The Academic System at UAF
The academic year at UAF is composed of two semesters that are approximately 15 weeks in length. Summer courses may be scheduled during one or both of two consecutive sessions or they may bridge the entire summer session period beginning the middle of May and lasting through mid-August.
The quantity of academic work a student completes at UAF is measured in “credits.” The number of credits a course is assigned usually depends on the number of hours per week that it meets. A “three-credit course” generally meets three hours each week for one semester. At the end of the semester, students who have achieved passing grades in the course earn three credits. Some courses, such a laboratory courses, may meet more hours but have few credits assigned. The number of credits assigned to each course is in the class schedule and catalog.
Course Numbering System
Each course is designated with a number from 001-699. Courses numbered 001-049 are
career development courses intended to fulfill special needs of students or the community.
They are offered for continuing education units (CEUs) or for non-credit. They do
not count towards full-time enrollment. Courses numbered 050-099 usually cover basic
material and are intended to prepare students to enter 100-level college courses.
Preparatory courses count towards full-time enrollment when students need to strengthen
skills in an area such as math or English before enrolling in higher level classes.
Courses numbered from 100 through 499 generally correspond to years in college: 100-level courses are for first-year students (freshmen); 200-level for second year (sophomores); 300-level for third-year (juniors); and 400-level for fourth-year (seniors). However, this is not strictly followed. Students at one level may take courses numbered below or above their level. The numbering system continues after the bachelor’s degree level with the 500-series reserved for professional development and 600-level designated graduate (master’s and PhD) level courses.
Tool Kit for Savvy Students
There are several very important UAF resources that you will refer to frequently. The web addresses for online resources are at the end of this section.
The UAF Catalog contains important information about academic policies, degree requirements, course content, and campus resources. You should obtain and keep the catalog in effect for the first term you were admitted and enrolled at UAF, or if you have changed your major or academic program, the catalog in effect at the time you started your new program. You must meet the degree requirements listed in that catalog.
The catalog lists the courses that UAF offers; however, not all of the courses listed in the catalog are taught every semester. The Class Schedule published for each semester contains the listing of courses to be taught that semester. The class schedule contains course information, including descriptions, dates, times, locations, names of instructors, and the final examination schedule. The printed schedule may not contain an all-inclusive listing of courses. Additional information may be found on the web. Registration dates, instructions for web registration, tuition and fee information, and payment deadlines, along with other semester-related deadlines are also included. Class schedules are available online at UA Class Schedule Search.
Much more information about UAF, the academic programs, services and events as well as interactive services such as web registration, may be accessed through the UAF website and UAOnline. From the UAF homepage you may select “UAOnline” from the Quick Links. This is a secure site where you can register for classes, view your account balances, and print unofficial transcripts. It is best to use UAOnline to look up course availability since it accesses the most current information from the live database. Courses may be added or cancelled, times and locations may change after the schedule is published.
Make sure to read and keep the syllabus your professors give you for each class so that you know their expectations of you. The syllabus should contain the schedule for the semester including exam dates, as well as their grading policy.
The UAF Academic Advising Center is available to assist students in deciding on academic majors as well as advising students who are considering changing their majors. They offer course advising assistance to students who have not declared a major, are General Studies majors or have not been assigned academic advisors.
- Activate and use your UAF email account. You are automatically assigned an official
UAF email account when you register for classes. You may have your emails forwarded
to a personal email account. If you have difficulty activating your account, contact
the OIT staff in 231 Bunnell Building or call 450-8300.
- Attend all class sessions unless you are ill or the absence is unavoidable. Send your professors an email notifying them of your upcoming absence and the reason. Many professors grant partial credit based on attendance.
- Be on time for class. This means you are ready for class to start at the assigned time.
- Complete and submit all homework assignments on time. These assignments will be included in your overall course grade.
- If you schedule an appointment with a professor, be a few minutes early or on time. Do not be late unless it is unavoidable and you have contacted the professor and received approval to arrive late.
- Turn your cell phone off or silence it before all class sessions and meetings with professors.
- If you are not sure how to address your professor, you may ask what he or she wishes
to be called. If you are not comfortable asking, the following titles are always correct:
- Dr. if they hold the Ph.D. (doctoral) degree
- Mr. or Mrs.
Welcome to UAF Registration
The Office of the Registrar have posted a “Quick Guide to Registration” Information is summarized below.
- To register for classes you must have a registration form. It may be printed through yourUAOnline account. Select Student Services, Financial Aid & Account Information, then select Registration. Select the Term (the current registration term and click on Submit button). You may also check your registration eligibility by selecting “Print your UAF Registration Form Here.” If this option does not appear, then you are not eligible to register.
If you are unable to access UAOnline, you may obtain the registration form from the Office of Admissions and Registrar in Signers’ Hall, your academic advisor or you may request assistance from your academic department coordinator. Graduate students may receive assistance from Graduate School staff.
NOTE: Exchange and study abroad students will receive the registration form from International Student and Scholar Services. The Exchange and Study Abroad Advisor will be your academic advisor.
- Discuss your choice of courses with your academic advisor and complete the registration form with your course choices. Both you and the advisor must sign the form.
- Submit the registration form to the Registrar’s Office (before returning the form to the Registrar’s Office MAKE A COPY FOR YOUR RECORDS.) Ask when you will be able to register (usually within 24 hours and possibly within a few minutes). Note: Submitting the registration form to the Registrar’s Office does NOT register you for your classes. You must still enter the course information through UAOnline.
- For future semesters, you should meet with your advisor before the end of each semester for the next semester advising. Many departments hold “Advising Week” or you may schedule an appointment with your advisor.
Undergraduate students: You must follow this process every semester.
Graduate students: All academic advising will be done through your academic department. The Graduate School staff can assist in printing your registration form. This must be signed by your academic advisor and submitting the Registrar’s Office the first semester only.
Help Centers and Labs
LOCATION: 801 Gruening Building (left out of elevator)
The Writing Center is a student-staffed, student-oriented service of the English Department. The tutors, English Department teaching assistants and a few undergraduate students, can assist you in all phases of the writing process, including the following:
- Brainstorming and generating topics
- Organizing ideas
- Developing research strategies
- Using a variety of citation styles – MLA and Chicago If you need assistance with APA style, see you instructor for specific requirements. He/she should have office hours available.
- Editing for clarity and correctness
Writing Center staff will collaborate with each student on a one-to-one basis and will work with students at any phase of the writing process -- planning, drafting, revising. Staff can also help writers discover ways of improving grammar, mechanics, and punctuation.
The Writing Center also features a Computer Laboratory. Currently it has thirteen personal computers (PCs) available on a walk-in basis. Technicians and tutors are on hand to assist with computer-related questions. There is no charge for printing.
The Writing Center is a resource center providing a full range of dictionaries, handbooks, thesauruses, and it is an art gallery displaying work by students from the UAF Art Department.
Tutorial appointments at the Writing Center are 30 minutes long, and you are encouraged to call or stop by to make an appointment. Walk-in sessions are often available, but in the last half of the semester the center is often booked.
More information, including the schedule is available on the writing center website.
LOCATION: 507 Gruening Building
The Speaking Center is a student-oriented service provided to facilitate preparing public presentations. Students can receive coaching in refining their presentation topic, in organizing their presentation effectively, and in practicing their presentation. The Center makes it possible to digitally record and to watch one's practice presentation, receiving constructive feedback from a Speaking Center coach. It is best to call or email (email@example.com) to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins appointments may be available, however, students can be served only if there is an opening in the schedule.
More information is available on their website.
The Math Labs are structured as open labs, staffed with math and statistics graduate students and upper division undergraduate students to assist you in your math studies. They can assist you with a specific assignment, mastery of math concepts or studying for an exam. You may also contact the Math Lab to arrange for a math tutor. The tutors can provide assistance but will not complete your assignments for you.
Math Department website.
Math and Stat Lab: 305 Chapman Building
The Developmental Math Lab: 406 Gruening and is available for students enrolled in Developmental Math courses, as well as other students needing assistance.
Community and Technical College (CTC) campus Math Lab: 604 Barnette Street, Room 120 (downtown Fairbanks)
More information and operating schedules are available at the following websites:
LOCATION: First floor of the Bunnell Building
Testing Services provides the following services and more:
- Computer-based testing center offering: ACCUPLACER, CLEP, CPA, GRE, GMAT, MAT, MCAT, NICET, PRAXIS, TOEFL and many others.
- Paper-based tests: ACT, FE/FS, GRE Subject, LSAT, MPRE, NICET, PCAT, PRAXIS, SAT and others.
- Testing Services offers programs that allow you to receive credit for courses without taking the class – some with credit, some without.
- CLEP (College Level Examination Program) UAF accepts 24 CLEP exams that can be used to fulfill specific UAF courses, such as, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, French, German, Spanish, Math 107X, Sociology, History 100X and others. CLEP tests are offered daily for $102. More CLEP information is available on the UAF eCampus Exam Services website.
- CSP (Computer Skills Placement) - Business majors are required to take AIS 101. Testing Services offers an ACCUPLACER CSP exam that takes the place of this course. The fee if $25.00 and you can take it one additional time for $20.00. No credit is awarded for this test; however, a passing score of 70% allows you to skip taking AIS 101.
- LCE (Library Competency Exam) takes the place of LS 100X required by all majors. The LCE exam is offered daily for $25.00 and you can take it one additional time for $20.00. No credit is awarded for this test; however, a passing score of 85% allows you to skip taking LS 100X.
- BYU (Brigham Young University) – UAF accepts language exams from accredited institutions such as BYU that will meet the UAF core language requirement. BYU offers more than 35 different languages. Please see Testing Services for more information on testing out of a BYU language. Please note that French, German or Spanish can only be taken through CLEP testing.
Information Technology Services for Students
Blackboard is a website designed to provide 24-hour access to course materials and assignments. Many (although not all) instructors use Blackboard. Using Blackboard you can turn in homework, take quizzes and tests, communicate with your fellow students via Discussion Boards, view your grades, and much more.
Blackboard Mobile Learn (iPhone/iPad) is free and works on most smart mobile devices. Load the application onto your device and search for University of Alaska Fairbanks; login with UA Username and password.
If you don’t see a course you registered for in Blackboard? See your instructor for more information.
Access to Blackboard.
Google Apps @ UA is the intuitive, easy-to-use email system used by UAF. Every new UAF student has a Google Apps email account automatically created, and is activated the first time you create your password in ELMO. Your new email account will be your UA Username followed by @alaska.edu, and will have over 7GB of storage.
The University will only send communications to your official university email account on Google Apps @ UA...so check it or forward it!
Access to Google Apps @ UA email.
The NetReg site grants access to the UAFnet wireless network and the wired network in your dorm room.
Steps to register your computer:
- Click ‘Scan my Machine.’
- Select “UA - Authserv Account” as your affiliation.
- Use your UA Username and password, set in ELMO, to login.
- When the registration is complete, restart your computer.
You can use UAOnline to register for courses, check on financial aid, make a payment, apply for scholarships, and much more. Signing in to UAOnline requires your UA username and password.
Need your password reset? You can reset your password online using UA Easy Login Maintenance Option (ELMO), or contact the OIT Support Center at 907-450-8300 for assistance.