UAF Facts and Figures

  • Originally founded in 1917 when Alaska was still a territory, today UAF is America's northernmost Land, Sea and Space Grant institution.
  • UAF encompasses the central campus in Fairbanks; Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham; Chukchi Campus in Kotzebue; Interior-Aleutians Campus, covering the Interior and the Aleutian Islands; Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel; Northwest Campus in Nome; and Community and Technical College in Fairbanks.
  • UAF's geographically diverse student body represents 49 states and 49 foreign countries.
  • UAF offers 160 degrees and 31 certificates in 121 disciplines.
  • As America's arctic university, UAF offers a number of unique programs and degrees particularly focused on the biology, climate, natural resources and peoples of northern latitudes, the circumpolar North and the Pacific rim.
  • The UAF mascot is the Nanook, a derivation of "nanuq," the Inupiaq Eskimo word for polar bear. Up until the mid-70s, the men's basketball team was known as the "Flying Nanooks" because of the regular, and long, airplane rides they took in order to compete with other college teams. Since 1963 all University of Alaska Fairbanks sports teams have been called Nanooks.

Degrees Conferred, Spring 2012

  • 88 licensures and occupational endorsements
  • 941 certificates and associate or baccalaureate degrees
  • 295 master's and doctoral degrees

Student Profile, Fall 2012


Fairbanks Campus 5,672
Community and Technical College 3,462
Bristol Bay Campus 712
Chukchi Campus 405
Interior-Aleutians Campus 586
Kuskokwim Campus 496
Northwest Campus 363
eLearning and Distance Education 1,917
University of Alaska Fairbanks (total*) 10,799

* Some students attend more than one campus and are not counted twice in the total.

Female 58%
Male 42%
Alaska Native/American Indian 20%
Undergraduate 89%
Graduate 11%
Median age 25

Estimated 2012 - 2013 UAF Annual Costs

Alaska Resident Non-resident WUE*
Freshmen and Sophomores
Tuition and fees**
(30 credits, 100-200-level classes)
$6,002 $19,232 $8,794
Room and board
(double room & 19 meals/week on campus)
7,450 7,450 7,450
ANNUAL TOTAL $13,452 $26,682 $16,244
Tuition and fees**
(30 credits, 300-400-level classes)
$7,112 $20,342 $10,446
Room and board
(double room & 19 meals/week on campus)
7,450 7,450 7,450
ANNUAL TOTAL $14,562 $27,792 $17,896
Graduate Students
Tuition and fees**
(18 credits 600-level classes)
$7,976 $15,464
Room and board
(double room & 19 meals/week on campus)
7,450 7,450
ANNUAL TOTAL $15,426 $22,914

* Western Undergraduate Exchange (see Financial Aid section in the catalog)

** Includes Wood Center student life, student government, technology, transportation, UA network, athletics, Student Recreation Center and health center fees. Does not include health insurance, books, supplies, parking, sustainability, travel, miscellaneous expenses or special costs associated with international or exchange students. Costs are subject to change.