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Founded in 1917, the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is Alaska's top academic and research university and the state's only Ph.D.-granting institution. It is America's northernmost Land, Sea and Space Grant institution, offering 28 vocational and technical certificates and 167 degree programs in 122 disciplines. UAF is internationally recognized for its programs and research with emphasis on Alaska, the Pacific Rim and the circumpolar North and their diverse populations. Close to 10,000 students come from Alaska, other states and from over 50 foreign countries. UAF students pay one of the lowest tuition rates in the country for an excellent education.
The Fairbanks campus defines the statewide university system's efforts. The wide range of science conducted at UAF is supported by a number of research centers and institutes. With more than a dozen research centers on the UAF campus and $120 million in annual funding, UAF consistently ranks among the top 100 in the nation for National Science Foundation funding. Researchers study such topics as glaciers, permafrost, subarctic climates, global climate change, avian flu, northern engineering, cold-climate housing, aurora, and Alaska Native studies.
The Rasmuson Library is the largest in the state, with more than 1.1 million volumes. Special collections include the world-class Alaska and Polar Regions collections, covering books, periodicals, archives, manuscripts, historical photographs, oral histories and maps. Nanook teams compete in intercollegiate basketball, cross country, and volleyball teams and belong to Division II's Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The Division I hockey team is a member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, and the women's swim team belongs to the Pacific Coast Conference. The 10-time NCAA championship rifle team competes in the open class.
Perfectly placed in the Tanana Valley, America's Arctic University is surrounded by vast forests of spruce and birch trees and an intricately connected river system. The campus is located in the state's second largest city in the Fairbanks North Star Borough which serves as the regional hub and gateway to Alaska's Interior and the Arctic. Fairbanks offers "big city" amenities while it retains the character of a small, yet personal town.