The University observes 12 holidays each year:
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Celebration of Alaska Civil Rights
  • Friday of Spring Break  
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday
  • Christmas Day 
  • The day before or after New Year's, Independence Day, and Christmas are also observed as holidays
View UA Holiday Calendar (PDF version)

Winter Break

The University observes a hard closure during the three days from Christmas to New Year's. Employees will need to use Annual Leave, Faculty Time Off, Personal Holiday, and/or Leave Without Pay during those three days. Leave Without Pay must be approved by the employee's supervisor. 

If you have questions about UA Holidays, please contact

UA Holidays Calendar

Subscribe to the UA Holidays Calendar below.

After satisfying the six-month probation period, each benefit-eligible non-represented employee may select a Personal Holiday, which must be approved by the immediate supervisor. Personal Holiday cannot be used during the pay period in which July 1 falls. 

These holidays apply to all eligible employees, except those whose special duties are essential to the safety and security of the University as determined by the chancellors.

Union contracts may also govern holiday observance and pay.