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Old 04-20-2019, 07:38 AM
 
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Curious about University of Alaska Fairbanks vs. Anchorage. I can do the research on the basics like majors, acceptance rates, class sizes, etc. But curious to get the "straight scoop" on the difference in culture and towns.

How are the two universities different from a local reputation standpoint? Is there one city that would be more fun than the other?

Is are they different in their identities the way that University of Oregon and Oregon State are? (one is known as the liberal hippy school, while the other is more of the blue collar "get 'er done" school).

Input appreciated. I know that a visit to both campuses will be important, but just want to get some initial perceptions.
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Old 04-20-2019, 01:19 PM
 
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Curious about University of Alaska Fairbanks vs. Anchorage. I can do the research on the basics like majors, acceptance rates, class sizes, etc. But curious to get the "straight scoop" on the difference in culture and towns.

How are the two universities different from a local reputation standpoint? Is there one city that would be more fun than the other?

Is are they different in their identities the way that University of Oregon and Oregon State are? (one is known as the liberal hippy school, while the other is more of the blue collar "get 'er done" school).

Input appreciated. I know that a visit to both campuses will be important, but just want to get some initial perceptions.
Probably the "straight scoop" from a student's POV would come from campus student organizations, clubs, social groups.
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Old 04-20-2019, 02:36 PM
 
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Are you going to study or work in one of them? Which knowledge area?
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Old 04-21-2019, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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a. If you are into engineering, space, and climate: UAF

b. Medical/nursing, flying aircraft/mechanics: UAA
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Old 04-21-2019, 12:36 PM
 
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a. If you are into engineering, space, and climate: UAF

b. Medical/nursing, flying aircraft/mechanics: UAA
I’d agree. Unfortunately both schools are declining in quality, but if you’re an in state student I’d pick your school based on area of interest. If teaching is your bag, or even English, UAS is good. Their oceanography program is excellent as well.
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Old 04-22-2019, 01:02 AM
 
Location: Fairbanks
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a. If you are into engineering, space, and climate: UAF

b. Medical/nursing, flying aircraft/mechanics: UAA


Bull shi8t the CTC in Fairbanks is a great place for aviation!
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Old 04-22-2019, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Bull shi8t the CTC in Fairbanks is a great place for aviation!
The last time I checked, the UAF A&P program was one year vs two years for the UAA program. If UAA had a one year program I'd have gone for it.
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Old 04-22-2019, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Bull shi8t the CTC in Fairbanks is a great place for aviation!
Without swearing, I have never said that one was "better" than the other. Maybe I should have explained further as follows: UAF offers classes for aircraft maintenance, while UAA offers classes for aviation in general, or lot more aviation related courses in addition to maintenance.

UAA:
https://catalog.uaa.alaska.edu/under...amsofstudytext

UAF:
https://www.ctc.uaf.edu/programs/aviation-maintenance/

That said, all that may change in the future since there are talks about "integration." If that happens, the possibility of moving the UAA fliers to UAF exists since the air space in the interior is not as crowded as it is in Anchorage.

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Old 04-22-2019, 01:54 PM
 
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I've never been to UAA, but UAF has a very nice campus, that is it's own stand alone campus area and not mixed in among the city.

UAF is where all the unique arctic and far northern research happens. Not to mention the engineering program. When you read scientific studies and projects it's always about UAF research. You never read anything new or groundbreaking coming out of UAA.

UAA couldn't even keep their teacher accreditation program and many students got screwed on that deal.

IMO, it's not even a close contest and UAF is the superior Alaska school.
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Old 04-22-2019, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I've never been to UAA, but UAF has a very nice campus, that is it's own stand alone campus area and not mixed in among the city.

UAF is where all the unique arctic and far northern research happens. Not to mention the engineering program. When you read scientific studies and projects it's always about UAF research. You never read anything new or groundbreaking coming out of UAA.

UAA couldn't even keep their teacher accreditation program and many students got screwed on that deal.

IMO, it's not even a close contest and UAF is the superior Alaska school.
Agree about UAF versus UAA (Arctic, space, and engineering). In relation to medical and general aviation, UAA has more to offer, but the UAF's aircraft maintenance program is quite good, probably better than the one at UAA. I have no idea why there is not a flier's course, specially since we have a wide open space all around Fairbanks.
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