University of Alaska Review

University of Alaska is a public university made up of three campuses throughout Alaska, with the flagship school in Fairbanks. The main campus is made up of nine schools and students can choose from degrees and certificates in more than 100 disciplines.

University of Alaska Overview

University of Alaska is a land-, sea-, space- and sun-grant institution. It is home to more than seven major research units, including Alaska's Geophysical Institute and the Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. Since Fairbanks is located just 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle, students are in a unique position to study and research the Arctic. The school is most notable for its research in Arctic biology, engineering, geophysics and supercomputing. However, other academic disciplines include film, library science, forest sciences, education, biology, mining engineering and physics.

The Fairbanks campus of University of Alaska enrolls 8,575 students, but the greater University of Alaska system, with seven campuses around Alaska, educates more than 33,000 students a year.

Admissions and Enrollment Overview

To be admitted to University of Alaska, students must have received a high school diploma and transcripts or equivalent, taken the SAT or ACT and submitted a letter of intent. The school adheres to certain minimal standards in terms of grades and test scores, which are detailed on the school's website. Separate, detailed standards are required for first year students, whether they're home-schooled, international, transfer or a member of the military. Graduate applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Depending on the field of study, different requirements may be in order.

Campus Facilities and Learning Environment

There are several book publishers at University of Alaska. These include the University of Alaska Press, the Alaska Native Language Center and the Alaska Sea Grant. There are also several magazines published on campus and two student newspapers, one of which is independent of the university. The university's fine arts complex houses student art shows, art galleries, BFA and thesis shows and combined faculty shows.

This school's athletic program competes at NCAA Division I for several sports, including hockey, for which it is best known. The team plays in downtown Fairbanks. University of Alaska's rifle team has also won ten NCAA National Rifle Championships since 1994.

Schools and Colleges at University of Alaska

  • College of Engineering and Mines
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Natural Science and Mathematics
  • College of Rural and Community Development
  • School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
  • School of Management

School Contact Information

  • Address: Signers' Hall, Fairbanks, AK 99775-748
  • Phone Number: (907) 474-7211