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University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK

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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 and 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.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Fairbanks
Population | 40,000
Enrollment | 8,836
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/14
Spring | 01/13-05/02

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 be extremely limited. Criminal Justice, Cross-cultural Studies, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and Social Work courses are mostly via distance, 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
Anthropology: Anthropology

Area Studies: Alaska Native Studies, Japanese Studies, Northern Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Drawing, Studio Art, Theater Art

Athletics: Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Fish Biology, Wildlife Biology

Business: Accounting, Business Administration

Chemistry: Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Film, Journalism

Computer Science: System Administration

Consumer and Family Studies: Family Studies

Earth Sciences: Earth Science, Geology, Geosciences

Economics: Economics

Education: Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education

Engineering: Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Geological Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mineral/Mining Engineering, Petroleum Engineering

English: English, Linguistics

Environmental Studies: Environmental Studies, Fisheries Science, Natural Resources, Natural Resources/Science/Management, Wildlife Biology/Science, Wildlife Management

Food Science: Culinary Arts

General Studies: Gender Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Natural Sciences

Geography and Urban Studies: Geographic Information Sciences & Emergency Management, Geography, Rural Community Development

Geology: Geology

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Science

Languages: American Sign Language, Chinese, Eskimo, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish

Marine Sciences: Marine Sciences

Mathematics: Mathematics, Statistics

Performing Arts: Music, Theater Arts/Drama

Physics: Geophysics, Physics

Political Science: Political Science

Psychology: Psychology

Recreation: Recreation

Sociology/Social Work: Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies

Technology: Emergency Administration and Planning


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
  • School of Management and College of Engineering and Mines courses have a tuition surcharge applied to credits. These surcharges are considered specific course fees and will be the responsibility of the student to pay.
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 (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 10/21/19.
  • Estimated cost: $4989.
  • 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 (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) 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 (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 18
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 10/21/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $355 Year Plan A & B Optional
Parking Fee $143 Year Plan A & B Optional
Orientation Fee $115 Semester Plan A & B Optional
PO Box Rental Fee $55 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. 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.

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

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A 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 Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

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

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B 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 10/21/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 22% living on campus
  • Double: $5220 (includes meals)
  • 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.
  • $2150 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
All plans are declining balance with block dinners. More information is here: https://www.uaf.edu/dining/meal-plans/resident.php

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