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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
    B-
Alaska Fairbanks is a public university located in College, Alaska. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,022 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Alaska Fairbanks acceptance rate is 77%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business, and Biology. Graduating 30% of students, Alaska Fairbanks alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $30,700.
About University of Alaska Fairbanks...
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
77%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1030-1270
ACT Range
17-25
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$9,010/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,457/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
85%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
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
3,022Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,617
Undergrads Over 25
24%
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
$38,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
30%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
85%
National
83%
83%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.46 responses
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The University of Alaska operates 4 months out of the year in complete darkness, with an average of about 1-3 hours of sunlight a day from November to the end of January. The University offers ice climbing and ski passes to the local lift. In the Fall of 2017 and Spring of 2018, I worked with the student government, ASUAF, as a student senator. It was a wonderful opportunity to advocate for sustainability on campus, focused on food insecurity in Alaska and we developed an on-campus food pantry system where students can come get weekly groceries for free.
Accessibility is important to me and in December of 2017, I purposed a bill where changing tables were issued into men, unisex, and women's restroom in every building on campus.
The university has also removed all gendered pronouns from residence life handbooks and ASUAF handbooks in replacement with more inclusive terms such as they/them. The university allows students to take control and advocate for changes as needed on campus.
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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!
I enjoyed the upgraded biology building. I like where the university is built. One thing I would like to see change is making the grading system more normalized across the board. Some classes counted attendance in the grade, some classes didn't, some classes didn't have any homework and the grade only relied on exams, some classes were take home exams, some weren't. There were some classes that used a +/- grading system, which a minus on grade hurts your GPA more than just getting a standard letter grade. It would make college a lot less frustrating if professors stuck to one grading system.