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Admission requirements

Certificate/Associate Degree Programs

  • at least 18 years old, or
  • have a high school diploma, or
  • have a General Educational Development (GED) diploma.

Bachelor Degree Programs

  • Have a high school diploma, and
  • Pass the 16-credit high school core curriculum with at least a 2.5, and
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5, and
  • Submit ACT or SAT test scores
    • If you are applying to UAF for the academic years 2021-22, 2022-23, 2023-24, 2024-25 or summer 2025, your ACT and SAT scores will be waived.

If you don't meet these requirements, contact an admissions counselor. You may have options to begin a degree or certificate program, such as starting as a pre-undeclared student or as a non-degree student.

Current high school students may upload unofficial in-progress transcript at the time of application or after submitting their application by logging into the application portal and clicking on the checklist item. Unofficial transcripts may also be emailed to uaf-admissions@alaska.edu. Acceptance becomes final when official transcripts with a posted graduation date are received. To be considered official, transcripts must arrive in sealed envelopes from the institution, submitted electronically through a secure transcript service or sent directly from your high school official to uaf-admissions@alaska.edu. Emailed or faxed transcripts from the student will not be considered official.

UAF email for official electronic transcripts: uaf-admissions@alaska.edu

Mailed transcripts can be sent to:
Office of Admissions
University of Alaska Fairbanks
P.O. Box 757480
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7480

International Transcripts: Send official secondary school and/or university transcripts to World Education Services (WES) and request a comprehensive document by document credential report. Transcripts from Canadian institutions (excluding Quebec) are exempt from this requirement; they may be sent directly from the issuing institution.

First year students must submit the results of either the ACT or the SAT examination.

If you are applying to UAF for the academic years 2022-23, 2023-24, 2024-25, your ACT and SAT scores will be waived.

  • ACT Code - 0064
  • SAT Code - 4866

UAF offers fee waivers for many different financial and life circumstances. Learn more and submit a request to see if you qualify.

Applicants must submit all prior college transcripts. Applicants with fewer than 30 college semester credits must also submit high school transcripts and test scores  (If you are applying to UAF for the academic years 2022-23, 2023-24, 2024-25, your ACT and SAT scores will be waived.).

If you don't meet these requirements, contact an admissions counselor. You may have options to begin a degree or certificate program, such as starting as a pre-undeclared student or as a non-degree student.

Applicants who have college-level course work must send all official transcripts from each college or university to UAF. In order to be reviewed for admissions UAF requires at least an in-progress, unofficial transcript from every previous institution attended.

Unofficial or in-progress transcripts can be uploaded at the time of application or after submission by logging into the application portal and clicking on the checklist item. Unofficial transcripts may also be emailed to uaf-admissions@alaska.edu.

To be considered official, transcripts must arrive in sealed envelopes from each institution attended or be submitted electronically through a secure transcript service. Emailed or faxed transcripts will not be considered official.

UAF email for official electronic transcripts: uaf-admissions@alaska.edu

Mailed transcripts can be sent to:
Office of Admissions
University of Alaska Fairbanks
P.O. Box 757480
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7480

International Transcripts: Send official secondary school or university transcripts to World Education Services (WES) and request a comprehensive course-by-course credential report. Transcripts from Canadian institutions (excluding Quebec) are exempt from this requirement; they may be sent directly from the issuing institution.

College credits

  • Final official transcripts are required from every institution attended.
  • If you are still taking classes, an in-progress transcript can be submitted to evaluate for admission decision. A final transcript will be required after grades are posted.
  • Transcripts from University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Anchorage or University of Alaska Southeast, or any rural campuses of these institutions are waived.

Transfer applicants with fewer than 30 college  semester credit hours must submit the results of either the ACT or the SAT examination.

If you are applying to UAF for the academic years 2022-23, 2023-24, 2024-25, your ACT and SAT scores will be waived.

Use tuition assistance to cover the full cost of your education, with little to no additional fees or expenses. UAF’s discount military tuition pricing eliminates most out-of-pocket expenses, offering both in-person and online undergraduate courses for just $250 per credit hour. Learn more about military pricing.

Military and veteran applicants must apply to UAF by creating a profile in the application portal. In some cases, students will also need to apply through ArmyIgnitED or another armed services application. When creating your profile, be sure to use the same email address in the application portal as in the ArmyIgnitED application. This is required to match your ArmyIgnitED application in our system and get your UAF application processed.

UAF waives the application fee for applicants using veteran educational benefits and active duty members of the military. 

We accept credits from Joint Services Transcript (JST), which includes Officer and Warrant Officer training, joint military training conducted by other services, and DANTES funded test scores. We also accept credits from Air University/Community College of the Air Force (CCAF). All applicants with JST or CCAF transcripts are required to submit their transcripts to receive VA benefits. This requirement can be waived in certain cases, contact the Department of Military and Veteran Services for more information. 

Applicants who have college-level course work must send all official transcripts from each college or university transcripts to UAF. 

Unofficial or in-progress transcripts can be uploaded at the time of application or after submission by logging into the application portal and clicking on the checklist item. Unofficial transcripts may also be emailed to uaf-admissions@alaska.edu.

To be considered official, transcripts must arrive in sealed envelopes from each institution attended or be submitted. You may also submit your transcripts electronically through a secure transcript service. Emailed or /faxed transcripts will not be considered official.

UAF email for official electronic transcripts: uaf-admissions@alaska.edu

Mailed transcripts can be sent to:
Office of Admissions
University of Alaska Fairbanks
P.O. Box 757480
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7480

International Transcripts: Send official secondary school or university transcripts to World Education Services (WES) and request a comprehensive course-by-course credential report. Transcripts from Canadian institutions (excluding Quebec) are exempt from this requirement; they may be sent directly from the issuing institution.

College credits

  • Final official transcripts are required from every institution attended.
  • If you are still taking classes, an in-progress transcript can be submitted to evaluate for admission decision. A final transcript will be required after grades are posted.
  • Your transcripts from University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Anchorage or University of Alaska Southeast, or any rural campuses of these institutions and other UA schools are waived.

You do not have to be admitted to UAF to apply for your VA educational benefits. You do not have to be approved for your benefits before you apply.

Please visit our VA Educational Benefits website for more information.

In general, applicants may be admitted to a graduate program if they have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with at least a 3.0 (B) cumulative undergraduate GPA and a 3.0 (B) GPA in their major. Applicants will submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Statement of goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE* or GMAT test scores (see test score section for details.)

Please refer to the catalog or department website for more information on additional requirements and materials for a particular program.

The Office of Admissions requires official transcripts of all college-level course work. To be considered official, transcripts must arrive in sealed envelopes from each institution attended. You may also submit your transcripts electronically through a secure transcript service. Emailed/faxed transcripts will not be considered official.

UAF email for official electronic transcripts: uaf-admissions@alaska.edu

Mailed transcripts can be sent to:
Office of Admissions
University of Alaska Fairbanks
P.O. Box 757480
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7480

College credits

  • Final and official transcripts are required from every institution attended.
  • If you are still taking classes, an in-progress transcript can be submitted for admission. A final transcript will be required after grades are posted.
  • Transcripts from University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Anchorage or University of Alaska Southeast, or any rural campuses of these institutions are waived.

Undergraduate Licensure applicants will need to provide official ACT or SAT scores.

Graduate Licensure applicants will need to provide official ACT, SAT, or GRE* scores.

If you are applying to UAF for the academic years 2022-23, 2023-24, 2024-25, your ACT and SAT scores will be waived.

College of Business and Security Management applicants must provide official GRE* or GMAT scores.

Master and Doctor of Philosophy applicants will need to provide official GRE* scores.

Note: Not all programs will require test scores if you have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Refer to the admission requirements of your prospective degree program to determine which tests are required.

*The GRE admissions requirement (where one is in place) is waived for graduate admissions through Spring 2023.

You are not considered an international applicant if you are a:

  • US Citizen
  • US Permanent Resident
  • Refugee
  • Undocumented Resident

Since you do not require a student visa to attend UAF, you will not need to complete the additional international application steps.

The admission qualifications for international applicants are the same as domestic applicants with the addition of:

  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Official diploma for institutions who do not list a degree and graduation date on the transcript

Please refer to the other student types (Freshmen, Transfer or Graduate) for program qualifications.

Minimum required English proficiency:

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 79.
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5.
  • Completion of secondary education in Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia or Canada (excluding Quebec).

Requests for exception to this policy may be submitted via email to the Office of Admissions. Acceptable grounds for waiving this requirement may include:

  • Successful completion (C or higher) of a college-level, non-ESL English composition course.
  • A comparable score on another approved exam such as the ACT, SAT or EdReady exam.

International Transcripts: Send official secondary school and/or university transcripts to World Education Services (WES) and request a comprehensive course-by-course credential report. Transcripts from Canadian institutions (excluding Quebec) are exempt from this requirement; they may be sent directly from the issuing institution.

Send official secondary school and/or university transcripts to a NACES approved evaluation service and request a comprehensive course-by-course credential report. Transcripts from Canadian institutions (excluding Quebec) are exempt from this requirement; they may be sent directly from the issuing institution.

UAF email for official electronic transcripts: uaf-admissions@alaska.edu

Mailed transcripts can be sent to:
Office of Admissions
University of Alaska Fairbanks
P.O. Box 757480
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7480

College credits

  • Final and official transcripts are required from every institution attended.
  • If you are still taking classes, an in-progress transcript can be submitted for admission. A final transcript will be required after grades are posted.
  • Your transcripts from UA schools are waived, as we already have that information in your file.

After admission, international students are required to provide specific documents as part of the visa process. Students are required to submit the Financial Statement (PDF), Evidence of Funding and Citizenship Document in order to be issued a visa. Connect with the International Student and Scholar Services early to get the process started.

International Students who are applying to an online only degree do not need to fulfill the visa requirements.

Anyone can take classes at UAF. There are no GPA or transcript requirements to be a non-degree seeking student, however some courses require prerequisite coursework or test scores in order to enroll. Please visit the registration page to sign-up for a class.

(Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.)

 


 

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Bachelor's students

  • November 1 - spring semester
  • May 1 - summer sessions
  • June 15 - fall semester

Graduate students

  • October 15 - spring semester
  • May 1 - summer sessions
  • June 1 - fall semester

International students

  • March 1 - fall semester
  • September 1 - spring semester

 

For students who miss the main application deadline, an extension is offered for a $25 late fee in addition to the application fee.

Before you apply late, consider that classes are starting soon and there will be many things to do quickly. Order/submit all of your transcripts right away because delays in submitting transcripts will delay financial aid.

If you are unable to attend during your application term, you may delay your admission up to one year after your original application term. Email uaf-admissions@alaska.edu to request to postpone or visit our acceptance reply form.

Degree type: Application fee:
Occupational Endorsements Free
Certificates and Associate degree (2-year) $40
Bachelor degree (4-year) $50
Graduate degree $75

$25 late fee for bachelor and graduate applications that are submitted after the published university deadline.

Certificate and Associate applications will be processed in the order that they are received. We encourage you to apply as early as possible. Applying close to the start of classes may impact timelines related to financial aid and transfer credit.