University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK
location
Public
type
Small
setting
57%
43%
student ratio
7,239
total students
Tuition Cost $6,690 | $22,080
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $8,074
June 15
fall application deadline
73%
acceptance rate
Minimally Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
Not
Reported
sat math
Not
Reported
sat reading
Not
Reported
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 8,173 undergraduates, with 9,330 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 six 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.

UAF's 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, whitewater rafting, and rock climbing. Examples of winter activities are snowshoeing, dog mushing, ice climbing, and cross-country skiing.

Solid Ground

The university offers about 180 degrees and certificates through its eight schools and colleges: the colleges of Engineering and Mines, Liberal Arts, Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Natural Science and Mathematics, and Rural and Community Development, and the schools of Education and Management. 

Entering students complete a core curriculum of liberal arts studies before selecting a major program. Core classes include academic writing, science, and mathematics.

About 83% of undergraduates at UAF are from Alaska. The school also attracts students from throughout the United States and 44 countries.

Students Pick a Path

UAF undergraduates earn bachelor's degrees in fields such as biological sciences, business, mechanical engineering, computer science, justice and anthropology. 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 North and its inhabitants and history. Degrees in Alaska Native languages, rural development, and resource management are offered at UAF.

Other bachelor's degree programs, such as geology and Yup'ik, an Eskimo language, are related to Alaska's natural history 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

UAF is the state's leading research institution, with $103 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 Alaska 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 NASA.

Other important research centers include the College of Natural Science and Mathematics Research Division, Institute of Arctic Biology and International Arctic Research Center, 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 about 350 miles north of Anchorage, nestled in the central Tanana Valley. It is the largest city in Interior Alaska, with a regional population of about 100,000. 

Fairbanks is a gateway to the spectacular beauty of Alaska, which draws tourists and adventurers from around the world. The glow of the aurora borealis, called the Northern Lights, can frequently be seen from early fall to early spring. The city is also within about a two-hour drive from the Yukon River to the north and Denali National Park and Preserve to the south.


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.
  • 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.
    • Computer Support Specialist
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Construction trades
    • Carpentry
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Early Childhood Education
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's 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.
    • Geological/Geophysical 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.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Family and consumer sciences
    • Child Development
      Bachelor's 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.
    • Emergency Medical Technology (EMT Paramedic)
      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
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • 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.
    • Natural Resources/Conservation
      Bachelor's 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.
  • 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.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Theater Design and Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

73% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,557
    • Accepted1,144
    • Acceptance Rate73%
    • Enrolled7,239
    • Female Applicants807
    • Females Accepted587
    • Female Acceptance Rate72%
    • Male Applicants750
    • Males Accepted557
    • Male Acceptance Rate74%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $50
    • 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 freshman3.33
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen June 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • 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
    • SAT Math
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 22 19 26
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$6,690
    • Out-of-state tuition *$22,080
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,454
    • Room and board *$8,530
    • Room only *$4,140
    • * 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 tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$8,074
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$7,882
    • Average International Student Financial Aid Package:$19,335
    • Average Loan Aid:$3,793
    • Average Grant Aid:$3,929
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$6,744
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:96%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 53%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 13%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students7,239
    • Male Student Percentage43%
    • Female Student Percentage57%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino6.66%
    • Black or African American2.21%
    • White or Caucasian43.45%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native13.73%
    • Asian1.24%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.41%
    • Two or more races4.43%
    • Unknown or International Student26.74%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout1.12% representing 34 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students14% 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 37%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • 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 Chi Alpha, Yoga Club, Aurora Aerial Arts, Festival of Native Arts, Gender and Sexuality 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
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Ice hockey Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Rifle No Division 2 Yes
    • Skiing (cross-country) No Division 2 Yes
    • Soccer Yes No No
    • Swimming No No No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Rifle No Division 2 Yes
    • Skiing (cross-country) No Division 2 Yes
    • Soccer Yes No No
    • Swimming No Yes Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 2 Yes

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty909
    • Full-time Percentage36%
    • Part-time Percentage64%
    • Female Percentage48%
    • Male Percentage52%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio10:1 or 5,265 students to 506 faculty


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