University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks

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The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF or Alaska) is a public land-grant research university in College, Alaska; a suburb of Fairbanks. It is a flagship campus of the University of Alaska system. UAF was established in 1917 and opened for classes in 1922. Originally named the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, it became the University of Alaska in 1935. Fairbanks-based programs became the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1975.

UAF is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity". It is home to several major research units, including the Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station; the Geophysical Institute, which operates the Poker Flat Research Range and several other scientific centers; the Alaska Center for Energy and Power; the International Arctic Research Center; the Institute of Arctic Biology; the Institute of Marine Science; and the Institute of Northern Engineering. Located just 200 miles (320 km) south of the Arctic Circle, the Fairbanks campus' unique location favors Arctic and northern research. UAF's research specialties are renowned worldwide, most notably Arctic biology, Arctic engineering, geophysics, supercomputing, Ethnobotany and Alaska Native studies. The University of Alaska Museum of the North is also on the Fairbanks campus.

In addition to the Fairbanks campus, UAF encompasses six rural and urban campuses: Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham; Chukchi Campus in Kotzebue; the Fairbanks-based Interior Alaska Campus, which serves the state's rural Interior; Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel; Northwest Campus in Nome; and the UAF Community and Technical College, with headquarters in downtown Fairbanks. UAF is also the home of UAF eCampus, which offers fully online programs.

In fall 2017, UAF enrolled 8,720 students. Of those students, 58% were female and 41% were male; 87.8% were undergraduates, and 12.2% were graduate students. As of May 2018, 1,352 students had graduated during the immediately preceding summer, fall and spring semesters.
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  • The university has a great museum. It has very good display which show the life of Alaska. The view from the university is very beautiful.  more »
  • Gorgeous location, highly rated university. Everyone I have encountered (admissions, coaches, financial advisors) has been so kind and helpful.  more »
  • We learned so much about Alaskans at that museum. The museum shows the different seasons of the north. It was informative and fun.  more »
  • Really awesome place love meeting new people and everyone here is really nice
  • Some of these bad reviews were written by people with no comprehension of facts or reality, or an axe to grind, or who have obviously never set foot on the campus. Is it for everybody? No. But that’s what makes it great. The best university in Alaska by a long shot.
  • Horrible school. Don't waste your time if you want to feel like you are getting your money's worth out of your education. My last two courses I essentially had to teach myself even though I paid 3K. I will NEVER attend another class through UAF and others would be wise to steer clear of this, so called, "university". They just want to take your money and give you a sub-par education.
  • Good for the right programs, I guess. If engineering or the natural sciences are your jam, you might try this university, because that's where the money and attention are going. Excellent French program and some good art courses, but some of the programs feel weak or neglected, and overall the classes are extremely hit or miss. I've taken some truly underwhelming courses here and am looking forward to finishing my degree (not in engineering or natural sciences) someplace else. All that said, it's generally a friendly campus that attracts an interesting mix of people. While many of the older buildings are ugly, the campus itself can be really pretty, and the shuttle between the parking lots, upper campus, and lower campus is a welcome support in the cold dark of winter.
  • Great campus. Has a lot of cool trails behind the dorms. The woods center has some pretty good food to.

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