University of Alaska system

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"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.
University of Alaska System
Motto Ad Summum (Latin, "To The Highest Point.")
Established 1975
Type Public, Land Grant
President James Johnsen
Students 35,000
Location Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau, Alaska, United States

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.[1] Nearly 33,000 students are enrolled at three campuses and their branches.These campuses are:

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is home to the noted Geophysical Institute, which operates the Poker Flat Research Range presently the only collegiate rocket test range in the U.S. (The California Institute of Technology and other colleges formerly had them. See Jet Propulsion Laboratory-History.)[citation needed] Also, there is the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center, the location of the only Cray supercomputer in the Arctic region, and the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences which has facilities and research projects all over Alaska and the Arctic Ocean.

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 wildlife biology 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.[2]


  1. ^ "About UA | University of Alaska System". Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  2. ^ Johnsen, James (2002-05-03). "Reengaging the University: A Case Study of the University of Alaska, 1998-2002". University of California-Berkeley. Archived from the original on 2006-10-27. Retrieved 2007-01-31. .

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