's spectacular natural scenery and the cosmopolitan atmosphere combine to provide an educational experience unequaled elsewhere.
For many students the exchange experience is a life-changing event that is caught in spectacular moments such as the spontaneous midnight viewing of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) or the sight of a breeching humpback whale. Weekends are often full of hiking opportunities, cultural events, the arts and campus activities.
International students are encouraged to participate in the many extra-curricular activities on campus, including our Global Connections club that offers monthly international dinners and various other events throughout the year. The club advocates cultural diversity and exchange. Other annual events include the Polar Bear Plunge, Turkey Bowl (spring), Global Gala (fall), Banff Film Festival and many housing socials. Within our unique Alaskan city, there is a wide range of opportunities to students. Local flare includes the annual Folk Festival (spring), the only professional theater in Alaska, symphony, Wearable Art (spring), dance studio, whale watching, glacier treks, ice skating, skiing, snowboarding and over a hundred miles of hiking trails. The campus recreation center organizes outings for newcomers and contains gear to rent. Adventure awaits those who seek.