FAQs & Useful Links
- Where can I find important UAA dates and deadlines?
- Where can I find information on Math, English, and Physics entrance testing?
- Where can I find specific information about engineering degrees and course descriptions?
To review your degree program, or explore UAA course offerings, please consult the current UAA Catalog.
- I have a hold on my account. Can I still withdraw from a class?
If you have a hold on your account, you may still withdraw from a course of it's before the deadline. Please consult the Student Initiated Drop/Withdrawal site to complete your form online. Remember, all deadlines are 5:00pm on the dates listed.
Advising and the Advising Center
- Who is my advisor?
- If you are an incoming freshman, transfer student, returning student, or are changing your major to engineering, your first point of contact is the CoEng Advising Center. That's where you can arrange to meet with a professional academic advisor to discuss your degree program.
- If you are an established student in an engineering degree, depending on where you are in your program, you will likely meet with your faculty advisor.
- Graduate students can connect with an alumn for mentoring.
- What are the differences between an Academic Advisor and a Faculty Advisor?
- Our Academic Advisors are not assigned to specific students. They are all able to meet with you to provide assistance in figuring out degree requirements and answer questions about academic planning. Academic advisors are not intended to replace your faculty advisor; they work closely with faculty and program chairs to enhance the advising process.
- Our Faculty Advisors have taught, researched and published in their respective academic disciplines, and are knowledgeable about specific courses in their divisions, and in the educational and career opportunities in their area of expertise. Faculty advisors will meet with you to discuss requirements for your major and to select appropriate courses. They can also be an excellent resource for internships and networking, and help you evaluate how well your skills and abilities fit with the field and your goals.
- When do I see my Faculty Advisor?
I HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED
CE PHYS A211: General Physics 1 CSCE CSCE A201 & Lab: Computer Programming 1 EE EE A203: Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering GEO currently taking or have completed GIS A101 or GEO A156 ME ES A209: Statics
- Do I need to make an appointment with the College of Engineering Advising Center,
or can I just walk in?
- It is best to make an appointment. We try to accept walk-ins but, depending on the time of year, your wait time may be more than an hour.
- The best way to make an appointment is to call the Advising Center's main number at 907-786-1878 or email: email@example.com
- What is mandatory advising?
- As a part of the mandatory advising plan for the College of Engineering, all undergraduate students must meet with their faculty advisor at least once each academic year to review their academic progress and future course plan.
- It is also particularly important for students to meet with their faculty advisor whenever academic difficulties arise. Your advisor is committed to supporting your success, so do not hesitate to reach out to them if you are struggling.
- Do I keep the same faculty advisor until graduation?
- It is certainly ideal to work with the same faculty advisor throughout your university career, as it helps you establish a mentoring relationship that can be useful as you plan for internships, jobs or graduate school. If your assigned faculty advisor changes due to departmental reorganization, but your previous faculty advisor has been helpful, if they agree, you may continue to work with him/her.
- Since your faculty advisor is also an excellent resource for information about your field of study, it is in your interest to maintain a strong relationship and meet with them at other times during the semester.
Scholarships and Job Opportunities
- What is the UA Scholars Program?
The UA Scholars Program promotes excellence in Alaska’s high schools by awarding a $12,000 scholarship to students who are in the top 10% of their graduating class. UA Scholars may apply this scholarship at any University of Alaska campus: UAA, UAF, or UAS. For more information, consult the UA Scholars site.
- How do I apply for scholarships?
- Where can I find jobs on campus?
Nontraditional and Transfer Credits
- Can my AP credits count toward my UAA requirements?
For more information on AP courses, and minimum AP test scores required for credit required, consult the Advance Placement (AP) credit tab on our Non-traditional Credit Policies page.
- How do I know which of the credits from classes I took at my previous school will
transfer?Consult Transfer Credits in the UAA Catalog.
- How can I test out of CSCE A101?
For students that do not have AP Exam credit for CSCE A101, the following instructions can be used to test out of the course:
1) go to
- The National Evaluation Series website
- select the Register Now button
2) create an account at Pearson VUE
3) select UAA as the testing location and take the exam ($95)
- the test is on a scale from 100-300, so a score of 220 is required to pass
4) submit a copy of your exam result with a petition to
a) waive the CSCE A101 requirement if you don't need the credits
b) substitute the test for CSCE A101 if you need the 3 credits ($75)
- How do I earn credit for my PLTW Courses?Prior to registering for classes at UAA, contact the College of Engineering Advising Office to make an appointment with your advisor. Be sure to let them know you took PLTW courses in high school! Your advisor will help you determine which courses/credits you are eligible for, and help you complete the Nontraditional Credit Form.
- How many credits could I earn for my PLTW courses?You can earn as many as 3 or 4 credits, depending on your program of study and which PLTW courses and math courses you've completed. This is why students are required meet with their advisor to complete the Nontraditional Credit Form.
- How much will the credits cost?Credits earned at the UAA College of Engineering through our PLTW Articulation Agreement cost $25.
- How do I know what is required of me to graduate?
- Please consult our Graduation & Degree Services web page.
- You can also keep track of classes you have taken and still need to take by logging into UAOnline and looking at your DegreeWorks account.
- College of Engineering advisors are committed to your success and available to assist you in reviewing your progress to ensure that you are on track for graduation.