Coronavirus information

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the University of Alaska Anchorage has taken steps to protect the health and safety of our campus community. Visit the University of Alaska Coronavirus Information website to learn how UAA and the university system are responding to this situation. Find links to communications, policy guidance, resources and information about the university's community restrictions, which apply to all faculty, staff and students. The UAA Student Health and Counseling Center remains open at this time to serve UAA students. For information about COVID-19 symptoms and current health recommendations, visit the CDC website and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Your First Appointment

Counselor and student having an appointment

STEP 1: Prepare for your first appointment:

Before your first advising session, all students who are new to UAA must:

  • Apply to UAA
  • Submit all required documents (i.e., transcripts, test scores, etc.)
  • Take the Writing Placement Exam* (ACCUPLACER) - This exam must be scheduled, and can be taken at the University Center. *If you have an ACT English score  at or above 22, or an Evidence Based Reading & Writing SAT score  at or above 560, you do not need to take the take the Accuplacer.
  • Take the Math & Statistics Placement Exam (ALEKS). Unlike the Accuplacer, the ALEKS can be taken at your convenience, on any computer. All incoming students must complete the ALEKS for Math placement.
  • Know how to log onto UAOnline
    • If you have forgotten or need to set up your username or password, go to Elmo ( for instructions.

STEP 2: How to get the most from your advising session:

  • Start by reviewing the College of Engineering website to determine your areas of interest, and jot down any questions you have to bring with you to your appointment.
  • Review UAA's website for information about admissions procedures, registration, financial aid and other general UAA information, to see if you have additional questions.
  • To learn more about UAA, take a virtual tour, view requirements and costs, arrange an on-campus tour, and see all of the opportunities available to you as a Seawolf!
  • For assistance in understanding UAA's registration information
  • Don't hesitate to ask follow-up questions about helpful resources, joining student clubs, or anything else.  Get involved in creating your educational experience!