We collected some of the most common questions we receive at UAA Admissions right here for you. If you find you have a question not listed below, please get in touch with us!
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- What is the Gateway to UAA?
In September 2016, UAA Admissions launched a new application software called the Gateway to UAA. This is the "portal" where students will submit their applications, review their application status, requirement checklist and more. To log in students use their email address and password, not their UA ID.
- What is UAOnline and how do I log in?
All applicants, students and staff of the University of Alaska system have a UAOnline account. UAOnline is the secure website where you will register for classes, check the status of your financial aid, pay your bill online, view your grades, and much more.
It is very important to set up your permanent UA Username and password. In addition to UAOnline, you also need these credentials to log in to Blackboard for coursework and to access your UAA email account.
Log in to UAOnline:
- Here is a link to UAOnline. There is also a Quick Link from the UAA home page.
- Click ‘Log In’ and enter your UA Username and Password.
- To find your UA Username, UA ID Number and set/reset your password visit me.uaa.alaska.edu.
For log in help call, IT Services at 907-786-4646 or for other technical problems with me.uaa.alaska.edu or accessing UAOnline.
- What is my UA ID and UA username?
Your UA ID is your eight-digit student number. You will need this number to identify yourself when working with University staff. The Office of Admissions will send you your UA ID Number after you apply. It will also be printed on your Wolfcard student ID card.
Your UA username will usually consist of your initials, last name, and (sometimes) another identifier. This is your login name and default email address. Example: John A. Doe is jadoe.To find your UA Username, UA ID Number and set/reset your password visit me.uaa.alaska.edu.
- What is a Wolfcard?
The Wolfcard is you UAA student ID card.
Visit the Wolfcard Office to find out how to get your Wolfcard.
- What is my UAA Email Account?
Everyone at UAA gets an email account where you will receive official communications from the University. You can choose email nicknames (up to 3). You can also take steps to forward UAA email to your personal email address so you never miss an important message.
Click or tap here for information and access to your student email account.
- What information do I need to apply?
- US Citizens must provide social security number and date of birth or PR number
- International students must provide their country of citizenship and visa status
- A mailing and a permanent address
- Where you attended high school and your date of graduation
- Where and when you attended any other colleges and Universities
- How do I get the fee waiver code?
UAA does offer the opportunity for high school students to apply for the application fee waiver code when the fee presents a financial hardship. Here are the steps:
1. Create a profile at the Gateway to UAA and complete the application up to the payment page.
2. Meet with your high school counselor and request that s/he submit a letter to email@example.com supporting your financial need.
3. Once UAA has reviewed and approved the letter, the fee waiver code will be applied by UAA and an email sent to the student to submit their application.
- How do UA Scholars apply?
- Alaskan high school students who have earned the UA Scholar award must submit an application
for admission to the fall term following their graduation by the deadline of May 1st. Missing this deadline causes the award to expire!
- UA Scholars who wish to take a leave of absence may reserve their award for up to
two years by postponing their admission using the undergraduate change form after they have met the May 1st application deadline.
- For more information visit the UA Scholar home page.
- Alaskan high school students who have earned the UA Scholar award must submit an application for admission to the fall term following their graduation by the deadline of May 1st. Missing this deadline causes the award to expire!
- How do I choose a major?
Here is a chart of all of UAA's majors.
If you are uncertain which degree you want to pursue, apply to the Bachelor of Arts Exploratory program. This major allows you to explore different academic programs and examine the link between majors and careers. Then, your advisor will help you choose the right major for you.To explore all of the programs offered at UAA, check out our academics or follow the links below to each College within UAA to see their major offerings.
Note: The Exploratory major is eligible to obtain federal financial aid.
- What degree types does UAA offer?The degree type determines the level and the number of credits required to complete the degree.
Occupational Endorsements and Certificates
These programs generally focus on a single trade or skill. Some programs are less than one year while others are one to two years.
These programs are generally two years, 60 credits. Associate programs prepare students for work in a particular field and can be a foundation for a bachelor’s degree.
These programs are generally four years, 120 credits. Bachelor programs prepare students for work in a particular field and can be a foundation for a graduate degree.
These programs provide continuing education to those have earned a bachelor’s degree.
Graduate Certificates, Master’s Programs and Doctoral Programs are for those students who have already earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
- What are the Colleges at UAA?
- How do I pay for my application?Students pay for the application online with a credit card.
- Do I need to submit SAT or ACT test scores?
Standardized test scores are not used in the Admission decision; however, they are used for placement into math and English courses.
- Only Accuplacer scores are accepted for placement into math courses.
- Accuplacer is preferred for placement into English courses; however, ACT or SAT scores are also accepted. Visit the ACT or SAT website to have your scores sent directly to UAA.
- Where can I check the status of my application?
If you have applied since September 26th 2016, you can check your application status by logging in to the Gateway to UAA.
If you applied prior to September 26th 2016 you will temporarily be unable to view your application status as we convert all applications to the new system. You will receive an email with instructions to log in to the new system once your application has been converted.
- Are there application deadlines?
Yes, there are deadlines for each term. However, we do accept late applications. See the following FAQ.Summer - May 1stFall - June 15thSpring - November 1st (of the previous year)
Visit Dates & Deadlines for all academic deadlines.
- Can I apply late?
Yes. UAA Admissions will accept and process applications after a deadline has passed. Late application periods vary, but generally, once students can no longer register online for classes the application is closed for that term. Visit the Gateway to UAA to apply!
- Can I make changes to my application?
- Do I need to reapply?
How do I submit transcripts?
Transcripts are required for most types of admissions. In order to fulfill an admission requirement, a transcript must be:
- Official: Provided to UAA directly by the issuing institution in a sealed envelope or through a secure electronic provider.
- Final: All grades and degrees are posted. There is no "in progress" work or future enrollment
posted. (Partial transcripts are accepted, but a final is required before admission
Transcripts can be sent directly from the issuing institution to UAA Admissions through a secure electronic transcript service by providing the following email address when requesting your transcript: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Request an official transcript from your institution to be sent by USPS mail to:
UAA Office of Admissions
PO Box 141629
Anchorage, AK 99514-1629
When sending documents by FedEx, UPS, DHL or a courier service mail to:
UAA Office of Admissions
3901 Old Seward Highway
Anchorage, AK 99503
Do not email your transcript as an attachment to UAA. Electronic transcripts are only accepted from secure digital transcript services such as Parchment or the National Student Clearinghouse.
What makes a transcript official or unofficial?
- A transcript is considered official when it has been provided to UAA directly from the issuing institution. A student
may turn in their transcript personally only when it remains sealed in the original envelope.
- A transcript is considered unofficial when it has been unsealed, opened, or forwarded in an email to UAA by the student.
- A transcript is considered official when it has been provided to UAA directly from the issuing institution. A student may turn in their transcript personally only when it remains sealed in the original envelope.
What makes a transcript in-progress or final?
- A transcript is considered final when all grades and degrees are posted. There is no "in progress" work or future
enrollment shown. A final high school transcript is required to have a posted date
- A transcript is accepted as in-progress when enrollment is shown for future terms or current terms with no grades posted. Another, final, transcript will be required to complete admission.
- A transcript is considered final when all grades and degrees are posted. There is no "in progress" work or future enrollment shown. A final high school transcript is required to have a posted date of graduation.
How do I submit a foreign transcript?
Students that have graduated high school or attended a post-secondary institution outside of the United States must submit an official copy of their academic transcript to World Education Services (WES) rather than to UAA. Do not submit your foreign transcripts directly to UAA. WES will analyze your international degrees and/or coursework and provide U.S. equivalents to UAA.
High school outside of the United StatesStudents who have earned their high school diploma outside of the United States are required to order a WES document by document evaluation of their transcript. This option is only for students that have not attended any post-secondary institution outside of the United States. Be sure to designate UAA as the recipient of your evaluation. UAA does not accept WES evaluations from the student.
Post-secondary institution outside of the United States
Students who have studied or earned a degree at a post-secondary institution outside of the United States are required to order the WES ICAP course by course evaluation option. Be sure to designate UAA as the recipient of your evaluation. UAA does not accept WES evaluations from the student.
What documents will you need to provide to WES?Review the document requirements specific to your country of education to ensure that your assessment is complete and accurate. Visit the Wes document requirements page to review your requirements.
More questions about the WES Process?
- Visit World Education Services FAQ page for answers to common questions.
Do I need to submit transcripts from another University of Alaska campus?
No. UAA Admissions has access to all UA transcripts.
Do I have to submit a transcript if I don't want the transfer credit?
In order to be admitted to a degree seeking program you will be required to order transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions you have attended that are not within the University of Alaska system. This requirement is not only for the purpose of transfer credit for the student, but is also required by the Board of Regents as part of our University’s accreditation and therefore cannot be waived.
- How will my credits transfer into UAA?
I am being asked to provide a transcript from a college I did not attend. What do
Contact UAA Admissions at email@example.com. The required institution may have reported to the National Student Clearinghouse that you were enrolled at some point. If this is the case, you may be required to send an email to the Registrar of the institution requesting a letter stating that you did not attend.
How do I submit other application documents?
Additional documents for applications can be emailed as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not email transcripts.
- My transcript is not marked received on my checklist, when should I call?It can take up to 10 business days for documents to be processed and appear as received on your UAA checklist. Please be patient.
- How will I know when I am admitted?
You will receive a packet in the mail from UAA with a certificate of admission, letter of admission and other fun stuff. You can also check the status of your admission in the Gateway to UAA.
Important Note: UAA launched new application software on September 23, 2016. Applicants who applied prior to this date temporarily do not have access to their admission status. Please contact Admissions at email@example.com or a Student Information Advisor at (907)786-1480 to check your status.
How long does it take to become admitted?
Admission is completed once UAA receives all transcripts and required documents. Once all requirements are submitted admission will be complete in 10 business days. (This may vary during peak times.)
What is pending degree seeking?
An Admission status of pending means that your application has not been completed. UAA Admissions is waiting to receive documents and items on your checklist.
If you have submitted everything on your checklist, your application is awaiting review and will be processed within 10 business days of receiving your last checklist item.
If the only remaining requirement is a final transcript after UAA has received a transcript from your institution, then you must order another transcript. A transcript is considered final when all grades and degrees are posted and there is no "in progress" work or future enrollment listed. (Partial transcripts are accepted, but a final is required before admission is complete.)
I received my certificate of Admission, why does financial aid say that I am not admitted?
You have been accepted into your program at UAA, but your admission is not yet complete. Log in to the Gateway to UAA and see what is still being required on your checklist, in most cases, a final transcript is still required.
Do I have to accept my admission offer from UAA?
No, UAA does not require students to formally accept their admission or pay a deposit. You will be eligible to register for classes when you submit your application for admission and meet with an academic advisor – just apply, send all your documents, meet an advisor and attend - that's it!
- What are the residency options for tuition rates?
- Where can I find official UAA Admissions policies?
- I was admitted, but I didn't attend. What should I do to attend now?If you were admitted in the last year, but did not attend, submit a postponement form and your application will be updated. If your previous admission is more than a year old, you will need to reapply.
- When can I register for classes?Priority Registration opens months before the term. Meet with your advisor prior to registration. Review Academic Dates and Deadlines for specific dates each semester.
- How do I register for classes?
- Who is my advisor and what do they do?
Your academic advisor is your greatest resource from application to graduation. They are available to meet with your to plan your educational goals and plan.
To find your advisor and get information about making an appointment, visit the Academic Advising Center or call the advising hotline 907-786-1000.
- Is there an orientation event?Yes! We encourage everyone to attend orientation, check out UAA Howl Days!
- How do I get financial aid and scholarships?Connect with UAA Financial Aid
- How do I sign up for student housing?Visit UAA Housing.