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The University of Alaska Fairbanks is students, teachers and researchers who roll up their sleeves, pull on their boots, ask a lot of questions and discover sometimes surprising answers. We have more than 9,000 students from throughout the U.S. and from 44 foreign countries, studying or doing research all over rural and urban Alaska. Alongside them are public outreach centers that share practical information people use to make their lives better. And at the heart of it all is Alaska, vast and inspiring, to remind us of all there is to do and how far we can go.

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Overview

Applicants
1,554
Acceptance Rate
73%
Average HS GPA
3.27

GPA Breakdown

23%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
22%
2.50 - 2.99
8%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
480 - 610
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
480 - 610
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
18 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Deadlines

Regular — June 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
919
with Terminal Degree
561

504
Men
415
Women
145
Minority
30
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • American Indian/Native American Studies.
  • Area Studies, Other.
  • Russian Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Journalism.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Mining and Petroleum Technologies/Technicians, Other.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Geological/Geophysical Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Mining and Mineral Engineering.
  • Petroleum Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Child Development.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • American Indian/Native American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Applied Linguistics.
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • Japanese Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other.
  • Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biological and Physical Sciences.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Natural Sciences.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management.
  • Natural Resources and Conservation, Other.
  • Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Community Organization and Advocacy.
  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft.
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts.
  • Fine and Studio Arts.
  • Music, General.


Students Say

Class sizes at the University of Alaska—Fairbanks are small "even [at] the 100-level." The professors "not only have book smarts but real-life experience in their fields." In general they "invite comment, make sure there is time for discussion, change the direction of the class based on student interest and make themselves available to help." In addition to small class sizes students here benefit from faculty who "are very excited about their subject matter," which "makes for a great learning environment." They "are extremely accessible and supportive" and "will go out of there way to make sure you know the material and you will pass the course." Although there are reports of "some average professors," with regards to the "upper-level and major-specific classes," overall professors here are "academically stimulating and an excellent resource." It has been noted that, in the field of petroleum engineering specifically, "it seems as though [the professors] focus more on the theoretical side of things instead of the practical side."

Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Terminal Associate
Transfer Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Joseph Usibelli, Jr.
CEO, Usibelli Coal Mine

Niilo E. Koponen
public educator, homesteader, former legislator

Margaret T. Murie
conservationist, author

Syun-Ichi Akasofu
Director, International Arctic Research Center

Jay S. Hammond
former Alaska governor

Grace Berg Schaible
philantropist, former UA regent, former Alaska AG

Neil Davis
geophysicist, author, educator

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Jul 1
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,188

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,502

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,783

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
48%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,805

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,542

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,360
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$21,030
Required Fees
$1,439
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,400

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$2,000

On-Campus Room and Board
$8,380
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
7,610
Foreign Countries Represented
29

Demographics

13.59%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.36%
Asian
2.08%
African-American
5.80%
Hispanic
42.20%
Caucasian
29.05%
Unknown
1.14%
International

58% female
42% male
14% are out of state
45% are full time
55% are part time

Students Say

Students here joke, "If you love hockey or science, UAF is your Ivy League." The student body enjoys "sledding and skiing," "renting movies from the library, getting some pizza from the dorm area cache and having a little movie night with friends," as well as "making new friends when it's minus 40 outside." Students say a good deal of unity is derived from attending school in a climate that requires a cheerful disposition and tolerance for cold weather. As one student comments, "for the most part during the middle of the school year you do not see what the students look like. We all fit in; we're so covered up to combat the cold." Students enjoy both the camaraderie and intimacy of the student body: "For the most part all students seem to be able to fit in here. This school is a small school where you all know each other."

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
30%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
53%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Life on campus at The University of Alaska—Fairbanks is comprised of an intimate, active community. Students highlight on-campus gathering spots which include "the arcade, pool table, and bowling alley…in the student center," as well as "the pub" at the student center, which is only for those that are 21 and older, and which "only serves beer and has events like musical concerts and other activities." Intramural sports "are pretty popular" with a focus on "broomball, ultimate Frisbee, and rugby." Students also like to "just get together in social groups, such as clubs and other student organizations." UAF also "brings up great speakers." Both "the student government and individual departments sponsor many events throughout the year for students to get out and meet new people." Students derive immense joy from their use of the recreation center and the gym facilities, "which seem to be hidden gems on campus." Due to the occasionally intense winter conditions, most students "try to stay active outside and inside." Aiding this effort is "a group called Outdoor Adventures. They rent almost any outdoor gear available to students (for cheap), and this allows them to easily get out all over Alaska and have some fun." The group also organizes "all sorts of outdoor trips from white water kayaking to a week long hiking trip in the mountain ranges to ice climbing classes and ski classes."

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Mary Matthews

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
134
Number of Honor Societies
7

Number of Social Sororities
1
Number of Religious Organizations
7

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Nanooks)
5 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Riflery
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Women's Sports (Nanooks)
6 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Riflery
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Swimming
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: The Mission of AGLA (Alaska Gay and Lesbian Association) is to provide a supportive environment for UAF Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgendered Students, Faculty and Staff to meet and discuss issues and socialize.

Minority Support Groups: Rural Student Services - provides academic counseling and a sense of community to Native Alaskan and rural students.

Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Office of Admissions

Address
PO Box 757480
Fairbanks, AK 99775

Phone
800-478-1823

Email
admissions@uaf.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Wood Center (includes food court)
Student Recreation Center (SRC)
Rasmuson Library
Groomed cross-country ski trails on campus
Hess Recreation Center
Wood Center (includes food court, coffee shop, bowling alley and pool tables, Outdoor Adventures, the Pub and various spaces for groups to gather or hold meetings) The 2,250 acre Fairbanks campus includes two lakes and 17 miles of ski and hiking trails as well as a major student recreation complex. We often refer to UAF as having a 360-million-acre campus because research and field work might take you anywhere in Alaska.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Marlin (bar and live music)
Blue Loon(bar, music,arthouse movies)
College Town Pizza
Alaska Coffee Roasting Company (Coffee House)
Hot Licks Ice Cream
Ranging a little further afield, Denali National Park and Preserve is a 4-hour train ride or 2-hour drive away. The one-million-acre White Mountains National Recreation Area is just north of town, with a wild river and extensive trail system. Chena Hot Springs Resort is located 60 scenic miles from downtown Fairbanks, and there are several great day hikes on the way there, including Angel Rocks and Granite Tors. On the eastern side of town, the Birch Hill Recreation Area maintains more than 18 miles of ski trails with almost five miles of lighted loops. If you’re interested in canoeing, kayaking or boating, the Chena River glides right through Fairbanks, Chena Lakes Recreation Area is 25 miles south, Nenana River whitewater runs along the edge of Denali National Park and the mighty Yukon River is about 140 miles to the north.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@uaf.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
subject to availability

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxis, buses (within Fairbanks), Fairbanks International Airport, trains (within Alaska)

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the Fairbanks International Airport: Leaving the airport, exit onto Airport Way. Pass Fred Meyer store and turn left onto University Avenue. Turn left at College Road into the entrance to UAF. From Anchorage: Take the Parks highway to Fairbanks. Exit onto Geist Road. Turn left at Thompson Drive. This is one of the entrances to the UAF campus.

Local Accommodations
Student dorms and apartments on campus ($1495/semester). Cabins(no running water) ($250-600/ month) Apartments ($600-1000/ month) Houses ($600-1400/ month)


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