High school students participate in Alaska Native Dance class

Special instructions for high school students

High school (and secondary school) students can take classes at UAF. There are a few options for attending:

AHEAD program

The Alaska Higher Education Admission Decision program allows qualified high school students to be formally admitted to UAF as general studies students. AHEAD students are assigned an academic advisor and follow the registration timeline for degree-seeking students.

To qualify, students must have completed three-fourths of their high school core curriculum and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher. (To qualify for federal financial aid, you must have either a high school diploma or a GED.)

To apply to the AHEAD program:

Complete the AHEAD application (PDF) and submit it along the UAF application for admission (including the $50 application fee), high school transcripts and test scores to:

Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 757480
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7480

The AHEAD program application requires your signature as well as signatures of your parent/guardian, and high school principal or counselor.

Secondary Student Enrollment

If you are a high school student wanting to take one or two classes at UAF, secondary enrollment is for you. 

Fill out the high school student enrollment form online

Tech Prep program

The Tech Prep program allows high school students to receive college credit at UAF by successfully completing specific, pre-approved courses at their school. The program is a partnership between the UAF Community and Technical College and the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

More Tech Prep info

Other opportunities for high school students


UAF grants advanced credit, with waiver of fees, for a score of three or higher in the College Board Advanced Placement Tests. Normally, students take these tests during their senior year in high school.

More Advanced Placement credit info

IB credit

UAF also grants advanced credit, with a waiver of fees, for IB higher-level and some standard-level exams on which students have earned a score of 4 or better, or a score of 5 or better for mathematics.

More IB credit info

Alaska Summer Research Academy
The program provides an opportunity for students entering grades 8-12 to choose from 15 subjects during a two-week camp, while they experience life on the UAF campus and earn college credit.

Rural Alaska Honors Institute
RAHI prepares rural and Alaska Native high school students for academic excellence and college success by offering a summer institute on the UAF campus every year.

Summer Sessions youth programs
UAF Summer Sessions offers a variety of opportunities for youth to participate in UAF classes, academies and workshops.

Application instructions

Apply today!

  1. Register with an email address and create a password.
  2. Create a profile with basic identification and contact information.
  3. Start an application, select a term, program and tell us about your academic history. Once you begin filling out an online application, you can save and complete it later.
  4. Electronically sign, pay and submit your application.

If you have any questions as you are going through the application process, please contact us — we are here to help.

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