"University of Alaska" redirects here. Though related, this entity should not be confused with historical usage of the term to refer to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which was known as the University of Alaska from 1935 until system restructuring in 1975.
The University of Alaska is a land-grant university founded in 1917 in Fairbanks, over forty years before the Alaska Statehood Act of 1959. However, its largest campus by number of students is now in the much-more populated Anchorage area.
The University of Alaska System consists of three main universities, each with several satellite campuses in smaller communities. Nearly 33,000 students are enrolled at three campuses and their branches. These campuses are:
Since the population of Alaska is smaller than most US states, the University of Alaska System is a relatively small one. However, it does have several notable academic departments. At UAF, these are the geology department, the atmospheric sciences department, and the wildlifebiology department. Reflecting the state's small population, the amount of Federal land granted to the University of Alaska under the Morrill Act was the second-smallest grant in the country.