Rankings and recognition

UAF is an international pacesetter in Arctic research, particularly in earth and ocean sciences, biology, and engineering. But we excel in many other ways. We get high marks in teacher training and business management. Our outdoor options are in a class by themselves.

UAF scores well in internationally accepted college ratings, including those published by U.S. News and World Report and Times Higher Education. These ratings and others show that UAF is academically competitive and of good educational value.

Check out scores from college ranking organizations below. They'll show just a sample of the excellence you'll find all around here.


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Alaska's Only National University
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Impact Rankings: Quality Education, top 10 U.S. University
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Best Online Bachelor's Programs
Times Higher Education logo
Top 25 Best Small Universities
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Top 3.8% worldwide
Military Friendly badge
Military Friendly Schools
First-Gen Forward Institution Badge
First-Gen Forward Institution
A UAF justice student in a courtroom
Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice Programs
A smiling UAF education student in a classroom with children
Best Online Master's in Education Programs
QS World University Rankings badge
Top US Universities by State
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Best Online BBA Programs
Three University Missions Moscow International University Ranking 2020
Three University Missions Moscow International University Ranking
Quality Matters badge
Exemplary Online Program: Special Education and Teaching

2019
(This certification is valid until 2024.)

Quality Matters
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The 35 Best Outdoor Schools in America
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Online Learner Support Certification

2018
(This certification is valid until 2023.)

Quality Matters
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Best Colleges For Financial Aid

Some ranking organizations provide badges for use in printed and online materials. Contact uaf-university-relations@alaska.edu for more information.

For more information about the rankings, contact Arthur Hussey, Office of Planning, Analysis and Institutional Research at amhusseyiii@alaska.edu, 907-474-6638, or the PAIR office.