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Business students from left, Girard Gaul, Tobias Keizel, Dani Johnson, and Brian Laurencelle work on their marketing homework at the 23-hour study area at the Rasmuson Library.
Business students from left, Girard Gaul, Tobias Keizel, Dani Johnson, and Brian Laurencelle work on their marketing homework at the 23-hour study area at the Rasmuson Library.

Choosing a college is a big decision. We want to make sure you have all the information you need to become a Nanook. Here are a few ways we can help:


Campus life

Walter DeSarro, left, and Danny Falkner have student jobs serving as referees for outdoor intramural broomball on the ice in front of the SRC.
Walter DeSarro, left, and Danny Falkner have student jobs serving as referees for outdoor intramural broomball on the ice in front of the SRC.
You blaze trails. You cross boundaries.You sometimes rock the boat.Clearly, this is where you belong.

The university experience is more than classes and exams. It’s about self-discoveryand connecting to the world around you. UAF is a close-knit community whereacademic pursuits are balanced with the continuing quest for friendship, adventureand shared experiences. Coming from all 50 states and more than 45 countries, thestudents of UAF are constantly inventing, and reinventing, campus culture.

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Events

Discover UAF

Are you looking for information about UAF's campus preview days? Find out more details about our Discover UAF events.


Housing

Freshman Hailley Myers visits with fellow Skarland Hall resident Quinn Verfaillie in her fourth floor room.
Freshman Hailley Myers visits with fellow Skarland Hall resident Quinn Verfaillie in her fourth floor room.

College is more than classes and exams. When you live on campus, you’re part of the Residence Life community. You live together, learn from each other, share experiences, become friends. National research shows that students who live on campus have fewer worries, earn better grades and are more likely to complete a university degree.*

As an on-campus resident you will have less stress, more time and the conveniences of home, including:

  • cable TV service
  • high-speed Internet connections
  • on-site laundry facilities
  • trained staff on call 24 hours a day
  • always something to do: 400+ activities offered by Residence Life each year

Plus, a post office, bank and health care services are all within walking distance.

For more information about residence facilities for students with disabilities, students with families and nontraditional student housing visit Residence Life

* American Council on Education, 2006


Meet your admissions counselors

Our admissions counselors are here to help you find out why UAF is right for you.

Aaron Acevedo

Aaron Acevedo

aaacevedo@alaska.edu
907-474-5142

Territories: Fairbanks North Star Borough, Military, Homeschool and AHEAD students

Aaron was born in sunny California, where he enjoyed the first eleven years of his childhood. In 2001, after a long drive across the Alaska Highway, Aaron and his family permanently relocated to his new home in the Last Frontier: Fairbanks.

Aaron graduated from West Valley High School in 2007 as a proud Wolfpack alumnus and makes a concerted effort to stay connected with his alma mater. After high school, Aaron decided to stay in-state and attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Four and a half years later coupled with countless hours of procrastination and the typical ramen noodle dinner, Aaron graduated from UAF with a bachelor’s degree in History and a Law & Society minor. His undergraduate thesis examined the East Coast vs. West Coast rivalry in rap & hip-hop music.

In his spare time Aaron enjoys spending quality time with his family, kickin’ it old school with his amigos, exercising, playing Ultimate Frisbee and writing fiction. Aaron is an active karaoke enthusiast who appreciates a good burger and a strong cup o’ Joe, and he has a deep love for rap & hip-hop music.

Amy Bristor

Amy Bristor

albristor@alaska.edu
907-474-6086

Territories: Alaska - Southcentral and Southeast, and UA Scholars.

Amy was born in Anchorage and raised in Wasilla attending both Wasilla High School and Houston High School. She attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks studying Psychology and Human Services. Amy has vast experience with the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus having worked as a student at the student activities office, as staff at the Summer Sessions office and as the outreach coordinator at the UAF Community and Technical College. Amy now considers Fairbanks her second hometown and enjoys the strong sense of community that Fairbanks and the UAF campus has to offer. In her free time she enjoys cooking and gardening. In the summer you will find her fishing, camping and picking berries with her two daughters and her husband.

Caitlin Kaber

Caitlin Kaber

907-474-7822
Territories: Lower 48 - Western and Eastern timezones, and Hawaii
Caitlin was born and raised in Washington state. After graduating with a BA in Sport Management and a minor in Communication, she came north to Alaska to work as a Tour Director leading guided tours throughout Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Caitlin permanently relocated to Fairbanks in the fall of 2011. She enjoys traveling, exploring Alaska, going to concerts, trying to cook, snowboarding, Mexican and Thai food, and spending time with family and friends. One of her goals is to learn how to grow her own vegetables. She is excited to work with future and potential UAF students.
Mary Kreta

Mary Kreta

mmkreta@alaska.edu
907-474-6231

Director of Recruitment

Mary was raised in Portland, Oregon and, in 1999, came to UAF to play basketball for the Nanooks. In 2003, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. After a stint as a research intern in D.C., Mary spent the next few years traveling the world and earning a master’s degree in English. After several years as an adjunct instructor in the Pacific Northwest, she happily rejoined the UAF community in 2010.

Mary can often be found cheering on the Nanooks at a sporting event or attending a concert on campus. She adores the aurora and loves to share Alaska with friends and family who venture north for a visit. She doesn’t drink coffee – only tea, preferably English breakfast or Earl Gray. Her current goal is to learn how to cross country ski on the 17 miles of cross country ski trails on campus.

John Smelter

John Smelter

jpsmelter@alaska.edu
907-474-6679

Territories: International and transfer students

John grew up in rural Pennsylvania and earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications. Upon graduating, John worked in New York and then moved to Japan, where he taught English in the JET Program for two years. While in Japan, John studied ceramics with a family of Japanese potters. In 2006 he moved to Alaska and began studying and working at UAF. John earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from UAF in 2011, and he now works with UAF students as an admissions counselor and adjunct professor of art.

In addition to his interest in art, John loves to be outside. In the winter, John enjoys hunting, skiing and skijoring with his golden retriever, Rocky. In the summer months, he enjoys gardening, fishing, berry picking, canoeing and camping with his wife and friends. John is passionate about life in Alaska, and he particularly enjoys welcoming new people to the Fairbanks community.

Amy Wald

Amy Wald

alwald@alaska.edu
907-474-5129

Territories:Alaska - Rural (including rural road system), and the Lower 48 - Central & Mountain timezones

Born and raised on a small farm in northeast South Dakota, Amy moved to Alaska in 2006 with her husband Eric. They spent four years in Bethel, where Amy worked for the UAF Kuskokwim Campus' Educational Talent Search program. She's excited to be a part of the UAF community in Fairbanks. Amy enjoys spending time with family and friends (which includes 2 cats) and traveling. She is also quite crafty enjoying stamping, crocheting and cooking. If you have any questions or would like more information on UAF, please feel free to contact Amy atalwald@alaska.edu.


Alumni success

Students in UAF's Community and Technical College Dental Assisting program practice procedures in their 4th floor training facility in CTC building downtown.
Students in UAF's Community and Technical College Dental Assisting program practice procedures in their 4th floor training facility in CTC building downtown.
Education: It's knowledge. A degree, a career. It's personal achievement. And it's yours forever.
Throughout the world, UAF graduates are using their talents, skills and education to help create the future.

Student profile

Estimated costs:
UAF's undergraduate tuition and fees for a full load of classes are way less than the national average.



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