What to expect...

Are you curious about attending UAF but aren't sure what to expect? The facts and figures below may help you get a better idea about life at UAF and living in Alaska in general.


  • The Princeton Review recently named UAF as one of the West's best colleges.
  • Out of the 4166 universities and colleges in the U.S., UAF is ranked 89th.
  • UAF is ranked 98th in the nation and 5th for its size in research.
  • CEM has about 450 undergraduate students and 150 graduate students
  • CEM professors are also the academic advisors for the sophomore through senior years.
  • CEM has its own tutoring center for engineering, math, and the sciences.
  • CEM has its own dorm floor for freshmen who live on campus.


  • Fairbanks is Alaska's second-largest city, situated on the banks of the Chena River in the heart of Alaska.
  • The UAF campus is only four miles from the downtown business district, and the university is easily accessible via the local bus system and a network of bike trails.
  • Steeped in a history of riverboat captains and gold seekers, today Fairbanks is the dynamic, thriving city that helped build the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Here striking contemporary buildings sit side-by-side with log cabins built in the early twentieth century. It's a city where the old quietly blends with the new.
  • With a population of more than 80,000, the Fairbanks area offers the conveniences of a big city, yet rolling hills and spectacular panoramas are only minutes away. Literally millions of acres of wilderness surround Fairbanks. Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America, is often visible from many residence hall windows. Whether the sport is canoeing, climbing, running, skiing or fishing, nowhere else compares with Alaska.
  • Fairbanks is easily accessible by both land and air. Anchorage is only 365 miles away via the Parks Highway or the Alaska Highway. Major airlines offer several daily flights to Anchorage and cities in the Lower 48.

The State of Alaska

  • Alaska officially became the 49th state on January 3, 1959.
  • Alaska contains 586,412 square miles. Alaska is one-fifth the size of the Lower 48, 488 times larger than Rhode Island, two and a half times larger than Texas, and larger than the next three largest states combined.
  • Of the 20 highest peaks in the United States, 17 are in Alaska. Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in North America, is 20,320 feet above sea level.
  • Alaska's population is 670,053 (July 2006) and has .90 square miles for each person in the state. By comparison, New York has .0025 square miles per person.
  • Alaska has 6,640 miles of coastline and, including islands, has 33,904 miles of shoreline. There are more than 3,000 rivers in Alaska and over 3 million lakes.
  • Alaska has an estimated 100,000 glaciers. There are more active glaciers and ice fields in Alaska than in the rest of the inhabited world.
  • Alaska's abundant wildlife population includes moose, caribou, Dall sheep, bison, and grizzly bears, black bears, polar bears, and smaller fur-bearing animals, such as otter, beaver, fox, and wolves. Walrus thrive here and the world's largest colony of seals, numbering about one million, make their home in Alaska on the Pribilof Islands. The state is refuge to nearly 400 species of birds with more bald eagles living in Alaska than all other states combined.