2003-2004 UAF Catalog


Applying for Admission

Admission Requirements


To qualify for admission as a freshman:

Associate Degree

For admission to associate degree programs, you must:

  1. be at least 18 years old, or
  2. have a high school diploma, or
  3. have a Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED).

If you're an associate degree or certificate student in good standing who did not meet the baccalaureate degree entrance requirements, you may later apply for a baccalaureate degree program after earning, with a C grade (2.0) average or higher, 14 credits at the 100 level or above, of which nine credits must satisfy general baccalaureate degree requirements.

Baccalaureate Degree (Bachelor's Degree)

For admission to a baccalaureate degree program, you must have graduated from high school with an overall grade point average (GPA) of a C grade (2.0) or higher. Admission to a specific baccalaureate degree program is based on a combination of your high school GPA and completion of specific high school courses. You must complete, with a minimum grade point average of 2.5, a high school core curriculum of at least 16 academic units in English, college-preparatory mathematics, social sciences, natural sciences and foreign languages. The units must include 4 credits in English, 3 credits in college preparatory mathematics (selected from Algebra I, II, geometry, trigonometry, elementary functions, precalculus or calculus), 3 credits in social sciences and 3 in natural or physical sciences (including at least one laboratory course in biology, chemistry or physics). Two years of study in a non-English language are strongly recommended. Test results from the ACT or SAT must be received before you can be admitted.


If you do not meet the minimum requirements for admission to a baccalaureate degree program, you may be admitted to pre-major status within the department of your choice.

You may later apply for a baccalaureate degree program. You will be admitted to a bachelor's degree program if you are in good standing, and you have completed, with a C grade average (2.0) or higher, 14 credits at the 100 level or above, of which 9 credits must satisfy general baccalaureate degree requirements.

Transfer Students

If you have attended other accredited institutions, you are eligible for admission if you have a 2.0 GPA in your previous college work and an honorable dismissal from previous schools. If you're applying to a technical or scientific program, you may need to present a higher grade average and proof that you've completed appropriate background courses before you will be admitted to the program. If you're transferring with fewer than 30 semester hours of transferable credit, you must also have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.0 or higher and placement scores from the ACT or SAT exam. If you have attended an unaccredited postsecondary institution, your admission status will be determined on an individual basis.

Second Bachelor's Degree Programs

If you wish to complete a second bachelor's degree, you must apply for admission as an undergraduate transfer student.

If you completed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, you will be considered to have completed the equivalent of the baccalaureate core when you have been officially accepted to an undergraduate degree program at UAF.

International Undergraduate Students

Test Requirements

  1. If your native language is not English, a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 213 (computer exam) or 550 (paper exam) is required.
  2. If you're a permanent resident on an immigrant visa, a TOEFL score is required if all your formal education is from a country where English is not the primary language, or when the documents presented for admission don't clearly indicate your proficiency in English.

Other Requirements

  1. When preparing the I-20 form that is necessary to obtain an F-1 (student) visa, the university must certify to the Immigration and Naturalization Service that you have been accepted for full-time enrollment and that you have funds to meet estimated expenses for one academic year. If you're in the U.S. on an F-1 visa, you must maintain a full-time course load; you may not enroll as a part-time student (less than 12 credits per semester).
  2. You must sign a statement and provide documentation that funds are available to pay all expenses while you attend UAF, as well as the amount needed for round-trip transportation between your home and Alaska. The minimum cost for attending UAF for one school year is $19,261. This amount covers university fees, room and board on campus and a reasonable amount of personal expenses. It does not include transportation to and from Alaska, summer living or cold weather clothing costs. Since the application for the F-1 visa requires affirmation that you don't intend to live in the United States permanently, you aren't eligible for resident tuition fees.
  3. Your application should reach the Office of Admissions by March 1 for the fall semester or September 1 for the spring semester. Your application must be completed and accepted by August 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester in order to allow time for your I-20 form to be issued.

Readmission of Former Degree-Seeking Students

As an undergraduate degree student, if you don't enroll for a semester or more, or if you enroll through the non-degree student registration process, you need to notify the Office of Admissions in advance when you plan to resume studies in your degree program.

If you left UAF in good standing, haven't enrolled in an institution outside of the University of Alaska system, and haven't been absent more than two years, you must request readmission and an update of your degree status before you register. No processing fee is required if your readmission update is received by Aug. 1 for the fall semester and Dec. 1 for the spring semester. Requests for readmission received after these dates must be accompanied by a $35 fee and will be processed as time permits.

If you were on probation at UAF or were enrolled in an institution outside the UA system, or if it's been more than two years since you were last enrolled in your degree program at UAF, you will need to submit the regular undergraduate application for admission form, pay the $35 processing fee and submit official transcripts from any colleges or universities you attended since you last enrolled at UAF.

If you're a UAF graduate and want to enter a second undergraduate degree program, you must submit an undergraduate application for admission. If you're a UAF associate, certificate or pre-major student and you wish to enter a bachelor's degree program, you will need to submit an application for admission.

Academic Bankruptcy for Returning Students

If you performed at an academic level that made you ineligible to continue your studies at UAF and dropped out or were dismissed from school, academic bankruptcy can offer you a new undergraduate start. You may apply for readmission on the basis that your prior academic record be disregarded. You begin your college study again with no credits attempted, no credits earned and no quality points reflected in subsequent grade point average calculations. You may use academic bankruptcy only once.

To declare academic bankruptcy, you must submit an Application for Academic Bankruptcy form. Before applying for admission on this basis, at least two years must have elapsed since the end of the last full-time semester you attended. Academic bankruptcy application forms are available at the Admissions or Registrar's offices.

Your prior academic record remains a part of your overall academic record and appears on your transcript, but none of the credits you earned previously can be used in your new program. The only time these credits will be included is in GPA computations for graduation with honors (see Graduation with Honors). You may be allowed advanced standing or a waiver of requirements just as any non-bankrupt student, but you won't be allowed credit by examination for courses lost in bankruptcy.

Non-Degree Students

If you wish to attend UAF, but not as a degree student, you must be a high school graduate or at least 18 years old. As a non-degree student, you're subject to the placement examination requirements for freshman courses. You must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain in good standing. You won't be considered a degree candidate until you've met regular admission requirements and filed transcripts. As a non-degree student you aren't eligible for financial aid or priority registration.

If you hold a bachelor's degree but have not applied to a graduate program, you may enroll as a non-degree student. You're in this category if you are:

  1. Planning to take "interest courses."
  2. Strengthening your preparation in order to be admitted to graduate study.
  3. A transient student expecting to be at UAF only briefly.

Secondary School Students

UAF offers three opportunities for secondary students to enroll in university classes: secondary student enrollment, the AHEAD program, and TECH PREP. For information on these programs please contact your high school guidance counselor, your local rural campus, or the UAF Admissions Office via telephone (907) 474-7500 or (800) 478-1823, or online at www.uaf.edu/admissions/.

Secondary Student Enrollment

The secondary student enrollment process allows secondary students to register for UAF classes. A student meeting course prerequisites may enroll in university courses with permission of the instructor.

Secondary students must consult their appropriate school district officials and school counselors prior to registration for approval if they wish to use university courses to meet high school graduation requirements.

Registering for courses at UAF establishes a permanent academic record that will reflect student academic performance in all courses attempted.

Note: Enrollment in UAF courses as a secondary student does not constitute formal admission to the university for the purposes of earning a certificate or degree.

AHEAD Program

The Alaska Higher Education Admission Decision (AHEAD) program allows qualified high school students to be formally admitted to UAF. AHEAD students are assigned an academic advisor and are given priority registration. The AHEAD program is for high school students who have completed three-fourths of their high school core curriculum and have a 2.5 GPA or higher. You may pick up an AHEAD program application and a UAF undergraduate application for admission from your high school counseling office, or from the UAF Office of Admissions.

TECH PREP Opportunities

The TECH PREP program allows students to earn credits toward a UAF certificate or associate degree by completing classes in high school that have been approved for college credit by UAF. The classes available for credit vary from school to school, but in general, they are taken from the following areas: Automotive and Diesel Mechanics; Aviation Maintenance Technology; Human Services; Computer Information Office Systems; Office Management and Technology; Allied Health; Drafting; Accounting; Emergency Medical Services; and Welding.

You may request more information or pick up the TECH PREP agreement from your high school counseling office.


High School Entrance Credit Requirements for all Bachelor's Degree Programs
High School Entrance Core English Math Social Sciences Natural/Physical Science
Required for all freshmen (2.50 GPA in core
16 credits total)
4 3 in college preparatory mathematics (selected from Algebra I, II, geometry, trigonometry, elementary functions, precalculus or calculus) 3 3 (includes 1 credit lab science course in biology, chemistry or physics)
College of Liberal Arts
All majors Same as entrance core
School of Agriculture and Land Resources Management
All majors 4 Algebra-2; Geometry-1;
3 Physics or Chemistry-1
Biology or Elective-2
School of Management
All majors (two years foreign language highly recommended) 4 Algebra-2; Geometry-1;
3 Physics or Chemistry-1
Natural Sciences-2
School of Mineral Engineering
All majors 4 Algebra-2; Geometry-1;
3 Physics or Chemistry-1
Natural Sciences-2
College of Rural Alaska
All majors Same as entrance core
College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Applied Statistics,
Computer Science or
Mathematics majors
4 Algebra-2 Geometry-1;
Advanced Math-1/2
3 Natural Sciences-2;
Physics or Chemistry-1
Engineering majors 4 Algebra-2; Geometry-1;
3 Chemistry-1
All other majors 4 Algebra-2; Geometry-1;
3 Physics or Chemistry-1;
Biology or Elective-2
School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
All majors 4 Algebra-2; Geometry-1;
3 Physics or Chemistry-1;
Biology or Elective-2