Students We Support
For Fall 2023 registration the AAC will be advising all First Year students who are newly admitted to degree programs or have completed less than 30 credits at UAF within the following colleges-
- CEM- College of Engineering and Mines
- CFOS- College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
- CNSM- College of Natural Science and Mathematics
**Starting Spring 2024 registration the AAC with be advising all First Year students in all colleges at UAF.
If you have not met the minimum requirements for admission to a baccalaureate (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) degree program you will be admitted as a pre-major. You may see you are listed as a pre-exploratory, pre-general studies, pre-undeclared student. They all mean the same thing.
You will get to change your major status when you are in good standing ( your cumulative gpa is 2.0 or higher) and you have completed the following
- 14 credits at the 100 level or above
- 9 of the 14 credits must satisfy the general education requirements
- a C (2.0 gpa) average or higher
You were most likely admitted as an Exploratory, General Studies or Undeclared student if you were not ready to declare a major.
Incoming students are not required to choose a degree program and have the option of choosing general studies - undeclared. You are advised by the Academic Advising Center and will work with your assigned advisor on transitioning into a declared major when you are ready to do so .
Being a General Studies student does satisfy the degree-seeking requirements for financial aid purposes.
**Students receiving GI assistance or veterans’ benefits may be required to change to a declared major to keep their benefits award.
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.
**Please note- Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.
Pre-professional advising provides information about groundwork for admission to a specific graduate program or professional school. Most professional schools do not require a specific major for admission to their program. However, many courses may be required before admittance into the program, so a student must research admissions requirements carefully.
The Academic Advising Center (907-474-6396, firstname.lastname@example.org) provides academic advising for all pre-professional areas. The Biology and Wildlife Department and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provide additional academic advising for the medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary and allied health pre-professional programs. The Justice Department provides academic advising for law pre-professional programs.
- Be a degree-seeking student at UAF (working towards a Certificate, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD, for example; you do not need to have a declared major)
- Complete at least 2 full-time semesters at UAF before the first semester away (full-time is 12 credits per semester)
- Be enrolled full-time at UAF the semester before your study away program
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 when application is due
- Have a minimum 2.5 semester GPA the semester before your study away program
- Good academic, behavioral, and financial standing at UAF
- No Incomplete (I) grades on transcript
In addition, if you no longer meet the minimum requirements the semester before your program starts, you will no longer be eligible or able to participate in the study away program.
The Academic Advising Center administers the credit for prior learning program, wherein students may earn undergraduate credit based on university-level learning they have obtained outside the classroom. Students can document the university-level learning they have gained through employment, volunteer service or other life experiences with a portfolio or copies of licenses and certificates earned. Certificate, associate or bachelor’s degree students may earn up to 25 percent of total program requirements through the credit for prior learning program.
Credentials for admitted degree students who are currently enrolled are reviewed by faculty from participating departments who determine if this process is appropriate and make recommendations for awarding prior learning credit. Review is based on equivalency to courses listed in this catalog. Credit received for prior learning does not affect your GPA and is not considered residence credit. The university will award transfer credit for specified national and state authorizations, certificates, credentials and/or examinations (see Transferring Credits) that do not need credit for prior learning review.