Rural Student Services


Welcome to Rural Student Services

Take the next step in your education at a world-class research university that embraces Indigenous values and identity. Serving rural and Alaska Native students from across Alaska, Rural Student Services (RSS) will help you make UAF your home away from home.

Meet our team

Contact us to schedule an advising appointment


We provide cross-cultural, comprehensive advising:

  • Degree planning
  • Registering for classes
  • Applying for financial aid
  • Housing and meal plan options
  • Declaring a major
  • Exploring careers
  • Wellness
  • Academic coaching and support

More than 20% of our students are Alaska Native and/or American Indian and we are proud to be federally designated as an Alaska Native-serving Institution. We also have a growing number of Indigenous scholars and researchers serving among our faculty and staff.

RSS Activities and Programs

In addition to advising support, Rural Student Services offers a variety of activities and programs designed to help rural and Alaska Native students exercise their cultural traditions on campus. We are a gathering place for students, a study area and a setting for events that celebrate UAF’s Alaska Native community. Events such as Positive Connection Nights (PCNs), offer a fun, positive way to start off the weekend with food and friends in a community atmosphere.

Events in the Gathering Room

RSS Tutoring

RSS hosts math and writing tutors in our gathering room, and UAF offers additional tutoring on campus, virtual, or by phone. You do not have to be in Fairbanks to meet with a tutor.

Alaska Native and Indigenous Programs

Whether you are interested in Indigenous arts, language revitalization or knowledge systems, UAF is a leader in the field of Indigenous studies.

The Eileen Panigeo MacLean House

The Eileen Panigeo MacLean House provides a supportive community environment for students from the Arctic region and other rural areas of Alaska.