Registration is Essential

You must register and pay tuition and fees to attend classes and earn credit. Registration is held each semester on dates published in the academic calendar (see inside front cover for the Fairbanks campus). For special programs, short courses, seminars and other classes not part of the regular academic calendar, registration is as needed.

Details about procedures and schedules for registering are published online and in separate publications at each campus and branch campus. Registration instructions for the Fairbanks campus are provided in the UAF Class Schedule, published in April for the upcoming fall semester and in November for the upcoming spring semester. The same information is available online at

Academic Advising

All degree and certificate students are required to have an advisor. Your advisor helps you explore your academic interests and goals, and determine the best options, alternatives and sequences of classes to take. Your advisor's signature is needed to begin the registration process. Non-degree students may also see an advisor, and it is recommended for those taking 9 or more credits in a semester or for those who have accumulated 30 or more UAF credits. Academic advising is available at several campuses. See Services and Resources, page 56, for more information.

Placement Tests

Test results are required for first-time degree or certificate students, transfer students with fewer than 30 acceptable credits, or students planning to take 100-level written communication or mathematics courses. Results from American College Testing Program (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or, for associate degree or certificate students, the ASSET or COMPASS test must be on file with the Office of Admissions before you can register for classes. A hold may be placed on your ability to register if you have not submitted required test scores.

Course Prerequisites

Course prerequisites tell you what previous preparation you need to enroll in a course. An instructor has the right to drop any student from the course if he or she does not meet the prerequisites. Under special circumstances, an instructor may allow a student who does not meet prerequisites to enter a class.

Non-degree Students

Anyone who wants to attend classes at UAF as a non-degree student must be a high school graduate or at least 18 years old. Non-degree students are subject to placement examination requirements for freshman courses, and they must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain in good standing. Any non-degree student who wants to be considered a degree candidate must meet regular admission requirements and submit transcripts. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid or priority registration.

Many people who enroll as non-degree students have already earned a bachelor's degree but have not applied to a graduate program. This category may include students who plan to take "interest courses," those who wish to prepare for admission to a graduate program, and those who expect to stay at UAF only briefly. It's important for potential graduate students to understand that credits earned as a non-degree student might not be accepted for use toward a graduate degree program. Please see the transfer credit section of How to Earn a Graduate Degree (page 168).

High School and Secondary School Students

High school and sometimes middle school students may take classes at UAF. One program, Alaska Higher Education Admission Decision (AHEAD), requires formal admittance to UAF (see Admissions Requirements). Secondary student enrollment and TECH PREP, however, do not entail formal admission.

Grading Options

Credit/No-Credit Option

Undergraduates only--The credit/no-credit option encourages students to explore areas of interest not necessarily related to their major. This option may be used for one undesignated elective (an elective that is not specifically required for your major) each semester. The deadline for choosing the credit/no-credit option is the third Friday after the first day of instruction for a semester. The instructor does not know your status in the course, and you complete the course the same way as other students in the class. Credit for the course is awarded if your performance is at the C grade or higher; if your performance falls below that level, the course will not appear on your academic record. In either case, the course will not be included in any GPA calculations. If credit is granted, a CR grade will be entered for the course.
Under the credit/no-credit option, students may take undesignated elective courses or courses to meet the minimum credit requirements for a degree. Major or minor requirements and those specified as foundation courses are not allowed.


Students who want to enroll in one or more courses for informational purposes may only register as an auditor if space is available in the class. You pay the standard credit fees for the course, but the credits are not included in the computation of study load for full-time/part-time determination or for overload status.

The requirement, acceptance and review of work, and lab privileges are at the discretion of the instructor. A grade of AU (audit) is granted to students who complete an audited course, but no credit is awarded. Audited courses do not apply toward degree requirements, and they will not transfer to other institutions.
When you register you should indicate on the registration form your desire to audit a course. Students who want to change from audit to credit must request the change before the deadline to add a course.

Requests made after the third Friday after the first day of instruction must be approved by the instructor of the course. All changes must be made before the deadline for student-initiated withdrawals.
Instructors set the requirements under which an AU grade is to be recorded, and they must submit AU for students who satisfy requirements. Auditors not receiving an AU grade receive a W grade. If you have audited a class, you cannot request local credit by exam for that class for a period of at least one year.

Changing from Credit to Audit

The add/drop process may be used to change from credit status to audit status for a class. Following the third Friday after the first day of instruction, all registrations for audit, including changes from credit to audit, must be approved by the instructor of the course being audited. You may not change from credit to audit after the last day for student-initiated withdrawals.

Adding, Dropping and Withdrawing from Classes

Information about the add/drop process can also be found in the current class schedule or the Registrar's Office. Adds, drops and withdrawals are not final until the student has completed the appropriate procedure, paid any relevant fees or tuition and submitted all necessary paperwork to the Registrar's Office.

Adding a Class

You may add classes to your schedule until the end of the published late registration period. If you are on a wait list for a class and have kept up with class activity, you may be allowed to register for the class as vacancies occur, and with instructor approval, until the fourth Friday after the first day of instruction.

Dropping a Class

You may drop a class through the third Friday after the first day of instruction. Dropped classes do not appear on your academic record.

Non-Attendance Drop Policy

Students are expected to begin attending classes on the first day of instruction. Some department, in trying to find space for students on wait lists, may require that you attend the first class session or notify the department in advance that you cannot attend the first class. If you miss the first class without notifying the department, you may be dropped from the course, and the space may be assigned to a student on the wait list.

At the Fairbanks campus, the class schedule provides information on which courses use the registration drop policy. After the first class session, names of students dropped from classes are forwarded by the department head to the Registrar's Office so the courses can be removed from students' enrollment files.
Because of the high demand for composition (ENGL 111X, 211X, 213X, 313 or 414) and basic speech (COMM 131X or 141X) courses, students who fail to attend the first two class meetings will be dropped even if they registered in advance and paid their fees. If space becomes available in a class from which you have been dropped by the department, you need to follow the add/drop procedure to re-enroll.

Withdrawing Before the Student-Initiated Deadline

Withdrawing After the Student-Initiated Deadline

Course withdrawals after the student-initiated withdrawal deadline--the ninth Friday after the first day of instruction--are allowed only in exceptional cases. Approval is not automatic, and you need to provide evidence to support your request. Acceptable non-academic reasons might include documented family emergency, major employment change, documented medical condition or disciplinary sanctions. Avoiding an unsatisfactory grade is not an acceptable reason for seeking a late withdrawal and will not be approved.

Faculty-initiated Drop or Withdrawal

Class instructors have the right to drop students who do not meet course prerequisites or who have not participated substantially in a course. Faculty-initiated drops submitted through the third Friday after the first day of instruction will be treated as a dropped class and will not appear on any student transcript. The faculty-initiated withdrawal may occur up to the ninth Friday after the first day of instruction. A grade of W will appear on a student's academic record.

Where to Get More Information

Registrar's Office
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Signers' Hall, Room 102
P.O. Box 757495
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7495
Telephone: (907) 474-6300
Toll-free: 1-877-474-6046