UAF at a a Glance

  • 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 Aleutians; Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel; Northwest Campus in Nome; and Tanana Valley Campus in Fairbanks.
  • UAF offers 162 degrees and 21 certificates in 111 disciplines.
  • The UAF Center for Distance Education offers some 120 courses in 39 disciplines to more than 4,000 students.
  • The number of students pursuing master's and doctoral degrees topped 1,000 in fall 2004, largely due to UAF's ability to attract more than $112.4 million in research funding.
  • The UAF mascot is the Nanook, a derivation of "nanuq,"the Inupiaq Eskimo word for polar bear. When UAF was first founded basketball teams were nicknamed the Polar Bears. 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 2004

  • 740 certificates and associate or baccalaureate degrees
  • 203 master's and doctoral degrees

Student Profile, Fall 2004


  • Fairbanks Campus: 5,544
  • Tanana Valley Campus: 3,176
  • Center for Distance Education: 2,136
  • Interior-Aleutians Campus: 564
  • Northwest Campus: 456
  • Bristol Bay Campus: 444
  • Kuskokwim Campus: 439
  • Chukchi Campus: 266
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (total*): 9,683

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

  • Female 60%
  • Male 40%
  • Alaska Native/American Indian 20%
  • Undergraduate 88%
  • Graduate 12%
  • Median age 25
  • International students 269

Estimated 2005-2006 UAF Annual Costs

Alaska Resident

Freshmen and Sophomores

Tuition and fees**
(30 credits, 100-200-level classes)
Room and board
(double room & 19 meals/week on campus)
Juniors and Seniors
Tuition and Fees**
(30 credits, 300-400-level classes)
Room and board
(double room & 19 meals/week on campus)
Graduate Students
Tuition and Fees**
(18 credits, 600-level classes)

Room and board
(double room & 19 meals/week on campus)


*Western Undergraduate Exchange
**Includes estimated course and lab fees and student life, student government, UA network, technology and health center fees. Does not include health insurance, books, supplies, transportation, parking, miscellaneous expenses or special costs associated with international or exchange students. Costs are subject to change.