Tuesday, February 4, 2014

[CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT]: University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska's second largest city, sits on the banks of the Chena River in the heart of Alaska. At the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), undergraduates make up 89% of the total student body, which creates a hotbed of diversity and fresh thinking. Whether you're returning to school to start a new phase of your life or coming in as a recent high school graduate, you'll quickly make new friends with a similar drive to achieve. In addition, UAF’s backyard is the vast environmental laboratory of Alaska, which attracts exceptional individuals — academic superstars and adventure-seekers alike.

With seven campuses across the state, it is home to more than 11,000 students from all over the world. Like their slogan, “Naturally Inspiring,” the UAF community lives authentically, believing that life is what you make of it, that knowledge is indeed power, and that a natural curiosity about the world around you will always be your best GPS.


  • Website: http://www.uaf.edu/
  • Public, 4-year or above
  • Established: 1917
  • Location: Fairbanks, Alaska

UAF has eight colleges and schools that offer 167 degrees and certificates in 128 disciplines.
  • College of Engineering and Mines
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Natural Science and Mathematics
  • College of Rural and Community Development
  • School of Education
  • School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
  • School of Management
  • School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences
(Fall 2013)
  • Total enrollment: 10,799
  • Total undergraduate enrollment: 89%
  • Total graduate enrollment: 11%
  • Total international student enrollment: 2.35%
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 12:1
  • Full-Time Faculty: 1,042
Student Body
(Fall 2012)
  • Male: 42%
  • Female: 58%
  • Median age: 25
  • Freshmen living on Fairbanks campus: 49%

Office of Admissions and the Registrar
102 Signers' Hall
P.O. Box 757480
Fairbanks, AK 99775
Phone: 907-474-7500 | 800-478-1823
Fax: 907-474-7097

Student Life

The university experience is more than classes and exams. It's about self-discovery and connecting to the world around you. UAF is a close-knit community where academic pursuits are balanced with the continuing quest for friendship, adventure and shared experiences. Coming from all 50 states and more than 45 countries, the students of UAF are constantly inventing, and reinventing, campus culture.

Here are some of the on-campus activities available: 

Residence Life and Housing Services

The Department of Residence Life supports the academic mission of the University of Alaska by providing living and learning communities that enhance student success. UAF’s Residence Life will help to support your student experience; by promoting academic excellence, leadership development, and celebrating university traditions. Upon your arrival you will be joining a dynamic community, interacting with many people, and learning not only curricular subjects but learning about your own strengths, opportunities, and identity. UAF’s goal is to provide resources and support but your involvement is what will make the on-campus experience truly rewarding.

UAF provides safe, clean, and well maintained facilities that meet the diverse needs of its residents. Following are just a few of the many benefits of living on campus:
  • Academic Success
  • Safety & Security
  • Convenient
  • All-Inclusive Costs
  • Caring Staff
  • Leadership Development
  • Connections

International Admissions

Undergraduate Application Requirements

  1. Apply online
  2. $50 application fee
  3. Register for and take the TOEFL or IELTS
  4. Submit official academic documents (certified, official high school transcripts with English translation, if necessary) directly to an approved credential evaluation agency
  5. Submit official academic documents (certified, official high school transcripts with English translation, if necessary) directly to the Office of Admissions and the Registrar
  6. Submit ACT Plus Writing or SAT scores
  7. Submit a copy of your passport
  8. Complete UAF's financial statement form

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • March 1 - fall semester
  • September 1 - spring semester 

Graduate Application Requirements
  1. Apply online 
  2. $60 application fee
  3. Register for and take the TOEFL or IELTS
  4. Submit official college and university transcripts (official record of your academic work which needs to include grades or marks) to be sent in English directly from your university to UAF Office of Admissions and the Registrar
  5. Submit scores from the GRE if your department requires them or if your GPA falls below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  6. Submit your resume/vitae, which include work and research experience, publications, patents, honors, professional and civic memberships, and foreign travel
  7. Provide a Statement of Academic Goals indicating why you want to study in a particular program. Include your qualifications and educational experience
  8. Provide three letters of recommendation from people able to speak to the quality of your work, character and ability to complete graduate study and research
  9. Submit a copy of your passport
  10. Complete the financial statement form 

Graduate Application Deadlines

Grad student application deadlines may vary by program. Be sure to refer to your department.

Financial Aid/Scholarships 

There are no scholarships specifically reserved for international students. However, international students are eligible for merit-based scholarships and many of the other university scholarships. Some of the merit-based scholarships are listed below.
  1. UAF Nanook Gold Scholarship (Full tuition)
  2. UAF Chancellor's Scholarship ($4,000)
  3. UAF Cornerstone Scholarship ($2,500)
  4. UAF Cornerstone Gold Scholarship ($2,500 for two years) 

English Proficiency Requirements

Students on an F-1 visa are required to submit scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam unless English is the primary language of their country of origin (i.e., Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia or Canada [except Quebec]). English proficiency may be demonstrated by:

  1. Passing the TOEFL with a minimum score of 79 (Internet-based exam), or 213 (computer-based exam), or 550 (paper-based exam) or
  2. Passing the IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5. 

A score from the TOEFL or IELTS is required and cannot be waived even though English may be the language of instruction in your educational system. Additionally, some graduate departments may require a higher TOEFL or IELTS score in order to qualify for admission.

Requests for exception to this policy must be submitted in writing to the Office of Admissions and the Registrar. At minimum, students must demonstrate:
  1. Successful completion (C or higher) of college-level, non-ESL English composition course; or
  2. Other substantiation acceptable to the Office of Admissions and the Registrar. Other tests may be required to satisfy application requirements for specific undergraduate or graduate degree programs. 

For clarification on TOEFL waivers, please contact the Office of Admissions and the Registrar.

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