Transitioning from High School

Students transitioning from high school to UAA need to:

Make an appointment with DSS, provide current diagnostic and evaluative reports,then request reasonable accommodations that are supported by documentation.
Reasonable accommodations include modifications and adjustments that do not fundamentally alter or lower the standards of an instructional program.
Students may receive reasonable accommodations to “level the playing field” but these accommodations are meant to ensure equal access not to guarantee success.


A university student needs to be their own advocate

High School students may be used to having parents speak for them. We understand that and know that it can be hard to ask for help and to discuss disability openly.  To prepare for attending the university, students must learn to advocate for themselves.

UAA Resources 

Students are highly encouraged to participate in the annual high school transition event coordinated by Disability Support Services. Students come onto campus in the spring for a campus tour, pizza lunch, and chance to hear from current UAA students, staff, and faculty. 

Students are also encouraged to attend new student orientation and to enroll in Guidance 150 (GUID 150): College Survival Skills. Both of these opportunities strengthen connections to important resources.