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Deep in the heart of one of America's wildest, most exciting states lies the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, a four-year public university that educates approximately 6,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. The undergraduates are treated to a long list of possible degree programs that include everything from accounting to ethnobotany to the Yup’ik language and culture, or Yupiit Nakmiin Qaneryaraat Piciryaraat-llu.

Overview of University of Alaska–Fairbanks (UAF)

UAF also offers a range of associate degrees and certificates, with which students are able to launch brilliant careers. Students can pursue a wide range of topics including, but not limited to culinary arts, early childhood education, or tribal management. UAF also offers an apprenticeship technology program that allows working students to achieve a degree while also attaining journey-level status in their chosen field.

On top of the brilliant academic and career building programs at UAF, students find time to socialize, recreate, and otherwise round out their education in community with others. Student life at UAF is rich and diverse. On campus, students can enjoy the fitness resources at the Rec Center or take off for an outdoor adventure in the wilds of Alaska. Climbers will enjoy the indoor climbing wall as well as expeditions to climb glaciers. Ice axes are not included in the tuition cost, however, so you’ll have to be prepared to add the cost of these adventures to your budget.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Suburb: Small
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 11:1
Graduation Rate 32%
Year Founded 1917

Student Enrollment

Total Students7,404


Undergraduate Student

Male 2,764
Female 3,665

Graduate Student

Male 419
Female 556

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UAF Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 726
Female 957


Male 537
Female 746

Acceptance Rate76%

Male 74%
Female 78%

Enrollment 742

Male 459.9
Female 408
Application Fee $50
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses NA
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline June 15
Common Application Accepted No

UAF Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Financial considerations are always an issue for students and their parents. Alaskan students will then be happy to find that their yearly tuition is very affordable. In fact, a year of tuition in Fairbanks is a mere $7,000 for a state resident. Out-of-state students who are not in the Western Undergraduate Exchange face stiffer tuition rates of $21,000. Total costs for a state resident who lives on campus come to $22,000. In-state students who live in Fairbanks pay a bit more, at around $25,000. Total costs for an off-campus, non-Alaskan are then $39,516.

To help cover these educational expenses, 78% of all full-time, first-year students receive some form of grant or scholarship. Each student's education bill is helped with an average of $8,400. Thirty percent of those full-time first-year students also take out federal student loans which average out to $6,800 per student.

When the whole undergraduate population is considered, 2,800 receive a grant or scholarship that averages $6,800 per student. Federal loans are also popular, and 1,300 students use this form of financial aid. Each student who takes out loans at UA Fairbanks receives an average of $6,600.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $10,458
Average Total Aid $7,391
Students Receiving Financial Aid 84%
Room & Board $10,440

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $7,080
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $21,216
  • Books and Supplies - $2,000
  • Room & Board - $10,440
  • Other - $2,650


The University of Alaska in Fairbanks offers innovative programs that meet many needs for Alaskan, and other, students. This dedication to students is evidenced in academic statistics such as their retention rate, graduation numbers, and class sizes. In fact, the institution has very good retention numbers, with 73% of all full-time first-year students returning for a second year. This indicates that there's a better-than-chance likelihood that a first-year student will have their friends return for the second year. Equally impressive is the 61% retention of part-time students.

While 35% of UA Fairbanks students graduate within six years, another 19% transfer and presumably finish their degrees at another institution. Given that the university emphasizes things like internships and apprenticeships, the lower graduation rate might reflect students being recruited for into the workplace before they can complete a degree in 6 years.

While they are on campus, UA Fairbanks provides students with the best possible academic environment. The student-to-faculty ratio would be the envy of most any institution of higher learning. With an average of merely eleven students for every faculty member, everyone is able to ask the questions they need to ask and can fully engage with the material. With classes this small, it's easier for students to take on independent research and pursue the topics that mean the most to them.

Student Population Total

Student Population 7,404

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 60 Total Graduates / 10%
Business Administration and Management, General 42 Graduates
Accounting 18 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 94 Total Graduates / 16%
Mechanical Engineering 32 Graduates
Civil Engineering, General 23 Graduates
Petroleum Engineering 17 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 7 Graduates
Geological/Geophysical Engineering 7 Graduates
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 46 Total Graduates / 8%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 46 Graduates
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 62 Total Graduates / 10%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 62 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 52 Total Graduates / 9%
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management 27 Graduates
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 25 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 48%

Outcome & Salary

Every student and their family are curious to know how well their degree will fare in the job market. Students need to know that they will receive a good return on their educational investment. Graduates of the UA Fairbanks campus tend to do very well in the job market. Their top-earning bachelor's degree program is the mechanical engineering field. Graduates who enter that field earn an average salary of $63,000. One of their other popular degrees, psychology, lands graduates an entry-level salary of $26,000. Keep in mind that these students are likely working in Alaska, where the cost of living is among the lowest in the nation.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $47,900
College Grads Average Salary $73,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $70,400
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $730,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,434,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $41,832
10 Year Projected ROI $688,168
20 Year Projected ROI $1,392,168
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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