Core Values

As the nation's arctic university, UAF is defined by its location in the circumpolar North, Alaska's diverse cultures, rich history, unique geography and environment. The students, faculty, staff and alumni, in honoring the public trust, commit themselves to the pursuit of excellence and work of the highest possible quality. We hold the following values to be the cornerstone of our identity as an academic community:

  • Student success
  • Vitality and creativity of new discoveries and scholarship
  • Access to comprehensive higher education and lifelong learning
  • Sharing assets and resources with Alaska communities through active engagement
  • Independence of thought and action in the pursuit of knowledge
  • Diversity of our students and employees
  • Accountable for and efficient use of university resources
  • Promoting sustainable living in the North