Data as of Fall 2021

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Institutional Profile

Founded: 1917
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
(city population approx. 33,500; borough approx. 97,500)
Chancellor: Daniel M. White
Faculty (regular and adjunct): 522
Staff (full- and part-time): 2,381
Student employees: 671
Student-faculty ratio: 10 to 1
Alumni: 35,000+
Mascot: Nanooks
School colors: Blue and gold

2021 First-Year Student Profile

  • First-year students direct from high school: 69 percent
  • First-year students living on Fairbanks campus: 38 percent
  • High school GPA of 3.5 or greater: 50.7 percent
  • Average high school GPA: 3.4
  • Average ACT composite: 21
  • From Alaska: 581
  • From outside Alaska: 80
  • International students: 5
    (from: Australia, Hungary, Morocco, Spain, Sweden)
  • UA Scholars: 112
  • Female: 54 percent
  • Male: 46 percent
  • Alaska Native/American Indian: 24 percent
  • Asian: 5.6 percent
    Black: 3 percent
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1.5 percent
  • Caucasian: 60 percent
  • Other/unspecified: 5.7 percent
    Hispanic ethnicity: 9 percent included in the reported races
Six most popular majors of incoming first-year students for Fall 2021

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Fall 2021 Students

Enrollment: 7,471
Enrolled from 49 states and 53 countries
Undergraduate: 87 percent
Graduate: 13 percent
International: 2 percent
Female: 62 percent
Male: 37 percent
Unknown: 1 percent
Median age: 25

Fall 2021 Graduate Student Profile

  • Total enrollment: 996
  • International: 79 students from 31 countriess
  • Female: 61 percent
  • Male: 38 percent
  • Unknown: 1 percent
  • Alaska Native/American Indian: 10.7 percent
  • Asian: 8.4 percent
  • Black: 2.6 percent
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1.4 percent
  • Caucasian: 65 percent
  • Other/unspecified: 11.7 percent
    Hispanic ethnicity: 5.2 percent included in the reported races
Six most popular majors of graduate students for Fall 2021


  • Alaska Native/American Indian: 21 percent
  • Asian: 5 percent
  • Black: 4.4 percent
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 2 percent
  • Caucasian: 57 percent
  • Other/unspecified: 11.4 percent
    Hispanic ethnicity: 7.2 percent included in the reported races


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Men's ice hockey
NCAA Division I independent member
Men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross-country running, women's volleyball
NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Men's and women's cross-country skiing
NCAA Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association
Women's swimming
NCAA Division II Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference
Men's and women's rifle
NCAA Patriot Rifle Conference; 10-time NCAA champions

Degrees Granted, May 2022

Licensures and occupational endorsements: 124
Certificates: 152
Associate: 226
Bachelor's: 493
Master's: 182
Doctoral: 32
Honorary: 3

Number of graduates: 1,139

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Costs and Financial Aid

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Information about financial aid, Pell Grant and loan distribution is also available online.


UAF is the principal research center for the statewide university system. Our research engages undergraduate and graduate students so they gain skills and knowledge to become tomorrow’s leaders. UAF researchers find solutions to Arctic challenges in these major units:

Research expenditures (direct), FY21: $136 million

Undergraduate Research

UAF offers undergraduate students many ways to get hands-on experience — 36 percent of students who received a bachelor's degree completed a research, thesis or honors project in 2020-2021.



UAF is a land, sea, and space grant university, with locations throughout Alaska.

Map of UAF locations across Alaska
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