The UAS Juneau campus makes the most of a spectacular environment along the Tongass National Forest and the Juneau Icefield. You can study environmental science at the only university in the United States next to glacial watersheds, marine biology in a prime habitat for marine mammals, and art or English literature in the footsteps of John Muir. Students also write plans for local businesses, take the stage with Alaska’s regional theater company, or work as interns in the state legislature in Juneau, Alaska’s capital city.
Juneau is on the mainland of Southeast Alaska at the heart of the Inside Passage along the Gastineau Channel. It lies 900 air miles northwest of Seattle and 600 air miles southeast of Anchorage. For more on location, visit our tours & maps page.
Juneau has a population of about 31,000. The State, City & Borough of Juneau, and federal agencies provide nearly 45% of the employment in the community. As the state capital, Juneau is home to legislators and their staff during the legislative session between January and May. Tourism is a significant contributor to the private sector economy during the summer months.
Juneau has a mild, maritime climate. Average summer temperatures range from 44 to 65; winter temperatures range from 25 to 35. It is in the mildest climate zone in Alaska. Annual precipitation is 92 inches in downtown Juneau, and 54 inches ten miles north at the airport, which is near the campus. Snowfall averages 101 inches.