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University of Alaska Fairbanks: Narrative Description


PO Box 757500
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7520
Tel: (907)474-7211
Free: 800-478-1823
Admissions: (907)474-7500
Fax: (907)474-5379
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of Alaska System. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1917. Setting: 2,250-acre small town campus. Research spending 2003-04: $108.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,462 per student. Total enrollment: 8,693. Faculty: 314 (309 full-time, 5 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 1,718 applied, 91% were admitted. 12% from top 10% of their high school class, 31% from top quarter, 62% from top half. Full-time: 3,522 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 4,088 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 55 states and territories, 36 other countries, 15% from out-of-state, 17% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 3% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 35% 25 or older, 42% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: biological/life sciences; business/marketing; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Placement: SAT or ACT required. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 8/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $3480 full-time, $116 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,100 full-time, $370 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $1282 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, course load, and location. Part-time tuition varies according to course level, course load, and location. College room and board: $5580. College room only: $2990. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 78 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 1% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: United Campus Ministry, Northern Star Chinese Student Association, Golden Key National Honor Society, UAF Good Time Swing Dance Club, University Women's Association. Major annual events: Starvation Gulch, Melt Down, Winter Carnival. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, ID check at door of residence halls, crime prevention and safety workshops. 1,580 college housing spaces available; 1,310 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Rasmuson Library plus 2 others with 616,456 books, 1.2 million microform titles, 1,457 serials, 8,377 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $7.8 million. 56 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The campus overlooks the Tanana Valley and the city of Fairbanks. Offering the amenities of larger communities, Fairbanks maintains the atmosphere of smaller, more personal towns. One hundred miles south is Denali National Park, home to North America's tallest mountain—Mt. McKinley. Closer lay the vast wilderness that makes up the Great Interior of Alaska. Adventure is unlimited here—hiking, biking, climbing, canoeing, skiing, dog mushing, and other recreational activities abound. Winters are cold, with an annual snowfall of 70 inches. Summers bring temperatures in the 80s and 24 hours of daylight, perfect weather for the activities Alaska has to offer.

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