See what students say:


Class sizes at the University of Alaska—Fairbanks are small "even [at] the 100-level." The professors "not only have book smarts but real-life experience in their fields." In general they "invite comment, make sure there is time for discussion, change the direction of the class based on student interest and make themselves available to help." In addition to small class sizes students here benefit from faculty who "are very excited about their subject matter," which "makes for a great learning environment." They "are extremely accessible and supportive" and "will go out of there way to make sure you know the material and you will pass the course." Although there are reports of "some average professors," with regards to the "upper-level and major-specific classes," overall professors here are "academically stimulating and an excellent resource." It has been noted that, in the field of petroleum engineering specifically, "it seems as though [the professors] focus more on the theoretical side of things instead of the practical side."

Student Body

Students here joke, "If you love hockey or science, UAF is your Ivy League." The student body enjoys "sledding and skiing," "renting movies from the library, getting some pizza from the dorm area cache and having a little movie night with friends," as well as "making new friends when it's minus 40 outside." Students say a good deal of unity is derived from attending school in a climate that requires a cheerful disposition and tolerance for cold weather. As one student comments, "for the most part during the middle of the school year you do not see what the students look like. We all fit in; we're so covered up to combat the cold." Students enjoy both the camaraderie and intimacy of the student body: "For the most part all students seem to be able to fit in here. This school is a small school where you all know each other."

Campus Life

Life on campus at The University of Alaska—Fairbanks is comprised of an intimate, active community. Students highlight on-campus gathering spots which include "the arcade, pool table, and bowling alley…in the student center," as well as "the pub" at the student center, which is only for those that are 21 and older, and which "only serves beer and has events like musical concerts and other activities." Intramural sports "are pretty popular" with a focus on "broomball, ultimate Frisbee, and rugby." Students also like to "just get together in social groups, such as clubs and other student organizations." UAF also "brings up great speakers." Both "the student government and individual departments sponsor many events throughout the year for students to get out and meet new people." Students derive immense joy from their use of the recreation center and the gym facilities, "which seem to be hidden gems on campus." Due to the occasionally intense winter conditions, most students "try to stay active outside and inside." Aiding this effort is "a group called Outdoor Adventures. They rent almost any outdoor gear available to students (for cheap), and this allows them to easily get out all over Alaska and have some fun." The group also organizes "all sorts of outdoor trips from white water kayaking to a week long hiking trip in the mountain ranges to ice climbing classes and ski classes."

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Office of Admissions

PO Box 757480
Fairbanks, AK 99775



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Wood Center (includes food court)
Student Recreation Center (SRC)
Rasmuson Library
Groomed cross-country ski trails on campus
Hess Recreation Center
Wood Center (includes food court, coffee shop, bowling alley and pool tables, Outdoor Adventures, the Pub and various spaces for groups to gather or hold meetings) The 2,250 acre Fairbanks campus includes two lakes and 17 miles of ski and hiking trails as well as a major student recreation complex. We often refer to UAF as having a 360-million-acre campus because research and field work might take you anywhere in Alaska.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Marlin (bar and live music)
Alaska Coffee Roasting Company (Coffee House)
College Town Pizza
Lulu's Bread and Bagels
Hot Licks Ice Cream
Ranging a little further afield, Denali National Park and Preserve is a 4-hour train ride or 2-hour drive away. The one-million-acre White Mountains National Recreation Area is just north of town, with a wild river and extensive trail system. Chena Hot Springs Resort is located 60 scenic miles from downtown Fairbanks, and there are several great day hikes on the way there, including Angel Rocks and Granite Tors. On the eastern side of town, the Birch Hill Recreation Area maintains more than 18 miles of ski trails with almost five miles of lighted loops. If you?re interested in canoeing, kayaking or boating, the Chena River glides right through Fairbanks, Chena Lakes Recreation Area is 25 miles south, Nenana River whitewater runs along the edge of Denali National Park and the mighty Yukon River is about 140 miles to the north.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

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Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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subject to availability


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxis, buses (within Fairbanks), Fairbanks International Airport, trains (within Alaska)

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the Fairbanks International Airport: Leaving the airport, exit onto Airport Way. Pass Fred Meyer store and turn left onto University Avenue. Turn left at College Road into the entrance to UAF. From Anchorage: Take the Parks highway to Fairbanks. Exit onto Geist Road. Turn left at Thompson Drive. This is one of the entrances to the UAF campus.

Local Accommodations
Student dorms and apartments on campus ($1495/semester). Cabins(no running water) ($250-600/ month) Apartments ($600-1000/ month) Houses ($600-1400/ month)


Applicants: 1,577
Acceptance Rate: 70%
Average HS GPA: 3.40



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