The 2,250-acre Fairbanks campus, located near the center of Alaska, offers limitless opportunities for activity and recreation. The main campus has two lakes and miles of trails as well as a major student recreation complex for indoor sports. Facilities are available for basketball, volleyball, badminton, tennis, calisthenics, dance, gymnastics, judo and karate. There are rifle and pistol ranges; courts for handball, racquetball and squash; a 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 two-story climbing wall. UAF sponsors intercollegiate athletics teams in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross-country running and skiing, co-ed rifle, men's ice hockey and women's volleyball and swimming.
The Wood Center is the focus of many out-of-class activities. With a pub, snack bar, food court, bowling lanes, conference rooms, lounge and games area, the Wood Center is a gathering place for the entire university community.
UAF has some of the best facilities in the state. Performances are scheduled almost every weekend during the academic year at the Davis Concert Hall or the Salisbury Theatre. The Rasmuson Library, Alaska's largest library, has extensive resource materials both in print and online. An array of computer databases provides access to hundreds of academic journals, and Internet connections allow students at remote rural sites to use library resources. The UA Museum of the North is not only one of the top visitor attractions in the state but also a resource for students. Its vast collections are used for demonstration and comparative studies in classrooms and labs.
The Fairbanks campus is the statewide university system's principal research center. Internationally respected research institutes provide students with an opportunity to see research in action and participate in research activities.
Fairbanks, Alaska's second largest city, sits on the banks of the Chena River in the heart of Alaska. From the UAF campus, the downtown district is easily accessible via the local bus system and a network of bike trails. The city is steeped in a history of riverboat captains and gold seekers. Its character has been shaped by a large military presence, by construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and the continuing oil economy, and a thriving university. It is a city where old quietly blends with new. Striking modern buildings sit side-by-side with log cabins built in the early part of the last century.
With a population of more than 80,000, the Fairbanks area offers the conveniences of a big city, yet millions of acres of rolling hills and spectacular panoramas are only minutes away. Denali, the highest mountain in North America, is often visible from many UAF residence hall windows. Whether the sport is canoeing, climbing, running, dog mushing, skiing or fishing, nowhere else compares with Alaska.
Fairbanks is easily accessible by land or air. Anchorage is 365 miles away via the Parks Highway or the Alaska Railroad, and Seattle is 2,300 miles away via the Alaska Highway. Major airlines offer several daily flights between Fairbanks and Anchorage, Seattle and many other destinations.
The Alaska Railroad provides a special one-way fare between Anchorage and Fairbanks for all full-time UAF students in summer or regular sessions. Students must ask for the special rate when making reservations and present their student ID to the ticket agent at check-in. For reservations, contact the Alaska Railroad at (907) 458-6025 or 800-544-0552.
In addition to its main Fairbanks campus, UAF has community and rural campuses in downtown Fairbanks, Bethel, Dillingham, Kotzebue and Nome, and maintains six community centers through its Interior-Aleutians Campus in Fairbanks. These branches, part of the College of Rural and Community Development, are central to fulfilling the UAF mission of providing educational opportunities throughout the state. Credits earned at any UAF campus or center are recognized at all UAF campuses, meaning that students may change campuses and transfer all UA credits.
The Bristol Bay Campus is situated in a 55,000-square-mile region bounded by Bristol Bay, the Bering Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The administrative center is located in Dillingham (about 322 air miles from Anchorage and 570 air miles from Fairbanks) with centers in King Salmon, Togiak and Iliamna. The Bristol Bay Campus serves 32 rural communities as far south as Ivanoff Bay, into the north at Port Alsworth, and west to Togiak.
Enrollment at Bristol Bay Campus ranges from 600 to 800 students. The campus offers an associate of arts degree in general studies and associate of applied science degrees in applied business, community health, early childhood education, human services, information technology, interdisciplinary studies, office management and technology and renewable resources. Bachelor's degrees are offered in elementary education, interdisciplinary studies, rural development and social work. Master's degrees are offered in rural development and education.
The Bristol Bay Campus also provides educational opportunities for the communities within its service area, including vocational-technical, community interest and graduate courses. Classes are offered by distance delivery (audio-conference, video-teleconference, correspondence or Internet) and by instructors using traditional methods.
The Chukchi Campus is located 26 miles north of the Arctic Circle on the shores of the Chukchi Sea. The campus serves Kotzebue and 10 villages in a region of more than 36,000 square miles. Chukchi offers associate of arts as well as associate of applied science degrees, and courses leading to baccalaureate degrees in education, rural development and social work. Courses are offered by local instructors and through the College of Rural and Community Development audio-conferencing and live Internet instructional systems.
The Interior-Aleutians Campus in Fairbanks services 56 towns and villages within the Doyon region and the Aleutians/Pribilof Islands, an area of about 200,000 square miles. The Interior-Aleutians Campus is the most decentralized of the UAF campuses. Although the director's office and some faculty are located in Fairbanks, there are Interior-Aleutians Campus centers in Fort Yukon, Galena, McGrath, Nenana, Tok and Unalaska. Courses are offered throughout the region via distance delivery, on site by local or visiting instructors, and by correspondence. The campus offers a range of degree programs, including associate of arts and associate of applied science in educator: para-professional, rural human services and tribal management. Programs for math success and support for future teachers are also available.
The Kuskokwim Campus is located in Bethel, a regional transportation and service center for an extended community of more than 40 rural villages. Bethel is a community of about 6,000 people 80 miles inland on the Kuskokwim River. The Kuskokwim Campus offers academic, vocational and community interest courses, as well as courses leading to associate, baccalaureate and master's degrees. The Emerging Scholars Program is designed to assist all full-time freshmen in the transition to college, both academically and socially, and in the completion of certificates and degrees. The campus also sponsors one-week summer "Talent Search" programs to prepare incoming students for college. Students may attend class on campus, through distance delivery or at sessions presented by faculty who travel to villages for intensive training and course delivery. Housing on campus is available in Sackett Hall and the Annex, which provides suites with space for four students in each.
Northwest Campus is located in Nome, the service hub for villages of the Bering Strait. This region extends from Shishmaref on the northern shore of Seward Peninsula to Stebbins on the south side of Norton Sound. It includes communities on St. Lawrence Island and Little Diomede Island. The area contains 570 miles of coastline, which includes all of Norton Sound and portions of the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean.
The campus serves 16 communities with a total population of over 9,000. Certificates and associate, bachelor's and master's degrees are offered to the region's residents, with courses taught both traditionally and by distance delivery. Northwest Campus is responsive to the vocational and academic needs of the Bering Strait region. Many courses, programs and degrees are offered in cooperation with regional health and tribal organizations, school districts and corporations.
The Tanana Valley Campus provides general education and vocational/technical training at the certificate and associate degree levels. TVC's programs are designed to help prepare Alaskans for Alaska's jobs, as well as to give those students who need it the educational skills necessary to transition into a four-year degree program. Many courses are offered in the evenings, on the weekend and online to accommodate students who have full-time jobs or who are in the military. TVC also provides business and career training programs and seminars through its professional development and workforce development programs.
TVC's main campus is located in the Tanana Valley Campus Center at 604 Barnette Street in downtown Fairbanks. The campus center houses the TVC Student Assistance Center, where students can receive academic advising, register and pay for classes, take placement tests, and much more. In addition, the campus center houses the workforce development and professional development programs, several classrooms, an open computer lab, developmental studies, paralegal studies, academic programs and associate of arts, human services, applied business and accounting, office management and technology, dental assistant, medical assistant, health care reimbursement and early childhood education programs. The center features the Ruth Lister Student Gathering Area as well as a satellite branch of the UAF bookstore and the Polar Perks coffee/sandwich bar.
Other TVC locations include:
- TVC Downtown Center: 510 Second Avenue
- Hutchison Institute of Technology: 3750 Geist Road
- University Park: 1000 University Avenue
- Bunnell House Early Childhood Lab: 703 Chatanika Drive
For more information contact TVC at (907) 455-2800 or visit on the web at www.tvc.uaf.edu.
UAF developed a Correspondence Study Program in the late 1950s, but the current Center for Distance Education and Independent Learning (CDE) was created in 1987. The Independent Learning Program offers more than 120 courses in 39 disciplines and serves approximately 4,000 students throughout the world each year. Independent learning courses are open for enrollment any time of the year. Students have up to one year from the date of enrollment to finish course work. However, year-long independent learning courses are not included when calculating enrollment status for the semeter. UAF students may also enroll in semester-based independent learning courses by adding them to their normal semester registration. Many of the courses offered by CDE are delivered by traditional correspondence, however numerous courses are available entirely online, and more are being developed for this type of delivery every year.
CDE also supports close to 400 distance-delivered courses which are offered within Alaska on a semester-basis for the College of Rural and Community Development. Courses are available each academic year leading to several certificate and degree programs through the master's level.