University of Alaska--Fairbanks

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PO Box 757500

Fairbanks, AK 99775-7500

Phone: (907) 474-7211
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jun. 15
application deadline

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University of Alaska--Fairbanks is a public institution that was founded in 1917. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,131, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 2,250 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Alaska--Fairbanks's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,550 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,240 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Alaskans take great pride in their individuality, and Alaska's flagship university is no different. As America's arctic university, the University of Alaska Fairbanks plays a key role in studying the unique social and physical characteristics of the Far North. From climate change to anthropology, space physics to natural resource management, UAF excels in teaching and researching issues of the circumpolar North, and in applying that knowledge to serve northern peoples and communities. Our location defines us: what we are, what we teach and what we research. Our focus is the circumpolar North and its diverse peoples, with classrooms and labs that extend beyond our campus - from arctic tundra to alpine slopes to temperate rain forests, from the Arctic Ocean to the Bering Sea and the entire North Pacific. As Alaska's top teaching and research university, and the state's only Ph.D.-granting institution, our programs attract and retain world-class faculty. Their work is published in academic journals and the popular press, and they're sought after around the world for their expertise. That means the instruction you receive at UAF is highly regarded nationally and internationally. UAF has seven urban and rural campuses, and comprises eight college and schools. Although you will choose a major within one of them, you can take classes in others. Diversify your learning in engineering and mines, liberal arts, natural science and mathematics, rural and community development, education, fisheries and ocean sciences, management, and natural resources and agricultural sciences. With more than 360 million acres of possibilities to explore, field work really takes place in the field, on the glacier or up the mountain. A lab could have a supercomputer or ancient artifacts. And the work addresses real issues, like helping develop rural businesses, predict natural disasters or treat diabetes. We're a university, but our teaching environments are more like what you'd find at a small college, offering private-school attention at a public school price. Undergraduates get one-on-one time with faculty members, even collaborating on advanced research, but your most valuable and memorable experiences may come from classmates whose backgrounds contrast with yours. UAF students come from all over Alaska, the United States and the world, and are of many ethnic, religious, cultural and language groups. We also enroll many nontraditional students. Some are returning to the classroom after raising a family or pursuing a career, and some hold full-time jobs while working toward a certificate or degree. Each student has a different perspective and unique background, making for an energetic mix and lively classroom discussions. At UAF you'll learn in a close-knit community where teaching and research are balanced with campus activities and traditions, lasting friendships, and outdoor adventures. You'll have plenty of options to stay busy. Experience the Last Frontier up close and personal through our Outdoor Adventures program, take a leadership role with student government or the dynamic Leadership Program, be a DJ at the campus radio station, or tackle one of the best climbing walls in the state at the Student Recreation Center. Join an intramural sports team, or cheer on one of our eight intercollegiate athletic teams. The average weekend on campus features a full slate of concerts, plays, film festivals and other events to keep you busy until Monday. (Just don't forget to do your homework.) Students come to UAF to explore, and to get more out of college, a degree out of life. There's passive learning, and then there's active learning. Want active learning? Choose UAF.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1917
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $74,058,751


When applying to University of Alaska--Fairbanks, it's important to note the application deadline is June 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at University of Alaska--Fairbanks is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 75.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 75.5%
Application deadline June 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Alaska--Fairbanks is 11:1, and the school has 67 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Alaska--Fairbanks include: Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Social Sciences; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 12%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Engineering 16%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 12%
Psychology 7%
Social Sciences 7%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 6%

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Student Life

University of Alaska--Fairbanks has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,131, with a gender distribution of 42.3 percent male students and 57.7 percent female students. At this school, 24 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 76 percent of students live off campus. University of Alaska--Fairbanks is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 9,314
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

University of Alaska--Fairbanks offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of Alaska--Fairbanks also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Alaska--Fairbanks, 23 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Alaska--Fairbanks.

Students who have cars on campus 23%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Alaska--Fairbanks, 51 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,001.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,550 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $19,240 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,200 (2013-14)
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