UAF Facts and Figures


Institutional Profile

Founded: 1917

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska

(city population approx. 32,000; borough approx. 100,000)

Chancellor: Micheal Powers

Faculty: 670

Staff (full- and part-time): 2912

Student employees: 1106

Student-faculty ratio: 11 to 1

Research expenditures, FY14: $107 million

Nickname: Nanooks

School colors: Blue and gold


Enrollment: 9,992
Enrolled from most Alaska communities, 49 states (all except Delaware) and 45 foreign countries

Undergraduate: 88 percent

Graduate: 12 percent

International: 2.2 percent

Male: 41.3 percent

Female: 58.7 percent

Median age: 25

Freshmen living on Fairbanks campus: 42.9 percent


  • African-American: 2.1 percent
  • Alaska Native/American Indian: 18.5 percent
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 2.3 percent
  • Caucasian: 45.9 percent
  • Other/Unspecified: 30.6 percent

* Hispanic ethnicity: 4.8 percent included in the reported races

Colleges and Schools

UAF has nine colleges and schools that offer 176 degrees and certificates in 116 disciplines.

College of Engineering and Mines

College of Liberal Arts

College of Natural Science and Mathematics

College of Rural and Community Development

Graduate School

School of Education

School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

School of Management

School of Natural Resources and Extension

Degrees granted, May 2015

Licensures and occupational endorsement certificates: 160

Certificates: 228

Associates: 307

Bachelor's: 572

Master's: 209

Doctorate: 40

Honorary: 3

Number of graduates, May 2015

1,398 (summer, fall and spring graduates)

Learn more about the UAF Alumni Association!

Tuition, fees, room and board

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UAF is the principal research center for the statewide university system, and emphasizes high-tech, high latitude research in these major units:

Agricultural and Forestry Station

Geophysical Institute

Institute of Arctic Biology

Institute of Marine Science

Institute of Northern Engineering

International Arctic Research Center

*UAF research expenditures grew from $99.1 million in fiscal year 2002 to $107 million in fiscal 2014.

Undergraduate Research

Many opportunities are offered to UAF undergraduate students to get hands-on experience -- 44.3 percent of students who received a bachelor's degree completed a research, thesis or honors project in 2013-2014.

Freshmen profile

  • Freshmen direct from high school: 70.6 percent
  • Boast a grade point average of 3.5 or greater: 41.8 percent
  • Average GPA: 3.21
  • Average ACT composite: 22
  • From Alaska: 863
  • From outside Alaska: 85
  • International students: 5" (From: Estonia, Germany, Jordan, Norway)
  • UA Scholars: 149
  • African-American: 2.1 percent
  • Alaska Native/American Indian: 15.8 percent
  • Asian/Pacific Islander:1.8 percent
  • Caucasian: 35.4 percent
  • Other/Unspecified: 44.4 percent

* Hispanic ethnicity: 4.83 percent included in the reported races

Six most popular majors of incoming freshmen for Fall 2014

Graduate student profile

  • Total enrollment: 1,191
  • International: 122 students from 31 countries
  • Male: 40.8 percent
  • Female: 59.2 percent
  • African-American: 1 percent
  • Alaska Native/American Indian: 8.4 percent
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 5.4 percent
  • Caucasian: 55.8 percent
  • Other/Unspecified: 29 percent

* Hispanic ethnicity: 3.4 percent included in the reported races

Six most popular majors of graduate students for Fall 2014


    • Men's hockey - NCAA Division I Western Collegiate Hockey Association
    • Men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, and women's volleyball - NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference
    • Men's and women's skiing - NCAA Multidivisional Central Collegiate Ski Association
    • Women's swimming - NCAA Division II Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference
    • Men's and women's rifle - Patriot Rifle Conference; 10-time NCAA champion

Campus enrollment*

Bristol Bay Campus, Dillingham: 611

Chukchi Campus, Kotzebue: 296

Fairbanks Campus: 6,532

Interior Alaska Campus: 376

Kuskokwim Campus, Bethel: 510

Northwest Campus, Nome: 314

Community and Technical College, Fairbanks: 3,105

eLearning & Distance Education: 2,538

* Students who attended more than one campus are counted in those
  campus totals but not more than once in the overall total.


UAF is a land, sea, and space grant university, with locations throughout Alaska.

For a map of all UAF locations in Alaska visit

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