The UA System consists of three main universities, each with several satellite campuses in smaller communities. They are:
Nearly 33,000 students attend classes between the three campuses.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is home to the world-famous Geophysical Institute, which operates both the Poker Flat Research Range (the only collegiate rocket range in the country) and the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center, home to the only Cray supercomputer in the Arctic region.
The University of Alaska schools are relatively small, but do have several world-class departments. At UAF, these are most notably the geology department and those natural sciences which take advantage of UA's unique location, including atmospheric sciences and wildlife biology. At UAS, the School of Management has extended its degree programs state-wide with an innovative asynchronous distance delivery model well suited for the vast distances of "The Last Frontier." Reflecting the state's small population, the land granted to the UA system is the second-smallest grant in the country, leading only Rhode Island.
The University of Alaska campuses compete on a national level in several sports, both in the NAIA and NCAA. The University of Alaska Fairbanks has won several NCAA championships in competition shooting, while the University of Alaska Anchorage hosts the famous Great Alaska Shootout each fall in men's basketball. UAF's men's hockey team also plays at the Carlson Center, one of the very few Olympic-sized hockey rinks in North America; UAA's men's hockey team plays at the other Olympic-sized hockey rink in Alaska, the even larger Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.