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. 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 registration guide, available at the Office of Admissions and the Registrar and online at or

The first day of instruction for all semester-length courses is the date indicated in the official semester academic calendar. That date might not be the first day that a class meets.

If you register for courses, the university holds you financially responsible for payment of your tuition and fees. The university may drop your registration if you do not pay. Other consequences for non-payment include not being able to receive your grades or transcripts.

Academic Advising is Required

Academic advising is an important part of planning for your education. Degree-seeking students must obtain an academic advisor's signature every semester to begin the registration process. All degree and certificate students are required to have an academic advisor. You will work in tandem with your academic advisor to develop a viable educational plan that reflects your academic interests and goals. Your academic advisor will assist you in determining the best options, alternatives and sequences of classes to take. Non-degree students may also see an academic 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. Non-degree students who have been academically disqualified must meet with an academic advisor each semester to develop a realistic and timely educational plan. Academic advising is available at several campuses. See Services and Resources, 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 English, reading, mathematics, natural sciences core and perspectives on the human condition core courses. Results from American College Testing Program (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or, for associate degree or certificate students, the ASSET, ACCUPLACER or COMPASS test must be on file with the Office of Admissions and the Registrar before you can register for classes. A hold may be placed on your ability to register if you have not submitted required test scores.

Non-degree Students

Anyone who wants to attend classes at UAF as a non-degree student may register, as long as they have the appropriate permissions. Students under the age of 18 may take courses as a non-degree student. Upon turning 18, they may apply for admission to an associate or certificate program. Current high school students should refer to the High School and Secondary School Students section below.

Non-degree students are subject to placement examination requirements for 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 submit an application for admission, meet regular admission requirements and submit transcripts. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid or priority registration.

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.

High School and Secondary School Students

High school and secondary 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.

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. Please note that in order to qualify for federal financial aid, you must have either a high school diploma or a GED.

Adding, Dropping and Withdrawing from Classes

Information about the add/drop process can also be found at, in the registration guide at the Office of Admissions and the Registrar or at 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 Office of Admissions and the Registrar. If you drop a class within specified time frames, the course will not be part of your academic transcript. Important deadlines are listed here.

Non-Attendance Drop Policy

Students are expected to begin attending classes on the first day of instruction. Some departments, in trying to find space for students on wait lists, 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.

Because of the high demand for composition (ENGL F111X, 211X, 213X, 313 or 414) and basic speech (COMM F131X or 141X) courses, students who fail to attend either of the first two meetings of a basic course 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 procedure to re-enroll.


Withdrawals After the Deadline

Appeals for a late withdrawal after the student-initiated withdrawal deadline -- the ninth Friday after the first day of instruction -- are exceptions to policy and are allowed only in exceptional cases. Approval is not automatic, and you need to provide documented evidence to support your request. Acceptable serious and compelling reasons may include: 1) death in immediate family; 2) serious illness or injury of student or immediate family; and 3) factors outside of student's control (for example, major employment change, fire, flood). Failing a course, avoiding an unsatisfactory grade or ignorance of policies are not serious and compelling reason for seeking a late withdrawal and will not be approved.

Appeals for late withdrawals must be submitted within 30 class days after the beginning of the next regular semester. Forms for an appeal for late withdrawals are available online at, through the Office of Admissions and the Registrar in Signers' Hall at the Fairbanks campus or through local campus student services offices. Once received, the appeal will be evaluated by a campus-wide committee which will return a decision to the student. The decision of the university is final and a student who files a written appeal under these procedures shall be expected to abide by the final disposition of the review, as provided, and may not seek further appeal of the matter under any other procedure within the university.

Faculty-initiated Drop or Withdrawal

Class instructors have the right to drop students who do not meet course prerequisites, did not obtain a grade of C (2.0) or better in all prerequisite courses 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 after the third Friday but before the ninth Friday after the first day of instruction. A grade of W will appear on a student's academic record for faculty-initiated withdrawals.

Where to Get More Information

Office of Admissions and the Registrar
University of Alaska Fairbanks
102 Signers' Hall
P.O. Box 757495
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7495
Telephone: 907-474-7500

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