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Campus Features and Student Life

Your Guide to Campus Spaces, Places, and Features

The Ketchikan Campus has Study Spaces, computer and printer access, a library with coffee and comfortable spaces, hiking, and more. 


Coffee, couches, computers, and copious amounts of reading material. The inviting environment of our library, and our friendly staff, will help you find books you need both locally and from around the state (or country), help you access ebooks, be a listening ear for homework questions, sit down with you one-on-one to teach you how to use Databases to find the right peer-reviewed articles for your homework assignments, and more!

Get Research Help or Learn More About Library Hours and Use

Student Lounge and Study Spaces

Ziegler Building, Second Floor

With couches, comfy chairs, study tables, two smart white boards, and multiple computer terminals and free printing terminals, the student lounge is a great place to study.

As part of the student lounge, the Ketchikan student government stocks a full counter of water, tea, coffee, creamer and sweeteners, snacks, a microwave, a small refrigerator, and free sexual health prophylactics and some feminine hygiene products. 

The campus library boasts free hot brewed coffee, multiple study tables, couches with large window views, one-person desks, and multiple computer terminals and free student printing.

The second floor mezzanine host a large conference table surrounded by windows for studying at, as well as an outdoor patio with table.

Paul Building, Second Floor

The Paul Building houses most of the campus' academic classrooms, the Computer and Testing Labs, and Laboratory for science classes. The second floor hosts a large outdoor patio with tables for studying, taking a break, or enjoying the sun (when it's out!). 

Computer Lab and Testing Center

Students have access to the Computer Lab in the Paul Building, plus computers in the Ziegler Building Student Center and Library, and computers at the Maritime Training Center. We also provide technology tutoring. And for both students and the wider community, we also provide proctoring and testing services for professional license, certificate, or continuing education testing.

Visit the computer lab and testing services page

Rainbird Hiking Trail

Walk out the door and you're on the trail. The Rainbird is a popular 1.3 mile short through-hike that takes hikers through the wooded mountainside above, and running parallel to, the Third Avenue Bypass. The trail is moderately difficult, and at times depending on the snow and water run-off, can become challenging and require off-trail navigation due to washouts. 

View the USDA's Ketchikan Area Trails Guide

About Ketchikan and the UAS Ketchikan Campus

Read our Land Acknowledgement here. Ketchikan is located on the western coast of Revillagigedo Island, near the southernmost boundary of Alaska. It is 679 miles north of Seattle and 235 miles south of Juneau. The 2.2 million-acre Misty Fiords National Monument lies east of town. Ketchikan is the first Alaska port of call for northbound cruise ships and State ferries.


Approximately 13,000 people share this little corner of the rainforest.


The Ketchikan campus, the oldest campus in the region, was originally established as Ketchikan Community College in 1954. It is located in Alaska’s First City, which regards itself as the salmon capital of the world. The campus awards both certificates and associate degrees, and in cooperation with the larger University of Alaska system through distance education, we graduate students locally with bachelor and master degrees. Business and industry programs are delivered on this campus, as well as a core of technical, maritime studies and other vocational courses.


The area lies in the maritime climate zone noted for its warm winters, cool summers, and heavy precipitation.

  • Summer temperatures range from 51 to 65;
  • Winter temperatures range from 29 to 39.
  • Ketchikan averages 156 inches (13 feet) of annual precipitation, including 32 inches of snow.

Ketchikan Facts

  • Ketchikan has the world's largest collection of standing totem poles.
  • In May of 2013 Ketchikan hosted the world’s largest Rain Boot race* as with 1,976 runners & walkers.

*Confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records

UAS Ketchikan

UAS Ketchikan faculty and staff offer friendly, personalized attention to students who will find familiarity, inclusiveness, and top value for their education dollars. Course are delivered face-to-face and via eLearning (Distance Education).

Earn your associate, bachelor, or master degrees from anywhere in the state of Alaska with our online learning programs! Or take our vocational/technical courses taught by experts in such fields as marine transportation, welding, and certified nurse assisting.

Courses at UAS Ketchikan offer students the benefit of instruction from highly-qualified experts in their fields, many of whom have doctoral degrees and are eager to provide their expertise in an approachable manner. Faculty offer top rated interactive distance courses. Student Services Staff support students with mathematics and writing assignments, proctored testing, technology support and academic advising. At the UAS Ketchikan Campus Library, you'll find friendly librarians who help students navigate the world of scholarly research, both on the shelves and in electronic format.

Competitive tuition rates help students reach their educational goals. Friendly outgoing advisors guide students toward available funding resources; they steer students in various programs of study toward certificate, associate, baccalaureate, and distance-delivered master degrees; and they offer expertise in addressing students’ concerns.

If seeking your education at a college that will embrace and support you wholeheartedly, look no further than the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus.