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University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK

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  1. UAF ranks in the top 150 of the 700 U.S. institutions that conduct research.
  2. Times Higher Education ranked UAF #10 among the world’s best small universities.
  3. Students named UAF the number one outdoor college in Backpacker magazine in 2016

About This Campus

The University of Alaska Fairbanks, located in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, is the flagship campus of the University of Alaska System. UAF is a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution. It is also the site where the Alaska Constitution was drafted and signed in 1955 and 1956. UAF was established in 1917 as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, first opening for classes in 1922. UAF offers undergraduate students many ways to get hands-on experience -- 46 percent of students who received a bachelor's degree completed a research, thesis or honors project in 2017-2018. Students that participate in NSE have the same opportunities to take part in research at one of UAF's more than 50 research centers and institutes: https://research.uaf.edu/facilities/research-centers. Several lines of research are renowned worldwide, most notably in Arctic biology, Arctic engineering, geophysics, supercomputing, and aboriginal studies.

Location Information

Located just 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the Fairbanks campus's unique location is situated favorably for Arctic and northern research, as well as ample opportunity for views of the northern lights. The 2,205-acre campus has two lakes and miles of trails. The downtown district is easily accessible via the local bus system and a network of bike trails. The city is steeped in a history of riverboat captains and gold seekers.

Helpful Information

Note if you plan to bring a car: Due to the extreme climate, cars must be properly "winterized", otherwise the car will not operate in the winter. Please see this page for more info: http://blog.gvea.com/wordpress/?p=567.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Fairbanks
Population | 50,000
Enrollment | 8,336
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/23-12/12
Spring | 01/17-05/07

Campus Diversity

White | 47%
Black | 4%
Hispanic/Latino | 7%
Asian | 4%
Native/1st Nation | 21%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 2%
Two or more | 0%
Other | 15%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • With seniors
Closed Programs
Nursing, Veterinary Medicine

Music/theater/fine arts courses may require special permission. Certain 400-level Biology courses may have limited space, so enroll early. Criminal Justice, Cross-cultural Studies, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and Social Work courses are mostly via distance with limited in-person classes available.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Alaska Native Studies
  • Northern Studies
  • Petroleum Engineering

Study Abroad Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Alaska Native Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Drawing
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Film
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geological Engineering
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • German
  • History
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Linguistics
  • Marine Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mineral/Mining Engineering
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Performance and Directing
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Sports Management/Administration
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Wildlife Management
  • Women and Gender Studies


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 530.00 paper, 213.00 computer or 70.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Figures are current as of 07/08/20.
  • Estimated cost: $4485.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 18
  • Home Payment: 18
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/08/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $355 Year Plan A & B Optional
Parking Fee $88 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Orientation Fee $115 Semester Plan A & B Optional
PO Box Rental Fee $75 Semester Plan A & B Optional

Important Notes: Any courses within the School of Management or the School of Engineering and Mines will incur a 20% surcharge based on the in-state tuition charge for the course. This must be paid by both Plan A (Host) and Plan B (Home) as it is considered a specific course fee. Students living in on-campus housing will pay a $25 per semester activity fee. There is no mail service to on-campus housing. Students can rent a PO Box for $55 per semester. Students living off-campus can also rent a PO Box.

Financial Aid

Host Payment
For Host Payment U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 001063

Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/08/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 22% living on campus
  • Double: $2800
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $$800+
  • Proximity to campus: 1-20
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Apply as early as possible for the fall semester for higher probability of requested dorm type. If you wish to live off-campus, keep in mind that you may see advertisements for 'dry cabins'--these are cabins without running water (they have an outhouse). There is public transportation in Fairbanks.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1925 declining balance plan.
  • $2150 per semester for 3 meals per week.
  • $2495 per semester for 5 meals per week.
  • $2695 per semester for 7 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
All plans are declining balance. The listing for 'meals per week' are block dinners with declining balance of $1500 for other meals: https://www.uaf.edu/dining/meal-plans/30credits-plan.php. Students placed in Cutler will have lower meal plan options available. Cutler residents are required to purchase a meal plan.

Health Ins.

Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/08/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $800 Semester Plan A & B Waiver Available

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Mandatory for Canadian and students on U.S. immigration visas. Not required for domestic students. Waiver is available but most Canadian plans do not meet requirements.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $800 per semester.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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