Checklist for New Students

Apply for admission to UAA
A student interested in obtaining an undergraduate or graduate degree will begin the degree-seeking application process below.  Completion of the on-line application will expedite your admission process; however, paper applications are also available.

  • Start by visiting the Admissions web page to learn the process, programs offered and requirements.
  • Apply on the UAOnline web site,
    • Pay admission application fee - be ready with your credit card
    • You'll need a printer to print the confirmation page at the end of the online application.
  • Once you apply for admission you will be assigned a student ID number. If you do not know your ID, click here to look it up.

Determine how you will pay for college
It is important to request financial aid as soon as possible (process can take up to 8 weeks). You will not receive financial aid until you are admitted.

Apply for on-campus housing
Students taking 9 or more credits wishing to live on campus are encouraged to apply early as space fills up quickly.

  • This is a three-step process; current rates and applications are available on-line at
  • Contact UAA Housing at (907) 751-7200 for more information.

Register for Howl Days (New Student Orientation Program)
Know you're on your way to college success - research shows those who attend orientations are more likely to be successful in college. 

  • Make a plan to graduate through key discussions with advisors.
  • Tour the UAA Campus and learn where your classes will be located.
  • Learn technology used at UAA.
  • Learn how to get involved on campus - activities, jobs and clubs.
  • Meet students and make new friends.
  • Check out the Orientation web site or call 786-1224 for information!

Take placement tests
Accuplacer is a UAA's computerized placement test to assess your skills in English and Mathematics. Students are only permitted to register for English courses at the level indicated by the students Accuplacer, ACT or SAT Scores. Students are permitted to register for Mathematics courses at the level indicated by the student's Accuplacer scores.  Cut off scores for placement into English and Mathematics can be found in the UAA Schedule of Classes

Meet with an academic advisor
All first time degree-seeking students are required to talk with an advisor. If you have declared your major, you can find your academic advisor on-line at If you are undecided about a major, call Advising and Testing at (907) 786-4500. This is expected to be done prior to registration for classes or attending an Orientation. 

Register for classes

  • Meet with your Academic Advisor (see above)
  • To register online, you will need your student ID number and UA Online password.
    Log into, select "Student Services, Financial Aid & Account Information" and choose the "Registration" option.

Follow up on your paperwork
It is your responsibility to ensure that your file is complete in order to be fully admitted and ready to begin classes. There are three areas to follow up on:

  • Admission  - Verify your status on UAOnline.
  • Financial Aid - Verify your status on UAOnline.
  • Housing- complete campus housing agreement.  Call (907) 751-7202 or e-mail for more information.

Pay for classes
Pay on time so that you are not dropped from your classes. The payment deadline for each semester and payment options are posted in the class schedule booklet. If you have questions about your account call (907) 786-1458.  To pay online once again, visit UAOnline.

Purchase your books
Textbooks become available generally one to two weeks before classes begin. The UAA bookstore's regular hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. You can also reserve your textbooks online at Contact the bookstore at (907) 786-1151 with any questions.

Purchase your parking permit
If you plan on driving a vehicle to the University you will need a Parking permit. Parking permits can be purchased online at The Permit Store. For more information, please contact parking services at (907) 786-1119.

Get your WolfCard
Your WolfCard is your UAA identification card. The initial card is free to current students and gives you access to many campus facilities and services. This ID card also serves as a debit card (Wolfbucks) that can be used around campus for vending machines, washing machines, concession stands, etc. The WolfCard Office is located in the University Center, call 786-HOWL for more information or check out their web site at

Get your university e-mail account
Everyone that is registered for one credit at UAA is assigned a username and e-mail account.

  • To find out your username go to the Information Technology Services web site at, use the username look-up function in the bottom left-hand corner.
  • To access your UAA e-mail account, type This account can be used for personal and school related business; UAA will only use this address to inform you of any university wide news (i.e. closures, etc.). It is important to know that you are responsible for communication sent to your e-mail account by the university. If you have a personal address that you prefer, please forward your UAA e-mail.

Pick up your copy of the university catalog
Students admitted to UAA receive a coupon for a free university catalog, which is redeemable at Enrollment Services, located in the University Center. Catalogs may also be purchased from the Campus Bookstore, located in the southwest corner of the Student Union. An online version of the catalog may be viewed or downloaded here.

Pick up your copy of the fact finder student handbook
The University of Alaska Anchorage Fact Finder Student Handbook provides students with information on all campus resources and services. This publication is free to all students and can be picked up at numerous locations around campus. An online version of the Student Handbook is available on the Student Affairs web site.

Update your address with the university after you arrive at UAA
Once you arrive at UAA, it is important to update your address with the university so that you can receive important notices, etc. To update your address and/or phone number:

  • Go to UA Online, click on "personal information," click on "update address & phone,"
  • Update the information and submit. You may have different addresses for mailing and billing.

Attend university welcome events
Many departments on campus offer specific welcome events for their students. Please contact the departments for more information.

  • Campus Kick Off- Campus Life (907) 786-1215
  • Welcome Week- Residence Life (907) 751- 7444
  • UAA Scholars Reception- Academic and Multicultural Student Services (907) 786- 6488
  • AHAINA Welcome- AHAINA (Multicultural Student Services) (907) 786- 4070
  • NSS Help Days- Native Student Services (907) 786- 4000
  • Honors Program Introduction- University Honors College (907) 786- 1086