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505 South Chandalar Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7500
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University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Alaska Fairbanks Rating: 4.2/5 (11 votes)

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Introduction

Part of the University of Alaska system, the University of Alaska Fairbanks is the flagship campus of the system of schools. University of Alaska Fairbanks is divided into 7 major research units and offers students a unique learning experience in the heart of Alaska. The campus is also home to the Center for Distance Education; a division of the University of Alaska system providing distance learning opportunities for students from anywhere in the world. Both undergraduate and graduate studies are available on the Fairbanks campus.

Academics

As one of the major universities in Alaska, University of Alaska Fairbanks offers both undergraduate and graduate study programs, amongst other possible programs. These programs can lead to a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, PhD and many research opportunities.

Students who wish to enroll in undergraduate studies at University of Alaska Fairbanks can choose between a wide variety of majors and specializations. The school is divided into different “colleges”: the College of Engineering and Mines, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Natural Science and Mathematics and the College of Rural and Community Development. Each college offers a variety of programs of study to cater to the interests of students from all backgrounds and walks of life. Students who have not declared a major at the time of admission will be granted entrance as General Studies students. The majority of the students enrolled at University of Alaska Fairbanks are undergraduate students working towards their bachelor’s degrees.

University of Alaska Fairbanks features a comprehensive graduate school, offering master’s degrees and PhDs as well as research opportunities. By undertaking graduate studies at UAF, students are able to choose between the Masters of Arts and Masters of Science as well more than 15 different PhDs. The research programs offered through UAF’s graduate school mostly consist of environmental and nature-related research, such as geo-botany, climate, sea, space, volcano studies and more.

University of Alaska Fairbanks also offers programs such as International Studies, in which students from UAF are to study in a different part of the world for a semester or even a full year. On top of offering these international programs, UAF also provides students with the opportunity to enroll in unique summer sessions offered at in-state tuition for all students, which is a great incentive for many international students who already attend the institution during the regular academic year.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

The total enrollment at UAF averages approximately 10,000 students a year, which includes US citizens, international students and Alaska native/American Indian students. Admission at University of Alaska Fairbanks is not open-door, which means that not all students are eligible to enter.

It is recommended that students apply well before the deadlines in order to facilitate the evaluation of their file. To be admitted in a bachelor’s degree program, students need to provide an official high school transcript. Students with a GED can be admitted into a bachelor’s degree program after having met certain GPA requirements in an associate’s degree curriculum. University of Alaska Fairbanks also accepts admission requests from transfer students who have completed 30 credits or more with a GPA of 2.0 at their current educational institution.

It is recommended that all students apply at least 4 months before the start of the semester they wish to begin classes, and international students applying are encouraged to apply at least 6 months in advance.

Financial Aid

A division of the Students Services department, the Financial Aid office exists to help students find the necessary financial aid needed to cover tuition and personal expenses while studying at University of Alaska Fairbanks. Types of financial aid available through the University of Alaska Fairbanks after students have filed the FAFSA includes federal aid such as grants and loans. This type of aid is available to US citizens and eligible non-citizens. For international students and other non-eligible students, financial aid can be available through scholarships, work programs, assistantships and fellowships. All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid at University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4912th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

With an undergraduate and a graduate school, the student body at University of Alaska Fairbanks is very diverse and features all sorts of individuals of all ages and cultures. Campus life is very active at UAF and students can decide to join a variety of clubs and groups that meets their interests and career goals. Student life activities include athletics, campus radio, recreation center, student organizations, the newspaper, a variety of outdoors activities and much more. All students are encouraged to take part in the campus life at University of Alaska to widen their horizons and blossom as individuals and learners.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Local Community

To study at University of Alaska Fairbanks is to study in a unique setting and community. It is also noted that the majority of University of Alaska Fairbanks graduates end up living around the campus and in Fairbanks after graduation in order to start their career. Students are encouraged to discover the local surroundings and their community. It is also a priority of University of Alaska Fairbanks to involve itself in the community by providing public services. One such example is public radio.

Additional School Information

University of Alaska Fairbanks also offers distance learning opportunities through the campus Center for Distance Education. All classes offered through the e-learning program can be applied towards university credit and count towards acquiring a degree or certificate. The Distance Learning courses offered through UAF are renowned nation-wide and provide students with high quality educational opportunities through an online portal. It is recommended that all students interested in e-learning meet with a student advisor to ensure they can register for their desired classes and can transfer their credits appropriately. E-learning is recommended for students who are highly motivated and are skilled at managing their schedule.

Bibliography

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks. University of Alaska Fairbanks. 2011. Web. 24 July 2011.
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks. University of Alaska Fairbanks Admissions. Web. 24 July 2011.
  • University of Alaska. University of Alaska. 2011. Web. 24 July 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 2nd in Alaska and 904th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Alaska and 181st overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 19 0.20
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 38 0.39

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 125 0.39
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.01
Forcible Rape 17 0.05
Robbery 33 0.10
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 130 0.41
Larceny 1,026 3.20
Vehicle theft 76 0.24

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Fairbanks, AK 99775-7500
Surrounding communitySmall suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population1,061 (1,061 urban / N/A rural)
Households105 (3.03 people per house)
Median Household Income$27,679
Families92 (3.18 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSTEM dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District200

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1476th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,208 $5,208 $17,304
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $976 $976 $1,218
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $186 $186 $618
FT Graduate Tuition $7,820 $7,820 $15,980
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,013 $1,013 $1,192
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $391 $391 $799
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $16,484 $16,484 $27,060
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,572 $19,572 $30,148
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,634 $10,634 $21,210

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,634 $4,912 $4,634 $4,912 $13,946 $14,872
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,330 $1,400
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,960 $7,200
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,630 $2,650
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,509 $8,720
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,068 $4,450
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,068 $4,450

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Great Northwest Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Great Northwest Athletic Conference

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,467
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$3,790
Board Fee$3,660

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 50 30 63 14 171 797 135 1,325
Accounting 1 13 1 15
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 4 1 7 12 4 30
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 2 2
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician 4 1 5
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician 6 4 10
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
American Indian/Native American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
American Indian/Native American Studies 3 4
Anthropology 2 1 8 11
Applied Mathematics, General 1 1 2
Area Studies, Other 2 1 3
Art Teacher Education 1 1
Art/Art Studies, General 2 13 3 19
Astrophysics 1 1
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General 2 2
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 3 2 6
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef 1 5 7
Banking and Financial Support Services 1 1 2
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 2 1 36 5 48
Botany/Plant Biology
Building/Property Maintenance 2 4 6
Business Administration and Management, General 11 4 4 2 10 54 13 103
Carpentry/Carpenter 9 3 12
Chemistry, General 1 1 11 13
Chemistry, Other
Child Care Provider/Assistant 3 4 10 2 19
Child Development 2 1 7 11
Civil Engineering, General 1 2 18 21
Civil Engineering, Other
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Community Organization and Advocacy 13 5 21
Computer Engineering, General 1 3 4
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 1 1 6 2 14
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1 4 6
Construction Management 4 4
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 2 2 16 3 23
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 1 1 1 15 1 21
Creative Writing 5 6
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 5 1 6
Criminal Justice/Police Science 2 16 6 28
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 1 8 2 12
Dental Assisting/Assistant 1 2
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 4 5
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 2 2 7 2 13
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 4 3 7
Economics, General 1 1 4 6
Economics, Other 1 4 5
Education, General 1 2 5 24 1 33
Education, Other
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 10 1 12
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 3 4 7
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 4 19 2 26
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 7 7
Engineering, Other 1 1
English Language and Literature, General 2 1 17 2 23
Environmental Studies 1 1
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 1 1 2
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 5 5
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 1 14 1 16
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management 1 18 1 21
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 1 4 1 1 7
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 9 12
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 1
General Studies
Geography 1 8 2 11
Geological/Geophysical Engineering 5 2 7
Geology/Earth Science, General 10 4 16
Geophysics and Seismology
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other 1 2 6 1 10
History, General 11 1 13
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 1 4 13 4 25
Industrial Safety Technology/Technician 2 1 4
Instrumentation Technology/Technician 2 4 6
Japanese Language and Literature 1 1 8 1 11
Journalism 3 1 6 1 11
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 4 5 2 11
Legal Professions and Studies, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 2 5 26 31 4 72
Linguistics 1 5 6
Livestock Management
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 4 4
Mathematics, General 1 8 1 10
Mechanical Engineering 1 1 1 14 1 20
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 2 1 6 2 11
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 1 1
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller 1 1
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 1 1
Medical/Clinical Assistant 2 4 6 2 15 6 36
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other 2 2 13 5 4 28
Mining Technology/Technician
Mining and Mineral Engineering 2 5 7
Mining and Petroleum Technologies/Technicians, Other
Molecular Biology
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 2 1 1 3 31 2 44
Music, General 7 1 9
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Natural Resources and Conservation, Other 2 9 12
Natural Sciences 4 5
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 1 1 2
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 1 1
Operations Management and Supervision
Petroleum Engineering 17 2 4 1 24
Philosophy 5 1 6
Physics, General 1 6 7
Physics, Other
Political Science and Government, General 1 1 4 4 11
Pre-Nursing Studies 3 4
Psychology, General 1 1 2 4 26 4 40
Public Health, General 2 14 1 2 19
Reading Teacher Education
Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign) 1 1 2
Russian Studies
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 1
Secondary Education and Teaching 6 7
Social Sciences, General
Social Work 2 6 6 1 18
Sociology 1 2 7 10
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 16 5 24
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 10 1 11
Teacher Assistant/Aide 1 1
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 2 3
Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies, Other
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant
Welding Technology/Welder 1 1 1 7 6 17
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 15 15

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 730th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $79,945 ($86,667 male / $67,613 female)
Number of FT Faculty 410 (227 male / 183 female)
Number of PT Faculty 728
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $15,570,484

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