Just 15 years after Felix Pedro found gold at the heart of the Alaskan wilderness in 1902, the University of Alaska Fairbanks was born, but back then it was the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines. Today UAF is America's northernmost land, sea and space grant institution.
UAF is part of a statewide university system with other major academic campuses in Anchorage and Juneau, and branch campuses in Dillingham and Nome.
UAF serves students in 140 communities in Alaska and in more than 150 locations throughout the country through distance delivery, public service and research.
The 2,250-acre campus, overlooking Fairbanks and the Tanana River Valley in Fairbanks North Star Borough, serves a total enrollment of about 8,000. Programs lead to certificates, associate, bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees.