Emerging Scholars Academy

First year students can join the Emerging Scholars Academy and become part of a learning community cohort.

Apply for ESA

About Emerging Scholars Academy

ESA is a nine-day intensive summer bridge program and cohorted learning community that includes:

Summer bridge

  • One credit math preparation course to ensure correct placement from ALEKS math placement exam
  • Behind-the-scenes tours of campus and research facilities
  • Assistance with financial aid, admissions and course registration issues
  • Panel discussions with professors, current and past students, and administrators
  • Exciting outdoor Alaska field trip with staff and faculty

Cohorted learning community

Each program track (STEM and Classic) is designed for 15 students who plan to attend at least one class in-person in the fall.


You qualify if you meet the following criteria:

  • Incoming first-year student for upcoming fall semester
  • Intend to enroll in a bachelor’s degree program
  • Place into WRTG 111X (preferred)
  • Join the Student Support Services program
  • Plan to attend UAF in person for upcoming fall semester


  • SAVE more than $2,000 in tuition!
  • EARN eight to nine free credits, including General Education Requirements.
  • Move in EARLY to on campus housing (early move-in is pro-rated).
  • Make FRIENDS that can last throughout your entire college career!


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



Application checklist Deadline
Be admitted to UAF for fall  semester June 15
Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Submit ASAP
Apply for SSS June
Apply for ESA June-July
Participate in ESA nine-day intensive Early August
(intensive completed the week before the first day of fall semester)