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University of Alaska Fairbanks Data & Information Overview

251 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
67% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of Alaska Fairbanks Ranked?

#1,079 Best Colleges in Nation
#2 Best Colleges in AK
Natural Sciences Highest Ranked Major

2023 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

University of Alaska Fairbanks was awarded 251 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is natural sciences.

Overall Quality

UAF landed the #1,079 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UAF held the #1,198 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 3 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?

67% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
30% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to University of Alaska Fairbanks you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 67%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 30% 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 530 and 640. Math scores were between 520 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Alaska Fairbanks  ( 530 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Alaska Fairbanks  ( 520 to 630 )
UAF received ACT scores from 30% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Alaska Fairbanks  ( 18 to 26 )

Learn more about University of Alaska Fairbanks admissions.

University of Alaska Fairbanks Faculty

11 to 1 Student to Faculty
61% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at UAF it is much better at 11 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Alaska Fairbanks is 61%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  61 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Alaska Fairbanks

78% Freshmen Retention
20% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 78% 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  78 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 20% for first-time, full-time students at UAF, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  20 out of 100

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

University of Alaska Fairbanks Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,399 Full-Time Undergraduates
37.7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
53.4% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,850 undergraduates at UAF with 2,399 being full-time and 3,451 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Alaska Fairbanks Cost?

$10,510 Net Price
29% Take Out Loans
$28,312 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of UAF is $10,510. 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 +
$6,880 $9,093 $11,587 $11,476 $12,552

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UAF, approximately 29% of students took out student loans averaging $7,078 a year. That adds up to $28,312 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UAF is 8.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do UAF Graduates Make?

$43,728 Avg Salary of Grads
Average Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from UAF make around $43,728 per year during the early years of their employment. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 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

Alaska State
2,399 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Located in Fairbanks, Alaska, University of Alaska Fairbanks is a public institution. Fairbanks is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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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

80 Majors With Completions
833 Undergraduate Degrees
232 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 80 majors graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks. Of these students, 833 received undergraduate degrees and 232 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
Business Administration & Management 51 $44,355
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 48 $35,170
General Biology 47 $21,760
Criminal Justice & Corrections 39 NA
Homeland Security 39 $44,057
General Psychology 32 $26,635
Teacher Education Grade Specific 28 $43,220
Mechanical Engineering 26 $62,735
Social Work 25 NA
Natural Sciences 22 NA

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

90% Take At Least One Class Online
63% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 6,106 students took at least one online class at University of Alaska Fairbanks. This is an increase from the 4,867 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 6,106 4,305
2018-2019 4,867 2,948
2017-2018 4,440 2,662
2016-2017 4,475 2,538
2015-2016 4,275 2,351

Learn more about online learning at University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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