Academic Advising and Assistance

Academic advising is a vital part of your experience as a student at UAF. Your academic advisor will assist you with the development of an educational plan encompassing your academic and career goals, requirements of your major and your semester-by-semester plan of study to make the best use of your credits. UAF students who are admitted into a major will be advised by a faculty or staff advisor from their department. The Academic Advising Center in the Gruening Building assists general studies and pre-major students as well as students in majors who are exploring other degree programs. Certificate, associate, vocational and technical program students are advised at the Tanana Valley Campus Student Assistance and Advising Center in downtown Fairbanks. Native and rural Alaska students are encouraged to seek an academic advisor from Rural Student Services in the Brooks Building. Students based at community campuses outside of Fairbanks can contact their local student services staff for information on registration, deadlines and other policies unique to their campuses or regions.

Academic Advising Center

Academic Advising Center staff and advisors offer guidance for general studies students (undecided and exploratory), pre-major, non-degree students and students in transition from a declared major to another degree program. The center also serves as a clearinghouse for general university and degree information. Academic advisors also help students with information about non-traditional credit options like credit for prior learning and pre-professional academic programs like veterinary science, law, dentistry or pharmacy.

The Academic Advising Center, in cooperation with other departments, sponsors workshops on a wide variety of special topics including study skills, deciding on a major and overcoming math anxiety. Staff at the Academic Advising Center can provide academic support with reference materials, referrals, and study assistance to build and refresh knowledge in English, math, reading, science and writing. These programs are available to students at no charge. Staff can also help students discover their interests, abilities and aptitudes using software programs and other tools that provide guidance about careers and academic majors.

Contact the Academic Advising Center at 509 Gruening Building, 907-47-6396, toll free at 1-888-823-8780 or via e-mail at Specific information for students, including degree program worksheets, can be found on the web at

Tanana Valley Campus Advising Center

The Tanana Valley Campus Student Assistance and Advising Center provides advising and support for students in A.A. and A.A.S. degree and certificate programs to contribute to a successful learning experience and transition to a career. Staff at the center recognize the unique concerns of adult and returning students. Advisors can help with pre-admission advising, academic assessment and placement, financial aid information and applications, and assistance with choosing a major.

The center offers academic support through developmental courses, workshops, classroom presentations and one-on-one assistance to help conquer academic hurdles. In addition, the TVC Student Assistance Center staff provide personalized career advice based on job market information and a student's personal goals. Advisors can help students acquire job finding skills such as resume writing, interviewing and searching for jobs on the web. Staff at the center assure that students have a broad base of support as they plan the move from college to career.

For more information, contact Student Assistance, UAF Tanana Valley Campus Center, 604 Barnette Street, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701, call 907-455-2851, or visit online at

Rural Student Services

Rural Student Services is the vital link between the Fairbanks campus and rural Alaska communities. RSS provides comprehensive academic advising services with a focus on the freshman and sophomore years. Advisors at RSS recognize and are sensitive to the unique cultural components of Native and rural students at UAF. RSS advisors provide comprehensive advising and referrals to various support services on the Fairbanks campus. RSS advisors register students for classes, explain academic requirements and explore degree options. Other RSS services include assistance with admissions and financial aid, career advising and student advocacy.

RSS functions as a student center in the Brooks Building to provide an atmosphere where students can share Native cultural traditions on campus and attend a variety of Native student club activities. Students who are enrolled at UAF and are Alaska Native or come from a rural area are encouraged to use RSS as their home base.

For more information contact Rural Student Services, Brooks Building main floor, call 907-474-7871 or 1-888-478-1452, e-mail, or visit online at

International Student Advising

UAF students from other countries face many situations that American students do not encounter. International students must comply with immigration regulations, adapt to a new and often strange culture and adjust to the American system of higher education. International student advisors serve as a liaison between the student and various U.S. immigration agencies. Advisors authorize documents for student visas, help students adjust to UAF and provide immigration and personal assistance. For more information, contact International Programs by calling 907-474-7677 or 907-474-5327, e-mail, or online at

Student Support Services

The Student Support Services program provides personalized and comprehensive academic support to eligible students. It offers an inviting, resourceful atmosphere and opportunities for academic development and success. SSSP encourages students to stay in school and successfully complete their baccalaureate degree. The program is funded by a TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Who is eligible?

  • First generation college students (neither parent earned a four-year degree)
  • Low income students according to federal criteria
  • Students with a documented learning or physical disability
  • In order to be eligible students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and enrolled in a four year degree program for 6 credits or more

Program services include academic advising and mentoring, individual and group tutoring services, supplemental math and college skills classes, laptop and other media check-out program, direct financial assistance to qualified Pell Grant recipients, and cultural and social engagement activities.

For more information contact the SSSP program in 512 Gruening Building, call 907-474-6844, e-mail, or visit online at

Tutoring Services

Information about lab hours for all Fairbanks campus academic support resources as well as tutoring options is located on the Academic Advising Center website at Many of these resources are free of charge or cost a nominal fee.

  • Accounting Lab
    The Accounting Lab provides tutoring services to students enrolled in accounting courses. Located in 225I Bunnell Building, the lab is staffed by accounting graduate students and outstanding undergraduate students. Lab hours are assigned (but flexible) Monday through Friday. For more information, contact the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at 907-474-1945.
  • Chemical Society Tutoring Lab
    Located in 170 Natural Sciences Facility, students must reserve a time to receive tutoring assistance using the sign up sheet on the door. For more information contact the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at 907-474-5510.
  • Developmental Education Math, English and Reading Labs
    The Department of Developmental Education provides academic support labs in math, English and reading. These labs are located at each of the rural campuses, Tanana Valley Campus and on the Fairbanks campus. Labs provide tutoring and small group instruction for students taking developmental, academic or vocational math, reading and writing courses. Academic support labs supplement and support student learning as well as improve and expand student skills in these areas. For further information contact your local campus or the Department of Developmental Education at 907-474-1112.
  • Foreign Language Laboratory
    The language lab, located in 609 Gruening, provides assistance in French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Russian and Chinese. Computer programs, CDs, cassettes and spell-checkers are available for student use. Call the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at 907-474-7396 for lab hours.
  • Math and Statistics Laboratory
    This lab provides flexible-hour assistance to students enrolled in mathematics and statistics courses. The lab is coordinated by faculty, and services are provided by students. For more information, contact the math department at 907-474-7332.
  • Supplemental Instruction
    Supplemental instruction sessions are regularly scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools and predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together. SI is designed to reduce rates of attrition within historically difficult courses, improve student grades and increase graduation rates of students. Contact the Academic Advising Center at 907-474-6396 or for more information.
  • Writing Center
    The Writing Center is open Sunday through Friday for tutoring all enrolled students. The staff, composed of English graduate teaching assistants and outstanding undergraduate students, reviews student writing projects at any stage from planning to drafting and revising. Tutors are available to help students improve grammar and usage. For information, contact the Writing Center, 907-474-5314.