Answers to frequently asked questions


What is RAHI?

The Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI) is a six-week summer bridging program that assists students in making the academic and social transition between high school and college. RAHI is for college-bound students currently in their junior or senior year. They must be willing to work hard and learn first-hand what it takes to succeed in college.


RAHI Mission Statement

The UAF Rural Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI), founded at the request of the Alaska Federation of Natives in 1983, was established to prepare rural and Alaska Native high school students for academic excellence and college success.


When is RAHI?

RAHI is May 30 - July 13, 2017.

  • Students live on the UAF campus in dorms and attend college classes during the day.
  • Students have mandatory study halls in the evenings.
  • Weekends are packed with recreational activities.
  • Students are not permitted to arrive early or depart late. Students must attend all RAHI activities.

How much does it cost?

  • There is no cost for the selected students.
  • RAHI will provide round trip transportation from their home to Fairbanks.
  • RAHI provides all room and board, college tuition and any required costs.

How are students selected?

RAHI is competitive. Not all students that apply are accepted.
Students come from all over Alaska.

Here are the minimum requirements:

  • Alaska Native or rural Alaskan
  • Currently a high school junior or senior
  • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Able to read at or above grade level
  • Committed to earning a college degree

Students must complete the application which involves three essays. In addition, they must provide three recommendations as well as transcripts and test scores. A committee reviews all applications and makes the final selection by early April.


What classes do students take?

All students take these courses in the morning:

  • English 111, 200 or DEVE 109 (3 credits)
  • Study Skills (1 credit)
  • Reading, if needed (1 credit)
  • LS 101 Library Science
  • HSEM 193 Team Building in Public Safety

Students choose from these electives for the afternoon:

  • Introduction to Chemistry (4 credits)
  • College Algebra (4 credits)
  • Process Technology (4 credits)
  • Introduction to Business (3 credits)

In addition, all students choose one of these recreation classes:

  • Alaska Native Dance (1 Credit), or Yoga

Do I get high school credit or college credit?

  • RAHI students earn 8 - 10 college credits in six weeks.
  • Students may be able to obtain high school credit if they arrange it before they come to RAHI.

What is a typical day at RAHI?


8:00 am - 3:15 pm - academic classes
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - recreation class
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm - dinner
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - study hall (Monday through Thursday)

Weekends - recreation time

  • Angel Rocks hike
  • Weekend at Bingle Camp with Fun Olympics
  • Relay for Life
  • Calypso Farm
  • Volunteering opportunities
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