Applying for Admission: Bachelor's Degree Programs

When to Apply

Freshman and transfer applications for admission to a bachelor's degree program are due no later than July 1 for fall semester, Nov. 1 for spring semester or May 1 for summer semester.

Students applying to baccalaureate programs after the published deadlines will be considered for admission into premajor, bachelor's intended status. Applications are processed in the order they are received. Applications received after the published deadlines may not be processed by the beginning of the semester.

High school seniors are encouraged to apply for admission as early as the first semester of their senior year and should provide an official high school transcript including a list of courses in progress. Transfer students should apply at least three to four months before the beginning of the semester in which they plan to enroll.

How to Apply

Apply online at Application forms may also be printed from the above website or requested from the Office of Admissions. Before an application can be reviewed, the Office of Admissions must receive:

Admission Requirements

For admission to baccalaureate level programs, applicants must:

  1. have a high school diploma*, and
  2. pass the 16-credit high school core curriculum (see Table 1) with a GPA of at least 2.5, and
  3. submit results of the ACT Plus Writing (preferred) or SAT taken within the last two years, and
    • have an overall high school GPA of at least 3.0, OR
    • have an overall high school GPA of at least 2.5 AND ACT Plus Writing composite score of at least 18 or SAT total score of at least 1290.

Admission to a specific baccalaureate degree program is based on a combination of your high school GPA and completion of specific high school courses. See table for entrance requirements to specific colleges and schools within the university.

Test results from the ACT Plus Writing (preferred) or SAT must be received before a student can be fully admitted. Test results must be less than two years old. This requirement will be waived for students who have successfully completed, with a grade of C or better, the equivalent of 3 credits of 100-level math and 100-level English composition from a regionally accredited institution of higher education within the last two years.

* To earn a high school diploma in Alaska, you must fulfill all curriculum requirements and satisfactorily complete all three competency areas of the High School Qualifying Exam.

High School Entrance Requirements for all Bachelor's Degree Programs
English Math Social Sciences Natural/Physical Sciences
High School Core Curriculum--Required for all freshmen; 2.50 GPA in core; 16 credits total, which must include:
4 cr 3 cr in college preparatory mathematics (selected from Algebra I, II, geometry, trigonometry, elementary functions, precalculus or calculus) 3 cr 3 cr (includes 1 cr lab science course in biology, chemistry or physics)
College of Engineering and Mines • College of Natural Science and Mathematics •
School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences • School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences
4 cr Algebra-2 cr; Geometry-1 cr; Trigonometry-½ cr;
At least an additional ½ cr of advanced math is recommended for computer science, mathematics, physics, statistics and engineering.
3 cr Physics or Chemistry-1 cr; Natural Sciences-1 cr; Elective-1cr.
Both physics and chemistry are strongly recommended for engineering.
College of Liberal Arts • School of Management • College of Rural and Community Development • General Studies (undecided or exploratory)
4 cr Same as high school core;
School of Management students should be well prepared in mathematics with at least Algebra II, but precalculus or higher preferred.
3 cr Same as high school core


Students who have not met the minimum requirements for admission to a baccalaureate degree program will be admitted to pre-major status within the department of their choice.

Students will be changed to major status when their admissions file is complete, they are in good standing, and they have completed 14 credits at the 100-level or above with a C (2.0) average or higher, 9 credits of which must satisfy baccalaureate core requirements.

General Studies

Students accepted to baccalaureate-level programs who do not select a major will be admitted as general studies students. This program is administered by the vice provost. General studies students with 75 or more earned credits are required to declare a major prior to registration. Students receiving GI assistance or veterans' benefits may be required to change to a declared major to keep their benefits award. Students must have declared a major in order to participate in the Western Undergraduate Exchange program.

Transfer Students

A transfer student is defined as someone coming into the university with at least 30 transferable semester credits. Transfer students are eligible for admission to a baccalaureate program if they have a 2.0 GPA in their previous course work and left their previous institution(s) in good standing. If applying to a technical or scientific program, students may need to present a higher grade average and proof that they have completed appropriate background courses before they will be admitted. Students transferring into a baccalaureate degree program with fewer than 30 semester hours of transferable credit must also meet the freshman admission requirements listed on page 25. Admission status for students who have attended an unaccredited postsecondary institution will be determined on an individual basis. See Transferring Credits for more information.

Probational Acceptance

Applicants with previous college course work may be admitted with probationary status if their cumulative or most recent term grade point average is less than C (2.0).

High School Students

High school students may take classes at UAF. One program, Alaska Higher Education Admission Decision (AHEAD), requires formal admittance to UAF. The other two enrollment options, Secondary Student Enrollment and TECH PREP, have specific requirements but do not call for admission to UAF. See the registration section for description of non-admission opportunities.

Home-Schooled Students

Home-schooled students who have gone through a state-recognized program and have a valid high school diploma may be admitted to a baccalaureate program according to UAF admission standards.

For home-schooled students who have not gone through a state-recognized program, admission to a baccalaureate degree is through an individual review by the director of admissions (or a designee). Applicants are required to submit scores from either the SAT or ACT Plus Writing prior to an admission review. Additional supporting documentation, such as letters of recommendation, may be requested for review by the director of admissions. In some cases, files will be shared with department chairs or faculty for further review.

Students who have not met the minimum requirements for admission to a baccalaureate degree program will be admitted to pre-major status within the department of their choice.

Students will be changed to major status when their admissions file is complete, they are in good standing, and they have completed 14 credits at the 100-level or above with a C (2.0) average or higher, 9 credits of which must satisfy baccalaureate core requirements.

It is especially critical that home-schooled applicants request admission to a baccalaureate program if they anticipate receiving scholarships that require enrollment in a four-year degree program.

After Acceptance

Conditional and Final Acceptance

Qualified applicants will receive a letter of acceptance once all items are received and evaluated. This letter will list any conditions under which the student is being admitted.

Qualified applicants who are in their last year of high school or who are attending another college will receive conditional acceptance. Acceptance becomes final when the Office of Admissions receives official transcripts showing the student has satisfactorily completed all work in progress and that high school seniors have graduated. Acceptance to UAF is final only when the Office of Admissions has accepted all necessary credentials.

Request to Postpone

An offer of admission to UAF is valid for the semester for which the applicant applied. Requests to postpone admission until a later semester may be made in writing to the Office of Admissions. Admission may be postponed for up to one calendar year. Students are required to notify the Office of Admissions if they are attending another school outside the University of Alaska Statewide System.

Applying for a Second Bachelor's Degree

A student who has already earned a bachelor's degree at another institution and wants to complete a second bachelor's degree must apply for admission as an undergraduate transfer student. Upon official acceptance to a UAF undergraduate degree program, a student who earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution will be considered to have completed the equivalent of the UAF baccalaureate core.

Readmission of Former Degree-seeking Students

Undergraduate degree-seeking students who choose not to enroll for a semester or more may be eligible to re-enroll in their original degree program without reapplying for admission. Students remain eligible to register for classes if:

Students who meet all of the above requirements should consult with their academic advisor and register for classes. Students who do not meet all of these requirements should submit a regular undergraduate application for admission along with the $50 processing fee and transcripts of any non-UA course work taken. Students who are unsure about their status should contact the Office of Admissions.

Where to Get More Information

Office of Admissions
University of Alaska Fairbanks
215 Signers' Hall
P.O. Box 757480
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7480
Telephone: 907-474-7500
Toll-free: 1-800-478-1823

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