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University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Equidistant from major economic centers of Europe, North America, and the Pacific Rim, Fairbanks is Alaska's second largest city. The University of Alaska Fairbanks is the state's land, sea and space grant institution and the only university in Alaska offering classes at the Ph.D. level.

UAF is known internationally for its high latitude social and scientific studies. Cold regions issues are emphasized by research in arctic biology and ecology, geophysics, and space physics, wildlife, fisheries and ocean sciences, northern engineering, Native languages, cross-cultural studies, agriculture, forestry and petroleum development.

UAF research sites include Poker Flat Research Range, the only university-owned rocket range in the work, the Large Animal Research Station and the Fishery Industrial Technology Center.

Master's degrees are offered in more than 40 fields and doctoral programs in more than a dozen. Interdisciplinary programs are possible in areas where UAF has faculty expertise and research facilities, such as northern studies, atmospheric chemistry, and quatemary science.

UAF's main campus undergraduate enrollment is about 6,500. About 55% of student enrollment are women, 45% men. Minority enrollment is roughly 30%, with 14% Alaska Natives, 6% other minorities, 2% International students, and 1% of the unreported ethnic origin. Hispanics enrollment is approximately 2%.

On-campus housing is available for both married and unmarried students.Overview

Type of school: Public institution
Year founded: 1917
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 7,274
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $61,726,927
Admissions Address

PO Box 757500
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7500



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.2
Send application by: August 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Nancy Dix
Admissions office telephone: (800) 478-1823
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: August 1
Decision sent by: Other
Accept offer by: No set date
Early decision
Not offered  
Early action
Not offered  
Application fee: $40
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? No
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: Yes
Applications via E-mail: Yes
Electronic application:
Tuition deposit: N/A
Room deposit: $260 (Partially refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is not accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 N/A
Mathematics 3 N/A
Science 3 N/A
Lab 1 N/A
Foreign language N/A 2
Social studies 3 N/A
History N/A N/A
Academic electives 3 N/A
Total academic units 16 N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.

Campus visit: Neither required nor recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: Not available
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: August 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Not considered
Class rank: Not considered
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Not considered
Recommendation: Not considered
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Not considered
Extracurricular activities: Not considered
Talent/ability: Not considered
Character/personal qualities: Not considered
First generation: Not considered
Alumni/ae relation: Not considered
Geographical residence: Not considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Not considered
Volunteer work: Not considered
Work experience: Not considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 74%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 74%
Total applicants: 1,743
Total acceptances: 1,283
Total freshman enrollment: 887
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.


Male applicants: 854
Male acceptances: 622
Male freshman enrollment: 426
Female applicants: 889
Female acceptances: 661
Female freshman enrollment: 461
Out-of-state freshmen: 9%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: N/A


2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 15%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 35%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 64%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 57%
Average high school GPA: 3.2
First-year students submitting GPA: 70%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 52%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 450 - 600
Math: 450 - 590
Combined: 900 - 1190


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 4.0% 2.8%
600-699 24.5% 19.8%
500-599 33.5% 36.6%
400-499 26.4% 30.1%
300-399 9.9% 10.0%
200-299 1.6% 0.7%


First-year students submitting ACT scores: 33%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 16 - 24
Math: 17 - 25
Composite: 18 - 25


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 2.4% 4.1% 4.4%
24-29 32.7% 25.1% 29.8%
18-23 41.2% 40.0% 37.0%
12-17 22.8% 25.8% 28.8%
6-11 1.0% 5.1% N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A


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