University of Alaska Fairbanks

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The University of Alaska Fairbanks is the Fairbanks branch and main campus of the University of Alaska System, and is abbreviated as UAF. UAF is a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant college, as well as the site at which the Alaska State Constitution was signed. The oldest college in Alaska, UAF was founded in 1922 as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines.

UAF is home to the Geophysical Institute, which operates the Poker Flat rocket range; the Georgeson Botanical Garden; the International Arctic Research Center; and to the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center. The campus is situated favorably for arctic and northern research, and several lines of research are renowned worldwide, most notably in the mathematics department and those natural sciences which take advantage of UA's unique location, including space physics and wildlife biology.

UAF is the home of the premier distance education and training organization the UAF Center for Distance Education as well as well as the UAF Tanana Valley Campus, Fairbanks' community college. Kodiak College is a fine two-year college located on The Emerald Isle of Kodiak.


UAF's sports teams are called the Nanooks, which is a native Alaskan word for the polar bear, meaning "master of bears". The school colors are blue & gold. Alaska-Fairbanks competes at the NCAA Division I level for hockey and is a member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. For all other sports, UAF is a Division II member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.


There are several book publishers at UAF, including the University of Alaska Press, the Alaska Native Language Center, SeaGrant, and the Alaska Native Knowledge Network. The University of Alaska Foundation also publishes books.

Magazines include Agroborealis, a twice-annual produced by the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences; Ice Box, the UAF student literary magazine; and Permafrost, the UAF English department's literary magazine.

The student newspaper is the SunStar, which historically was a merger of an independent student paper and the journalism department's student newspaper, the Polar Star and The Midnight Sun.

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