All UAF campuses are tobacco-free as of Dec. 31, 2015.
The 2,250-acre Fairbanks campus, also called the Troth Yeddha' campus, offers limitless opportunities for activity and recreation. The main campus has two lakes and 26 miles of trails as well as a major student recreation complex for indoor sports. Facilities are available for basketball, volleyball, badminton, tennis, calisthenics, dance, gymnastics, judo and karate. There are rifle and pistol ranges; courts for handball, racquetball and squash; a jogging track; a swimming pool; weight training and modern fitness equipment areas; an ice arena for recreational skating and hockey; a special aerobics area; a two-story indoor climbing wall and an outdoor climbing tower covered with ice in the winter. UAF sponsors intercollegiate athletic teams in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country running and skiing, coed rifle, men’s ice hockey and women’s volleyball and swimming.
The Wood Center is the focus of many extracurricular activities. With a pub, dining facilities, meeting rooms, lounge and games area, the Wood Center is a gathering place for the entire university community.
UAF has some of the best facilities in the state. Performances are scheduled almost every weekend during the academic year in Davis Concert Hall or Salisbury Theatre. The Rasmuson Library, Alaska’s largest library, offers extensive resource materials in print and online. An array of computer databases provides access to hundreds of academic journals, and Internet connections allow students at remote rural sites to use library resources. The UA Museum of the North is not only one of the top visitor attractions in the state but also a resource for students. Its vast collections are used for demonstration and comparative studies in classrooms and labs.
The Fairbanks campus is the statewide university system’s principal research center. Internationally respected institutes provide students with an opportunity to see science in action and participate in research activities.
Fairbanks, Alaska’s second-largest city, sits on the banks of the Chena River in the heart of Alaska. The downtown district is easily accessible via the local bus system and a network of bike trails. The city is steeped in a history of riverboat captains and gold seekers. Its character has been shaped by a large military presence, construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and the continuing oil economy, and a thriving university. It is a city where old quietly blends with new. Striking modern buildings sit side-by-side with log cabins built in the early part of the last century.
With an area population of some 96,000, Fairbanks offers the conveniences of a big city, yet millions of acres of rolling hills and spectacular Alaska panoramas are only minutes away. Whether the sport is canoeing, climbing, running, dog mushing, skiing or fishing, nowhere else compares with Alaska. Denali (Koyukon Athabascan for “The High One”), the tallest mountain in North America, is often visible from many UAF residence hall windows.
Transportation to Fairbanks
Fairbanks is easily accessible by land or air. Anchorage is 365 miles away via the Parks Highway or the Alaska Railroad, and Seattle is 2,300 miles away via the Alaska Highway. Major airlines offer several daily flights between Fairbanks and Anchorage, Seattle and many other destinations.
The Alaska Railroad provides a special one-way fare between Anchorage and Fairbanks for all full-time UAF students in summer or regular sessions. Students must ask for the special rate when making reservations and present their student ID to the ticket agent at check-in. For reservations, contact the Alaska Railroad at 907-458-6025 or 800-544-0552.
Since 1963, UAF has been a leader in offering distance courses and programs for students throughout Alaska and the world. eCampus offers more than 350 courses in 60 disciplines. Additionally, eCampus offers full degrees and certificates completely online. Internet-based courses let students increase their educational opportunities, further their education and earn their degree without the constraint of classroom attendance. eCampus courses are academically rigorous, meet during regular semesters and count toward degree and program requirements.
In addition to the Fairbanks campus, UAF has community and rural campuses in downtown Fairbanks, Bethel, Dillingham, Kotzebue and Nome, and maintains six community centers through its Interior Alaska Campus in Fairbanks. These branches are central to fulfilling the UAF mission of providing educational opportunities throughout the state. Credits earned at any UAF campus or center are recognized at all UAF campuses, meaning that students may change campuses and transfer all UA credits.
Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham
The Bristol Bay Campus serves 32 rural communities in the Bristol Bay region within a 55,000-square-mile area. The campus includes 12 coastal communities served by the Aleutian-Pribilof outreach center in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor: the Aleutian archipelago, lower Alaska Peninsula, the Shumigan Islands,and the Pribilof Islands. The campus’ administrative center is in Dillingham (about 322 air miles from Anchorage and 570 air miles from Fairbanks), with centers in King Salmon, Togiak and New Stuyahok. Enrollment at Bristol Bay Campus ranges from 500 to 800 students each semester. The campus offers an Associate of Arts degree in general studies and Associate of Applied Science degrees in allied health, applied business, applied accounting, community health, early childhood education, human services, information technology, interdisciplinary studies and renewable resources. Bachelor’s degree programs include elementary education, interdisciplinary studies, rural development and social work. Master’s degrees are offered in rural development and education. Other programs include Adult Basic Education, providing adult basic education through high school-level instruction for Bristol Bay adults, and the Marine Advisory Program.
The Bristol Bay Campus also provides educational opportunities for communities in its service area, including vocational-technical, community interest and graduate courses. Classes are offered by distance delivery (audio conference, video conference, correspondence or Internet) and by instructors using traditional methods. For more information, visit the Bristol Bay Campus website.
Chukchi Campus in Kotzebue
The Chukchi Campus is located 26 miles north of the Arctic Circle on the shores of the Chukchi Sea. The campus serves Kotzebue and 10 villages in a region of more than 36,000 square miles. Chukchi offers Associate of Arts as well as Associate of Applied Science degrees, and courses leading to baccalaureate degrees in education, rural development and social work. Courses are offered by local instructors and through the College of Rural and Community Development audio-conferencing and live Internet instructional systems. For more information, visit the Chukchi Campus website.
Community and Technical College in Fairbanks
The Community and Technical College is a comprehensive community college serving students in Fairbanks and outlying areas across the state of Alaska. Its core purpose is to provide community-driven education to meet needs for workforce development, academic preparation and lifelong learning. CTC helps prepare Alaskans for Alaska’s jobs.
CTC offers more than 40 certificate and degree programs through nine different locations throughout Fairbanks and the surrounding area.
CTC's downtown location (604 Barnette St.) provides a one-stop-shop that enables students to take care of all of their university related needs in one convenient location. Services include academic and financial aid advising, support to register and pay for courses, placement testing and students can even obtain parking passes and their student ID. CTC's downtown location also contains a tutoring and learning center, open computer labs, and specialized classrooms and labs to support programs in health care, business, cybersecurity and IT support, construction management, early childhood education, and paralegal studies.
CTC provides services and education through eight other locations, several of which are specialized facilities equipped with industry-specific equipment and technology to support workforce and hands-on education programs such as culinary arts; EMS/paramedicine; firefighting; law enforcement; oil, gas and mining process technologies; automotive; diesel/heavy equipment; aviation maintenance; and welding.
- Aviation Maintenance Program Hangar: 3504 University Ave. South
- Bunnell House Early Childhood Lab School: 1793 Chatanika Dr.
- Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center: 3600 Cartwright Ct.
- Hutchison Institute of Technology: 3750 Geist Rd.
- University Park Building: 1000 University Ave.
- Offices on Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base
- Partnership office at Delta Career Advancement Center in Delta Junction
Interior Alaska Campus
The Interior Alaska Campus in Fairbanks serves 46 communities and villages in the Doyon and Tanana Chiefs regions throughout the interior of Alaska, an area about the size of France. The Interior Alaska Campus is the most decentralized of the UAF campuses. Although the director’s office and some faculty are located in Fairbanks, there are Interior Alaska Campus staff in Anchorage, Fort Yukon, Kenai Peninsula and Tok. Courses are offered online and by audio conference, on site by local or visiting instructors, and via intensive sessions in Fairbanks and Anchorage. The campus offers a range of degree programs, including occupational endorsements, certificates, and Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees. Math and English tutors are available for all students taking courses through the campus. For more information, visit the Interior Alaska Campus website.
Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel
The Kuskokwim Campus is located in Bethel and serves approximately 25,000 people in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, which includes 47 remote Alaska Native Yup’ik and Cup’ik Eskimo and Athabaskan villages with 56 tribes in a 57,000-square-mile-area the size of Illinois. Bethel is a community of about 6,000 people 80 miles inland on the Kuskokwim River. KuC also operates one remote learning center based in Hooper Bay, a Yup’ik Eskimo community of 1,000 on the Bering Sea coast. KuC offers academic, vocational and community interest courses, as well as courses leading to associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees, including a Bachelor of Arts degree in Yup’ik language and culture, the home language of many families in the region. The Emerging Scholars Program assists all full-time freshmen in the transition to college, both academically and socially, and in the completion of certificates and degrees. Students may attend classes on campus and through distance delivery. Housing on campus is available in Sackett Hall, which provides suites with space for four students in each. For more information, visit the Kuskokwim Campus website.
Northwest Campus in Nome
Northwest Campus is located in Nome, a community of 3,500 that is the service hub for the 15 villages of the Bering Strait region. This 44,000-square-mile region extends from Shishmaref on the northern edge of the Seward Peninsula to Stebbins on the southern rim of Norton Sound. It includes communities on St. Lawrence and Little Diomede islands. The area contains 570 miles of coastline, which includes all of Norton Sound and portions of the Bering and Chukchi seas.
The Northwest Campus serves a total population of nearly 10,000. Certificates and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees are offered to the region’s residents, with courses taught both traditionally and by distance delivery. The campus responds to vocational, business development, cultural preservation and academic needs of the Bering Strait region. Many courses, programs and degrees are offered in cooperation with regional health and tribal organizations, school districts and corporations. Northwest Campus offers the high latitude range management certificate program supporting reindeer herding and husbandry. For more information, visit the Northwest Campus website or NWC on Facebook.