Academic Advising Center at UAF
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The Academic Advising Center is Here for You
Our accessible advisors are equipped to answer all of the important questions you'll have when working toward your degree at UAF.
We offer genuine support when your semester turns out more challenging than you may have planned and we have the expertise and encouragement you are looking for to help you make educated choices when choosing the most valuable courses for your academic goals.
" Things were explained thoroughly and I felt a personal connection with my academic advisor which was amazing."-UAF Student
"My advisor was extremely accommodating and wanted nothing less than to see my issue resolved."-UAF Student
" Most productive and helpful academic counseling session I’ve ever had."-UAF Student
"My advisor was r eally friendly and treated me like an individual and not just another student."-UAF Student
" Really great: my advisor really sat with me while I told them my woes and cried. It was really lovely and helpful to talk with them."-UAF Student
"My advisor is excellent to work with. They are thoughtful and demonstrate a commitment to students and their successful graduation. I am extremely grateful for what they have done for me."-UAF Student
Who We Advise:
You were most likely admitted as a General Studies 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.
(Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.)
If you have not met the minimum requirements for admission to a baccalaureate degree program you will be admitted as a pre-major in general studies.
You will change to major status when you are in good standing and have completed 14 credits at the 100 level or above with a C (2.0) average or higher; 9 of the 14 credits must satisfy the general education requirements.
Career Services offers one-on-one advising appointments to help with a variety of career related
needs. Our mission is to provide you with professional advice, guidance, and networking
opportunities to help you build a successful career and business relationships. Whether
you are interested in finding an internship or job, exploring career options, changing
careers, or hiring amazing new recruits,
let us help you reach your career goals!
Our services are available to current students, alumni, staff, and faculty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
- Explore your major and career options on your own
- Schedule an appointment with a career services advisor to talk through your plans/ideas
- Prep for an interview
- Edit your career materials on our resource page
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.
Undergraduate Academic Disqualification — Academic Disqualification is the status assigned to those undergraduate students who begin a semester on academic probation (including students admitted on probation for that term) or are continuing on probation and fail to earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher. Academically disqualified students are ineligible for most types of financial aid.
The student’s program will be changed to inactive and the student will not be allowed to attend UAF for one academic (fall or spring) semester. After non-attendance for either fall or spring semester, the student may complete a form for readmission. A student may appeal the academic disqualification immediately.
Readmission — An academically disqualified student who desires to continue admittance to the same program or another baccalaureate program may submit a request for readmission after not attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks for one academic semester. The student should complete a form for readmission, which includes a plan for academic success. This form must be reviewed and approved by an academic advisor. Completed readmission forms must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar no later than the first day of instruction in the semester for which a student wishes to be reinstated. An academically disqualified student must successfully be readmitted within two years of disqualification or will need to reapply for admission.
If readmission is granted, the student will remain on probation and be required to meet with an advisor prior to registration for classes until their cumulative GPA is 2.0 or above. Students must achieve a term GPA of 2.0 or above for each term. Readmitted students who achieve a term GPA of below 2.0 will again be disqualified and will not be allowed to attend UAF for one academic year.
Baccalaureate students who wish to continue attending may apply to the UAF Community and Technical College (CTC) or College of Rural and Community Development (CRCD) for admission into an associate-level degree, certificate or occupational endorsement program with dean approval. This process can be completed with a full plan for academic success that has been developed with an academic advisor.
Readmitted students will have a maximum semester course load limit of 13 credits.
Appeal of Academic Disqualification — A student who wishes to appeal an academic disqualification decision and remain in the current baccalaureate-level program may submit an appeal form, available at the Office of the Registrar. Appeals must be initiated no later than the first day of instruction in the semester for which a student wishes to be reinstated. The appeal form with a full academic plan for success will be reviewed by a committee for a first-step approval and will then be approved by the dean of the college or school where readmission is being requested.
Should a second academic disqualification be received, the student will be required to sit out one year before being readmitted to UAF, CTC or CRCD.
Should a third academic disqualification be received, the student will be required to sit out two years before being readmitted to UAF, CTC or CRCD.
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.
Explore job and career opportunities
Are you interested in finding an internship or job, exploring major and career options, learning about how to market your university experience, or help building your resume, check out Career Services!
The UAF Academic Advising Center, under the Division of General Studies proudly serves as a resource for information and training to the UAF academic advising community.
At UAF, we acknowledge the Alaska Native nations upon whose traditional lands our six campuses reside. Here in Fairbanks, our Troth Yeddha' Campus is located on the traditional lands of the Dena' Athabascan people of the Tanana River.