The First-Year Experience
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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 supports and cultivates student development through the transition period between previous learning experiences and college. Our Peer Mentors, Resident Assistants, and Resident Directors help students learn how to build the foundation for a successful and enjoyable college life, culminating in graduation.
Academic Peer Mentors
Our highly trained academic peer mentors can assist you with subjects that can often be difficult and required for a variety of majors across campus (engineering, business, chemistry, economics, and world languages). Tutoring is offered on a drop-in basis or by appointment. Tutors will work together with you to help you better understand concepts. Please respect their work by doing your own work before coming to a tutoring session. Bring all texts, homework assignments, notes, etc. with you, as we do not have such materials.
Living Learning Communities
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.
All incoming first-year undergraduate students are required to live on campus.
The live-on requirement is a commitment between the undergraduate students and the University of Alaska Fairbanks to enhance the students' experience and success. Living on campus for at least the first year is a significant advantage as you will be part of a community and make connections to other students, faculty, and staff. Living on campus also connects you to services that support you as you transition to college life at UAF.
Who is a first-year undergraduate student?
A first-year undergraduate student enrolled in 9 credits or more, under the age of 21, you are required to live in a UAF residence hall for one academic year (fall/spring not including summer and winter breaks).
What if I have a room/board scholarship?
If you are a UAF student receiving a scholarship specifically for room/board, you are required to live on campus as specified in the stipulations of the award or conditions of the program.
What if I'm enrolling for the spring semester?
Incoming spring transfer students who are still in their first matriculated year are required to live in a university residence hall and carry a traditional meal plan for the spring semester.
What about internation 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.
Can first-year students be excused from the live-on requirement?
To qualify for an exemption to the live-on requirement, a student must live with the parent or legal guardian. The student must be a dependent of the parent or legal guardian to qualify to live with them within a 40-mile radius of campus. Fill out an exception in the Housing Portal and wait for confirmation that the exemption has been granted.
Those seeking an exemption must meet one or more of the following criteria, subject to validation. Other exceptions not listed below will also be considered on a case-by-case basis:
- Student is married, in a registered domestic partnership or civil union.
- Student is a parent with custody of a child or children or caring for a dependent who is living with them.
- Student is living with immediate family or legal guardian. Parent(s), sibling(s), or grandparent(s) are the only individuals that qualify as immediate family. Immediate family or legal guardian must also live within a 40-mile radius of campus.
- Student has extenuating circumstances.
- Credits are 100% eCampus.
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 dorm rooms, classrooms, the Rasmuson Library, the Wood Center Student Union and much more.Virtual Tour
Welcome to UAF
Welcoming new students to UAF at Rev-it-Up that provides all the information new students need - from photo ID cards to IT connection services. Then followed by orientation full of evenings of team building, friend making and getting settled into a new life at college.Watch Video