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Location: Fairbanks, Alaska

There are places in this world where you are destined to discover who you truly are. Here at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, revolutionary ideas are thriving and a new way of learning is taking shape. Smarter questions. Better answers.

UAF is a hotbed of diversity and fresh thinking. Whether you’re returning to school or transitioning to start a new phase of your life, you’ll quickly meet others with a similar drive to achieve. UAF attracts exceptional individuals — academic superstars and adventure-seekers alike.

At the University of Alaska Fairbanks, we don’t think things like distance or a crazy work schedule should get in the way of your education. Our fully online degrees allow you to work within your hectic schedule from anywhere in the world and still get a high-quality, accredited education. UAF eCampus is a great way to begin or further your education and professional career.

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After High School, Don Sumic joined the U.S. Army and spent seven years on active duty, with tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. After discharge, he enrolled at a community college in Texas. But he wasn’t done moving yet.

His older brother and sister-in-law, both also active duty in the U.S. Air Force, were headed to Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks. Sumic looked into the possibilities and found something he liked: UAF’s ROTC battalion. So he moved north, too.

“It’s not an oversized battalion, and it’s not too undersized,” he said. Some schools in Texas have as many as 2,000 cadets; UAF has about 30, with three instructors.

“We get more hands-on training and more eyesight on us, so we can get more critiques,” Sumic said.

Sumic, who is studying homeland security and emergency management, is a first-generation college student. His father was a third-generation sugar cane plantation worker before changing economic conditions shut down Hawaii’s industry.

Sumic likes the “small-town” feel of Fairbanks and UAF, which he finds similar to the parts of Hawaii outside the tourist developments.

“Some people are looking for a lot of people, but I’m not,” Sumic said.

The weather bears no resemblance to Hawaii, though. Sumic is amazed at how Alaskans roll with it.

“We’ve got four inches of snow and minus 40 degrees. You sit there looking at Blackboard and ask ‘Did my teacher send out that he’s not going to be here today?’ Nope. There’s no such thing as snow days in Alaska.”


UAF is home to a strong and growing community of military and veteran students. Military and veteran students come to UAF from all branches of the service and are a valued part of our student body. As a Military Friendly® school, we are dedicated to providing academic opportunities and a supportive learning environment that serves the unique needs of active service members, veterans and their families.

In addition to offering high-quality academic programs, we provide a caring and supportive learning environment that takes into account the unique needs of our service members, veterans and their families. UAF offers in-state tuition, credits for military training, VA educational benefits, advising and other resources for veteran and military students.



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