Information for New Students

Admission to a Degree Program

If you are seeking a degree at UAF, you must be admitted to a certificate or degree program.

When to Apply

For fall semester: June 15
For spring semester: Nov. 1

For fall semester: June 1
For spring semester: Oct. 15

Federal, state and most other funding agencies require you to be enrolled in a degree program if you are receiving financial aid. Admissions applications are processed on a date-received basis, and students applying for baccalaureate degree programs after the deadline will be admitted as time permits. When applications are received after published deadlines, students are not guaranteed admission to a degree program before the first day of instruction. This may affect financial aid packages.

*Graduate application deadlines may vary among departments.

How to Apply

Application for admission

You may apply online at or get an application form from the Office of Admissions and the Registrar on the first floor of Signers’ Hall. A nonrefundable processing fee is due at the time of application: 

  • $40 for a certificate, or associate degree application;
  • $50 for a baccalaureate application; and
  • $60 for a graduate application.

There is no charge for applications to occupational endorsement programs. More admission information is available at or by calling 907-474-7500 or toll free at 800-478-1823.


If you have not enrolled in a college or university before, send 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 college or university you attended. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly from the schools to the Office of Admissions and the Registrar. Transcripts will not be accepted if you submit them. You do not need to request transcripts from other campuses within the University of Alaska system.

If you are a transfer applicant with fewer than 30 semester hours of credit, you must submit official high school transcripts as well as all official college transcripts.

Missing or incomplete documents will delay your admission and could result in not being admitted before the first day of instruction. You must be fully admitted, and all required documents, including final transcripts, must be on file before any financial aid can be disbursed.

Test results

If you are an entering freshman in a bachelor’s degree program or a transfer student with fewer than 30 semester hours of credit, submit the results of either the ACT or SAT examinations as part of your application for admission. ASSET, COMPASS, ALEKS or ACCUPLACER scores do not meet this requirement for bachelor’s degree students.

If you qualify for an associate or baccalaureate program and have transferred 30 semester hours of credit that include appropriate courses in English and mathematics, you don’t need to submit test results.

ACT residual test schedule: For students who have not submitted scores from either the ACT or SAT national or posted tests, ACT residual tests will be offered in 206 Gruening as follows:

  • Thursday, Aug. 28, and Tuesday, Sept. 2, at noon for fall 2014
  • Thursday, Jan. 8, and Monday, Jan. 12, at noon for spring 2015

While no formal registration is required for ACT residual testing, you are still required to notify Testing Services at 907-474-5277 of your intent to test. In addition, please bring the following items with you to testing: $60 test fee (in exact change), picture identification and a calculator (please visit 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, COMPASS 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, COMPASS, 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

Fairbanks campus

  • 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; and
  • you are continuing with the same degree program.

If you do not meet 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). Domestic transfer students are encouraged to attend. Students required to attend will automatically be registered for Orientation once accepted to UAF and enrolled in courses. Non-mandated students wanting to attend Orientation may register online at

New Student Orientation for the fall semester will take place Aug. 31-Sept. 3; orientation for spring is Jan. 14. You’ll meet people from the UAF community, take a campus tour, and participate in specially designed sessions so you can get to know your new campus. The fee for orientation ($75 for fall, $35 for spring) will be billed to your student account. For more information, call 907-474-1103 or visit


At UAF, we care about students and want to help all students succeed. We will work with you to assess your strengths and weaknesses and design a course of study to best suit your needs. With the help of your advisor, you will need to check all the prerequisites for courses before you register. Check for prerequisites in the current class schedule, the university catalog and at UAOnline. Take the required ACCUPLACER and ALEKS placement tests as needed. ACCUPLACER placement tests can be set up through any rural campus academic testing/advising/student services office, eLearning and Distance Education, Testing Services, Rural Student Services, CTC, Fort Wainwright, Eielson Air Force Base or the Delta Junction Career Center. The test can be taken on any computer with access to the Internet under the supervision of a UAF-approved proctor, even if you are not in Alaska. For information on setting up a placement exam, contact UAF Testing Services at 907-474-5277.

ALEKS placement tests are unproctored and can be taken anywhere with an Internet connection. You have 72 hours to complete the test. Practice modules specific to your areas that need improvement are included, and the test can be taken up to five times in order to receive a better score. To take the test, visit

For more information or to discuss prerequisites, contact your academic advisor in the department of your major, the Academic Advising Center (907-474-6396), Rural Student Services (907-474-7871) or the Community and Technical College Student Advising and Registration Center (907-455-2800).

Academic Advising

Academic advisors help students select, plan and complete their academic goals. If you have declared a major or pre-major, your academic advisor will be a staff or faculty member from your academic department. For undeclared or general studies majors, UAF provides academic advising through the Academic Advising Center (510 Gruening). Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Academic Advising Center also serves as a clearinghouse for general university information. If you have a question or don’t know where to go for help, contact the Academic Advising Center at 907-474-6396, toll free 888-823-8780 or

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

  • contact the center at 907-455-2800, 
  • visit; or
  • stop by the center on the first floor of the Community and Technical College at 604 Barnette St.

Suggested First-year Courses

These suggestions are contingent upon placement recommendations (ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER, or ASSET test score).


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 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 BA degrees (choose one):

  • MATH F103X (3 cr) Concepts & Contemporary Apps of Mathematics
  • MATH F107X* (3 cr) Functions for Calculus
  • MATH F161X (3 cr) Algebra: Bus & Econ (BT degree)

*Content in MATH 107X and MATH 161X is similar. You may earn credit for only one of these courses.

For BBA degree (both required):

  • MATH F161X (3 cr) Algebra: Bus & Econ
  • MATH F262X (4 cr) Calculus: Bus & Econ

For BAS and BS degrees (choose one):

  • MATH F107X (3 cr) Functions for Calculus
  • MATH F200X (4 cr) Calculus I
  • MATH F272X (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

Natural Sciences

4 credits each semester

For BA, BAS, BT or BBA degrees, choose any two courses. For BS 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 F103X (4 cr) Biology & Society
  • BIOL F104X (4 cr) Natural History of Alaska
  • BIOL F111X-F112X (8 cr) Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • BIOL F115X-F116X (8 cr) Fund Biology 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 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

Other Suggestions

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.)
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