Admission Requirements for Non-Degree-Seeking Students

A New Type of Admission

Non-degree-seeking admission replaces a practice formerly known as open enrollment that allowed students to take classes without being admitted. Beginning with the fall 2004 semester, all new students must declare their educational intentions by choosing an appropriate admission type when they enter the university. Students who have attended UAA previously under open enrollment must now choose to:

  • Continue as a non-degree-seeking student by applying under the new non-degree-seeking admission option;
  • Apply as a degree-seeking student. Students who intend to earn certificates or degrees should choose this option.

Non-Degree-Seeking Admission

This track is designed for students taking classes for personal interest, professional development, recreation, or any reason other than to earn a certificate or degree.

The process has been streamlined:

  • Easy electronic application form.
  • No application fee.
  • No application deadlines.
  • No transcripts or test scores to submit.

Students who miss the application deadline for degree-seeking status may also attend classes under this option, subject to the important restrictions noted below. Non-degree-seeking admission status remains active as long as you register for at least one course per academic year or until it is replaced by admission to a certificate or degree program. Students who miss more than one academic year must re-apply upon return.

Important Restrictions

Non-degree-seeking students are not eligible to receive financial aid, apply for international student visas, or earn university certificates or degrees.


  1. Complete the online application.
    1. Select "UAA Non-Degree-Seeking" in the drop down Application Type menu.
    2. Complete all required fields.
    3. Submit.
  2. Allow 3 working days for processing before attempting to register for classes.

Still Not Sure?

Contact Enrollment Services
Phone: (907) 786-1480. Press 2 for an Admission Advisor.
Mailing address: PO Box 141629, Anchorage, AK 55914-1629