Information for New Students
Admission to a Degree Program
Students interested in earning a degree at UAF should submit their application for admission for the semester they would like to begin taking classes toward their degree. If you have any questions about the application process, contact an admissions counselor.
When to Apply
For fall semester: June 15
For spring semester: Nov. 1
For fall semester: June 1
For spring semester: Oct. 15
Admissions applications are processed as they are received. Applications submitted after the deadline may not be reviewed in time to begin classes that semester. In order to review an application for admission, all supporting documentation, such as transcripts and test scores, must be received. Most financial aid is dependent upon being admitted to a degree program. If you are concerned about your application and the financial aid implications, contact an admissions counselor.
*Graduate application deadlines may vary among departments. Please refer to the department's website.
The information below details how to apply for admission as an undergraduate student. For information on how to apply for a graduate degree program visit www.uaf.edu/admissions/apply/.
The online application can be found at www.uaf.edu/admissions/apply/. There is a nonrefundable application fee due in order to submit the application. The fees for each type of degree are:
- certificate or associate degree: $40.
- baccalaureate degree: $50.
There is no charge for applications to occupational endorsement programs.
Official transcripts from previous academic experiences are required as a part of the application for admission. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly from the schools to the Office of Admissions and the Registrar. Transcripts from other campuses within the University of Alaska system are not required.
If you have not enrolled in a college or university before, submit your official high school transcript to the Office of Admissions and the Registrar.
If you have attended other colleges and/or universities, request official transcripts from each institution.
If you have earned fewer than 30 semester hours of credit, submit official high school transcripts in addition to all official college transcripts.
ACT or SAT scores: ACT or SAT test scores are required for freshmen applying to a bachelor's degree program and transfer students with fewer than 30 semester hours of credit. These test scores are not required for students applying for an associate degree or certificate program. Baccalaureate-seeking transfer students with over 30 transferable semester hours do not need to submit ACT or SAT test scores.
Additional testing information: For students who have not submitted ACT or SAT test scores, ACT residual tests will be offered in 206 Gruening on:
- Thursday, Aug. 27, and Monday, Aug. 31, at noon for fall 2015.
- Thursday, Jan. 7, and Monday, Jan. 11, at noon for spring 2016.
If you plan on taking the ACT residual test, notify testing services ahead of time by calling 907-474-5277. On the test day, please bring:
- $60 test fee (in exact change).
- picture identification.
- calculator (visit www.act.org to view acceptable calculators).
Computer-based testing: UAF Testing Services offers the following entrance/licensure and accreditation exams on computer: CLEP, CPA, DSST, GRE, GMAT, HOBET, LCE, MAT, MCAT, PAXRN, PRAXIS, TOEFL and others. Registration in advance is required. In addition, Testing Services is an ETS, ACT and Prometric center, hosting a variety of other computer-based tests. For more information on the many resources offered by Testing Services, please call 907-474-5277.
Assessment program: The ACCUPLACER, ALEKS and ASSET tests cover basic skill areas of reading, writing and math. They are used to help determine your readiness for specific course work. All entering associate degree students, certificate students and students planning to take a 100-level written communications course are required to provide test scores from the ACCUPLACER, ASSET, ACT or SAT tests. All students planning to take a MATH, DEVM or course with a math prerequisite will need to take the ALEKS placement test. This test is unproctored and available online.
Daytime testing hours
- Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on a walk-in basis in Testing Services, 211 Gruening (907-474-5277), or
- Rural Student Services, Brooks Building (907-474-7871)
Community and Technical College
- Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on a walk-in basis at the Community and Technical College, 604 Barnette St. Appointments can also be made by calling 907-455-2800.
Readmission of Former Degree Students Within Two Years of Last Enrollment
As a former undergraduate degree student, you must notify the admissions office in advance when you plan to resume your studies. You remain eligible to register for classes in your degree program if:
- you have not been academically disqualified.
- you have not attended a non-UA institution since you were last enrolled at UAF.
- your lapse in enrollment is less than two years.
- you are continuing with the same degree program.
If you do not meet all these requirements or have a lapse in enrollment of more than two years, you must reapply for admission.
Special Assistance for New Students
New Student Orientation
Any new student may participate in New Student Orientation on the Fairbanks campus. New Student Orientation is required for all first-year baccalaureate degree students entering UAF (regardless of the number of college credits already earned) and international students (undergraduate F-1 and international exchange J-1 visa status). These students will automatically be registered. Domestic transfer students are encouraged to attend and may register online at www.uaf.edu/orientation/.
New Student Orientation for the fall semester will take place Aug. 30 to Sept 2; orientation for spring is Jan. 13. Students will meet people from the UAF community, take a campus tour, and participate in specially designed sessions to get to know UAF. The fee for orientation ($115 for fall, $35 for spring) will be billed to your student account. For more information, call 907-474-1103 or visit www.uaf.edu/orientation/.
Many UAF courses require placement. All students planning to take courses with specific placement requirements must meet those requirements before registering for those courses. Check for prerequisites in the current class schedule, the university catalog
www.uaf.edu/catalog/current/courses/ and at UAOnline.
Writing and reading placement scores from ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER, or ASSET are used to assess placement into developmental English, developmental studies, English, core perspectives on the human condition and core natural sciences courses. Mathematics placement scores from ALEKS are used to assess placement into developmental mathematics, mathematics and core natural science courses. More information concerning placement tests and placement tables can be found at www.uaf.edu/advising/student-resources/.
Academic advisors assist students with the development of an educational plan encompassing academic and co-curricular goals, major requirements and a semester-by-semester degree plan. Students must meet with an academic advisor at least once a semester before registration. Students who have declared a major will be advised by a staff or faculty advisor from the academic department that oversees the major. A list of departmental advising contacts is at www.uaf.edu/advising/. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with DegreeWorks and with degree program roadmaps and outcomes (www.uaf.edu/outcomes/) before meeting with their academic advisor.
Academic Advising Center
The Academic Advising Center in the Gruening Building advises general studies (undeclared) and pre-major students as well as students in majors who are exploring other bachelor's or pre-professional degree programs. Furthermore, the Academic Advising Center provides information about nontraditional credit options like credit for prior learning and pre-professional academic programs like veterinary science, law, dentistry or pharmacy. The Academic Advising Center website www.uaf.edu/advising/ includes information concerning student resources that is beneficial for all undergraduate students. Contact the Academic Advising Center at 510 Gruening Building, 907-474-6396, toll free at 888-823-8780 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Rural Student Services
Rural Student Services provides academic advising services for Native and rural college students, and provides vital links among the Fairbanks campus, rural communities and other UAF campuses. Students may choose an RSS advisor who will provide academic advising and referrals to various academic support services on the Fairbanks campus. For more information, call RSS at 907-474-7871 or 907-888-478-1452. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Community and Technical College
The Student Advising and Registration Center at CTC provides services that contribute to a successful learning experience and transition to a career. Staff at the center recognize the unique concerns of adult and returning students. The center provides advising with a focus on certificate and associate degree programs. The center also provides academic support through developmental course work, workshops, classroom presentations, learning and computer labs, and one-on-one advising. Services are available by appointment and on a walk-in basis. For more information:
Suggested First-year Courses
These suggestions are contingent upon placement recommendations (ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER, ALEKS or ASSET test scores).
3 credits each semester
A developmental English course may be advised before enrolling in these courses.
- ENGL F111X (3 cr) Intro to Academic Writing
- COMM F121X (3 cr) Intro to Interpersonal Communication
- COMM F131X (3 cr) Fund of Oral Communication: Group
- COMM F141X (3 cr) Fund of Oral Communication: Public
3-4 credits each semester
A developmental math course may be advised before enrolling in these courses.
For B.A. degrees (choose one):
- MATH F113X (3 cr) Concepts & Contemporary Apps of Mathematics
- MATH F151X (3 cr) Functions for Calculus
- MATH F122X (3 cr) Algebra: Bus & Econ (B.T. degree)
*Content in MATH 151X and MATH 122X is similar. You may earn credit for only one of these courses.
For B.B.A. degree (both required):
- MATH F122X (3 cr) Algebra: Bus & Econ
- MATH F222X (4 cr) Calculus: Bus & Econ
For B.S. degrees (choose one):
- MATH F151X (3 cr) Functions for Calculus
- MATH F251X (4 cr) Calculus I
- MATH F232X (4 cr) Calculus for Life Sciences
Perspectives on the Human Condition
3 credits each semester
- ANTH or SOC F100X (3 cr) Indiv, Soc, Culture
- ECON/PS F100X (3 cr) Political Economy
- HIST F100X (3 cr) Mod World History
Two semester-length courses in an Alaska Native language or other non-English language (or three semesters of American Sign Language) may be substituted for two of the six perspectives courses required for the core curriculum.
Library Information and Research
- LS F101X (1 cr) Library Information & Research
Recommended during first year
4 credits each semester
For B.A., B.T. or B.B.A. degrees, choose any two courses. For B.S. degrees you must choose two courses in sequence in a single discipline. Check the requirements for your major.
- ATM F101X (4 cr) Weather & Climate of Alaska
- BIOL F100X (4 cr) Human Biology
- BIOL F101X (4 cr) Biology of Sex
- BIOL F103X (4 cr) Biology & Society
- BIOL F104X (4 cr) Natural History of Alaska
- BIOL F120X Intro to Human Nutrition
- BIOL F115X-F116X (8 cr) Fund Biology I & II
- BIOL F213X-F214X (8 cr) Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
- CHEM F100X (4 cr) Chemistry & Mod World
- CHEM F103X-F104X (8 cr) Basic Gen Chem/Biochemistry
- CHEM F105X-F106X (8 cr) General Chemistry
- GEOG F111X (4 cr) Earth Systems: Elmnts Phys Geography
- GEOS F100X (4 cr) Intro to Earth Science
- GEOS F101X-F112X (8 cr) Dynamic Earth/Hist of Earth & Life
- GEOS F106X (4 cr) Life in Age of Dinosaurs
- GEOS F120X (4 cr) Glaciers, Earthquakes and Volcanoes
- GEOS F125X (4 cr) Humans, Earth & Envrnmt
- MSL F111X (4 cr) The Oceans
- PHYS F102X (4 cr) Energy & Society
- PHYS F103X-F104X (8 cr) College Physics
- PHYS F115X (4 cr) Phys Science
- PHYS F175X (4 cr) Intro to Astronomy
1-4 credits each semester
- FYE F100 (1 cr) First Year Seminar
- Any 100-level course needed for your major or other degree requirements (humanities, social sciences) or general elective. (This could be an exploratory course toward a potential major or a class that interests you.)