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University of Alaska Anchorage Reviews

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  • 08/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 out of 15 people found this review useful. 1 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Be social, this will help when you need help finding a class or when you need help on homework, and especially with your roommates. Have fun, but not to much. Focus on your classes but make sure you have time for yourself also.

    Bang for the buck

    Attending the University of Alaska- Anchorage is a great way to save money. If you are a resident of Alaska the tuition is really affordable. You can spend the same amount of money on one year of college out of Alaska as you would spend on all four years going to UAA. There are many different activities to participate in also that do not cost anything for students. Going to UAA is a great way to save money on a great experience and education.

    Am enjoying being here

    Attending UAA is so much fun. There is such a diverse community here. UAA has many activities to be involved in as well as bringing in entertainment for the students.

    Am learning a lot

    The learning experience is amazing. The professors know what they are teaching and enjoy teaching it. Some of them are born and raised in Alaska so they can help you out. The other students are a big help as well.

  • 01/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 2 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    The books are somewhat expensive, but I'm sure everywhere around the 48 states books are same priced as up here in Alaska or lowered 5 - 10 dollars. And as stated the cost of tuition fees would be lowered being a resident. Also being a student at UAA you would be able to use the gym, swimming pool, shutter, and other great places around the campus for free, well not for free because all of the equipments and activities are already included in the tuition fees. And making a wolf card is free with a 10 dollar already included in the wolf card for printing.

    Am enjoying being here

    I as a current enroll student, really love it here at UAA. I meet many new people, meet many new challenges, and being a resident in Alaska lowers the tuition fees.

    Am learning a lot

    UAA is a great University with a diverse group of many different kind such; Asians/Pacific Islander, Natives, Hispanic, African-American, and Caucasian. With so many different kinds of talents and learning style, students are able to learn many things not only about cultural, but a great built up in students communication skills, creative thinking, critical thinking, etc.

  • 11/01/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 3 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This college is excellent for any student who wants to be successful and get involved. The entire campus is very focused on student success, student engagement, and student enjoyment.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Involve yourself. When you get involved, you feel more comfortable with your campus, and are more willing to ask questions, get assistance, and realize all of the many ways that UAA can help you. 2. Talk to your advisor. Your advisor can help not only with your current problems, but can also prevent future ones.

    Bang for the buck

    UAA has always been really inexpensive, compared to other universities. Even though the price is being raised, it is still a great price, and very affordable. UAA is also great at helping students find scholarships to help make the costs even more practical.

    Am enjoying being here

    UAA has so many opportunities to get involved on campus, and have a fun time. Student Activities brings up several comedians, magicians, musicians, even hypnotists. A lot of these artists have been on big name TV shows, such as MTV, My Name is Earl, or Comedy Central. There are many sports events, with great attendance. If you get yourself involved, UAA can be a blast.

    Am learning a lot

    As with anything, you can get out of college what you choose to. Most professors are enthusiastic about their class material, and really help you get excited as well. I have found that the majority of professors are eager to help, in any way they can. The teachers, counselors, and faculty are excellent at helping students be directed to learning and being successful college students. Three ways to make sure you end up with good professors is to talk to an advisor, talk to peers, or ratemyprofessor.com. If you take the time to find good classes, and then participate in the classes, you can learn a lot.

  • 12/04/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 4 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    AHAINA is a program for colored students and is awesome check it out if you come. You can get the references you need and help with mapping out your goals and classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find out information on your teachers before taking their class. Go to ratemyprofessor.com and look or ask people around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Their stuff is expensive.

    Am enjoying being here

    I kinda like it here they always have free food, activities, and items which is wonderful. The students don't support their college in sport games and I hate it.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning many things about being a studdent in college and it's not as bad as I thought it would be.

  • 10/01/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 5 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UAA is great for anyone who is a self directed learner. You can kind of tailor your college experience to your own preferences and the way you want your degree to be. If you like to be more independent, there is a good amount of wiggle room at UAA as you do your degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend that prospective students speak to someone from the department of the degree that they are thinking of pursuing. Although the advisers at the general college can be helpful, professors from the departments can give you a better idea of what to expect in the degree you are looking at. When you start at UAA, start looking at all your options; study abroad (which can be affordable with scholarships), job opportunities, clubs, student government, etc. It's amazing what all is available.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is going up at UAA, which is pretty sad. However, compared to many other schools, it is incredibly affordable, especially if you are an Alaska resident. The cost of going to a school in another state for one semester could have paid for at least two semesters at UAA. And in addition, you get printing in the library and some fantastic classes. (Although paying for parking can be painful).

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love being at UAA. It can be overwhelming at first, because there are so many students; it can be hard to know where to go to find that sense of community because it is a commuter campus. You can find it though by pursuing things that interest you; by joining clubs and getting to know others in my degree program, I've found a wonderful sense of community, almost a second family at UAA.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at UAA, like any school, are a mixed bag. There are some professors that are absolutely amazing, whose motivation and passion for their subject will motivate you to go above and beyond. And there are, of course, professors who lack this quality. However, if you put in a little work (using ratemyprofessors.com or talking to other students who have been around longer) you can get an incredible and in depth education at UAA.

  • 01/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 6 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Live on campus and be a part of our Residential Community! We have dorms and apartments and if you need a job, apply to be a Resident Advisor or Peer Mentor!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to UAA and enjoy our amazing summers and fun winters. We are a great campus full of diversity and amazing Professors.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is certainly much lower at UAA than at other universities across the U.S. You will certainly get your moneys worth here at UAA!

    Am enjoying being here

    UAA is an amazing University. For incoming Freshmen, you do not need to worry. The school is so diverse and full of culture. You will fit in and find a great group of friends instantly. There are always activities going on, so you will never be bored on weekends. Campus Kick Off is a great way to learn about the clubs and organizations on campus. It is definitely worth the money if you attend.

    Am learning a lot

    There are a number of great and outstanding Professors at UAA. You will come across some you do not like and some you love. It all depends on how you take it. However, you will certainly learn a lot from them.

  • 03/28/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 7 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    UAA is not very expensive at all. What I could pay to go to a school in the continental United States is only like 1/4 of the instate tuition cost.

    Will enjoy being here

    I love Anchorage, Alaska and UAA. UAA has been my number one college since I moved up there.

    Will learn a lot

    I hope to learn a lot from UAA. I think it will be tons of fun to be in college and to see how different it is from high school.

  • 07/09/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Their books and supplies are expensive but their tuition is cheap if you're a resident in AK.

    Will enjoy being here

    I hope I will meet alot of people. Maybe I might even see some of my friends there too!

    Will learn a lot

    University of Alaska Anchorage is so cool! The students and instructors are really nice and friendly. Plus the view is beautiful. It consist of trees, plants and flowers, and sometimes you will see birds and animals passing by.

  • 01/02/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    By far the best price in Anchorage. We are talking $158 a credit hour for undergrad.

    Will enjoy being here

    The online options are rather nice, especially to knock out GER.

    Will learn a lot

    I sure am hoping to learn alot. This school has a strong PSY and PS dept.

  • 01/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    this campus is great for all students. there is a nice balance of students right out of highschool and older returning students at this campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the mat-su campus offer breathtaking views, miles of trails, and even a sky walk surrounded by towering birch trees.

    What to do for fun

    for such a small campus there a quite a few activities and clubs to participate in. i beleive we even have a recreational volley ball team. our mascot is a flying dragon.

    Food and Dining

    the campus i attend has an excellent cafeteria though i rarely have time to eat while i am at school but, i do frequent the cafe for coffee refills.

    Dorm Life

    there is no on-campus housing at the campus i attend.

    Academic Rigor

    the university of alaska has a wide vairity of courses to choose from. i enjoy blended learning and the variety of having one professer that still uses overheads and one professor of an online coure requriring our class to create a twitter account.

    Tips for prospective students

    some tips for prospective students would be to discipline them self when finding study time, get to know your class mates and check out the awesome trails throughput the surrounding fores that our campus has to offer.

    In three sentences

    the university of alaska anchorage mat-su campus is a unique and close nit school. the schools location is beautiful during all seasons, this campus offers a wonderful learning environment. students and staff are friendly and helpful.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    In Anchorage the gang problems have become a safety issue. On the peninsula the winter road conditions require lots of attention.

    Great for these types of students

    Those wanting to do research on the native populations, the effects of cold climate or wanting to experience something totally new.

    Bang for the buck

    If you don't mine working a lot. seeing fat kids and adults with gray hair and dry skin then you'll be fine.

    What to do for fun

    not much, I like to read

    Food and Dining

    I lived in San Antonio,TX and Portland, OR and have become accustomed to a great diversity in food, service and cultural events. Due to Alaska's physical isolation and high prices the comforts of food and dining are very hard to come by.

    Dorm Life

    you can rent a dry cabin out of town for 500-800 for one person. Apartment are available if you are willing to move quickly at the 1st of the month.

    Academic Rigor

    I have overheard maintenance staff telling professors what to do. Faculty rarely discuss serious topics.

    Tips for prospective students

    The UA Fairbanks is a the premier site to complete one's schooling at. The branch campuses called Kenai Peninsula College strictly offer a limited number of associates and certificates. In order to pursue further studies you have to go to the main campus UA Anchorage or Fairbanks.

    In three sentences

    The Universities of Alaska Anchorage is a clumpy put together system. The many majors offered are patched together by a staff of 65% adjunct/ part time employees that are usually not available. Most of the faculty are teaching for the sake of money as a second career to help their spouces' pension and do not cultivate a rigorous academic environment. Also there are lots of suicides by students, notices come in often on my college email account.

  • 06/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    While we do have criminals on campus, we also have campus police who patrol constantly. Call, and they're there in moments.

    Greek Life

    There isn't much of a Greek life. I mean, it's there, but not like other schools.

    Clubs and Activities

    While some clubs can be really fun (Hip Hop Club, Korean Culture Club, and Video Game Club,) some are just dead-ends. It's all about who's in charge of them.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to experience Alaska, want to spend less money in school, and/or would like to be able to focus on more than just homework after class.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's common to spot moose or bear on or near campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Classes are cheaper than most campuses, so you're working towards that degree for less. Also, there's less academic effort involved.

    What to do for fun

    UAA often has runs as fundraisers, as well as periodic dances for students. Clubs often put on interesting events.

    Food and Dining

    I like that UAA has a lot of free foods for students. They also have restaurants located throughout campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms can be crowded and overpriced. Also, they have not been updated in some time. Most students start off in the dorms, but quickly move into room shares with friends. It's cheaper and more convenient.

    Academic Rigor

    Alaskan high schools don't have high expectations of their students, and neither do the University systems here. UAA is no exception. Most students I know slack off and don't attend class often, yet make decent grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you decide to join UAA, also consider joining an active university club. The UAA Hip Hop Club or the Video Game Club are great options for fun activities and socialization. Also, honors is a pretty good program, but be prepared---The honors professors are a bit unorganized.

    In three sentences

    UAA is diverse and open to all. While being in the biggest city in Alaska, you still get that small town college experience. Tuition is affordable, and classes are often small, leaving more individual time for students and their professors.

  • 07/01/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    13 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy people!

    Bang for the buck

    The University is big. If you hate being lost, memorize the campus setup.

    Will enjoy being here

    I loved it when I was there!

    Will learn a lot

    From what I saw on campus, teachers are focused, students are learning, and people are very friendly.

  • 09/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The nursing program is superb! The counselors are very helpful and the knowledge you gain from these courses is just immense!

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, participate in social gatherings and talk to people, you never know when they might have the answer to a tough math question.

    Bang for the buck

    There are tons of resources out there, like the Sports Complex and Library that are always in tip-top condition. Go and check it out and put your dollars to the best use possible.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is clean, organized and there is always someone who is willing to help if you're lost, a guidance counselor to point you academically in the right direction and a clean tidy class room to sit in! The professors are helpful and always seem to have extra life lesson tips ready to give out. Good luck!

    Am learning a lot

    The materials chosen by the professors of my classes picked the best and most informational resources. The library is also a huge asset to the campus, stop by if you have a chance!

  • 12/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Loves the cold air. Got to love cold air here in Anchorage. Getting a scholarship here with great grade would be great, trust me, they pay for the damn years when you are. Far away home, IF you want live some place then your home state, come on in. Hunting (no other words with that). Learning about Native Alaskan, would be a place here. There are programs that go on here that has to with Natives. Trust me. Don't want to live far, go to Anchorage. Not a long ride or ride home. Shopping, IF you can't live without shopping, there are malls and places to buy stuff. Family, IF you have family up here and you want to know them better or want to live with some sisters/brother (need to get along, sorry, only works) this would be a great place.

    Tips for prospective students

    Spend time studying then going out to party all night. Trust me, when your final comes around the corner, you will wish you had studied for it. SLEEP! Sleeping is very important in college, take naps after class if you didn't get enough sleep. Don't make yourself stay up all night to study. It doesn't work out great towards the end. Buy HEALTHY FOOD! Food on campus is alright, but your body needs better food. Just buy a fruit or salad a couple times a week. Don't just eat fast food, they make you gain weight and you will wish you didn't have gain so much. Remember to have money on you at all times, you will wish you had money at the time when you need it. Making friends here is great, but at the same time, watch out for people who will make you mad. There are some people that make me mad sometime and there are ones who I don't understand why they are who they are. Don't make them think you hate them. Just try to get along when they are around. Get a job, IF you can or need the money. There are places on campus that can help you with your homework and to study places you can go too. Trust me, couple times, not many, I would get my work done and study for awhile. Works out great.

    Bang for the buck

    Some money isn't quite easy around here. You either need to found a job on campus or look for one. Money here is quite spend on. If you live in dorms, it cost a lot. Living off campus works for most people. You buy food and cook it. If you have car, it works out fine (but gas is quite spendy). We got free rides on the bus IF, IF you have your student ID with you at all times!

    Am enjoying being here

    I like how there are something is going on campus. There are posters every where you and there are emails sent to you to let you know where they will and the times. Most of all, free food! There are free food some place on campus! But you got to remember to go for it. Don't just wait for the last minute to go. I did that, and I never got to go to some of the free food. Meeting people are easy around the campus. But if your shy, go to Cama-i Room first and make your way up. The Cama-i sounds like Chemi. Its place in the Commons for students to hangout. Just remember to go to places in town. There are malls here and movies to go too.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are alright, but you need to found a professor that is outgoing and knows how to get everyone involved. Some professor would talk for awhile and get boreding. If that happens to you, Change you class before the time ends for changing class. Trust me, I wish for some of my class would be a better professor. If you get suck with them, just try you best to get involved. Getting good professors make things fun as ever! I had this writing professor who had us write up our favorite food, an object, poem/song, picture, summary, and personal life. It was fun class ever! Toward the end of the semester, we had our final and had some people talk about their project of why they chose the topic. It was fun class.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    At UAA everyone is kind and nice. It is very comfortable school to be at.

    Tips for prospective students

    If someone is having a hard time in class, I figure that asking someone in class can be a great help. Everyone at UAA is willing to help each other. I had great oppertunties to make new friends which makes me happy.

    Bang for the buck

    Attending Uaa isnt too bad. There are more chances to save money. I think going to UAA isnt too bad because i believe that everyone has a chance to be educated and not having to pay too much like outerstate college.

    Am enjoying being here

    The math and French teacher is fun because they brought attention to learn and have fun learning it. I enjoy these two teachers which where Mr.Wang and Mr. Kenny they are kind and understandable teacher.

    Am learning a lot

    Hi. If you are very interested in attending school at UAA, the professors are very helpful on homework, the stuggle a student have, and they also take time for you to improve and acomplish it until you understand it. I had learned a lot this first semester at UAA. It had changed the way I use to study. I enjoy meeting new people at UAA because they are kind. I enjoy learning math and french for the first time, professors had changed my life of eduation.

  • 01/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UAA is great if you want a Biology or Nursing degree. They also have a good Arts program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you use UAonline and get in contact with a good academic adviser as soon as possible. UAA seems to like keeping students around as long as possible and making a 4 year Bachelors degree take 6. Make sure you take classes that you need for your degree and double and triple check that they will count for the year that you went in under. Keep on top of your homework and do not be afraid to ask your Professors for help. Many of them are really nice and want to see and help you succeed.

    Bang for the buck

    For how much you have to spend to go there some days I don't know if its worth it. Especially since all the extra fees are a waste of money, they seem to pick the most expensive books and everything including school apparel is way over priced.

    Am enjoying being here

    I do not like all the extra fees that they tack on like the rec fee and the student government fee and parking at UAA is a joke, they don't have enough parking and they charge an arm and leg for a parking permit, its ridiculous.

    Am learning a lot

    In the Biology classes that I am taking the teachers are superb and really know there material. It also helps that we have faculty in the department that have been there for a while and are planning on sticking around. This makes it easier to take classes and learn new things from Professors that you are comfortable with.

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Our police department chooses to keep themselves locked away behind a metal door, rarely willing to speak to students face to face but rather have a shiny silver phone sitting in the middle of a hallway giving students no privacy when they need to contact the UPD about anything. They do not like to talk to the media about crimes/incidents that go on around school, and do not keep public records the way they are legally supposed to. So we cannot fully understand how much crime there really is at this school. There have been cases as extreme as rape, and as tame as graffiti on a bathroom stall. But this happens with almost any university, and being a smaller scale university makes the extreme cases less likely to occur.

    Greek Life

    We do have them, but we don't have real sororities with houses all to themselves with ridiculous initiations and absurd parties. Mostly they group together, do a few fundraisers here and there, and that's just about all you hear about them.

    Clubs and Activities

    Let's begin with Student Government... No one wants to be a part of it. Each semester students are allowed to apply to be senators, and maybe three out of eight apply. When they hold public votes for student issues, few students know about it, fewer even vote for it. The student newspaper is an okay source of information on happenings around the University, but with its constantly changing staff and management, it is hard for it to remain consistent and reliable at times. However, it has won several Pacemaker awards in the past few years. The student radio is one of the biggest successes, with award winning staff. It has non mainstream music, out of the ordinary talk shows, and students who are fully dedicated to keeping this revenue-less organization going. There are other organizations, but the above mentioned are the only ones that people really hear about. There are others clubs for specific interests like gamers club, hip hop club, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Exchange students are in abundance here, especially Asian and Russian. However, UAA is such a diverse university that pretty much everyone is welcome here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There isn't really anything I can think of. School spirit is here but it's not really as extravagant as many schools, especially since we do not have a football team.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition has been slowly increasing to keep up with costs in the economy, but when the numbers are crunched, it is still one of the least expensive non community colleges in the nation. With the education gained from getting a college degree, it is worth the costs.

    What to do for fun

    Well in the summer it is a great place for anyone who is adventurous and loves the outdoors. The Coastal Trail offers a beautiful oceanside trail that goes on for miles. Great for any joggers, walkers, bikers, skateboarders, or rollerbladers. The mountains are beautiful and make for great all-day climbs. Getting to the top and viewing all of Anchorage is spectacular. However they can be rigorous climbs and not for those out of shape. Fishing is very popular! Lake fishing, salmon fishing, and dipnetting are the most popular locally. If anyone wants to do anything a little more extreme (Halibut fishing or clamming anyone?) they will have to go out of the city for it. ATV riding is also a great way to explore Anchorage's backcountry with wooded trails all over the place. In the winter if you don't like snowboarding, skiing, ice fishing, or snow machining (or just being cold in any way at all) you are going to be pretty bored because that's pretty much all there is to do once the snow hits.

    Food and Dining

    Well the good news is that an Olive Garden is opening up next month... but it is a great distance away from school. However, it is one of the most exciting things to open up here since Target a few years ago. As for dining around school, there isn't much. The campus offers dining in the Lucy Cuddy Hall with burgers, pizza, stir fry, salads, tacos, just to name a few. Within the Student Union (central location at the university) there is a Subway and a Chinese food place called Mein Bowl. There is a Starbucks on campus next to the library. This can be a godsend or a curse. The coffee is fantastic, however the prices are not. It is the most expensive Starbucks in Anchorage. But it is still a hotspot hub continuously throughout the day. Vending machines can also be found around almost every corner of the campus. You can get anything from frozen entrees, energy drinks, instant coffee, chips, ice cream, or gum. Off campus there isn't much within a short distance. Just a McDonalds, KFC, Long John Silvers, Subway, and a few local places.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot fairly comment much about this subject because I have not lived in the dorms. But I can tell you that on the outside, the dorms look a little outdated, but the insides are pretty nice. Getting a dorm is a difficult process and it is advisable to apply as early as possible in order to get a decent dorm with a decent roommate. There are also family units available if needed. Pets are not allowed though.

    Academic Rigor

    Besides its usual majors, UAA also offers three distinct programs in its prestigious Honors College Program: Honors Core Program, Natural and Complex Systems Program, and 49th State Fellows. These require a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and must maintain a GPA of 3.5 within the program in order to graduate with 'honors' status. Each program consists of rigorous coursework that will challenge a student above and beyond what regular classes require. For anyone who wants to excel beyond what is expected of them, these programs are great to pursue.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for the cold weather. Snow/ice rarely ever stops classes, so people inexperienced with the cold will definitely get a wake-up call. While UAA does offer a wide variety of Associate and Bachelor degrees, Masters degrees are a little harder and many students end up going to UAF (Fairbanks) or out of state. UAA is very lax on their admissions, so almost anyone who applies will be received with open arms. However, tuition for out of state students can be a little steep.

    In three sentences

    UAA is a cool college, and I am not just talking weather-wise. Its smaller student population allows staff and students to connect in a way that larger colleges cannot experience, which can be extremely beneficial. It is a great place for students of all majors to come and be taught by experienced professionals and go in the real world knowledgeable about their chosen career field.

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 80

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    UAA has overall good infrastructure, common areas and great teachers, however, it need to improve the quality of food on campus, its safety and athletic areas.

  • 01/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Rent some outdoors equipment! You're in Alaska and have access to a plethora of winter, and summer, equipment! Take a pair of skiis or a snowboard and head to Alyeska for some fine, fine Alaskan boarding. Rent a kayak and explore Eklutna lake, outside of Anchorage. How can you possibly miss out on the awesomeness that is Alaska?

    Food and Dining

    Starbucks and Subway on campus. Not much going on here, don't expect indulge on anything more than a cappuccino and sandwich.

    Dorm Life

    I live locally outside the dorms. I cannot say what the quality is.

    Academic Rigor

    Coming from someone who has only taken freshmen courses, I can honestly say that nothing should difficult during the completion of GER classes. The UAA faculty isn't particularly demanding of it's students, in fact you will find yourself with a professor who is lenient more often than not. Strictly speaking from my experience of course.

    In three sentences

    A great college to get your foot in the door of academia, however not a college to pursue a degree in if you're looking to be noticeably exceptional, scholastically. Ideally, people will establish a decent college GPA here and use that to apply to other colleges. For students who have attended alternative high schools, some which do not offer grades higher than C, this is especially important.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    they have skiing, hockey, basketball and more!

    What to do for fun

    uaa has many different groups to have fun, including skiing, hiking, swimming, and hockey! they also have dances, and celebrations on campus as well!

    Food and Dining

    they have so many different kinds of food!

    Dorm Life

    most students on campus are really friendly and everyone is very helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    the instructors will help you anyway they can, but you do have to study often to achieve good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    i would spend a lot of time outside of class studying if you want to get good grades, and if you dont get a 3.0, dont distress, its ok.

    In three sentences

    they have very helpful instructors and they will do anything they can to help you succeed in class. the campus is well kept and very big with great facilitys. i love uaa because everyone there, including students, will help you in anyway they can.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    don't over do it, or else you'll exhaust yourself. find out what kind of schedule will work for you so you don't start classes and realize you shouldn't of done something you can't undo.

    In three sentences

    this university has an excellent sense of community. students help one another and have an overall sense of pride for their school. the teachers are great and really make the material understandable.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    To be honest, I am studying at UAA for a month so I am not sure about my comment. But I believe that UAA helps students to go extra miles and provides many study materials and services for students.

  • 04/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Speak with your advisor often to stay on track.

    In three sentences

    UAA has a wonderful atmosphere for students to learn. The staff shows concern for the students.

  • 04/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are always some sort of events going on on campus. Too many to choose from actually. Do what you would enjoy doing.

    Food and Dining

    I go to subway most of the time because it's one of the healthiest choices in my opinion on campus. I love dining on campus better than eating at my own house. The food is great.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate, that's just asking for trouble. Take on all of your toughest classes as soon as you can for extra time. Work hard and you'll be fine.

    In three sentences

    I like my college experience so far. It's been a roller coaster ride of work. I've been lost in my work before but I always get back on track. I can't wait for next fall.

  • 04/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I wouldn't say it's safe most of time because there's always a warning email that gets sent out to students to be aware of a missing person or someone who might be dangerous to students.

    Clubs and Activities

    Indoor soccer, volleyball, Hockey, cross country ski, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Student Union is a good place to hang out.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mask ball.

    Bang for the buck

    Food are expensive!

    What to do for fun

    I hang out with friends or sometimes just do homework.

    Food and Dining

    ok..

    Dorm Life

    Nice advisors

    Tips for prospective students

    If you see people giving out free things, take it! It might be handy one day.

    In three sentences

    I love the surrounding around campus. Gives a good feel of a university and nature. And being with my friends.

  • 04/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UAA campus is very safe for me because there are students walking to class every where. I might not know them but walking with a lot of students is better than alone by yourself.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life? I am not sure what it is?

    Clubs and Activities

    Students at UAA are always involving in their clubs or activities. I am not in one of the clubs at all but I hope to join one sooner or later. Every where I walk on campus you will see flyers or students sitting and posting their poster about clubs events that you can join. Also doing a fundraiser, UAA students will sell cookies, muffins, or doughnuts to get a little money to go on a trip.

    Great for these types of students

    UAA is great for anyone who wants to learn and ready to search for their career.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's no unusual traditions on locations on campus but if you are trying to find for a certain location on campus then you won't be able to get lost at all. Like I said, UAA is big for me but you will find you way around because most of the building connect to each other. I know there is a native organization on campus, very interesting and programs like How to succeed in College. Cool stuff that you can attend and learn more about it.

    Bang for the buck

    Books and sometimes food/ beverages are expensive. But UAA has the cheapest tuition that I know of.

    What to do for fun

    Usually while I'm on my break waiting for next class to start; I will go eat with my friends and we will just talk and talk about life, school or work. I know it sounds boring but its really interesting when you hear about it. But sometimes I will be either reading my book for a class or doing my homework too.

    Food and Dining

    Since I don't live on campus, I don't know the difference of on campus dining and food and not on campus dining and food. But I do know that I purchase my lunch at UAA their Cuddy Hall and I love all the food over there.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know about the dorm's life because I don't live in campus but out campus because my house is very close to UAA, so I rather save the money and just stay in my house.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic Classes are awesome, popular class like Human Anatomy and Physiology are always puts in big rooms, so basically when you walk in it's like you are walking to a dance ball or something. But I still love the big room and its not hard to hear the professor at all because they talk with a microphone, very cool.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a visit to RateMyProfessor.com and you will know which professor is good at teaching. I had use that website for my current class and trust me I am totally loving the class and I all A's in all of my classes. Very good tips to check it out before registering for your classes.

    In three sentences

    University of Alaska Anchorage is a big college for me. I love the fact where all UAA students work well together, they are always positive, and friendly. The professors always know what they are doing, when there is no class they will make sure that you know there is no class, and the professors are great at lecture and try not to make it boring at all.

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus saftey is great they have dorm room RAs who make sure that you have things done and the dorms are close to the campus

    Clubs and Activities

    you can create your own club in the university

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    for me it would be the dining dollars

    What to do for fun

    there is alot of things to do for fun in anchorage

    Food and Dining

    the university has Dining points that they go by

    Dorm Life

    I am looking forward to staying in a dorm room while i am attending college

    Academic Rigor

    i hope to learn alot this year

    In three sentences

    I am looking forwards to attending the University of Alaska Anchorage to higher my education and also to be closer to my family.

  • 05/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    eat offcampus

    Dorm Life

    live offcampus

    In three sentences

    it's ok. its cold and dark most the time. it has great teachers

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    30 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The university poilce do a great job, the worst you have to usually worry about is animals. The university will send out emails to keep everyone informed of potential threats but overall the safety is very good. Not to mention the city's police station is just down the road.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is way too many clubs and activities to list here! If your interested in it, it's most likely here you just have to ask. Best places to look are on UAA's website or again talk to your advisor

    Great for these types of students

    If you like to be involved with your community and your school this is the place to be. Also if you love the outdoors and nature there's woods surrounding the college, lakes, tons of wildlife, it common to see moose and sometimes even bears.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lots of people say the Wendy Williamson Auditorium is haunted.

    Bang for the buck

    As a resident this is the way to go it's relatively inexpensive but for the quality that the school holds and teaches is great

    What to do for fun

    There's always tons of activities on and off campus, the college regularly has sports events as well as plays, comedians, music and much more

    Food and Dining

    There's tons of places to eat on and off campus close by, fast food, coffee shops and dine in places.

    Dorm Life

    I've worked in the dorms before I became a student. The rooms were like hotel rooms really, some private other were in a group setting. Bit they are worth the cost and a great way to save money as well as build relations with other students

    Academic Rigor

    Ive been out of school awhile and the testing I've had to take for placement and speaking with my advisor I believe the academics will prove to be well rounded.

    Tips for prospective students

    Your advisor will be your greatest ally! Meet with them often and be honest with them. Be involved and ask as many questions don't be afraid to ask anything.

    In three sentences

    Great location, helpful staff, MANY different degrees and courses to choose from

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are several activities that the school tries to put on for students, but again it really depends on what your into. Some of their activities are fun but the enjoyment factor can be decreased if no one shows up or they leave early.

    Food and Dining

    Again it is really your preference on whether the food is good or not. The food is okay in my opinion, but sometimes it can either be over seasoned or under seasoned. So I think just trying it for yourself is the best bet.

    Dorm Life

    I would have to say that dorm life is pretty good, but it really all depends on how you choose to make. The RA's and PM's try and make it as entertaining as possible, but it also depends on if you wanna go to them or not. So you really have to learn how to entertain yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    Thankfully when registering for your classes there is now rate my teacher.com so you can see which teachers will be best for you. Also that way you can get the best experience out of your schooling.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are unsure of what it is that you want to do in life. Then take that first year to really think about it, and do something that you really want to do. The only reason I say that is because when you get your degree the last thing that you want is to have it something that you don't want. So do something you and enjoy and make it work for you.

    In three sentences

    I think that UAA is a great college to not only start your career plans, but also a great place to start your college experience. Granite UAA may not be the best long term college for everyone because of course levels. Overall I think if you just need a place to begin and meet great people then UAA is a great place for you.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    They have a workout area in the dorm, as well as in the sports complex. There is a student union where people hang out and meet for groups. There is an ice skating rink, and a basketball court.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria at the dorms was buffet style, and the food was very good. They have food available up until about midnight for people studying late. Desert is also available. The food is pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    I stayed in the dorms my first year at UAA, they are very nice and big. I stayed with 3 other girls and we each had our own bedroom and shared a bathroom with 1 other girl. They are clean, and there is an area to make food and cable access.

    Academic Rigor

    I have had mixed feelings about the proffesors at UAA, just as with any other school. I was fortunate enough to have a couple really great proffesors during part of my education.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend going to the math lab for assistance and tutoring if you are taking a math class at UAA. The tutors are very helpful there, and the math classes can be challenging so using the help in the math lab is important. Always buy a parking pass when visiting UAA, they enforce the parking 24/7.

    In three sentences

    UAA is affordable, easy to locate in the city of Anchorage. I admire the support UAA has for the community. There are many fun and interesting groups to be a part of around campus.

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    It's Alaska, so having fun here is really limited by what you enjoy and how creative you can get. Of course we have great winter activities here to do, in addition to a great environment for various games or sports or activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your counselors in addition to doing your own research online about the right courses you need to take. Oh and don't worry about owning a vehicle here, they have an on campus shuttle and the student ID you get lets you ride the people mover for free.

    In three sentences

    UAA is a great college for people who are going back to school, or for people who don't like the busy city life. It has an awesome community feel and you get to meet people from all over the world. In addition, it has a very good support system for its students.

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    NOT WORTH IT

    What to do for fun

    The best stuff is off campus or in the wet dorms. Even if you don't drink, the social scene of it is worth it.

    Food and Dining

    Don't eat the entrees. EVER.

    Dorm Life

    I stayed in the freshman hall and it was a nightmare. The water tasted weird, the doors and windows weren't sealed and the walls were thin so any noise and weather can get in. I woke up one morning with frost on my bed and the window was closed.

    Academic Rigor

    Their academics are not half bad. If you study and turn in your work on time, your grades will be good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to UAF or UAS instead. It may be in the city but it's not worth it.

    In three sentences

    Their financial aide department is ran by idiots. It loses about 90% of it's students every year due to be mediocre. If you have the financial ability to go somewhere else, go.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Thefts do occur. Keep track of your stuff. But for the most part, the campus is safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    They exist, although they aren't noisy and nosy. If you want to be involved, you have to find them; they don't approach you and pressure you into joining. (I didn't join anything myself, so I can't really rank anything, but I did like the fact that no club, activity, or organization tried to drag me into their stuff.)

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to work and go to school will be able to attend perfectly. Students who don't really care about getting involved with the school (just want to study) will fit in just nicely, but there are plenty of activities and clubs to get involved for those students who enjoy that sort of thing.

    Bang for the buck

    Really cheap cost for residents of Alaska, and you get every penny's worth and more.

    What to do for fun

    Not much, to be honest, but there are movies, museums, and concerts. There is a performing arts center in Anchorage which sometimes hosts such performers as the Blue Man Group and Bill Crosby and musicals such as Mamma Mia, The Lion King, and The Beauty and The Beast. The Iditarod starts in downtown Anchorage. As for physical activities, there is anything you can do for winter activities (ski, snowboard, snowshoe, snowmobiling, snowman building, sledding, ice skating, dog sledding, etc). In the summer or spring, there is also hiking and biking. The rec center offers a basketball court, an ice rink, a swimming pool, and workout machines.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good, but be prepared for the price. It's spendy.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know how it is since I found other means of shelter. But the dorms are far between and often a bit away from the campus, which is a lot like the city of Anchorage in that it is sprawled out; some of UAA's buildings (not dorms) are a half hour to an hour's drive away from the main clump of buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    Mostly easy going and the professors are always on your side. If you struggle with something, e-mail them, call them, or see them in person, and they will get you on the right track. They don't baby you, but they will bend over backwards to try to help you understand the concepts.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't live in the dorms. The dorms are mainly scattered around off campus anyway. Be prepared to either drive around a lot, stay on campus all day, or use the shuttle and bus systems (which you pay for in your tuition and fees anyway). Platinum parking is worth it to park in the big garage, but if you don't have classes in the Social Science Building or the Engineering Building for the semester, it is not worth it.

    In three sentences

    Community college but with the title university slapped on there. This is not a traditional university as the majority of the students are married and in their 30's or 40's. The atmosphere is very friendly and personable, though, and the students are diverse.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are all sorts of things to do all year around

    Food and Dining

    They have a bunch of different types of food to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Im guessing because i dont live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    most of the teachers are really good.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure that you have all the paperwork that you need done a head of time

    In three sentences

    I have really enjoyed going to UAA so far.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    37 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go to games on-campus, regular activities throughout campus and many others.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of food places to go to and there are coffee places as well. There's two dining places and a den that serves free food.

    Dorm Life

    Staff are fun to talk to and are also there to help and understand students needs.

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend students to stay on task with your work and to always ask your professors for help because that's what they are there for.

    In three sentences

    UAA is an amazing college for Alaskan students interested in going to college for many reasons. It has great staff who are willing to help lost students who have plenty of questions. There are a lot of opportunities here and activities as well.

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    While I didn't find the tuition to be too expensive everything else here is. Gas food and clothing is more than what you would expect from lower 48 states.

    What to do for fun

    Well there are lots of sport things going on, one of the big things here is skiing.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the dorm cafeteria is ok, it can get old at times though. There is a Subway and Chinese place near the book store and those are always good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is nice. There are no kitchens in the normal dorms, so a dining plan is required. There are frequent activities and study sessions planned by res-life.

    Academic Rigor

    I was in Cisco networking classes, and they really worked me. They had tons of information packed into a short time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be bothered by cold or snow!! During the winter it has gotten down to -18 F and there was snow over 3 feet deep. You also have to be aware because sometimes moose come on campus and hang out.

    In three sentences

    I enjoy college here, its a beautiful state and there is a nice campus here in Anchorage. The classes I have attended are smaller so every student gets a chance to get help when needed. This was a great opportunity and its already paying off.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Joe's got some good food!!! A little expensive but good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are in the process of being built.

    Tips for prospective students

    You can do what you want just takes hard work and dedication.

    In three sentences

    Very small university where everyone is there to help you out.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Volunteer and meet people.

    Food and Dining

    I have never eaten at UAA.

    Dorm Life

    I am going to be living off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It is great.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, apply everything early.

    In three sentences

    University of Alaska Anchorage is a big school. I like how friendly the students are and the employees. I like how its not as expensive.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I would rate campus safety as relatively high.

    Clubs and Activities

    Most of the clubs and activities seem to be geared to the younger traditional student.

    Great for these types of students

    The school is better geared for the traditional student (post-high school) compared to the non-traditional student (older adults).

    Bang for the buck

    While the tuition for in-state residents is comparatively low, but increasing, the number of different student fees keeps climbing. My previous two semesters showed that fees were 12.7% of my educational expenses (tuition+fees+textbooks).

    Food and Dining

    There are not enough food and dining places on campus as there could be. They are limited to being open during the normal working hours. Since UAA is a commuter campus, there needs to be extra food services on campus for evening and weekend students, too, and that could help service the students in the dorms as well.

    Academic Rigor

    If you want to excel at UAA, be prepared to devote more time to your studies than is normally required.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register early for your classes as there are usually not enough of them in the required core elements, since UAA is a public school. Be prepared for a bureaucracy, also.

    In three sentences

    The professors I've experienced are top-notch in their fields, whether it be business law, computers, economics, or logistics. I've enjoyed the humanities and social sciences professors, too, in history, technical writing, art appreciation, and logic. The professors at UAA are the high points on campus, as they not only know their subjects, but also are very helpful to us students.

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police are helpful and friendly. I feel very safe leaving the university at 3 am in the morning following a long night of studying.

    Greek Life

    I do not participate in Greek Life, so I would have no valid feedback.

    Clubs and Activities

    UAA has many, many, many clubs to choose from, and the student led activities are endless.

    Great for these types of students

    Active, nerdy, laid back, motivated, research oriented, interested, friendly, and passionate. Any student could fit in easily at UAA.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Campus Kick Off! During the first week of school there are many student led activities during the week including free food, concerts, and much, much more!

    Bang for the buck

    Relatively cheap education as compared to other universities in the United States, but the classes are challenging and informative nonetheless.

    What to do for fun

    Anything Alaska has to offer!

    Food and Dining

    Campus food is campus food. There is a good Mexican and Thai restaurant within a few miles from the school though!

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms at UAA, but have spent time in them with friends and they seem private, comfortable, and relatively safe.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel like the education is challenging and informative. I was an honors student in high school and don't find school at UAA to be a breeze, I put a good amount of effort into the grades I receive. You get out of the classes what you put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself and make study groups. That's how I have met some of my favorite friends.

    In three sentences

    UAA is a perfect place to start any type of career. There are many career choices, such as engineering, nursing, medicine, geology, anthropology, psychology, etc. This is a laid back environment that really does take pride in the work of their students.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Get a early bird parking pass (before the start of fall semester).

    What to do for fun

    Besides the typical facilities such as bowling alleys, billiards, recreational centers, etc., there are plenty of outdoor parks for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding.

    Food and Dining

    I am not picky when it comes to food and I have eaten in the cafeteria several times and have found the food to be fine. It is self serve with many different bars including a hot bar. However, many kids who eat there daily complain about the food but I think there's nothing wrong with it- again though, I am not a picky eater.

    Dorm Life

    Have never lived in the dorms, only off-campus, but the dorm life appears to be sufficient, a bit more laid back than other roudy-er universities.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics is sufficient.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have a vehicle, be sure to get on campus plenty early before class in order to find a parking spot. If you are native american, don't miss the opportunity of scholarships which is abundant, especially for alaska natives. Register for classes early.

    In three sentences

    UAA is an increasingly crowded university but a very diverse make-up of students ranging from college-aged students (18-26) to adults. Because there aren't too many colleges/universities in the area, there are many part-time students as well as the full capacity of full-time students. Academics is still great.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    44 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I do like that there is a free clinic on campus for the students. I've been there a couple of times for random questions, or when I've gotten sick.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not too familar with clubs or activities.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who like one on one attention. Its easy to get questions answered because of the smaller classroom and everyone is pretty laid back.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My advice for any college student, always ask around for which teachers are the best. This has really helped make it easier to pick out classes.

    Bang for the buck

    Because this is a community school, its fairly cheap but there are awesome teachers here so you will get a great education.

    What to do for fun

    The staff hold events and there are different clubs. I haven't gotten involved so I'm not familiar.

    Food and Dining

    Food is okay, not much variety.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are being built 2012.

    Academic Rigor

    There are tutors which is very helpful, I had no problem succeeding at this school. Great staff here at KPC.

    Tips for prospective students

    The nursing program at KPC is VERY competitive, they usually pick 8 students out of 100 applications. Great place to complete the pre-nursing classes, but once its time to get into a program I would advise to look else where. Not unless you have a perfect score on everything.

    In three sentences

    I've attended Kenai Peninsula College, which is a branch from UAA. KPC is a great school, the teachers are very personable and easy to work with. I like the atmosphere of smaller classrooms.

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus seems fairly open and well lit. I would feel safe living and working there.

    Clubs and Activities

    I don't yet know.

    Great for these types of students

    I have only taken one semester online, so I don't have an in depth view of the college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have driven through campus a few times.

    Bang for the buck

    So far I have been impressed with the textbooks and pleased with my professors. I'm learning a lot. I don't know how my university compares with others in price, but I imagine it's pretty average.

    What to do for fun

    I live a little ways from the campus, I'm currently taking classes online, but I have gotten some e-mails about neat activities such as an arts fair. When I get settled I definitely want to look more into what the campus has to offer.

    Food and Dining

    I have not eaten on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    So far I have found college to be less difficult than I expected it to be. Of course, I'm only taking a couple classes online, so I can balance school with my family and work. I find that if I work hard, take clear and organized notes, and study throughout the lessons, not just the day before the test, I do quite well without feeling overwhelmed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Education is one of the greatest assets you can have. It can not only open doors in the world, but it can help you: explore yourself, gain confidence, and find out what will bring you fulfillment in life. It's never too late to start school, and it's never to early to get prepared. College is a lot of work so keep a calendar of when assignments are due, and plan to complete them ahead of time. You may want to start slow, with less classes. Better to have extra time than risk unsatisfactory grades and undue stress. Set goals and review them once in a while. This will remind you why you're doing all this hard work and what the rewards will be. Take advantage of everything the institution has to offer. You're paying for your education so make the most of it!

    In three sentences

    In my short time at UAA I have been welcomed, and feel exhilarated to be back in school. My professors have been knowledgeable and helpful, and I have enjoyed online discussions with fellow students. College is a lot of work but it's well worth it!

  • 08/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Rarely do I read about robberies or assaults on campus and any time something does happen, campus security sends out an email with a description of the assailant to warn potential victims.

    Great for these types of students

    Rugged, outdoor, adventurous types.

    Bang for the buck

    Most of the time, I feel my classes are worth the money but there have been classes that did not teach me anything.

    What to do for fun

    Many people enjoy outdoor activities because Alaska is so amazingly beautiful. Hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, snow machining, and skiing are just a few of the many things to do in and around Anchorage.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good food but my husband did get food poisoning from the bacon so I avoid it. The culinary arts students sometimes give out free food in the hallways.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the class and the teacher but once you start taking upper level classes for your major, they definitely get more difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to live in Alaska for at least two years prior to enrolling so you can get resident tuition. Non-resident tuition is incredibly expensive!

    In three sentences

    UAA offers many distance education courses which are easy to fit into my schedule. Tuition is high, but classes are mostly good quality. Nursing is by far the university's most popular and well-known program.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You kidding me? Google crime in Anchorage, Alaska. I practically run from class to my car.

    Greek Life

    Greeks? What are those? Sorry, I go to UAA.

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't looked for a drinking club yet...

    Great for these types of students

    Drunks and low life's.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Drinking your winter away!

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you pay for!

    What to do for fun

    Day dream about the warm sun on your face.

    Food and Dining

    Fast food, gas stations, and the occasional cat found dead on the side of the highway. Come hungry!

    Dorm Life

    Never stepped foot in a UAA dorm, nor will I, ever. Anchorage is a melting pot for the strange/scary.

    Academic Rigor

    Apparently you can get a B in Human Anatomy and Physiology 111 with out taking any notes or studying. I would know, I did.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you enjoy sunshine, campus life, and academic excellence, don't go here.

    In three sentences

    It's more like a community college than a university. There is zero campus life. The student body is mostly comprised of individuals who look like they've either spent time in jail and/or a communist gulag.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe on campus. There is a safety patrol group that will escort people home during the dark days in the winter along with University Police that are quick to get to you when there is an emergency. On the walking paths around housing and to main campus there are numerous emergency stations that you can push a button at if you are in need of assistance.

    Greek Life

    I have friends each of the sororities and the fraternities. Greek life here isn't as big and fun as I imagine it would be in most big colleges, but like everywhere else you will have fun and meet lots of life long friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons on clubs on campus along with two sororities and 2 fraternities. There is always some kind of activity going on on campus, whether it is a comedy show, talent show, free food, or musician.

    Bang for the buck

    UAA is one of the cheaper colleges to go to which parents like to hear when they are helping pay for college. The expensive part of living here are all the living expenses. I come from the lower 48 where you can get fruit for 50 cents, here food is much more expensive then in most places which takes some time getting used to.

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do for fun? If you are here during the summer the list of things to do are never ending, as for the winter there is snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, snow camping, the list is endless as long as you can stand the cold. If you are wanting to stay indoors there are multiple movie theaters, shopping malls, and bowling alleys.

    Food and Dining

    Within Anchorage there are many amazing places to eat, but on campus it is definitely a downgrade in food. On main campus there is a Subway, Mein Bowl, Kaladi Brothers coming soon, and the Cuddy where you can get burgers an many other types of food. On housing, well...I really wouldn't recommend the food, it is you regular school food.

    Dorm Life

    My first year here I lived in the dorms and I like it a lot, the rooms aren't large but instead of having a large room you have your own room that you don't have to share with anybody. The Resident Adviser's always have a programmed planned that students can attend in their downtime. My second year I moved into the on housing apartments which come with a kitchen and I really like living in them, each year something gets renovated which is refreshing.

    Academic Rigor

    I have enjoyed almost every one of the classes I have taken here, the teachers are usually nice and care about their students (at least the ones I have had so far are that way). Each class has a different difficulty level to them as most would imagine. I feel as if most are pretty easy though.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can withstand cold weather I would highly recommend going to the University of Alaska Anchorage. No matter what the season is it is beautiful here, it will be a city I will want to live in for a long while. Something I really recommend once up here is getting an on campus job, my job is where I have met a lot of my friends at, not only do I get paid but I have a lot of fun.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alaska is a beautiful campus full of wildlife and nature. It can be a place of high energy in the Student Union to quiet study time in the Consortium Library. It is a place that I recommend to everybody.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus police are completely inept.

    Greek Life

    there are several fake fraternities and sororities.

    Great for these types of students

    engineering, oil and gas

    What to do for fun

    cold weather sports. indoor activities

    Tips for prospective students

    meet with your counselor before the middle of first semester to make a plan for next semester's classes. do this every semester.

    In three sentences

    this schools is actually quite affordable. parking services is unnecessarily predatory. housing costs a lot on and off campus.

  • 08/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Paths are wooded with heavy veggitation and the homeless seem to be a problem around here as well as moose. So be ready to carry pepper spray or know how to use some form of self-defense. Campus PD seems to be quick to react when something does happen.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is plenty to do here if your motivated.

    Great for these types of students

    This place is great for goal oriented students who can keep focused and put up with the younger students.

    Bang for the buck

    Its Alaska so everything is exspensive if your not wealthy, but the scenery and possibilites make up for it.

    What to do for fun

    You can cross-country ski the paths in the winter and there are plenty of outdoor clubs to go off campus with. Drinking seems to be the main pastime here though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to check up on paperwork and forms you've sent in multiple times to make sure the Financial Aid Office hasn't forgotten you. Once enrolled and living at the dorms get ready for annoying check ins at all hours when coming back. Oh and alcohol is allowed in specific quantities in the dorms.

    In three sentences

    The campus has beautiful paths to walk on. The dorms are a little beat up but are inhabbitable. Advisors are hard to get ahold of.

  • 09/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The times that I have eaten on campus has been at Cuddy Hall and the Fireside Hall. Both have great staff and atmosphere.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay positive and do not be afraid ask for help if you need it. At UAA there are a;ways options for help. From the counselors, professors, and even the students themselves. College live can be tedious at times and even scary. But don't give up because you will eventually see the light at the end of the tunnel. If I can do so can you.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school to attend. It is close to home and school. And the comradery with the students and professors is awesome.

  • 09/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It's Alaska! If you don't have a sense of being spontaneous and adventurous then this may not be the place for you. It snows, it rains, gets a little windy and the sun comes out, and that's sometimes all in the same day. So go hiking, surfing, biking, kayaking. Think outdoors and you can do it.

    Food and Dining

    When it comes to eating you'll either eat what you make or you'll have to find somewhere in town to eat. This coincides with the fact there are no dorms, therefore no sort of food and dining.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms? That just doesn't exist here at the University of Kodiak. Although many, including myself, wish there was some sort of dorm life considering college and living isn't to shabby here and having dorms would be a nice touch. So when coming here consider the fact you'll need to find an apartment of some kind.

    Academic Rigor

    Being that the University is in Alaska, nothing is ever taken too seriously. Anyone coming out of state might actually have a slight break from whatever they may be use to. Professors have a thing for homework and schoolwork; it doesn't usually exist. Just do what you have to and you'll get by fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although many end up being new to the University, the best suggestion would be try to make some friends or at least get to know some other students. It can't get tricky if you're not in the loop and the staff tend to send students to various websites that lead to nowhere for their answers.

    In three sentences

    The University is suitable for the students who enjoy a home feeling due to the small sized classes and the laid back attitude of the professors. Classmates become friends and are willing to help one another out. While many days end up being a new adventure!

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police work hard to keep their students safe!

    Food and Dining

    Its all over campus!

    In three sentences

    This is my first semester here, and I'm quite enjoying it! There's so much diversity in such a place. I love how the professors are willing to help out a student face to face.

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Great

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorms

    In three sentences

    It's a great school. I enjoy attending. It's the best community college I know of.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The police will come in the dorms. They are friendly and care about the students.

    Clubs and Activities

    No clue about this I have yet to find the clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Everyone that I've ran into says that it's expensive at the Bear store. Make sure you get something that will fit you and your friends, because god knows they are gonna run out and need to borrow your meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on your roommates. I was lucky to get 3 awesome ones. There seems to be a mess all the time though...not a big one thank goodness!

    Tips for prospective students

    ALWAYS be on time.

  • 12/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great because the campus is not located by housing of any kind.

    Greek Life

    There is not much greek life because UAA Mat-su is a small campus that does not have dorm buildings.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many kinds of clubs and if they do not have a club that you want you can create one.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student and can stand the cold.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is nothing that I can think of. Well, I am just a freshman.

    Bang for the buck

    It was easy for me to have the fall semester and spring semester paid for and all I needed to worry about was my own well being.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun but first you have to make friends to do those fun things with like snow machine riding, dog mushing, snow ball showdown, clubs to do things in and many more.

    Food and Dining

    I think the food in the cafeteria is great because it does not taste like cafeteria food from high school.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm at the UAA branch in Palmer, Alaska.

    In three sentences

    I think it is a good college for education because the classrooms are small. It is also good because the professor has time to actually learn peoples names. One last thing that it is a good school is that the professors sometimes actually know how to teach but there are some that just give lectures.

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Fun activities include hiking, attending a play at the performing arts or getting involved with campus life.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining are overpriced.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is not for the anti-social individual!

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor depends on the instructor and how much the student is willing to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Grow a thick skin and be pro-active about achieving your college dreams!

    In three sentences

    I have found that staff and faculty have an assumptive nature regarding students as well as an air of arrogance; however, the campus is beautiful and there are many resources at a student's fingertips.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There are a few greek organizations now. 25 years ago there was nothing at all. It's just starting out in the last few years and it would be a great opportunity to help them grow.

    What to do for fun

    Anchorage is a great place to live there are tons of things to do in the winter and summer. Hiking and fishing and camping in the summer and Skiing, snowboarding, theater, ice skating, ice fishing, sledding, etc in the winter.

    Food and Dining

    Meh...I generally eat at home or bring something to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Unknown. I was a married, working mother of three and now I am a married, homeschooling mother attending school full time. I hear it can be fun from others though.

    Academic Rigor

    I think it depends on the classes that you take and whether you enjoy them. Some classes are extremely difficult for me, but then they aren't in my field of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware of the classes you need. You can find that info on the UAA website. I personally wouldn't rely too much on the counselors when you are first starting out because they will give you the same information that is found online.

    In three sentences

    I am enjoying my experience at UAA. I am a returning student after several years hiatus. Other students have been very friendly and helpful in the art program.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Subway and other food places are around the campus. I do wish there was more of a variety, though the den has free snacks.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your books and read them. Study and prepare for tests and quizzes. Don't slack, be diligent.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Some students can hang out in the Camai-Room to meet and socialize with other people. There are also some fun events, papers/fliers posted everywhere so that students can participate, such as getting free movie tickets to go a theatre, crafting group project, and more.

    Food and Dining

    The food in UAA is pretty good, and the main place to eat is usually at the Commons. Once a month there are international food events where students can try out food from different countries. There are also places to eat near the campus buildings, such as Subway, Asian food, and other varieties.

    Dorm Life

    As a freshman with only 1 other roomate, I would say that dorm life is pretty okay; it's average. However since we are only 2, we do share a living room and closets like the 4-roomate students. I'm thankful we have our own rooms; before I came to college, I thought we had to share one room. Thank goodness!

    Academic Rigor

    Each class is different. I would say that the type of teacher and the class course one takes are some major factors to tell how hard a class actually is. Basically if the teacher has good communication with his or her students and made the class actually fun, then I believe students might learn more than they realize.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students who are new to college should definitely take college seriously. College demand most of one's time and slacking off will most likely hurt the student's grade and end up being behind class work.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alaska Anchorage has a great learning environment. There are many useful resources available for students to use to their educational advantage. This college provides a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere that allow most students to feel at at home.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UA Police act fast if you call them, and we have multiple panic buttons around campus. Our safety alerts go out fast. If you are afraid of walking somewhere alone you can call someone to escort you anywhere around campus. I feel safe here.

    Greek Life

    We have a couple sororities and fraternities, but they don't have housing. Despite that I have heard good things about them.

    Clubs and Activities

    Quite a few clubs and things to get involved in, but not many that are well advertised.

    Great for these types of students

    People who love the outdoors and are outgoing and willing to make things happen.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have campus kick of at the beginning of fall semester that is really fun. There are events hosted all over campus, then the local Fred Meyer opens from like 11pm-1am for college students only and there is free food, nice discounts, give aways, and dancing

    Bang for the buck

    UAA is fairly cheap. What you get out of it is largely up to you. When you participate and get involved, you generally get more than what you pay for out of this school through your experiences.

    What to do for fun

    Make your own fun!! the residence halls tend to put on programs where they offer different things. There isn't much to do in Anchorage. I would highly recommend making new friends and having fun with them.

    Food and Dining

    Food is okay. Some nights it is really good other nights not so much, you will probably be bored of it quick

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty nice, not the nicest ever but decent. When you go to residence hall events and really try to get to know people you should have a lot of fun. I loved it enough to start working in the residence halls as a Peer Mentor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dress warm during winter, the sky bridge has been going through a lot of construction. Talk to your professors. Put yourself out there and get involved. The more you try here the better your experience will be.

    In three sentences

    It may not be for everyone, but I love UAA. Most professors genuinely care about the students and help you succeed. The atmosphere here is great people are friendly and polite.

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of art shows and plays. There is also a gym which is great to help cope with stress and improve overall health. Also, if interested in sports events, there are many games to watch or partake in.

    Food and Dining

    Loved the cafe. It had good coffee and sweets. There is a variety of food at reasonable prices.

    Dorm Life

    I never stayed at the dorm, so I am unsure of this.

    Academic Rigor

    All of my classes had standards and deadlines that had to be met; however, once I was in my grueling degree program, the bar was risen. The nursing program is known to be tough and is more of a boot camp for students. The program is extremely rigorous with multiple deadlines and extra projects.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard because every grade counts for you or against you, no matter the class. Make good study habits early on. Most of all, have fun; you will not be a student forever!

    In three sentences

    It is very expensive and tuition has continued to rise. I loved the campus and was able to find my way around very easily. The offer many different classes and times, making a variety of options to fit my life.

  • 02/04/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Go swimming with friends at UAA, play volley ball and gather pictures to make a scrap book.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few fast food resturant inside UAA. Such as Chinese Food Subways and etc.

    In three sentences

    University of Anchorage Alaska is a big campus. There are many careers to choose from and many clubs to join. I can't wait to attend UAA in 2013.

  • 03/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are a few blue lighted things scattered across campus from which you could contact the UAA police force which is situated on campus. The state is high in sexually related crimes and it does get dark fast in winter so being careful at night is important. If you live in the dorms (Residence Halls) then you'd note that you have to key in and enter codes constantly to get into your room, so break ins from non students aren't likely to happen.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a few clubs on campus, but not that many of them appealed to me. The activities are okay, but school spirited things were a rarity.

    Great for these types of students

    UAA is great for students who commute a lot, or have a job on the side. It's less traditional so it should work well with non traditional students and traditional students alike. If you're more interested in going to college for future employment opportunities then UAA is probably ideal for you. If you're looking for a traditional college experience you may as well look elsewhere, alternatively, you could make changes individually within things like clubs and such to make UAA more traditional, but that's entirely up to the effort you put into it.

    Bang for the buck

    UAA is affordable for in-state residents to the point where if you have enough scholarship money you could potentially have extra left over, depending on what your housing options are like. Like I've said before, the classes and professors are okay for the most part, but then you get what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do around the city of Anchorage, UAA will occasionally have events and stuff on campus, but it may or may not be something everyone is interested in participating in. Again, if there isn't anything fun to do then maybe you should consider putting something together, get a student club going or search for one you're interested in. If you find one and it's not what you were expecting? Things are changeable, if you don't like it or think it could be better get involved and make changes. UAA isn't perfect, as far as a few things go, but with activities on campus it's more within your control.

    Food and Dining

    There are many food and dining options on Campus. In the Student Union they have a Subway and a Chinese restaurant whose name escapes me at the moment. Over by the CPSB, Arts building, and Administration/Humanities Building they have a Cafe there and another over in Cuddy Hall across campus. Scattered about are vending machines that may or may not take WOLFbucks off your student ID. If you live on campus then the closest place for breakfast, lunch and diner would be the Eatery located in the Commons OR the Bear (yes, bear, not bare) Necessities Shop were you can pick up food and other such things. The food, overall, is decent and everything, but your mileage may vary depending on personal taste.

    Dorm Life

    The dooms are okay, before coming to UAA I went to another school in the Midwest that was better well known and had a more traditional college atmosphere to it. In my old dorm the RAs made an effort to have events and activities with the students on each floor and sometimes we'd have competitions with the other floors. At UAA you'll rarely see your RA and the only events planned are ones elsewhere on campus. Granted, the dorms were convenient in terms of location and in comparison to many nearby apartments they were a bit more affordable.

    Academic Rigor

    UAA isn't all that prestigious, as I've said before, but it is worth going if you can't afford anywhere else. That isn't to say that the academics are terrible. It's more about picking decent professors who know their subject well and can teach it just as well. Every once in a while you'll get a professor who treats students like in competent grade schoolers, and sometimes you'll get a professor who'll just hand out As and sometimes you'll get a professor who refuses to pass anyone. In some respects it's exactly like high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can save up some extra money for hidden fees like parking and don't forget about the cost of books. Parking at UAA will cost you an arm, leg and a few fingers off your left hand. It wouldn't be too big of a deal, but parking is limited and more often than not you pay a lot to not be able to park. So try to shuttle to class or get there early for parking. Actually, on the subject of books it's better to rent online or buy used. If I could do it all again I'd avoid buying for full price. Finally, if anything get as far ahead on your work as you can, because the weather is unpredictable and the last thing you need is to be digging your car out of the ditch when you need to finish something at the last possible minute.

    In three sentences

    Overall I'd say that UAA is a decent school. It's cost is appealing and the scheduling isn't impossible, but it isn't all that prestigious. Really though, a university is only what it's students make of it.

  • 03/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a major part to UAA faculty and students. We have very excellent officers in charge of campus safety who do their absolute best to keep everyone notified and safe.

    Greek Life

    I am not sure as I do not participate.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to choose from. I am not part of any at this time as I do not have the time to participate.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for all types of students. We do have more exchange students than any other school in Alaska.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There aren't any that I know of, but I don't have much time to spend on campus. I work full time and am a father and husband.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are a resident it is definitely worth your while to attend this college. It is not extremely expensive for residents to attend.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do for fun in Anchorage. These are ranging from frolf, skateboarding, snowboarding, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, fishing, camping, art shows, performance art, and plenty more. I enjoy as much outdoor activity as I can.

    Food and Dining

    As I am not living in the dorms I have no need for food and dining. I bring my own snacks and lunch. Have never eaten the food.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived in the dorms so I do not know. I have heard that dorm life is pretty good. They just built some new dorms in the past few years.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the teachers that you have. I believe that it is better to have a more rigorous academic schedule than to have a relaxed one. Get your hard classes done quick.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you review your teachers before signing up for your classes. If possible, you should take online courses after your first semester. Always be kind and courteous to the staff, they are working to further your education.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school for getting your basic classes done. I plan to graduate from this school unless something changes in my life. I would recommend this school to others for sure.

  • 04/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have campus PD at a fairly centralized location on campus, and the university sends out text alerts for any warning of potential threats.

    Greek Life

    There are a couple sororities and fraternities, but they aren't really well established yet.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs and activities, but I do not participate in them so I am unable to rate them at anything other than average. But there are a ton!

    Great for these types of students

    This university is ideal for locals who work in Anchorage who want to advance their education

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Cuddy Hall has pretty good food prepared by the culinary students. It is a hot-spot for lunch!

    Bang for the buck

    As a resident of AK, there are scholarships you can get for doing well in high school that pay for about half of every semester for four years. So overall it is extremely cheap compared to going to school out of state.

    What to do for fun

    There are always some sort of event going on, usually sponsored by the different organizations on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are a couple of options on campus, and a few around the campus, but nothing overly fantastic. Just your common fast-food restaurants

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus, so I cannot rate dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Even the easy classes have quite a bit of work associated with them! As long as you are good at planning ahead though, you will do just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Figure out what you want to do early so that you are not wasting time and money on classes that you will not need for your degree.

    In three sentences

    This university gets an A+ for being convenient for people who work. This university gets a C- in parking, because there is not much space available and it is hard to find a parking spot. This university is overall a B+ because it is convenient, but would not be my first choice if cost was not an object.

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The university police are always sending out emails to let students know about any potential dangers that they should be aware of, whether it is happening on campus or anywhere close by. They will keep students updated on any current safety issues and inform them once the threat has passed.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something fun happening on campus. The university frequently sends out newsletters informing students of weekly activities. I really enjoy the juried art shows that are held at the end of the semester.

    Food and Dining

    The campus cafeteria has a wide variety of meals and snacks that they offer throughout the week. I have only eaten there a handful of times, but I have never had a bad experience and the food has always been reasonably priced.

    Dorm Life

    I have never been to the dorms before so I honestly don't have an opinion of them.

    Academic Rigor

    Each semester I have spent at UAA has been challenging in a rewarding way. The course load is not easy, but it is manageable and interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    The number one thing that I would recommend for any prospective students, would be to meet with an academic advisor. They are incredibly helpful when it comes to choosing classes and planning your schedule. They will help you find the most efficient way to complete your degree.

    In three sentences

    UAA has many opportunities for new and returning students. They have an amazing library and if they don't have what you are looking for, they will do their best to acquire it for you, even if it is a book that is halfway around the world. The staff throughout campus is very helpful and friendly.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Not any presently, but looking forward to joining some.

    Bang for the buck

    I am 57 years young. Going back to school after nearly 44 years of being away. This is an opportunity for me to get a new job in a new field of business. I a looking forward to this challenge, and adventure

    What to do for fun

    I like to go camping, hunting for food, fishing for food. I have a dredge for looking for gold. I enjpoy walking, climbing. Almost everything outdoors.

    Food and Dining

    I enjoy the food and dinning. Looking to make friends, with whom I can enjoy learing and food with.

    Dorm Life

    I have a house, so no dorm life for me.

    Academic Rigor

    Trying to get it all done right away. This may seem the right thing to do, but if you push to hard, I believe you not only miss alot of the lessons and teachings you were there to learn, but you also loose the memories of a good experience. In short you do not get to smell the roses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask questions. Be very interactive with your counselor. Look for financial aid everywhere. Remember there is no scholarship or grant that you should not apply for. Most importantly, breath, take the time to enjoy and embrace this new experience. Try to make it fun.

    In three sentences

    Well organised group; of teaching individuals. So far they seem to have my educational needs and time schedule well planed out. As a whole they are very pleasant and patient with the needs of a man my age going back to school after 43 plus years away.

  • 05/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    For fun I enjoy out door activities such as; hiking, biking, fishing, and camping.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great and not to pricy.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice and the people that stay in them are welcoming.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are easy to follow but give the right amount of knowledge. Learning is easy and fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a good school and they are very on top of things to help you out and get your problems fixed. Keep your head up and finish even if it is hard, go to some of the staff for support.

    In three sentences

    This college is great. They are very helpful and have many recourses to help students. Also, the teachers are great and caring.

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    There are food places on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived in a dorm. I live at home.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers seem okay.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to experienced students, it will help more than the advisors.

    In three sentences

    Advisors are okay. Classes are flexible. Online Program is good.

  • 06/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    none

    Great for these types of students

    non traditional

    What to do for fun

    Shop, read

    Food and Dining

    limited, (cafeteria, coffee shop, Subway, and Chinese restaurant)

    Dorm Life

    The apartments are outdated and run down

    Academic Rigor

    Some teacher care, and some are simply their for paycheck

    Tips for prospective students

    Make a pro and con list of all the schools you want to attend

    In three sentences

    The school has many improvements that they need to make, such as housing, recreation center, and dining facilities. The school currently has a sky bridge that connects both sides of the campuses together, which is wonderful. However, their bookstore continues to charge more for books than the actual publisher, and this should be looked into.

  • 07/26/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    With 2 main roads threw campus they are heavily watched and makes you know your safety is taking care of for students

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    Alaska fitness club is very excellent choice

    Great for these types of students

    career orientated hard working degrees

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none

    Bang for the buck

    I plan on being a full time student and trying to get a full time job to support my family.

    What to do for fun

    Weight lift and hike the hills

    Food and Dining

    I hear the commons is very great and nice.

    Dorm Life

    wont be living in the dorms but i do hear great things.

    Academic Rigor

    Be hard at first then with time im sure you will find your footing and get in the zone.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your getting out of the military try to plan early for college and take advantage of your gibill or post 9/11 dont wait to long to decide about college.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful Campus. Great Location in the city close to shopping and my wifes family. Love the Idea of finally seeking college after 10 year service in the military.

  • 08/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of student clubs that can be participated in. These range from fun to study related.

    What to do for fun

    Anchorage in general has a ton of things to do I clouding cultural, outdoors, and other activities.

    Academic Rigor

    As in all schools, this really depends on the class/instructor. The chemistry department for example is extremely difficult while GER classes tend to be very easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study the expected courses hard before you go. Make sure you have a plan to take specific courses on your path.

    In three sentences

    UAA has great instructors overall. Sadly, communication between administration is not great, but it is being worked on. It is a great school to attend if you are a resident of Alaska.

  • 09/13/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Snowboard

    Food and Dining

    The pioneer!

    Academic Rigor

    Nursing program is tough but sets you up for success

    Tips for prospective students

    Wear a jacket

    In three sentences

    This school is a commuter college turned full on college. The school is in a beautiful city. The small class size makes learning easier.

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    75 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UPD respond pretty quickly if a threat is or around campus.

    What to do for fun

    All around campus there is a lot of things to do. It is just sometimes hard to find. If you look around though you can find fun things to do along with all the outdoor activities that Alaska offers of course.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are more easier and fun than others. Some classes give you lots of hard work and might take a good amount of time. It all depends on the classes and your professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you know what major you're going into, then sign up for the classes for that major quick cause classes can fill up fast and some are only during fall or spring semesters. If you don't know your major then take general classes and explore different classes to see what you might like.

    In three sentences

    It's a good school to go to because you get to see people from places. They're many things to do in campus. Personally I love it here.

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    This is a great school if you like outdoor sports.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of choices. Some of it is better than others. I am on one of the middle sized meal plans and it was more than enough for me.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorm is supposedly noisy . The dorm I am in is usually quiet. Small rooms but the space is adequate for me.

    Academic Rigor

    A little more difficult than my community college but I still had a fairly light work load with 16 credits.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for housing early because space is incredibly limited.

    In three sentences

    The professors care about our success. There are plenty of things to do on campus. The campus is very pretty.

  • 02/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    You get what you pay for, the teachers are decent and they're willing to help you but it's still not the best.

    What to do for fun

    Alyeska is a 45 minute drive away if you're in to snow sports, other than that I can't think of any UAA related fun activities.

    Food and Dining

    I choose not to eat on campus but there's lots of tasty options close to campus.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus but the dorms I had seen looked decent.

    Academic Rigor

    Workload has not been too high.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to join clubs and participate in activities if you're interested in any social interactions.

    In three sentences

    UAA is an inexpensive college for in-state students. There isn't much by way of social opportunities. It has been hard to make friends.

  • 02/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things to do for fun, indoor fun with water parks, skate boarding, ice rink or even outdoor fun with hiking, ice fishing, and much more. Alaska is beautiful and not overly populated so there is a lot to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always talk to your professors, wither you're behind, ahead, on track or just need some help. They will always have a way to help you or can appoint you to someone who can help your situation.

    In three sentences

    UAA is fast, easy and reliable. The professors are friendly and understanding.

  • 07/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Moose and bear sightings are common, so keep your distance and be safe! These animals are harmless if you don't bother them. I've walked the trails between housing and the classrooms many times by myself, but it is not recommended. Moose have been reported to chase people and other bad things happen.

    Bang for the buck

    As a member of the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program, I get scholarship support along with academic support with weekly recitation sessions. I am able to attend college debt free.

    What to do for fun

    There is a variety of clubs on campus that offer fun activities. In the winter, cross country skiing is popular since there are trails all over the city of Anchorage. As an engineering student, I spent most of my time studying :P

    Food and Dining

    The food in the commons offer little variety and everything ends up tasting the same - flavorless. On campus, there are also options such as Subway, asian food, burgers, pizza, etc., but the overall quality is pretty poor and the prices are high. If you live in the residence halls, you are required to get a meal plan as there are no kitchens.

    Dorm Life

    UAA doesn't really have dorms, but instead they have Residence Halls. Almost everybody gets their own private bedroom with single, double, and quad suites. You'll only have to share the bathroom with one person. These halls have high security, so lots of closed doors that make it hard to connect with others. However, Residence Life puts on a variety of programs to help residents connect with each other. You also have the choice of living in apartment style housing with kitchens or townhouse style housing if you are above 21.

    Academic Rigor

    Some people are serious about studying, other aren't. Some teachers are great, others aren't :P

    Tips for prospective students

    Realize that UAA is known more as a computer campus, although there is on-campus housing. Classes may be very far apart. There are a variety of clubs and study groups to join to help you connect with others on campus. Choose classes early - they fill up fast!

    In three sentences

    UAA is a relatively nice university given its low tuition. It is the largest university in Alaska based on its student population and is located in the largest city in Alaska. Personally, I wouldn't go here if I was paying out-of-state tuition.

  • 10/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    This is a large diverse campus. Everyone is open minded and ready to learn. People are easy to get along with.