Students

Pre-Professional Advising

General Overview of Prerequisites for Health disciplines

The AAC provides information to students on how to prepare for professional programs that are not currently offered at UAF.  In preparation for applying to their program of interest students may complete the required prerequisite courses as they work towards an associate degree and/or a bachelor's degree.

Most professional programs are very competitive and require high grades, high test scores (GRE, MCAT,DAT or LSAT), a proven interest in the field (exposure through volunteer or work experience, and extra-curricular activities) and several letters of reference.

Admission requirements will vary by school. It is important to verify specific admissions requirements with each school of interest.

The Alaska Interior Medical Education Summit (AIMES) is held every Fall to provide high school and college students an opportunity to explore several dozen choices for careers and education in health related fields.

UAF's Pre-Medical Society (a student-based club) can be a great resource for current and incoming pre-med students. Their email is uafpremed@gmail.com or through their Facebook link https://www.facebook.com/groups/56679567227/.

For additional information about pre-professional programs contact Bobbi Jensen, at the Academic Advising Center (907) 474-6396 to set up an appointment.

Attending programs outside of Fairbanks

The fifteen states that comprise the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) provide their residents with opportunities to attend member schools at reduced non-resident tuition rates. WICHE's Professional Student Exchange Program offers Alaska residents access to degree programs in dentistry, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and podiatry.

The Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) program has partnered with the University of Washington to allow accepted Alaska residents to spend their first few years of medical school at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus followed by additional classroom and clinical instruction at the University of Washington's Seattle campus. Alaska residents only compete for acceptance with other students from Alaska. When accepted, they pay Washington State resident tuition.

Are you interested in Veterinary medicine?  Please contct Dr. Todd O’Hara, Ph.D., DVM, DABVT Professor of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology and Coordinator of Pre-Vet/Veterinary Student Services.

If you are interested in Pharmacy you should take a look at the Idaho State University and UAA Joint Pharmacy Program that can be completed entirley in Alaska.  However, several classes are required to be taken in Anchorage.  See their website for more details.


 

Alternate Ways to Earn Credit

Credit for Prior Learning

The Academic Advising Center administers the credit for prior learning program, wherein students may earn undergraduate credit based on university-level learning they have obtained outside the classroom. Students can document the university-level learning they have gained through employment, volunteer service or other life experiences with a portfolio or copies of licenses and certificates earned. Certificate, associate or bachelor's degree students may earn up to 25 percent of total program requirements through the credit for prior learning program.

Credentials for admitted degree students who are currently enrolled are reviewed by faculty from participating departments who determine if this process is appropriate and make recommendations for awarding prior learning credit. Review is based on equivalency to courses listed in the current catalog. Credit received for prior learning does not affect your GPA and is not considered residence credit. The university will award transfer credit for specified national and state authorizations, certificates, credentials and/or examinations (see Transferring Credits) that do not need credit for prior learning review. For further information or assistance, contact the Academic Advising Center, 510 Gruening Building, 907-474-6396 or uaf-advising@alaska.edu. For more in depth information please consult the Credit For Prior Learning Handbook.

Credit for Prior Learning is designed to help students receive college credit for life experience.

In order to pursue Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) a student must be:

  • Currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program, and
  • Seeking credit for courses that UAF currently offers

To receive credit for a course, students should:

  • Talk with a faculty member from that department to verify that their life experience is equivalent to the course.
  • Pull together any supporting documentation (certificates, letters of reference, books, training materials, etc.) that shows and quantifies his/her life experience.
  • Compile the documentation into a portfolio, along with an unofficial transcript and justification for each course being requested. Three copies of the portfolio should be submitted to the faculty member who was originally consulted.

A committee, typically headed by the faculty member most familiar with the course, will review the documentation to determine whether credit should be awarded. The process costs $50 to start, and $10 for each credit awarded. More information may be found in the Credit For Prior Learning Handbook.

Testing

As a national test center, UAF Testing Services administers paper-and-pencil and computer-based exams. The office advises UAF students, prospective students and the community on national testing matters for college admissions and placement and for career and professional certification. Testing Services also coordinates credit by examination for local tests and for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). The office also does private proctoring. For more information and registration materials, contact Testing Services, 211 Gruening Building, 907-474-5278, uaf-testing-dept@alaska.edu or www.uaf.edu/testing/.

Credit for National Exams

There are several ways to earn college credit by receiving a passing score on a national exam. For any of the following exam options, grades are not computed in the UAF GPA. Credit received for exams is not considered UAF residence credit and is not considered to be part of the semester course load for classification as a full-time student. Credit is awarded to current or previously enrolled degree students at UAF. The credit for national exam options are briefly outlined here.

  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
    CLEP is a national testing program that awards college credit for some introductory courses. The exams cost $105 each (costs subject to change) and are administered daily.
    See a list of CLEP general and subject exams accepted at UAF.
  • To register for a CLEP exam or for more information, contact UAF Testing Services at 907-474-5278 or uaf-testing-dept@alaska.edu. The following criteria apply to CLEP exams:
    1. Students can earn up to 6 semester credits upon successful completion of a General CLEP exam in the discipline of college mathematics, humanities, natural sciences or social sciences/history. Students who have already earned some credits in the discipline, from any source, will be awarded the difference in credits upon successful completion of the exam. (General CLEP exams are listed in bold font in Table 5.)
    2. Students may not duplicate a course for which credit has already been earned or in which the student is currently enrolled.
    3. Students must wait at least one year after the end of an audited course before taking the CLEP Subject exam for that course.
    4. The minimum passing score for approved CLEP exams is 50, with the exception of the following foreign languages scores: French semester I and II minimum 50, semesters III and IV minimum 59; German semester I minimum 39, semester II minimum 50, semester III minimum 55, semester IV minimum 60; Spanish semester I minimum 39, semester II minimum 50, semester III minimum 57, semester IV minimum 63.
  • College Board Advanced Placement Exams
    UAF grants advanced credit, with waiver of fees, for exam results of three or higher on the College Board (CEEB) Advanced Placement Tests (see Table 6). These exams are normally taken during the junior or senior year in high school.
    To receive CEEB advanced placement credit, ask that an official report of the exam results be sent to the Office of Admissions and the Registrar from the College Board. Credits may be earned for more than one advanced placement exam.
  • Credit for Language Testing
    UAF accepts successful test results from Brigham Young University or other national testing programs (subject to approval from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures) in languages for which no CLEP test is available, for a maximum of 12 credits. The first 10 credits may be applied to the core curriculum language requirement, and any additional credits will be awarded general humanities credit. Results must be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions and the Registrar by the testing agency. For more information on foreign language testing opportunities, call UAF Testing Services at 907-474-5278 or uaf-testing-dept@alaska.edu
    Students who are speakers of non-English languages transferring from foreign partner universities to UAF are exempted from taking a foreign language test to demonstrate fluency in that language. Complete the language exemption/core credit waiver form and file it with the Office of Admissions and the Registrar. Upon approval, 6 credits of core Perspectives on the Human Condition coursework will be waived. This applies only to students participating in formalized articulation agreements established between UAF and partner institutions.
  • DANTES-DSST (Standardized Subject Tests)
    DSST is a national testing program that offers exams in traditional academic, vocational/technical and business subject areas. Credit is awarded for successfully completing DSST tests as recommended by the American Council on Education. Acceptance of the DSST exam for a specific catalog course or as a major/minor requirement is subject to department approval. DSST exams cost $105 each (costs subject to change). To register for a DSST exam, contact UAF Testing Services at 907-474-5278, or email uaf-testing-dept@alaska.edu about the availability of DSST testing.
  • International Baccalaureate
    The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a two-year curriculum for students ages 16 to 19 and is similar to the final year of secondary school in Europe. UAF grants advanced credit, with a waiver of fees, for IB higher-level and some standard-level exams on which students have earned a score of 4 or better, or a score of 5 or better for mathematics (see Table 7). To receive IB credit, students should submit an official copy of their IB exam results to the Office of Admissions and the Registrar.

UAF Credit by Exam

Credit by exam can be earned at UAF by students who are currently enrolled. Most courses are available for credit by exam, except those with numbers ending -90 through -99 (193, 292, 497, etc.). A course challenged for credit cannot duplicate a course for which credit has already been granted or in which the student is currently enrolled. It is up to the discretion of the department and instructor to decide which courses can be challenged, the testing method and grading procedures. Credit by exam may not be requested for audited courses until one year has passed since the end of the semester in which the course was audited.

Credit by examination forms may be obtained online at www.uaf.edu/testing/, under UAF-Specific Tests, or at the Office of Testing Services in 211 Gruening. For more information on challenging a course call Testing Services at (907) 474-5278.

UAF Local Advanced Placement Credit

  • English
    Students with ACT or SAT scores that place them in English F211X or F213X may receive local advanced placement credit for English F111X upon completion of English F211X or F213X with a grade of C or better.
    Students who have received transfer credit that substitutes for English F211X or F213X with a grade of C or better and who meet the ACT or SAT test score requirement may also receive credit for English F111X.
    To receive this credit, students must submit the Application for English F111X Credit form to the Office of Admissions and the Registrar. The form is available at the Office of Admissions and the Registrar or the UAF English Department.
  • Alaska Native Language
    After completing a course in which the student was placed (above 101) and earning a B grade or higher, the student may ask to receive credit for the two immediately preceding prerequisite courses, if any. However, credit cannot be awarded for such courses if university credit has already been granted. Credit will not be awarded for special topics courses, individual study courses, literature or culture courses, conversation courses, or any course taught in English.

Competency Testing

Students with appropriate background experience may complete certain components of the UAF core curriculum via competency testing. Credit by exam is not available.

  • Library Competency Exam
    The Library Competency Exam, administered by UAF Testing Services, is offered to fulfill the core curriculum requirement for LS F101X and LS F100X. The LCE, offered daily in Testing Services for $25, is designed to test or verify a student's knowledge of standard library functions, services and organization. While no credit is awarded for passing this exam, a score of at least 85 percent will fulfill the core curriculum requirement for LS F101X and LS F100X. Please contact Testing Services at 907-474-5278, uaf-testing-dept@alaska.edu or 211 Gruening Building for more information.
  • Computer Skills Placement Exam
    The Computer Skills Placement Exam, administered by UAF Testing Services, is offered to fulfill the degree requirement for AIS F101, required by students seeking a BBA degree at UAF. The CSP, offered daily in Testing Services for $25, is designed to test or verify a student's knowledge of information technology and file management procedures; word processing (Word), spreadsheets (Excel), databases (Access) and presentation (PowerPoint) software; and information and communication skills. While no credit is awarded for passing this exam, a score of at least 70 percent will fulfill the degree requirement for AIS F101. Please contact Testing Services at 907-474-5278, uaf-testing-dept@alaska.edu or 211 Gruening Building for more information.
  • Oral Communication Competency Exam
    Requests for competency testing for COMM F141X--Fundamentals of Oral Communication, Public Context, will be considered only if, in the opinion of a member of the Communication Department faculty, a student presents evidence of substantive prior experience in formal public speaking situations (competency testing is not available for COMM F131X). Neither prior oral intensive course work nor COMM F442--Professional Public Speaking are considered evidence of substantive prior experience. If the prior experience is sufficient, the individual will be asked either: a) to provide a video (not audio) recording of a formal public speaking presentation at least 10 minutes in length, or b) to present a 10-minute persuasive speech before a live audience, with at least one member of the Communication Department faculty present. This process may be attempted only once. The date for live speeches will be established each semester, at a single time during the fourth to sixth week of classes. While no credit is awarded for passing this exam, a grade of at least a B (3.0) for either type of presentation will fulfill the core curriculum requirement for COMM F141X. For more information and an application for competency testing, contact the Department of Communication at 907-474-6591 or 503 Gruening.

Major Exploration

UAF Major & Degree Information

Majors & Degrees

To view currently offered degrees & programs at UAF select Degrees & Programs. Special training programs, occupational endorsements, pre-professional opportunities, and post baccalaureate certificates can be found by using the "Type of Degree" drop down menu. Many degree programs offer two or more concentrations in specific subject areas. Review degree program descriptions for information about available concentrations.

Declaring a Major

While it may not seem critical when you start your college career, making a decision about your major will be important as you take classes and accumulate credits.

First, you will want to be sure you are taking courses that will "fit" most majors offered.  Start by comparing various majors you might be interested in to be sure you are taking the appropriate prerequisites in the right sequence.  This is why it is especially important for General Studies students to work with their academic advisor!

Current UAF catalog

Undecided on a major?

Find a list of degrees and majors from the 2014-15 UAF Catalog.

Want to find out more, but aren't sure where to start?

  • Take an exploratory inventory such as AKCIS or the Strong Interest Inventory to help you narrow down where your interests are - contact the Academic Advising Center for a password. 
  • Attend MAJOR MANIA event each fall semester and talk with representatives from the departments you are interested in.
  • Contact the Academic Advising Center at (907) 474-6396 for an appointment to discuss major options and discuss the results of your STRONG Interest Inventory at UAF.

Degree Completion Program

Want to get Back on Track on your way to earning your bachelor's degree at UAF?

If you have 100 or more undergraduate credits and are interested in completing a bachelor's degree from UAF, consider making an appointment with our Degree Completion Advisor. The Interdisciplinary General Studies degree may be the best option for you!

The advisor will go over all of your options and help you to find the best way to reach your academic goals. If you are interested,.  give us a call and let's get you Back on Track. To set up an appointment contact the Academic Advising Center at (907) 474-6396 or email: uaf-advising@alaska.edu

Academic Planning

Academic Planning is a comprehensive process involving time management, goal setting, problem-solving, and collaboration. At UAF, we have mandatory advising where students meet with their departmental advisor to plan. By thinking about their life and educational goals first, students can discover the most suitable major based on those goals.

  • Semester Planning Calendar (PDF 11.8K)
    A web page semester calendar you can print and use to plan your semester. Know ahead of time when you have a paper and a major test on the same day.
  • Degree Planning Worksheet
    Use these forms to create a four-year plan.
    • Portrait (PDF 7.0K)
      Two semesters across, 8 semesters to a page
    • Landscape (PDF 8.5K)
      Four semesters across, 8 semesters to a page
    • Landscape #2 (PDF 8.9K)
      Three semesters across, 9 semesters to a page (useful for planning summer semesters!)  
  • Other Worksheets

Baccalaureate General Education Requirements

This list of general education requirements for baccalaureate degrees in the 2016-2017 UAF Catalog and beyond. If you are admitted into a catalog prior to this, please see your academic advisor and check DegreeWorks.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degree Worksheet

Requirements for the general Associate's degree.

Associate of Science (AS) Degree Worksheet

Requirements for the Associate of Science degree.

        

Stay on Track - Get It Done!

Can you complete an assoicates degree in two years? A bachelor's degree in four years? Yes.

Stay On Track will show you tips and tools to help you graduate on time.  The goal is to encourage you to make conscious decisions about your education. Let us show you how!

Mandatory Placement

Mandatory Placement

UAF’s mandatory course placement policy requires students to have ALEKS, ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER, or ASSET test scores or have the course prerequisite before registering for English, reading (Developmental Studies), Math/Statistics, Core Natural Sciences, many of the GERs (general education requirement courses) , and Developmental English and Mathematics courses.  Once you have met with your academic advisor and signed your completed registration form, you will be able to schedule these courses IF you have the required placement test scores on file at UAF.  You will not be able to schedule these courses on UAOnline  if you do not have the required test score or course prerequisite.  These requirements are needed in order to be successful in the course.

Students have a much greater probability of successfully completing general education courses (certificate/associate) or (bachelors) when scoring above the required test cut off score.  Placement tests assess your current abilities in math, reading, and writing and correlate those abilities to the corresponding math, reading, and writing levels in UAF’s developmental and general education requirement curriculum.

Academic Appeals & Grievances

Grade Appeals Policy

Grade Appeals Form

Academic Appeals Advisor

The academic appeals advisor helps undergraduate students with the policies and procedures associated with grade appeals, appeals policy for academic decisions other than assignment of grades, academic petitions and financial aid satisfactory progress appeals.

The academic appeals advisor is a professional academic advisor in the Academic Advising Center. The academic appeals advisor helps students determine whether the appeal or petition is appropriate, reviews documentation relevant to the appeal or petition, and navigates the process for the appeal or petition submission. In the preceding sentence, “appropriate” does not refer to whether an appeal is likely to be successful, but rather whether the appeal falls within the purview of the grade or academic decisions appeal process. The academic appeals advisor does not guarantee the appeal or petition will be successful and will not comment on the likelihood of acceptance. Students are responsible for writing the appeal or petition, for gathering and recording relevant documentation, and for submitting the appeal or petition with the proper signatures.

Contact the Academic Advising Center at 907-474-6396 or uaf-advising@alaska.edu.

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