National studies show college enrollment is declining and universities in Alaska are no exception.

Last fall, enrollment numbers dropped across the country for the sixth year in a row

As part of a push to get new students on campus, the University of Alaska Anchorage is hosting a first-time community event next Friday.

Explore UAA takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Student Union on UAA's campus.

It's geared toward high school juniors and their families and offers an avenue to explore campus as well as mingle with current and former students.

Amy Anderson, lead organizer of the Explore UAA event joined KTVA's First Take at Five to talk about what participants can expect from the event. 

"I just really hope that this gives everybody an opportunity to see how awesome UAA is, and to really see that you don't need to leave the state to have excellence, we have it right within our state," Anderson said, adding that the event is open to anyone in the community. 

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