First-year advisors guide students through exploration and personal growth in a relationship of trust, safety and support. Students are connected with campus resources and engagement opportunities, and we empower students to take ownership of their learning, define their education, and develop career goals while achieving academic success as they transition to their chosen field of study.
What is first-year advising?
Comprehensive first-year advising provides foundational skills, resources and academic support for students during their initial 30 credits for four-year degree programs. First-year advisors partner with departmental advisors to provide students with a solid foundation that will assist them throughout the completion of their degree.
Starting in spring 2024 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
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 or 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
- Nine 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 nondegree-seeking student; however, some courses require prerequisite coursework or test scores in order to enroll. If you run into prerequisite errors or need to understand our placements you can set up an appointment with one of our advisors.
Visit the registration page to sign up for a class.
Please note: Nondegree-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 Biology and Wildlife Department and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provide additional academic advising for the medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary and pre-health pre-professional programs.
The Study Away program allows you to earn UAF credits while studying for up to a year at an approved university in another state or country.
If you are interested in applying for an academic exchange or study abroad program through UAF, you must fulfill the following minimum requirements.
- Be a degree-seeking student at UAF (working toward a certificate, associate, bachelor's, master's or Ph.D., for example; you do not need to have a declared major)
- Complete at least two full-time semesters (enrolled in 12 credits or more) at UAF before the first semester away
- 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
Note: Specific programs may have other requirements, such as a higher GPA or specific language proficiency requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into a study away program, but all eligible students are encouraged to apply.
The Academic Advising Center's First-year Advising Specialists provide additional support to the Assistant Director for Athletics Academic Services in assisting our UAF student athletes.
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.
Our accessible advisors are equipped to answer all of the important questions you'll have when working toward your degree at UAF.
First-year academic advising specialist
Can help with: Advising first-year, pre-major, pre-undeclared, undeclared, exploratory and nondegree-seeking students
(Zoom and phone appointments only)
Evening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5:00 to 7:00pm AKST
Can help with: Time management, online learning strategies, school/life balance, individualized study plans, reading and note-taking strategies, organization, effective communication, quiz and exam prep, setting priorities and goals, self-care, and much more!Schedule with Matia
Can help with: Time management, online learning strategies, school/life balance, individualized study plans, reading and note-taking strategies, organization, effective communication, quiz and exam prep, setting priorities and goals, self-care, and much more!Schedule with David
Can help with: Time management, online learning strategies, school/life balance, individualized study plans, reading and note-taking strategies, organization, effective communication, quiz and exam prep, setting priorities and goals, self-care, and much more!Schedule with Joseph
Hours and location
We are open Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday and holidays: Closed
After-hours virtual appointments offered most evenings during the week until 7:00 p.m.