of Alaska Fairbanks
Office of Admissions
$14,200 (out of state)
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of Alaska Fairbanks
Founded in 1917, the University provides education,
research, and service in the “last frontier.” The Fairbanks
campus, one of three in the statewide system of higher education, is the
primary administrative and research center, with branches in Bethel, Dillingham,
Kotzebue, and Nome, along with rural centers throughout the state.
The total University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) enrollment is slightly over 10,000 students. Eighty-five percent of the students have Alaskan residency, although nearly half of the students graduated from high schools in forty-nine states and thirty-eight other countries.
The campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks is situated on a ridge
overlooking the valley of the Tanana River and the city of Fairbanks.
Serving a population of more than 85,000 within the 7,561-square-mile
North Star Borough, Fairbanks is a major trade center for outlying villages
in Interior Alaska. The city is connected with the rest of the state and
the lower forty-eight states by air and highway. Municipal bus service
is available between downtown Fairbanks, the surrounding area, and the
campus. Shuttle bus service is available around the UAF campus.
Fairbanks offers the sophistication of larger cities through such luxuries
as first-run movies and fine restaurants while maintaining the atmosphere
of smaller, more personal towns. Denali National Park and other vast wilderness
areas are close at hand, and Anchorage is 350 miles south via the Parks
Highway. Members of the Fairbanks community and the University join together
in the University-Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and in many other musical
and theatrical enterprises.
The academic year is divided into two semesters; registration is in early
April for the fall semester and in November for the spring semester. Preregistration
is available for returning students. In addition, there are three-week,
six-week, and twelve-week summer sessions. UAF offers an early orientation
for new students in the fall and spring semesters. The University is organized
into four colleges and four professional schools: the College of Liberal
Arts, the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, the College of Engineering
and Mines, the College of Rural Alaska, and the Schools of Natural Resources
and Agricultural Sciences, Education, Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, and
Management. A minimum of 120 credits must be completed for the four-year
baccalaureate degree programs.
Students who receive scores of 3 or higher on the College Board’s
Advanced Placement tests may be awarded credit by the University. Currently
enrolled students may challenge courses for credit by successfully completing
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations or by completing
locally prepared examinations. Requests for advanced-placement credit
and credit by examination are coordinated through the Office of Admissions.
The honors program is designed for highly motivated undergraduate students
who wish to acquire a superior understanding of the natural and social
sciences, the arts, and the humanities. Prospective honors students need
a minimum ACT composite score of 29 or a minimum combined SAT score of
approximately 1270, with a minimum 3.6 high school GPA.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks awards certificates,
A.A. and A.A.S. degrees, and B.A., B.S., B.B.A., B.Ed., B.M., and B.F.A.
degrees in accounting, airframe studies, Alaska Native studies, anthropology,
applied accounting, applied business, applied physics, apprenticeship
technology, art, arts and sciences, aviation maintenance technology, aviation
technology, biochemistry, biological sciences, business administration,
chemistry, civil engineering, communication, community health, computer
science, culinary arts, dental assistant studies, drafting technology,
early childhood, earth science, economics, electrical engineering, elementary
education, emergency medical services, emergency services, English, Eskimo,
fisheries, foreign languages, general science, geography (environmental
studies), geological engineering, geology, ground vehicle maintenance
technology, health-care reimbursement, health technology, history, human
services, Japanese studies, journalism, justice, linguistics, maintenance
technology, mathematics, mechanical engineering, medical assistant studies,
microcomputer support specialist studies, mining engineering, molecular
biology, music, Native language education, natural resources management
(including forestry), Northern studies, office management and technology,
paralegal studies, petroleum engineering, philosophy, phlebotomy, physics,
political science, powerplant studies, process technology, psychology,
renewable resources, rural development, rural human services, Russian
studies, social work, sociology, statistics, technology, theater, tribal
management, and wildlife biology. Preprofessional advising is available
in dentistry, law, library science, medicine, physical therapy, and veterinary
Facilities and Resources
The nine residence halls on campus are renovated and are capable of lodging 1,322 students. The Student Apartment Complex has sixty furnished two-bedroom units reserved for sophomore and upperclass students. The Eileen Panigeo MacLean House, housing for rural students, holds 22 students. The University also manages 153 furnished apartments for students with families.
The large campus contains a core of academic buildings and residences,
as well as miles of ski trails, two lakes, and an arboretum. Most of the
University’s research institutes, including the noted Geophysical
Institute and the International Arctic Research Center, are clustered
on the West Ridge. The University’s Agricultural Experiment Station
farm is on campus, as are a Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
and various state and federal agencies and laboratories. The University
awards graduate degrees in many of the same areas as the undergraduate
studies, often in conjunction with one of its research institutes. A natural
science facility that houses chemistry, physics, geology, and earth sciences
was completed relatively recently.
The cheery and roomy student union, the William Ransom Wood Center, is
the focus of various out-of-class activities for students and faculty
members. The center houses meeting and exhibit rooms, lounges and television
areas, the student government offices, campus information, a pub, a bowling
alley, a games room, a cafeteria, a snack bar, an espresso bar, and a
People of different ethnicities and from all walks of life come together at UAF to learn. With all the opportunities for involvement at UAF, they are united in classes, clubs, offices and residence halls. Nearly half of UAF’s student body comes from out of state, and nearly 300 come from other countries. Students here are encouraged both to preserve their unique heritage and to enrich that heritage by interacting with others. That’s why we support events like the Festival of Native Arts and invite visiting speakers and artists who empower and motivate people of all different races and cultures to create a more vibrant world. Student clubs also contribute to the celebration of diversity on campus.
/ Varsity Athletics
Intercollegiate athletics include men’s
and women’s basketball, cross-country running and skiing, and riflery
and women’s volleyball and swim teams. The University sponsors an
outstanding men’s intercollegiate ice-hockey team, which plays at
the 4,665-seat Carlson Center. The UAF hockey team is a member of the
Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The Student Recreation Complex
houses a variety of sports and physical activities facilities, including
multipurpose areas for basketball, volleyball, badminton, tennis, calisthenics,
dance, gymnastics, judo, and karate; a rifle and pistol range; courts
for handball, racquetball, and squash; an elevated 200-meter, three-lane
jogging track; a swimming pool; weight-training and modern fitness equipment
areas; an ice arena for recreational skating and hockey; a special aerobics
area; and a three-story climbing wall.
Tuition and fees are $4,135 per semester for full-time (15 credits) students. Nonresident students paid an additional $6,185 for 15 credits of tuition each semester. Residents of Alaska, the Yukon Territory, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories are exempt from the nonresident tuition fee. To qualify as a resident, a student must have been living in Alaska for two years. Students who initially register as nonresidents may apply for resident status after living in state for twelve months, under the University’s “bona fide resident” provision. The approximate cost per semester for books and supplies is $500 and for personal items and recreation, $450. A double-occupancy residence hall room on campus costs $1,495 per semester. Meals, which all residence hall occupants are required to purchase, cost approximately $1,295 per semester. These costs are subject to change. Married student housing on campus is also available.
Aid / Scholarships
A large portion of financial aid is derived from the Alaska Supplemental
Education Loan Program, which is available to all students attending UAF,
regardless of residency. Three kinds of aid are available: grants and
scholarships (which need not be repaid), loans, and part-time employment.
Students who seek financial assistance for the fall term should submit
applications by February 15. Inquiries should be addressed to the Financial
Aid Office, University of Alaska Fairbanks, P.O. Box 756560, Fairbanks,
The Chancellor’s Scholarship, a one-year tuition waiver, is available
to entering freshmen with a minimum 3.0 GPA and 1150 SAT combined score
or 25 ACT composite score. To apply, students should submit a scholarship
application, an application for admission, a high school transcript, and
test scores for review. The deadline for scholarships is February 15.
National Merit finalists qualify for a four-year tuition waiver plus a
Requirements / Application
For admission to a baccalaureate program, applicants
must be high school graduates with a cumulative grade point average of
at least 2.0 and have earned a GPA of at least 2.5 in a high school core
curriculum of 16 credits. Transfer students must also have a minimum grade
point average of 2.0 in all previous college work. Applicants for a major
in a scientific or technical field may be required to present a higher
grade point average and to have completed specific background courses
before being accepted into the major department. All entering freshmen
are required to submit scores from the ACT or SAT examination prior to
registration for placement in English and math courses.
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Office of Admissions
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7480
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