Information for New Students

Admission to a Degree Program

Admission to a Degree Program

Students interested in earning a degree at UAF should submit their application for admission for the semester they would like to begin taking classes toward their degree. If you have any questions about the application process, contact an admissions counselor.

When to Apply

For fall semester: June 15
For spring semester: Nov. 1

For fall semester: June 1
For spring semester: Oct. 15

Admissions applications are processed as they are received. Applications submitted after the deadline may not be reviewed in time to begin classes that semester. In order to review an application for admission, all supporting documentation, such as transcripts and test scores, must be received. Most financial aid is dependent upon being admitted to a degree program. If you are concerned about your application and the financial aid implications, contact an admissions counselor.

*Graduate application deadlines may vary among departments. Please refer to the department's website.

Application Process

The information below details how to apply for admission as an undergraduate student. For information on how to apply for a graduate degree program visit

The online application can be found at All application fees are non-refundable. The fees for each type of degree are:

  • certificate or associate degree: $40.
  • baccalaureate degree: $50.
  • graduate degrees: $75

There is a $25 late fee for bachelor and graduate applications that are submitted after the published university deadline.

There is no charge for applications to occupational endorsement programs.


Official transcripts from previous academic experiences are required as a part of the application for admission. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly from the schools to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts from other campuses within the University of Alaska system are not required.

If you have not enrolled in a college or university before, submit your official high school transcript to the Office of Admissions.

IIf you have attended other colleges and/or universities, request official transcripts from each institution.

If you have earned fewer than 30 semester hours of credit, submit official high school transcripts in addition to all official college transcripts.

Testing Information

ACT or SAT scores: ACT or SAT test scores are required for freshmen applying to a bachelor's degree program and transfer students with fewer than 30 semester hours of credit. These test scores are not required for students applying for an associate degree or certificate program. Baccalaureate-seeking transfer students with over 30 transferable semester hours do not need to submit ACT or SAT test scores. If you are applying to UAF for the academic years 2020-21, 2021-22, 2022-23, 2023-24, 2024-25 or summer 2025, your ACT and SAT scores will be waived.

Residual Testing: Residual Testing: For students who have not submitted ACT or SAT test scores, ACT residual tests are available via testing services. For spring 2020 the date is Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 11:30 a.m. While no formal registration is required for ACT residual testing, students need to notify Testing Services of their intent to test. Students should arrive at 11:15 to allow time to fill out paperwork before testing begins. Testing Services will not be offering the ACT Residual for the Spring 2021 semester.

On test day, students taking the ACT residual test should bring:

  • $60 test fee (in exact change).
  • photo identification.
  • calculator (visit to view acceptable calculators).

Computer-based testing: UAF Testing Services offers the following entrance/licensure and accreditation exams on computer: CLEP, CPA, DSST, GRE, GMAT, LCE, MAT, MCAT, PRAXIS, TOEFL and others. Registration in advance is required. In addition, Testing Services is an ETS, PSI, PV and Prometric center, hosting a variety of other computer-based tests.

Assessment program: The ACCUPLACER, ALEKS and ASSET tests cover basic skill areas of reading, writing and math. They are used to help determine your readiness for specific course work. All entering associate degree students, certificate students and students planning to take a 100-level written communications course are required to provide test scores from the ACCUPLACER, ASSET, ACT or SAT tests. All students planning to take a MATH  course with a math prerequisite will need to take the ALEKS placement test. This test is unproctored and available online.

Daytime testing hours
Fairbanks campus

  • Monday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on a walk-in basis in Testing Services, 211 Gruening (907-474-5277), or
  • Rural Student Services, Brooks Building (907-474-7871)

Community and Technical College

  • Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on a walk-in basis at the Community and Technical College, 604 Barnette St. Appointments can also be made by calling 907-455-2800.

Readmission of Former Degree Students Within Two Years of Last Enrollment

A student remains eligible to register for classes in their degree program if they:

  • have not been academically disqualified.
  • have not attended a non-UA institution since you were last enrolled at UAF.
  • the lapse in enrollment is less than two years.
  • are continuing with the same degree program.

If these requirements are not met or it has been over two years since their last enrollment, the student must reapply for admission.

Special Assistance for New Students

New Student Orientation

All new students are encouraged to participate in New Student Orientation on the Fairbanks campus. Attending UAF's New Student Orientation helps students to successfully navigate the beginning of their UAF experience. New Student Orientation is required for all first-year baccalaureate degree students entering UAF (regardless of the number of college credits already earned) and international students (undergraduate F-1 and international exchange J-1 visa status). These students will automatically be registered. Domestic transfer students are encouraged to attend and may register online at

New Student Orientation for the fall 2020 semester will take place Aug. 19 to 22; orientation for spring 2021 is Jan. 8, 2021. Students will connect with people from the UAF community, take a campus tour, and participate in workshops and information sessions to ensure they are oriented to all the resources and programs available to them at UAF. The fee for orientation ($115 for fall, $35 for spring) will be billed to your student account. For more information, call 907-474-7500  or visit the NSO website..

Course Placement

Many UAF courses require placement. All students planning to take courses with specific placement requirements must meet those requirements before registering for those courses. Check for prerequisites in the current class schedule, the university catalog and at UAOnline.

Writing and reading placement scores from ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER, or ASSET are used to assess placement into developmental English, developmental studies, English, core perspectives on the human condition and core natural sciences courses.  For students who were unable to take these assessments for summer or fall 2020 semesters, an alternative assessment is available.  

Mathematics placement scores from ALEKS are used to assess placement into developmental mathematics, mathematics and core natural science courses. More information concerning placement tests and placement tables can be found at

Academic Advising

Academic advisors assist students with the development of an educational plan encompassing academic and co-curricular goals, major requirements and a semester-by-semester degree plan. Students must meet with an academic advisor at least once a semester before registration. Students who have declared a major will be advised by a staff or faculty advisor from the academic department that oversees the major. A list of departmental advising contacts is at Students are strongly encouraged to consult with DegreeWorks and with degree program roadmaps and outcomes ( before meeting with their academic advisor.

Academic Advising Center

The Academic Advising Center advises general studies (undeclared) and pre-major students as well as students in majors who are exploring other bachelor's or pre-professional degree programs. Furthermore, the Academic Advising Center provides information about nontraditional credit options like credit for prior learning and pre-professional academic programs like veterinary science, law, dentistry or pharmacy. The Academic Advising Center website includes information concerning student resources that is beneficial for all undergraduate students. Contact the Academic Advising Center at 907-474-6396, toll free at 888-823-8780 or by email at for more information.

Rural Student Services

Rural Student Services provides academic advising services for Native and rural college students, and provides vital links among the Fairbanks campus, rural communities and other UAF campuses. Students may choose an RSS advisor who will provide academic advising and referrals to various academic support services on the Fairbanks campus. For more information, call RSS at 907-474-7871 or 907-888-478-1452. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Community and Technical College

The Student Advising and Registration Center at CTC provides services that contribute to a successful learning experience and transition to a career. Staff at the center recognize the unique concerns of adult and returning students. The center provides advising with a focus on certificate and associate degree programs. The center also provides academic support through developmental course work, workshops, classroom presentations, learning and computer labs, and one-on-one advising. Services are available by appointment and on a walk-in basis. For more information: