University of Alaska Fairbanks
Office of Admissions
Fairbanks, AK.99775-7480

$14,200 (out of state)
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University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Alaska

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.

Location and Community
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.

Academic Life
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.

Majors Offered
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 medicine.

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.

Campus Life
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 photography darkroom.

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.

Sports / 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.

Financial 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, Alaska 99775-6560.

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 $20,000 scholarship.

Admission 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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