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University of Alaska Fairbanks

  • Fairbanks, AK
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 57%43%
    student ratio
  • 8,078
    total students
  • $5,760 | $19,080
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • June 15
    fall application deadline
  • 79%
    acceptance rate
  • Minimally Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 534
    sat math
  • 534
    sat reading
  • 502
    sat writing
  • 22
    act composite

Overview

A College Experience, But Different

Just 200 miles from the Arctic Circle, the University of Alaska Fairbanks immerses students in the splendor of the Far North, in and out of the classroom. Even though UAF is Alaska's leading research and teaching university, it's still the size of a small college compared to huge state universities outside Alaska. UAF has 9,576 undergraduates and only 10,799 students overall. The Fairbanks campus itself is home to just about 6,000 students and has an 11:1 faculty to student ratio. The small size gives students opportunities for one-on-one interaction with professors.

UAF offers degrees in the usual fields, but the northern location allows for programs students won't find just anywhere. Polar ice, arctic wildlife, cold-climate engineering and issues surrounding sustainability and climate change are just some of the subjects students can study.

A Small University With a Unique History

The college began as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mining in 1917 and was the first university in Alaska. Only 6 students were in the college's inaugural class and its first commencement consisted of a single graduate.

Land, Sea, and Space

The university is one of the few grant institutions involving land, sea, and space. The school got its start through a government land-grant program for colleges in the early 1900s. The federal government named the school an ocean research grant institution in 1980 and a space research grant center in 1991.

Students Find an Edge

The Alaska wilderness is both a learning site and recreational playground for UAF students. The university's main campus is on 2,200 acres in Fairbanks. The college also has community campuses in remote parts of Alaska, including Bethel and Nome, amid more than 360 million acres of wilderness.

Its outdoor adventures recreational program offers guide-led access to Alaska's rivers, glaciers, hiking trails, and wildlife. The program also rents outdoor equipment cheaper than can be found commercially.

Summer expeditions include wilderness backpacking, white river rafting, and rock climbing. Examples of winter activities are snowshoeing, dog mushing, ice climbing, and cross-country skiing.

Solid Ground

The university has 8 schools and colleges that together offer 201 degrees and certificates. Among them are the School of Education, the School of Management, the College of Engineering and Mines, and the College of Rural and Community Development.

Entering students complete a core curriculum of liberal arts studies before entering a major program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Core classes include academic writing, science, and mathematics.

More than 58% of undergraduates at UAF are from Alaska. The school also attracts students from throughout the United States and nearly 50 countries.

Students Pick a Path

UAF undergraduates earn bachelor's degrees in fields such as biological sciences, business, elementary education, mechanical engineering, computer science, Justice and journalism. Other majors at UAF include art and emergency management.

Some programs are offered only as minors but give students the opportunity to expand interests. Examples are global studies, leadership and civic engagement, arctic skills, and aviation technology.

In addition, an interdisciplinary studies program is available to students who wish to pursue courses of study outside of established majors.

Students Venture Out

The university also is devoted to the unique features of the polar north, its inhabitants, and history. Degrees in Alaska Native languages, rural development, and resource management are offered at UAF.

For instance, undergraduates can pursue degrees in Yup'ik, an Eskimo language. Other BA programs such as Russian studies are related to Alaska's geographical and ethnic heritage. Academic fields at UAF, including fisheries and mining engineering, are enriched by the proximity of the state's abundant resources.

Students Work for Real

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is the state's leading research institution with more than $117 million in annual expenditures. Its emphasis is on the circumpolar North and the region's challenges and opportunities, such as climate change and resource management.

UAF is home to more than a dozen research centers. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to join research projects that may take them to Alaskan rivers, glaciers, mountains, and forests.

Students Learn and Live -- Stay Grounded or Take Flight

The university's Geophysical Institute includes the Poker Flat Research Range, the only university-owned rocket range in the world. The Poker Flat Research Range launches sounding rockets for atmospheric research under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Other important research centers include UAF's Institute of Arctic Biology, the site of studies on arctic climate change and wildlife, and the Institute of Northern Engineering, which explores engineering vital to cold regions.

Adventure is Inevitable

Fairbanks is located about 350 miles north of Anchorage in the interior region of Alaska. With a population of more than 32,000, Fairbanks is Alaska's largest interior city, nestled in the central Tanana Valley.

Fairbanks is a gateway to the spectacular natural resources of Alaska. These natural features draw tourists and adventurers from around the world. The glow of the aurora borealis, called the Northern Lights, can be seen in Fairbanks nearly 200 days each year.

In addition, the city is within easy access of the Yukon River and Denali National Park.


Location & Contact

PO Box 757500
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7520
USA

Mary Kreta

Director of Admissions

Phone: 907-474-7500
Fax: 907-474-7097
Email: admissions@uaf.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • American Indian/Native American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Area Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Russian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting Technology and Bookkeeping
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Construction Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Resources Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Construction trades
    • Carpentry
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Teacher Assistant/Aide
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geological/Geophysical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mining and Mineral Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Petroleum Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering technologies
    • Drafting and Design Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial Production Technologies Related
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Mining and Petroleum Technologies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Family and consumer sciences
    • Child Development
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Child-Care Provision
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • American Indian/Native American Languages
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Foreign Languages and Literatures
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Foreign Languages Related
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Japanese
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Linguistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Dental Assisting
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Dental Hygiene
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Medical/Clinical Assistant
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions Related
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Health
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Corrections and Criminal Justice Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fire Science/Firefighting
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Biological and Physical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Natural Sciences
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • General Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Applied Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mechanic and repair technologies
    • Aircraft Powerplant Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Installation and Repair Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Natural Resources and Conservation Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Natural Resources Management and Policy
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Personal and culinary services
    • Culinary Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Community Organization and Advocacy
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Science technologies
    • Science Technologies Related
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Transportation and materials moving
    • Airline Pilot and Flight Crew
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Theater Design and Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

79% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,529
    • Accepted1,221
    • Acceptance Rate79%
    • Enrolled8,078
    • Female Applicants816
    • Females Accepted636
    • Female Acceptance Rate77%
    • Male Applicants713
    • Males Accepted585
    • Male Acceptance Rate82%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
      Minimum high school GPA of 2.5
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.19
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen June 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen June 15th --
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer June 15th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 534 470 600
    • SAT Math 534 470 610
    • SAT Writing 502 440 560
    • ACT Composite 22 18 25
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$5,760
    • Out-of-state tuition *$19,080
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$992.00
    • Room and board *$7,450.00
    • Room only *$3,790.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionChildren of Alumni, Employees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students8,078
    • Male Student Percentage43%
    • Female Student Percentage57%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino3.58%
    • Black or African American1.62%
    • White or Caucasian31.9%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native9.95%
    • Asian.94%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.16%
    • Two or more races3.01%
    • Unknown19.01%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout1.19% representing 34 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students13% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 32%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Yes
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Alpha Phi Omega, Festival of Native Arts, Socratic Society, Parkour and Free Running Club, Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other ID check at door of residence halls, crime prevention and safety workshops

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division II
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery Yes No No
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Ice hockey Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Rifle No Division 2 Yes
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) No Division 2 Yes
    • Soccer Yes No No
    • Swimming No No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery Yes No No
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Rifle No Division 2 Yes
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) No Division 2 Yes
    • Soccer Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division X Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 2 Yes

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty1,019
    • Full-time Percentage37%
    • Part-time Percentage63%
    • Female Percentage46%
    • Male Percentage54%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio11:1 or 6,235 students to 582 faculty


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