Experiential and active learning
What sets SOM apart from other schools are the extensive opportunities available for
hands-on learning experiences beyond the classroom that prepare students for professional
success. Students help run SOM’s major events, are encouraged to join at least one
of the many SOM student organizations, and are funded for travel opportunities to
conferences, competitions and career-focused trips. SOM works closely with the community
and succeeds in funding all of these experiential student activities through private
contributions. Learn about more opportunities for students to learn skills that will help them become confident and polished professionals.
Connections to local businesses and communities
SOM provides numerous opportunities for students to connect with local businesses
and the greater Fairbanks community. Class projects are aimed toward helping local
businesses, and events such as the KPMG Spring Etiquette Seminar and Dinner are held
annually to allow students to interact directly with professionals in their fields.
SOM was recognized by AACSB as one of two nationwide schools that best partners with
our local community in projects that enhance the professional development opportunities
for our students.
“Through the School of Management, I traveled to New York, visited the NY Stock Exchange,
competed in a student human resources competition in Salt Lake City, landed two amazing
internships with BP, and eventually obtained an amazing career in HR with a Fortune
500 company headquartered in Arizona. The many in classroom and out of classroom experiences
prepared me for the professional world. I owe all of my future success to the School
of Management and the amazing opportunities that I was given. I am proud to be a Nanook
and even more proud to be a School of Management alumna.”
BBA Business Administration, 2015; MBA, 2016
Small class sizes
SOM offers a low student-to-faculty ratio with faculty members who are invested in
student success. SOM is a school where students know their classmates and instructors
well – it’s a place where students feel like they are a part of something special.
Learn online or in person
SOM offers classes through a variety of delivery methods, offering you the flexibility
you need to meet your schedule and learning style. Through UAF eCampus, you can earn many SOM degrees through either online or hybrid courses, while still
benefiting from our experienced faculty.
“Working as a full-time 9-1-1 dispatcher, I needed an affordable, quality program
that was available online and flexible for my schedule, and I found it at UAF. For
me, a highlight of this program has been receiving instruction from experienced professionals
who can relate the course material to practical, real-world applications. In addition,
my fellow students come from a broad range of professions and offer unique perspectives.”
The UAF School of Management strives to be the premier business school in Alaska and
holds both business accreditation and specialized accounting accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. This highly sought after dual accreditation has only been achieved
by 1.5% of AACSB universities worldwide and UAF is the only university in Alaska with
Quality education at an affordable price
SOM students regularly score in the 90th percentile on the ETS Major Field Test for
Business, and students also have high pass rates for the Uniform CPA Examination.
Yet for this high level of professional preparation, students don't have to break
the bank; all students in our online programs pay in-state tuition rates, and SOM
is regularly ranked highly for the affordability of our programs. Overall, U.S. News and World Report named
UAF the only tier one national university in Alaska.
“BSRB is the only major in Alaska that focuses on what I want to do in the sports
industry when I’m done with college. My long-term goal is to become a general manager
of a professional sports organization. This degree will help me understand all sides
of the industry, allowing me to start on the operations side and work my way up the
executive ladder. I love Alaska and the Fairbanks area. The SOM BSRB offers me a jump
start toward my career and the best value for my education.”
Learning in Alaska
For students taking classes on campus, you’ll have the chance to experience the adventure
of Alaska first hand. Take advantage of the around-the-clock summer sunlight to go
hiking at 11 p.m. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee after walking to class at -41°F. Alaska
offers experiences that can’t be duplicated anywhere else. There is a reason that
students named UAF the number one outdoor college in Backpacker magazine in 2016!