UAF Facts and Figures

  • 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 Alaska Campus, covering the Interior; Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel; Northwest Campus in Nome; and the Community and Technical College in Fairbanks.
  • UAF’s geographically diverse student body represents 49 states and 45 foreign countries.
  • UAF offers 146 degrees and 31 certificates in 117 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 2014

  • 169 licensures and occupational endorsements
  • 1,117 certificates and associate or baccalaureate degrees
  • 272 master’s and doctoral degrees

Student Profile, Fall 2014


Fairbanks Campus 6,532
Community and Technical College 3,105
Bristol Bay Campus 611
Chukchi Campus 296
Interior Alaska Campus 376
Kuskokwim Campus 510
Northwest Campus 314
eLearning & Distance Education 2,538
University of Alaska Fairbanks (total*) 9,992

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

Female 59%
Male 41%
Alaska Native/American Indian 18%
Undergraduate 88%
Graduate 12%
Median age 25

Estimated 2015-2016 UAF Annual Costs

Alaska Resident Non-resident WUE*
Freshmen and Sophomores
Tuition and fees**
(30 credits, 100-200-level classes)
$6,814 $21,353 $9,668
Room and board
(double room and meal plan)
8,380 8,380 8,380
ANNUAL TOTAL $15,194 $29,733 $18,048
Tuition and fees**
(30 credits,
300-400-level classes)
$7,999 $22,538 $11,447
Room and board
(double room and meal plan)
8,380 8,380 8,380
ANNUAL TOTAL $16,379 $30,918 $19,827
Graduate Students
Tuition and fees**
(18 credits, 600-level classes)
$8,873 $17,128
Room and board
(double room and meal plan)
8,380 8,380
ANNUAL TOTAL $17,253 $25,508

* Western Undergraduate Exchange (see Financial Aid section in the catalog).

** Includes Wood Center student life, student government, technology, transportation, UA facilities, 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.