Rankings and recognition

UAF is an international pacesetter in Arctic research, particularly in earth and ocean sciences, biology, and engineering. But we excel in many other ways. We get high marks in teacher training and business management. Our outdoor options are in a class by themselves.

UAF scores well in internationally accepted college ratings, including those published by U.S. News and World Report, Times Higher Education, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. These ratings and others show that UAF is academically competitive and of good educational value.

Check out scores from college ranking organizations below. They'll show just a sample of the excellence you'll find all around here.

Overall Excellence

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University Impact

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Best Small Universities

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Alaska's Only National University


Academic Quality

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Best Biological Science Graduate Schools

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Best Earth Science Graduate Schools

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Best Online Bachelor's Programs

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Best Online Bachelor's in HSEM

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Best Bachelor's in Elementary Education

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Best Online Associate's in Early Childhood Education Degree Programs

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Exemplary Online Program


Special Education and Teaching Program

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Online Learner Support Certification

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Undergraduate Programs for Elementary Teachers

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Engineering and Technology

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Physical Sciences

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Social Sciences


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4 Best Value Online Schools In Alaska

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25 Most Affordable Online Colleges

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50 Most Affordable Online Colleges

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Best Affordable Online Bachelor's in Social Work

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Best Value School for Engineering Majors


Campus life

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10 Best College Towns

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Best Colleges for Hikers



Some ranking organizations provide badges for use in printed and online materials. Contact uaf-university-relations@alaska.edu for more information.

For more information about the rankings, contact Arthur Hussey, Office of Planning, Analysis and Institutional Research at amhusseyiii@alaska.edu, 474-6638, or the PAIR office.