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B
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    C+
University of Alaska Fairbanks is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Address
505 South Chandalar Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99775
Website
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University of Alaska Fairbanks Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
73%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
950-1200
ACT Range
19-26
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$9,097/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $7,163/ year
  • $30-48k
    $7,121/ year
  • $49-75k
    $12,369/ year
  • $76-110k
    $13,803/ year
  • $110k+
    $13,849/ year
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Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.56 responses
74%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.62 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.62 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,189Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
25%
Pell Grant
26%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 50 responses
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  • Friendly
    38%
  • Individual
    32%
  • Normal
    14%
  • Different
    12%
  • Motivated
    2%
  • Passionate
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
49%
of students say they don't have Greek life.73 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.95 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 50 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    36%
  • Diverse
    26%
  • Cold
    16%
  • Arctic
    6%
  • Helpful
    6%
  • Inconsistent
    4%
  • Unique
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
25%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
84%
National
83%
83%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.46 responses
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University of Alaska Fairbanks Reviews

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This school excels at the sciences, though most people don't believe the math department is up to par. The student population is an interestingly weird one. I think that just might be Alaska talking, as Alaska attracts some of the oddest weirdest people. Not necessarily a bad thing. I love a good amount of the professors. They love what they are doing. There is not very much to do in Fairbanks. Having a car is vital if you want to get around. The buses will work in a pinch but they can be unreliable. If you want to have fun while you are here, get into winter sports. UAF gives you free admission into nearby SkiLand!
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UAF is a great institution for STEM programs. However, one of the major appeals when I was applying to university was the school's affordability and willingness to provide a variety of scholarships. In recent years, tuition has soared (increases about 5% each semester), but the resources have stayed the same and several programs have even been cut. If you're there to study science, that's great because there are research opportunities everywhere and the faculty are generally really open to taking on undergraduate students in their labs. However, those wanting to pursue a degree in the liberal arts are probably better off sticking to UAA.
Big disadvantages to Fairbanks: it is COLD, DARK, and housing is expensive.
Big advantages: The students are wonderful. Fairbanks has a fairly active student body and everyone is usually kind and supportive. The faculty are also typically really happy to help you in any way they can.
I've been to the University of Alaska Fairbanks during the summer of 2017. Students from all over Alaska, including myself, participated, stuck through, and graduated the program called Rural Alaska Honors Institute; or RAHI. This amazing program allowed me to graduate one semester of college with 10 credits. I love that the university allows students like me to take advantage of this rewarding opportunity. One thing I would change is their bus route. Man was I tired walking to my professor's chemistry lecture.