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 and Times Higher Education. 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.

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Alaska's Only National University

THE Quality Education badge

Impact Rankings: Quality Education, #1 US University

US News and World Report badge

Best Online Bachelor's Programs

Times Higher Education logo

Top 25 Best Small Universities

Military Friendly School 20-21 Bronze badge

Military Friendly Schools: Bronze

UAF business student waving at commencement ceremony

Best Undergraduate Business

First-Gen Forward Institution Badge

First-Gen Forward Institution

A test circuit board being utilized at the Alaska Center for Energy and Power

Best Undergraduate Computer Science

An MBA student shakes the hand of UAF School of Management Dean at commencement

Best Online MBA Programs

Quality Matters badge

Exemplary Online Program: Special Education and Teaching

A UAF justice student in a courtroom

Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice Programs

Quality Matters badge

Online Learner Support Certification

(This certification is valid until 2023.)

Quality Matters
Three University Missions Moscow International University Ranking 2020

Three University Missions Moscow International University Ranking

A smiling UAF education student in a classroom with children

Best Online Master's in Education Programs

QS World University Rankings badge

Top US Universities by State

Student biking on the UAF campus trails

The 35 Best Outdoor Schools in America

Top 555 ROI Colleges badge

Best Return on Investment Colleges

AffordableColleges.com badge

50 Most Affordable Online Colleges

EduRef affordable online degrees badge - psychology

Most Affordable Online Psychology Degree Programs

Learn dot org recognized school badge

Best Online Early Childhood Education Degree Programs

Online U - Best Online Liberal Studies Degrees 2020 badge

Best Online Liberal Studies Degrees

UAF Student Firefighters

#1 Best Bachelor's in Homeland Security Online

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#1 Best College for Hikers

Badge - top 100 places to live

Top 100 Best Places to Live

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10 Best College Towns



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.