University of Alaska Fairbanks
P.O. Box 757480
Fairbanks, AK 99775
Accrediting Agency:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is a four-year, public research institution and a part of the University of Alaska System. UAF was founded in 1917, but didn’t take on the University of Alaska name until 1935. The university is comprised of seven campuses across the state, including sites in Dillingham, Nome, and Kotzebue. While UAF offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees, undergraduates make up 89% of the student body. UAF is distinguished as a land-, sea-, and space-grant university, and has nationally ranked graduate programs in business, biological sciences, earth sciences, and physics. Aside from offering high-quality traditional programs, UAF offers distance learning opportunities.

Programs Offered

The University of Alaska Fairbanks offers 170 degrees and certificates in 129 disciplines through eight schools and colleges, which include: the College of Engineering and Mines, College of Liberal Arts, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Rural and Community Development, School of Education, and School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, School of Management, and School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences. Programs are available from the associate degree level through the doctoral level. The five most popular majors include: biological sciences, business administration, mechanical engineering, pre-nursing qualifications, and emergency services, according to UAF facts and figures. Some notable and unique programs include the minor in Russian studies, certificate and associate degree in tribal management, the bachelor’s degree program in Yup’ik language and culture, the occupational endorsement in tribal justice, and the doctoral degree in indigenous studies. Distance learning courses are delivered through the Blackboard online learning platform.


UAF has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1934. In addition, the university’s programs in clinical psychology, music, and teacher education hold specialized accreditation, according to College Navigator.


Admissions deadlines for freshmen and transfer applicants to baccalaureate programs are June 15, Nov. 1, and May 1 for the fall, spring, and summer semesters, respectively. Applicants will submit a completed application, $50 processing fee, official high school transcripts, and official SAT/ACT scores. Transfer students will need to supply official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. See here for further admissions requirements for students wishing to complete bachelor’s degrees. Graduate applicants should apply six to nine months before the semester in which they hope to begin their studies. Applicants to graduate programs will need to submit a completed application, $60 processing fee, official college transcripts showing the student has completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, a resume, statement of academic goals, and at least three letters of recommendation. Other admissions requirements will vary by department, and students should see the UAF catalog for further admissions requirements.


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