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Encyclopedia > University of Alaska

The University of Alaska is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space Grant university founded in 1922 in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The UA System consists of three main universities, each with several satellite campuses in smaller communities. They are: University of Alaska Fairbanks, the main campus; University of Alaska Anchorage; and University of Alaska Southeast (in Juneau).

The University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) is home to the Geophysical Institute, which operates the Poker Flat rocket range; and to the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center.

The University of Alaska schools are relatively small, but do have several world-class departments. At UAF, these are most notably the mathematics department, and those natural sciences which take advantage of UA's unique location, including space physics and wildlife biology. It also competes on a national level in several sports.

The University of Alaska is also among the most inexpensive universities in the United States.

External link

  • Univerisity of Alaska system web site (http://www.alaska.edu)

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