The First-Year Experience
Inspiring great people to do great things.
You've got skills to master, records to set and discoveries to make. Here, you'll forge friendships to last a lifetime and ideas to change the world. We believe extraordinary people don't live ordinary lives. We invite you to explore the possibilities of the Last Frontier -- where inspiration is around every bend, independence is championed and adventure is inevitable.
Designed to help you succeed.
The First-Year Experience program, housed in the Department of Residence Life, aims to exemplify the very best in student-centered learning and scholarly teaching for all new college students. Our professional live-in staff focus steadfastly on promoting student success by providing entering students with support and cultivating student development through the transition period between previous learning experiences and college. Our Resident Assistants, and Resident Directors help students learn how to build the foundation for a successful and enjoyable college life, culminating in graduation.
Why search for a study group, when you can live with your study group? LLCs bring together students with similar identities, values or needs. We also have professors and staff who support your experience within the residence halls. A successful first year of college looks different for every student, so we offer programs to appeal to a diverse set of interests and structure them so students are given opportunities to adjust to UAF academically as well as socially.
Who is a first-year undergraduate student?
A first-year undergraduate student is enrolled in 9 credits or more and under the age of 21 (this includes international students).
What about international students?
All undergraduate International students in their first year of study in the United States are required to live on campus their first year. Requests for permission to reside off-campus for other reasons are considered on their own merit, taking into account individual circumstances.
Do first-year students have to live on campus?
At this time, first year students are not required to live on campus if they don't wish, but we highly suggest they do to take part in the community. Living on campus for at least the first year gives students significant advantage as they will be part of a community and make connections to other students, faculty, and staff. Living on campus also connects students to services that support them as they transition to college life at UAF. Due to the renovations of Moore and Bartlett Hall, the First-Year Live-on Requirement is suspended from Fall 2023 through Spring 2024.
Explore UAF by taking a virtual tour. See 360s, photos and maps to help get acquainted with our Fairbanks campus. Our online guided tour helps you see the UAF campus at any time, from any location. Student guides lead you through the places they live and learn, including residence halls, classrooms, the Rasmuson Library, the Wood Center Student Union and much more.