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 167 degrees and 28 certificates in 122 disciplines.
  • UAF awarded a record-setting 1,130 degrees, certificates and recommendations for licensure in May 2008.
  • 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 2008

  • 872 certificates and associate or baccalaureate degrees
  • 228 master's and doctoral degrees

Student Profile, Fall 2008


Fairbanks Campus

Tanana Valley Campus 3,296
Center for Distance Education 2,288
Interior-Aleutians Campus 485
Northwest Campus 490
Bristol Bay Campus 656
Kuskokwim Campus 310
Chukchi Campus 393
University of Alaska Fairbanks (total*) 9,828

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

Female 60%
Male 40%
Alaska Native/American Indian 21%
Undergraduate 89%
Graduate 11%
Median age 31

Estimated 2009 – 2010 UAF Annual Costs

Alaska Resident



Freshmen and Sophomores
Tuition and fees**
(30 credits, 100-200-level classes)
$5,138 $15,218 $7,298
Room and board
(double room & 19 meals/week on campus)
6,802 6,802 6,802
ANNUAL TOTAL $11,940 $22,020 $14,100
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 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.