Emerging Scholars Academy

Should you apply?

Are you an incoming first-year student for the Fall 2021 semester? Consider applying for the Emerging Scholars Academy (ESA) on the UAF Campus. The application period will open in the Spring, please check back to apply online.

How do I qualify?

You qualify if you meet the following criteria:

  • Incoming first-year students for Fall 2021
  • Intending to enroll full-time in a bachelor's program
  • Place into WRTG 111X (preferred)
  • Qualify for SSS
  • Plan to attend UAF in-person this fall.

Student Benefit:

  • Save more than $2,200 in tuition and fees!
  • Earn eight free credits, including COJO F141X and a Social Science class (GER)
  • Day-long field trip*
  • Early move-in to on campus housing (early move in is pro-rated)
  • Make friends that can last throughout your entire college career

What is it?

Nine-day intensive academic orientation includes a 1-credit course:

  • Math Preparation for placement through ALEKS
  • Behind the scenes tours of campus and research facilities
  • Troubleshoot problems with financial aid, course registration, and enrollment
  • Exciting interactive group STEM activities
  • Panel discussions with professors, current and past students, and administrators

This program is specially designed for 15 students who will be attending UAF this fall.

What much does ESA cost?

  • There is ZERO cost to the student! ESA is a federally funded program offered exclusively by Student Support Services.

*Subject to change


Students and staff talk about their ESA experience with SSS:

Student Timeline:

Be accepted to UAF for fall 2021 June 15
Apply for SSS June 
Apply for Emerging Scholars Academy June - July

Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Submit ASAP

Participate in Emerging Scholars Academy!


August 10-19