Academic Advising and Assistance

Students may seek academic advising in a variety of places appropriate to their degree options. The Academic Advising Center in the Gruening Building has faculty from many of the schools and colleges that make up UAF. They can help students select majors, courses and put students in touch with an advisor in their department. Alaska Native and rural Alaska students are encouraged to seek an advisor from Rural Student Services in the Brooks Building. RSS helps those students connect Alaska Native and rural students with each other to provide community, personal support and academic success. Certificate, associate, vocational and technical program students are advised at the Tanana Valley Campus Student Assistance and Advising Center in downtown Fairbanks to help guide them through the specific program requirements unique to TVC credentials, certificates, degrees and academics. Students based at community campuses outside of Fairbanks can contact their local student services staff for information on registration, deadlines and other policies unique to their campuses or regions.

Academic Advising Center

Academic Advising Center staff and advisors offer guidance for incoming freshmen, general studies students, pre-major, non-degree and transfer students. The center is a clearinghouse for general university and degree information. Advisors help students with information about non-traditional credit options and pre-professional academic programs like veterinary science, law, dentistry or pharmacy.

The Academic Advising Center, in cooperation with other departments, sponsors workshops on a wide variety of special topics including study skills, deciding on a major and math anxiety. Contact the Academic Advising Center at 509 Gruening Building, (907) 474-6396, toll free at 1-888-823-8780 or via e-mail at Specific information for students, including degree worksheets, can be found on the web at

Tanana Valley Campus Advising Center

Advising and support are available at the UAF TVC Student Assistance and Advising Center for students in A.A. and A.A.S. degree and certificate programs. A Student Assistance Center provides services that contribute to a successful learning experience and transition to a career. Services are available by appointment and on a walk-in basis. For more information, contact Student Assistance, UAF Tanana Valley Campus Center, 604 Barnette Street, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701, telephone (907) 455-2851, or visit online at

International Student Advising

UAF students from other countries face many situations that American students do not encounter. International students must comply with immigration regulations, adapt to a new and often strange culture and adjust to the American system of higher education. International student advisors serve as a liaison between the student and various U.S. immigration agencies. Advisors authorize documents for student visas, help students adjust to UAF and provide immigration and personal assistance. For more information, contact International Programs by telephone (907) 474-7677 or (907) 474-5327, e-mail, or online at

Rural Student Services

Rural Student Services is the vital link between the Fairbanks campus and rural Alaska communities. RSS provides comprehensive academic advising services with a focus on the freshman and sophomore years. Advisors at RSS recognize and are sensitive to the unique cultural components of Native and rural students at UAF. RSS advisors provide comprehensive advising and referrals to various support services on the Fairbanks campus. RSS advisors register students for classes, explain academic requirements and explore degree options. Other RSS services include assistance with admissions and financial aid, career advising and student advocacy.

RSS functions as a student center in the Brooks Building to provide an atmosphere where students can share Native cultural traditions on campus and attend a variety of Native student club activities. Students who are enrolled at UAF and are Alaska Native or come from a rural area are encouraged to use RSS as their home base.

For more information contact Rural Student Services, Brooks Building main floor, telephone (907) 474-7871 or 1-888-478-1452, e-mail, or visit online at

Student Support Services

The Student Support Services program provides personalized and comprehensive academic support to eligible students. It offers an inviting, resourceful atmosphere and opportunities for academic development and success. SSSP encourages students to stay in school and successfully complete their baccalaureate degree. The program is funded by a TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Who is eligible?

Program services include academic advising and mentoring, individual and group tutoring services, supplemental math and college skills classes, laptop and other media check-out program, direct financial assistance to qualified Pell Grant recipients, and cultural and social engagement activities.

For more information contact the SSSP program in 512 Gruening Building, telephone (907) 474-6844, e-mail, or visit online at

Tutoring Services

Information about lab hours for all Fairbanks campus academic support resources as well as tutoring options is located on the Academic Advising Center website at Many of these resources are free of charge or cost a nominal fee.

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