University of Alaska Fairbanks

1996-1997 catalog

Student Services

Student Services: Helping You Stay on Track

Academic Records, Registration and Graduation

The Office of the Registrar provides services to students including evaluation of transfer credit, registration, academic records support, academic policy interpretation, veterans' certification, degree audits, graduation certification and transcript processing. Using a sophisticated computerized student information system, registration is enhanced by the use of telephone registration. Timely processing of grades and academic record accuracy and maintenance are greatly enhanced by the student information system.

The Registrar's Office is located on the first floor of Signers' Hall, (907) 474-6300, 474-6708 (TTY), 474-7097 (fax) or (e-mail).

Admissions Office

The Office of Admissions provides services to and for prospective students including pre-admissions counseling, tours for prospective students, admissions, evaluation of transfer credit, academic policy interpretation, and coordinates with the University Registrar in determining residency for tuition purposes. Students considering applying or enrolling at UAF are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions at (907) 474-7500 or e-mail for further information.


The bookstore is operated by the university as a non-profit self-support auxiliary enterprise and is administered by the student service division. Its mission is to support the academic programs of the university by providing books and supplies required for course work. The bookstore also maintains wide selections of general reading books, college supplies, soft goods, calculators, personal care items, greeting cards and other merchandise which contribute to the overall experience offered by the university.

The bookstore is located in Constitution Hall, (907) 474-7348.

Center for Health and Counseling

The Center for Health and Counseling offers services in five areas: medical, counseling, disabilities, health education and health insurance. Students must pay the Health Center fee to be eligible for medical, counseling and health insurance services.

Primary health care and some continued care is provided by a physician, three nurse practitioners and a medical technologist. Office visits, medications, laboratory services and medical supplies are available at reduced costs. Students should call for appointments.

The counseling staff offers individual, group and crisis intervention counseling. Counselors, all with graduate training, provide assistance with a variety of personal and interpersonal issues. Students are encouraged to schedule appointments. In an emergency, however, every effort is made to see a student as soon as possible.

The center also provides coordination of services for students experiencing disabilities, including advocacy and assistance with arrangements for special services such as readers, scribes and interpreters. Services are free of charge, and available to all students with disabilities. See Services for Students with Disabilities.

Staff provide information and referral for individuals and groups seeking to maintain or improve upon physical and mental health. AWARE offers outreach to prevent abuse of alcohol and other drugs and to prevent the negative impact of such abuse.

The Student Health Insurance Program is administered through the center. An insurance coordinator is available to answer questions and assist with claims.

The Center for Health and Counseling is located in the Health, Safety and Security Building, (907) 474-7043 or 474-7045 (TTY). The center is open weekdays during the regular academic year.

Disability Services

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is committed to equal opportunity for students experiencing disabilities. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities at the Center for Health and Counseling at (907) 474-5655 or (907) 474-7043 or TTY (907) 474-1827. To accommodate students' disabilities, early contact with the coordinator is extremely important.

Services provided include assisting in determining accommodations needed, advocacy and help with arrangements for special services such as readers, scribes and interpreters. Services are free of charge, and available to all students with permanent and temporary disabilities, regardless of the number of credits taken.

Curb cuts and ramps have been installed at UAF. Almost all campus buildings contain accessible restroom facilities and elevators. The library and museum are accessible and the swimming pool is equipped with a hydraulic lift. Accessible living accommodations are available.

UAF works with students with disabilities to ensure a positive educational experience. If students aren't satisfied with actions taken by the University of Alaska Fairbanks in response to requests for assistance or accommodation, they may obtain a copy of the university's grievance procedures from either the coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities, or Personnel Services, 108 Administrative Services Center, (907) 474-7700.

Graduate School

For UAF graduate student information or an application for admission to graduate study, contact the Graduate School, 305 Signers' Hall, (907) 474-7464.

Specialized Programs - The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has selected UAF arctic, circumpolar and cold regions studies as part of the unique or specialized graduate programs it coordinates in the western states as the Western Regional Graduate Programs. Residents of Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, who major in one of these programs, pay resident tuition at UAF. The programs included are: atmospheric sciences, biology, botany, fisheries, marine biology, mining engineering, natural resources management, oceanography, space physics, wildlife management and zoology.

Orientation Program

UAF's orientation program is offered to students new to UAF. If you are a first-time freshman, a transfer, graduate, international or exchange student, or an adult returning to college, this program was designed with you in mind.

This program will provide you with specific information about UAF as well as general education requirements, advising and scheduling your classes, services available to you, living in Fairbanks, library and computer facilities and activities and events you may be interested in.

For information, contact the Wood Center Activities Office, (907) 474-6025 or the Graduate School, (907) 474-7464.

Testing Services

As a national test center, the UAF Testing Services Office contracts and administers exams and advises UAF students, prospective students and the community on national testing matters for college admissions and placement and career and professional certification. Testing Services also coordinates credit by examination; both local and through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and private proctoring.

For more information and registration materials, visit Testing Services in 112 Signers' Hall, call (907) 474-5277 or email

Wood Center

Wood Center is the center of campus activities. Its services and facilities are available to all students, faculty, staff, alumni and university guests.

Wood Center offers many services: eating facilities; a recreational area featuring bowling, billiards and video games; a laundry room and shower facilities; and darkrooms. Wood Center also provides campus information, lost and found, meeting rooms and recreational equipment rentals.

The Wood Center Pub offers a wide variety of entertainment each evening Monday through Saturday. The Pub offers a wide selection of domestic and imported beers, microbrews, fine wines and non-alcoholic beverages (must be 21 to enter).

Get acquainted with the Wood Center and make it your leisure-time home! You'll find that it is much more than just a building.