UAF Fast Facts

  • 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 42 foreign countries.
  • UAF offers 168 degrees and 33 certificates in 126 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 2010

  • 44 occupational endorsements
  • 30 recommendations for education licensure
  • 897 certificates and associate or baccalaureate degrees
  • 264 master's and doctoral degrees

Student Profile, Fall 2009


Fairbanks Campus 5,529
Tanana Valley Campus 3,371
Bristol Bay Campus 767
Center for Distance Education 1,643
Chukchi Campus 388
Interior-Aleutians Campus 647
Kuskokwim Campus 335
Northwest Campus 469
University of Alaska Fairbanks (total*) 10,446

* Some students attend more than one campus and are not counted

Female 60%
Male 40%
Alaska Native/American Indian 22%
Undergraduate 88%
Graduate 12%
Median age 25

Estimated 2010 - 2011 UAF Annual Costs

Alaska Resident Non-resident WUE*
Freshmen and Sophomores
Tuition and fees**
(30 credits, 100-200-level classes)
$5,358 $16,158 $7,608
Room and board
(double room & 19 meals/week on campus)
6,960 6,960 6,960
ANNUAL TOTAL $12,318 $23,118 $14,568
Tuition and fees**
(30 credits, 300-400-level classes)
$6,048 $16,878 $8,644
Room and board
(double room & 19 meals/week on campus)
6,960 6,960 6,960
ANNUAL TOTAL $13,008 $23,838 $15,604
Graduate Students
Tuition and fees**
(18 credits, 600-level classes)
$6,990 $13,470
Room and board
(double room & 19 meals/week on campus)
6,960 6,960
ANNUAL TOTAL $13,950 $20,430

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