UAF at 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 the Aleutian Islands; Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel; Northwest Campus in Nome; and Tanana Valley Campus in Fairbanks.
  • UAF's geographically diverse student body represents 49 states and 52 foreign countries.
  • UAF offers 162 degrees and 28 certificates in 119 disciplines.
  • UAF awarded a record-setting 1,100 degrees, certificates and recommendations for licensure in May 2007. The class was the largest both in terms of academic awards and the number of people earning them.
  • 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 2007

  • 843 certificates and associate or baccalaureate degrees
  • 232 master's and doctoral degrees

Student Profile, Fall 2007


Fairbanks Campus 5,336
Tanana Valley Campus 3,194
Center for Distance Education 1,894
Interior-Aleutians Campus 441
Northwest Campus 520
Bristol Bay Campus 676
Kuskokwim Campus 301
Chukchi Campus 206
University of Alaska Fairbanks (total*) 9,687

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

Female 59%
Male 41%
Alaska Native/American Indian 20%
Graduate 11%
Median age 30
International students 237

Estimated 2008 - 2009 UAF Annual Costs

  Alaska Resident Non-resident WUE*
Freshmen and Sophomores
Tuition and fees**
(30 credits, 100-200-level classes)
$4,918 $14,518 $6,973
Room and board<
(double room & 19 meals/week on campus)
6,630 6,630 6,630
ANNUAL TOTAL $11,548 $21,148 $13,603
Tuition and Fees**
(30 credits, 300-400-level classes)
$5,428 $14,938 $7,738
Room and board
(double room & 19 meals/week on campus)
6,630 6,630 6,630
ANNUAL TOTAL $12,058 $21,568 $14,368
Graduate Students
Tuition and Fees**
(18 credits, 600-level classes)
$6,256 $11,908
Room and board
(double room & 19 meals/week on campus)
6,630 6,630
ANNUAL TOTAL $12,886 $18,538

* Western Undergraduate Exchange (see page 56)

** 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, travel, miscellaneous expenses or special costs associated with international or exchange students. Costs are subject to change.