FAQs

The UAF Portal is where applicants go to apply for admission, view the application checklist, and check the status of an application.

All students at UAF have an account in UAOnline. UAOnline is where students register for classes, check the status of financial aid, pay tuition and fees, apply for University of Alaska scholarships, view grades, and more.

To find your UA Username, UA ID Number and set/reset your password visit UA ELMO.

For login help, contact the Office of Information Technology, or by phone 907-450-8300 or toll free 800-478-8226

Your UA ID is your eight-digit student number, it starts with a 3. You will need this number to identify yourself when working with University staff. The Office of Admissions will send you your UA ID Number after you apply.

Your UA username will usually consist of your initials, last name and (sometimes) another identifier. This is your login name and default UA email address. Example: John A. Doe is jadoe.

To find your UA Username, UA ID Number and set/reset your password visit UA ELMO.

 A PolarExpress card is your student ID card. Once you have registered for classes, contact the UAF Office of the Bursar for information on getting your PolarExpress card.

Students receive an @alaska.edu account after enrolling in UAF courses.

This email account is where all communication from the University will be sent. Find out how you can have your University email forwarded to your personal email account.

 Fill out our information request form! We will get back to you soon. You can also schedule a campus visit.
 Fill out our information request form and we will be happy to include you on our mailing list! Include your mailing address so we know where to send your materials.

The time it takes to receive and admission decision depends on the program you apply to and the status of the materials we require to review your application.

Applicants can check the status of an application and review missing items on the application checklist in the UAF Portal.

You will receive an email and a packet in the mail from UAF with a certificate of admission, letter of admission and other information. You can also check the status of your application in the UAF Portal.

Check your admissions status in the UAF Portal, if it says Admit/Incomplete then you are not yet eligible for financial aid. Check the application checklist for items you still need to submit to the Admissions Office. Once your checklist is complete, your admissions status will change to Admit Clear and you will be eligible for financial aid.

  • Applications to be non degree-seeking are free.
  • Applications to an occupational endorsement are free.
  • Applications to a certificate or associate degree are $40.
  • Applications to a bachelor degree are $50.
  • Applications to a graduate degree are $75.

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

The admission application fee is non refundable.

 If you started an admission application but did not finish and are unable to log back in, click “Forgot Your Password” on the login page of the UAF Portal. If you are having trouble with resetting your password, call 907-474-7500.

 If you want to just take a class and will not require any financial aid, you can submit a non degree-seeking application through the UAF Portal.

There is no application fee associated with this application and it is processed within 1 business day.

 We review application fee waivers on a case by case basis. Email us at uaf-admissions@alaska.edu for assistance.

An unofficial transcript is a transcript sent via email as an attachment or sent directly to UAF by an applicant. Current high school seniors may submit unofficial copies of their transcript for review.

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.

An in-progress transcript is a transcript that is missing final grades or a graduation date (if applicable).

A final transcript is a transcript that includes all grades and a graduation date (if applicable).

UAF allows students to postpone an application up to one year from the original application term. (i.e. Applied for Fall 2017, you can postpone up to Fall 2018).

Let us know if you are accepting you would like to postpone your application.

Withdrawing your application will not remove you from any current or future enrollment. You will need to drop or withdraw from your classes on UAOnline. If you have problems with your enrollment please contact the Registrar's Office.
After being admitted you will need to meet with your academic advisor and register for classes. You will not automatically be put into any classes after being admitted.

 Current UAF students in a certificate, associate or bachelor degree may add a degree of a different level by completing a new application for admission. Contact a UAF Admissions Counselor to receive a fee waiver for adding a degree.

If you want to add a degree of the same level you can use the UAF Change of Major form (PDF).

If you haven't registered for classes yet, you can email uaf-admissions@alaska.edu and let us know which program you would like to change to.

If you have been attending UAF in a degree program, use the UAF Change of Major form (PDF) to change your major. You must have the department complete the bottom half of the form. Once completed it can be dropped off to the front counter in Signers' Hall.

Take a look at the programs offered by UAF. Contact a UAF Admissions Counselor if you have any questions or need help deciding which program is best for you!

UAF offers multiple types of degrees! Check out our programs page to find a degree program that's right for you.

  • Occupational endorsements 
    These programs are designed to give students occupational training in a specific field. They require between 9 and 24 credit hours, and generally take less than a year to complete.
     
  • Certificates and Associate Degrees
    Certificate programs vary in length; however, you can usually complete them in one year. Certificates are awarded in specific occupational fields with emphasis on entering the job market. 

    Associate degree programs are typically 60 credit hours and take about 2 years to complete.
     
  • Bachelor Degrees
    UAF bachelor's degree programs are typically 120 credit hours and take about 4 years to complete. Bachelor programs prepare students for work in a particular field and can be a foundation for a graduate degree.
     
  • Postbaccalaureate Certificates
    UAF School of Education offers post-baccalaureate certificates in four areas.
     
  • Graduate degrees
    UAF offers graduate certificates, master's and doctoral programs.

You can pay for your application online with a credit card, payment will be required at the end of the application.

Applicants are able to submit an application after the deadline but there may be a late fee of $25 applied in addition to the application fee.

If you have not submitted an application you can make changes to your application in the UAF Portal.

If you have submitted an application, email the Admissions Office at uaf-admissions@alaska.edu to request changes, admissions staff will inform you of the appropriate procedures depending on the type of change request.

Students may submit more than one application, each application will be reviewed independently.

Once you have been admitted, you remain admitted as long as you:

  • Maintain active enrollment (i.e. take classes), OR
  • Do not break attendance of more than one semester, OR
  • Do not become Academically Disqualified

Applicants applying to an occupational endorsement, certificate or associate degree are only required to submit official transcripts if they wish to have a transfer credit evaluation.

Applicants applying to a bachelor degree, licensure program, or graduate degree are required to submit official transcripts from all previous institutions in order to be admitted.

If you have colleges listed on your application you did not attend or accidentally added, please contact the Office of Admissions at uaf-admissions@alaska.eduto fix the error.

If you believe your transcript is missing contact the UAF Office of Admissions at uaf-admissions@alaska.edu.

If the transcript was sent electronically it should show as received a week from the date sent. If the transcript was mailed it should show as received a week from the date we receive it.

Prior transcripts received for a student of the University of Alaska are held for 7 years after graduation or the last date of attendance.
We encourage all applicants to upload documents straight into the UAF Portal when necessary. After you have paid for and submitted your application a checklist will populate on the homepage of the Portal. Click into the checklist item for a chance to upload your document.

Yes, when filling out your application you can upload a copy of your current high school transcript so we can review your application. This transcript needs to include all courses you took and grades you received from 9th through 11th grade. If you are unable to upload a copy to your application, one can be emailed to uaf-admissions@alaska.edu or mailed to Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 757480, Fairbanks, AK 99775.

Yes, homeschool students must have their transcripts sent to UAF before an application can be reviewed for admission.

If you are applying to a bachelor degree program you are required to submit results from the ACT or the SAT.

You can submit your ACT or SAT scores by requesting them to be sent from ACT or College Board (SAT and AP), the UAF school code for ACT 0064 is and for SAT is 4866.

If your high school has your test scores on file they can include them with your official transcript. We will accept them as long as they give us all of the scores for each test along with the test date.

ACT

  • After the test: 3-5 weeks
  • Additional score reports: 1-2 weeks

SAT

  • After the test: 3-4 weeks
  • Additional score reports: 4-6 weeks
  • Additional score reports:
  • Ordered online: 1 week
  • Fax or mail: 2 weeks after the request is received
AP and IB courses are eligible for credit to use towards your degree. Your exam scores will need to be sent to UAF so we can evaluate them for transfer credit. The school code for AP is 0064. International Baccalaureate (IB) currently accepted can be found here.

If you did not participate in the AHEAD program at UAF and have never been degree seeking at another college or university then you will be considered a freshmen.

Freshmen are not required to live on campus. Find out more information about Residence Life.
  1. Submit an in-progress transcript before graduation
    This transcript can be attached to the application or emailed to UAF. The transcript must include the following:
    • The applicant's full name and date of birth
    • The name of the school
    • Courses and grades for 9th through 11th grade
    • A cumulative GPA
       
  2. Submit an official, final transcript after graduation
    This transcript must be sent to UAF directly from the school. The transcript must include the following:
    • The student's full name and date of birth
    • The name of the school
    • Courses and grades for 9th through 12th grade
    • A cumulative GPA
    • A posted date of graduation
       

The in progress transcript is not required. Applicants may wait until after graduation to have their transcripts sent; however, it will take longer to receive an admission decision.

Send UAF official transcripts from your previous institution(s). Once you have been admitted your transcripts are sent to transfer credit evaluators. It typically takes 2 weeks for your evaluation to be completed.

Applicants applying to an occupational endorsement, certificate or associate degree are only required to submit official transcripts if they wish to have a transfer credit evaluation.

Applicants applying to a bachelor degree, licensure program, or graduate degree are required to submit official transcripts from all previous institutions in order to be admitted.

Please email the Admissions Office at uaf-admissions@alaska.edu, the Admissions Manager assists applicants on a case by case basis.

Visit the Transfer Credit Resource Site. This site allows you to query our database of courses that have been evaluated in the past from other regionally accredited universities, colleges and some non-traditional sources across the United States and Canada.

At the time of admission any transcripts on file are sent to our transcript evaluators for an evaluation, this typically takes two weeks. If you have transcripts that come in after admission they will be sent to the transcript evaluators at that time. You will receive a notification when your evaluation is complete.

Official transcript evaluations are not done before admission.

You can! Send your official military transcript to UAF and we will evaluate them for transfer credit.

Submit the UA Residency Application (PDF) and show your military ID card as proof of military dependency.
The main point of contact is our Military and Veteran Admissions Counselor, Anna Gagne-Hawes.

March 1 is the application deadline for the fall semester and September 1 is the application deadline for spring semester. * Graduate application deadlines may vary by program.

If you are applying for a bachelor degree you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES).

We accept results from the TOEFL or the IELTS to prove english language proficiency. The minimum score for the TOEFL is 79 and for the IELTS is 6.5.

Requests for exception to this policy may be submitted via email to the Office of Admissions at uaf-admissions@alaska.edu.

For undergraduate applicants, acceptable grounds for automatically 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 ACCUPLACER exam.
  • Completion of secondary education in Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia or Canada (excluding Quebec).
  • Graduate from a U.S. high school academically prepared to enter WRTG 111X.
  • Be a long-term Permanent Resident of the U.S. and can provide adequate documentation (transcripts, test scores, etc.) demonstrating that you are academically prepared to enter WRTG 111x.

For graduate applicants, acceptable grounds for automatically waiving this requirement may include:

  • Completion of education in Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia, or Canada (excluding Quebec).
  • Successfully passed WRTG 111x or the equivalent at another U.S. college or university

If you do not meet the requirements for an automatic waiver:

  • Undergraduate applicants may have a waiver request routed to the Provost for approval, initiated by Office of Admissions.
  • Graduate applicants may have a waiver request routed to the department and graduate school for approval, initiated by Office of Admissions.

A sister city tuition is tuition offered at the resident rate for students who are residents of countries which hold approved sister city/sister province agreements with the University of Alaska.

See a chart of UA sister cities and provinces.

Email uaf-admissions@alaska.edu and an admissions counselor will help you with your admission questions.

If you have questions about your visa status you can contact the Office of International Program and Initiatives.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be submitted in English, by mail.

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 757480
Fairbanks AK 99775-7480
USA

UAF allows students to postpone an application up to one year from the original application term. (i.e. Applied for Fall 2017, you can postpone up to Fall 2018).

Let us know if you are accepting or would like to postpone your application.

You are not guaranteed to be readmitted to the term you postpone to. Your application will be reviewed by the department and they will choose whether or not to offer you admission.

You can register for a graduate course before applying for a graduate degree. You will likely run into registration errors and have to have the instructor's permission to enter the course. You will need to work with the Registrar's Office on this process.

Depending on the program you are applying to GRE scores may be required. Please check with the department you are applying to, or email us at uaf-admissions@alaska.edu to find out if you will need to submit GRE scores.

After the test:

  • Online: 2-3 weeks
  • Paper: 5-6 weeks

Additional score reports:

  • Ordered online: 1 week
  • Fax or mail: 2 weeks after the request is received

Please log back into the UAF Portal and double check that the email you entered is accurate. If so, you will see a button that says “resend email.” Clicking that button will trigger another email to be sent to your recommender.

If the email address is not accurate please email us at uaf-admissions@alaska.edu with the appropriate email address and the name of the recommender. We will update the email address and resend the request.

If your recommender is having any problems with the link they can email their letter to uaf-admissions@alaska.edu and we will upload it to your application.

If the email address is not accurate please email us at uaf-admissions@alaska.edu with the appropriate email address and the name of the recommender. We will update the email address and resend the request.

There are various ways to qualify for resident tuition. See our UA Residency Application for options and the documents needed to show proof.

The UAF catalog is where all UAF Admissions policies are found.

Email us at uaf-admissions@alaska.edu to see if you are eligible to have your application postponed and reconsidered for a future semester. If you are not eligible you will have to submit a new application.

The dates registration opens can be found on the UAF Academic Calendar. Once you have been admitted, you can meet with your advisor as early as two weeks before registration opens for the upcoming semester.
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