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The University of Alaska - Fairbanks

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityC Faculty AccessibilityC+
Useful SchoolworkC- Excess CompetitionC+
Academic SuccessC Creativity/ InnovationC
Individual ValueD+ University Resource UseC
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyD+ FriendlinessC+
Campus MaintenanceC- Social LifeF
Surrounding CityF Extra CurricularsD
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Date: Jan 19 2005
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Poor UAF… Despite its pretensions to be a nice, hospitable university for students who wish to study in Alaska, it really has so little to offer. Its location in the Far North might seem what causes it to be so half-hazard and mediocre, yet that very location could be an advantage - it has so much potential.

If I recall correctly, the school has only an 18% graduation rate, and it's not hard to see why… SOMETHING could be done to make the campus slightly more attractive. The buildings are all grey blocks that look inspired by an aficcionado of Stalin-era Soviet nostalgia, and with whatever "lawns" the school has being covered with ice and snow from October to May, it makes for a very dreary landscape indeed.

The academics are laughable; I can't imagine anyone, not even an Alaskan born native, thinking that they will get meaningful career skills in such a place… although the business and language departments have a few shining faculty members and several extracurricular offices have rather jolly ambiences…

The student crowd is what one could expect of such a far-off place, mostly "granola" white kids, but with a small percentage of Native American and Asian students. However, racism is not exempt from this corner of the U.S. as well, especially towards the Natives.

The town of Fairbanks could obviously do with a face-lift, what with all the oil storming past it in the Pipeline, but that is not the case… The closest thing to nightclubbing one can find is dancing in the electronic section at the Fred Meyer's on Airport Way, and Denny's is just about the only restaurant option…

Transferring to a prestigious school on the East Coast was the most wonderful thing I could do after my Alaskan adventure…

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