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University of Alaska Fairbanks Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how University of Alaska Fairbanks ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is University of Alaska Fairbanks Ranked?

2020 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

University of Alaska Fairbanks was awarded 4 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

Overall Quality

UAF landed the #992 spot in College Factual's 2020 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,727 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Out of the 4 colleges in Alaska, UAF is ranked at #2.

See all of the rankings for University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Is It Hard to Get Into UAF?

Acceptance Rate

University of Alaska Fairbanks has an acceptance rate of 77%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 38% of students accepted to UAF submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 640. Math scores were between 520 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Alaska Fairbanks  ( 510 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Alaska Fairbanks  ( 520 to 630 )
UAF received ACT scores from 75% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Alaska Fairbanks  ( 17 to 25 )

Learn more about University of Alaska Fairbanks admissions.

University of Alaska Fairbanks Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At UAF, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 11 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Alaska Fairbanks is 60%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  60 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Alaska Fairbanks

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 77% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of Alaska Fairbanks enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  77 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 15% for first-time, full-time students at UAF, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  15 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Good Overall Diversity at UAF

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,639 undergraduates at UAF with 3,022 being full-time and 3,617 being part-time.

UAF Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for UAF is 83.20 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  83.20 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Alaska Fairbanks Cost?

The overall average net price of UAF is $9,988. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UAF

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$7,349 $8,213 $9,990 $14,037 $13,285

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UAF, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UAF, approximately 28% of students took out student loans averaging $6,898 a year. That adds up to $27,592 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UAF is 12.2%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do UAF Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UAF make about $38,700 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at University of Alaska Fairbanks make the most money.

Location of University of Alaska Fairbanks

Located in Fairbanks, Alaska, University of Alaska Fairbanks is a public institution. The suburban atmosphere of Fairbanks makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Location of University of Alaska Fairbanks

Contact details for UAF are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1731 South Chandalar Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99775
Phone: 907-474-7034

University of Alaska Fairbanks Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 91 majors graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks. Of these students, 814 received undergraduate degrees and 246 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 48 $63,400
General Biology 40 NA
Homeland Security 35 NA
Business Administration & Management 34 $33,100
General Psychology 27 $26,500
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 26 NA
Civil Engineering 22 NA
Criminal Justice & Corrections 20 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 19 NA
Social Work 18 $28,200

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Alaska Fairbanks along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UAF

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 4,440 students took at least one online class at University of Alaska Fairbanks. This is a decrease from the 4,475 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 4,440 2,662
2016-2017 4,475 2,538
2015-2016 4,275 2,351
2014-2015 3,965 2,205
2013-2014 3,923 2,150

Learn more about online learning at University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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