Before You Register for Classes

Everyone who enrolls in classes at UAA must first be admitted to the university as a certificate-seeking, degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking student.


Degree-Seeking Students

Admission Application Deadlines

Degree- and certificate-seeking applicants should complete an Application for Admission by the following dates: 

  • June 15 for fall semester admission
  • November 1 for spring semester admission
  • May 1 for summer term admission

For late application procedures, see

Application Fees

  • Undergraduate certificate and associate degree programs: $40
  • Baccalaureate programs: $50
  • Post-baccalaureate certificate and graduate programs: $60

Application fees are nonrefundable. Fees for paper and online applications are the same. Online applications require payment by credit card. Applicants mailing their fees should send a check or money order; do not mail cash or fax credit card information.

Admission Requirements

Requirements vary depending on the type of degree/certificate and whether an applicant is a first-time student or has attended college in the past. For details on admission requirements, go to or see the current UAA Catalog, available at

How to Apply

The application process may be completed via UAOnline or paper.

To apply online:

  1. Go to UAOnline and click on Apply for Admission or Check the Status of Application
  2. If you are a prior University of Alaska (UA) student:
    • Choose Current/Prior Student and log in to UAOnline
    • Click on Student Services and Account Information
    • Click on Admission (skip to Step 4)
  3. If you are a new student:
    • Choose New Student
    • Create a login ID 
  4. Choose the campus and application type and click Continue
  5. Choose the admission term, fill out the application and pay the application fee. If you need additional time to complete the application, you may select Finish Later and return to it another time. Incomplete applications will be deleted after 21 days.

Paper applications may be downloaded at or picked up at the UAA One Stop in the University Center, 3901 Old Seward Highway in Anchorage. Completed paper applications can be dropped off at the One Stop or mailed to P.O. Box 141629, Anchorage, AK 99514-1629.

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Non-Degree Seeking Students

The non-degree-seeking application is designed for students who want to take 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 attend classes under this option, subject to the important restrictions noted below. Non-degree-seeking admission status remains active as long as a student registers 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 two academic years 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.

How to Apply

  1. Go to UAOnline and click on Apply for Admission or Check the Status of Application
  2. If you are a prior University of Alaska (UA) student:
    • Choose Current/Prior Student and log in to UAOnline
    • Click on Student Services and Account Information
    • Click on Admission (skip to Step 4)
  3. If you are a new student:
    • Choose New Student
    • Create a login ID and PIN
  4. Choose a campus
  5. Choose Non-Degree-Seeking
  6. Select the admission term and fill out the application. If you need additional time to complete the application, you may select Finish Later and return to it another time. Incomplete applications will be deleted after three days.

Allow three business days for processing before attempting to register for classes.

Questions? Call Enrollment Services at 907-786-1480 or e-mail More information is available at

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Secondary (High School) Students

Secondary school applicants are admitted on a non-degree-seeking status only. Secondary students may register on a space-available basis as priority is given to certificate- and degree-seeking students. 

How to Apply

There is no application fee or deadline for secondary student admissions.

Secondary students who have applied to the university in a prior semester do not need to apply again.

If you are a new student:

  • Go to UAOnline and click on Apply for Admission or Check on Status of Application.
  • Choose New Student
  • Create a login ID and PIN
  • Choose a campus
  • Choose Secondary Student
  • Select the admission term and fill out the application. If you need additional time to complete the application, you may select Finish Later and return to it another time. Incomplete applications will be deleted after three days.

After submitting the application, please allow three business days for processing.

How to Register

  • Obtain a Secondary Student Registration Packet by downloading it from or picking up a copy at the UAA One Stop in the University Center, 3901 Old Seward Highway in Anchorage. The packet contains a Secondary Student Registration Process description, a Secondary Student and Parent/Guardian Agreement Form, and a Secondary Student Registration Form.
  • The Secondary Student and Parent/Guardian Agreement Form must be signed by the student and parents.
  • Read and complete the Secondary Student Registration Form. This form must be signed by the instructor(s) of the course(s) within a week before registering.
    • Students requiring prerequisite or test score overrides must have them entered by the instructor or department prior to registering for the course.
  • Bring the forms and a picture ID to the One Stop to register in person.
    • If a proxy (someone other than the student) is submitting the forms, they will also need to submit a signed Proxy for Registration Form and the student's picture ID.

For additional information, please see Secondary Student Enrollment Policy.

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Advising and Testing

Academic Advising

The goal of academic advising is to assist students in developing educational plans consistent with career and life goals and to provide students with the information and skills needed to pursue those goals. It is important know who your advisor is and to seek advice often, rather than meeting only when problems arise.

Academic advising is not mandatory but you are encouraged to use advising and are responsible for seeking advising. When seeing your advisor, please bring identification.

For a list of advising contacts and for more information, visit You may also find your advisor by viewing Degree Works, which can be accessed through your UAOnline account.

Placement Testing

Many UAA courses, especially English and math courses, require placement testing. Placement testing is offered through the Advising and Testing Center in Anchorage and at most UAA community campuses.

For information or to schedule an appointment for placement testing at the Advising and Testing Center in the University Center in Anchorage, call 907-786-4500.

A placement fee and picture ID are required at the time of testing.

For more information, please visit

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Class Schedule and Schedule Planner

To view the current class schedules, go to UAOnline and click on the Class Schedule link. The UAOnline class schedule has the most up to date and complete class information as well as search tools to help you find the right class.

Students can also take advantage of Schedule Planner - an online tool to help students build a class schedule that works for them.

Schedule Planner is available the day the semester schedule goes live. Please check Dates and Deadlines

Using Schedule Planner

Using Schedule Planner (video)

Schedule Planner Q&A

If you have questions or need assistance, please call the UAA One Stop at 907-786-1480, e-mail or go to

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Priority Registration

For fall and spring semesters, UAA follows a staggered priority registration schedule based on student class standing. Class standing is determined by total completed and in-progress* UAA credits**. To check your class standing, log in to UAOnline, go to the Students Services and Account Information tab and click on the "Check Your Registration Eligibility" link in the Registration menu.

Registration opens online at 12:01 a.m. to each group of students according to the schedule below. For specific priority registration dates, visit the Dates and Deadlines calendar at

SequenceClass Standing

Credits Earned

1UAA graduate students 
2UAA seniors90+ credits
3UAA juniors60 - 89 credits
4UAA sophomore30 - 59 credits
5UAA freshman0 - 29 credits
6Students with pending UAA admission applications 
7Open registration (all students) 

*In-progress credits - credits in which a student is enrolled during the current semester.  For example, UAA in-progress fall credits would count toward UAA priority registration for the following spring semester.

**UAS, UAF or PWSCC credits count toward UAA priority registration only upon transfer to UAA.

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How to Register

Online Registration

UAOnline is the central access point for all registration activity. You can access UAOnline directly at or from the UAA home page, For academic dates and deadlines, go to

UAOnline registration will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week until the close of registration. Expect occasional outages for system maintenance. Telephone assistance is available during regular business hours at 907-786-1480, option 3.

Step-by-Step Registration

Step 1:  Go to UAOnline and click the "Log In" link.

Step 2: Enter your UA username and password (the same credentials you use to log in to Blackboard or UAA e-mail). Current students who are already using university online resources, such as e-mail and Blackboard, do not need to reactivate their account. New users of online university resources can claim their credentials at

If you need assistance, contact the UAA Call Center at 907-786-4646 or toll-free at 1-877-633-3888 or e-mail

Step 3: Once in the secured area, select the "Student Services and Account Information" tab, then click on "Registration."

Step 4:  In the Registration menu, choose "Class Schedule Search." On the Class Schedule Search page,

    • Choose the semester.
    • To search for Anchorage, Chugiak-Eagle River and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson courses, choose "UAA - Main Campus."
    • Select the type of course delivery (distance, traditional, etc.)
    • Select one or multiple subjects from the Subject menu or enter a keyword in the Keyword Search field. See the instructions at the top of the page for tips on using the Keyword Search.
    • Click "Course Search."
    • If you want more search options, click on the "Advanced Search" button near the top of the page.

Step 5: On the search results page, you will see a list of classes. For each class, you'll see the course reference number (CRN), campus, credit hours, meeting days and times, and other information. Click on the CRN for any class to see additional class information, such as prerequisites and corequisites, instructional delivery methods, and special notes.

Step 6:  When you find the class you'd like to register for, return to the search results page, click the check box next to the CRN and hit the "Add to Worksheet" button at the bottom of the page. This will take you to the Register/Add/Drop page.

Step 7: On the Register/Add/Drop page, you'll see the CRN you selected. If the CRN is correct, click "Complete Registration Changes" to enroll in the class. To search for more classes, click on "Class Search."

Step 8: Registration shortcut: If you already know the CRN(s) you want to register for or if you're registering for a class that requires a corequisite, simply access the Register/Add/Drop page from Registration menu, enter the CRN(s) and click the "Complete Registration Changes" button.

Common Registration Error Messages

  • Closed section: Registration is closed because the class is full. If the class has waitlist seats available, you may choose to add your name to the waitlist. See the waitlist instructions below.
  • Corequisite required: You must register for both corequisite classes at the same time. Go to the Register/Add/Drop page, enter the CRNs for both of the required courses and hit "Complete Registration Changes."
  • Department approval: Registration is limited to students who have departmental approval. Contact the department to request an override.
  • Duplicate CRN: You are already registered for another section of the course. In most cases, simultaneous registration in two or more sections of the same course is not allowed. If the course is approved for multiple registrations, contact the department to request an override.
  • FORT/EAFB: Class is held on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER). Call the JBER office at 907-753-0204 for information or to request an override. See below for more information on JBER classes.
  • Instructor approval: Registration is restricted to students who have instructor approval. Contact the instructor to request an override.
  • Level restriction: Registration is restricted to students in a particular level (for example, graduate). Click on the CRN to see level restriction information.
  • Maximum hours exceeded: Registration in the class will exceed the maximum number of credits allowed for the semester. To enroll in extra credits, submit a Request for Credit Overload Form, available at
  • Prerequisite not met: Registration is limited to students who have met prerequisite and/or test score restrictions. Check the CRN to see prerequisite and test score information. Contact the department if you have questions.
  • Registration changes not allowed: The registration period for the class has not yet opened or has passed.
  • Registration hold: If you have a registration hold, you may not register until the hold is removed by the initiating office. Registration holds may result from:
    • Unpaid tuition and fees and/or outstanding balances on your student account (e.g., parking fines, course fees). Contact the Cashiering Office at 907-786-1440 or
    • Judicial/disciplinary holds. Contact the Dean of Students Office at 907-786-1214 or
    • Other registration holds. Contact the UAA One Stop at 907-786-1480 or
    • UAA is part of a statewide system. Therefore, a hold at one University of Alaska campus will affect your registration at all UA campuses.


When a class is full, it is listed as "closed." Some courses offer a waitlist option. Students may add themselves to a waitlist until the semester begins through UAOnline. Being on the waitlist does not guarantee you a seat in the class. If a seat becomes available in the class and your name is at the top of the waitlist, you will receive an e-mail in your preferred e-mail account. You will have 48, 24 or 12 hours (depending how close to semester start date you are at the time) after the e-mail is sent to register for the class. After the class begins, you will need the instructor's permission to enroll. More on Waitlisting

Special Courses

eLearning Classes

UAA offers distance classes with a variety of delivery methods including Blackboard and Collaborate. To view or register for distance classes, go to the UAOnline class search and choose "eLearning Courses Only" under the Type of Course Delivery menu.

A $25 per credit distance fee applies to most Anchorage distance classes. Some distance classes may charge different fees. Check the specific class CRN on UAOnline for more information.

If you have questions about Anchorage distance classes, visit the Distance Education Services site at, e-mail, or call 907-786-4646, option 3, or toll-free at 1-877-633-3888.

    • Kenai, Kodiak and Mat-Su eLearning Classes: Kenai, Kodiak and Mat-Su college distance classes are open to UAA students. Their distance class schedules may also be viewed on the UAOnline class search.

Directed/Independent Study Courses

Directed study courses are permanent catalog courses delivered on an individual basis when the course is not offered during a semester. Directed study courses must have the approval of the department concerned, supervision by a regular or term faculty member, and final approval by the dean/director.

Independent study courses consist of topics or problems chosen by the student, with the approval of the department concerned, supervision by a regular or term faculty member, and final approval by the dean/director. Independent study courses may not be duplications of and must differ significantly from any catalog course.

Download Directed or Independent Study Forms from The form must be signed by the student, the instructor, the department chair and the dean of the school or college. Forms must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the Directed/Independent Study deadline, which can be found on the Dates and Deadlines calendar at Students will be automatically enrolled in the course and will be responsible for all tuition and fees. Allow business five days for processing. Students may verify registration through UAOnline.

JBER Classes

Classes on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) require special access. Attending classes offered at these locations is a privilege extended by JBER to UAA students. Students are reminded they are entering a military installation during a time of war. Compliance with all directions of the Army Military Police and the Air Force Security Forces is required while on the installation.

JBER requires students to have a driver's license, a current vehicle insurance card and current registration. These are the same items required to legally drive a vehicle in Alaska.

Students registered for classes at JBER education centers are added to the access list starting on the first day of the class. Students must call UAA Military Programs at 907-753-0204 and provide required information at least two weeks before the start of classes. Students must provide the last four digits of their Social Security number and their driver's license number and state. Additions to the access list may take up to 10 working days for processing by security forces.

For the first class, stop at the JBER Visitors Center at the Boniface Parkway gate or Fort Richardson Glenn Highway gate. Students will be issued a temporary pass.

JBER access is provided only to registered students. Students may not bring additional civilians on JBER. If a student needs to obtain a ride to class on JBER, anyone holding appropriate military ID may escort them. Students holding foreign student visas must contact the UAA Military Programs for specific base access procedures.

JBER access is granted only to attend classes at the base and post education centers.

More information about JBER classes can be found at

Variable-Credit Courses

If you register online for a course that has variable credit, select "Change Class Options." on the Register/Add/Drop page and enter the amount of credit you want.

Register In Person

You may register in person by submitting an Add/Drop Form, which can be found at or at the University Center One Stop, 3901 Old Seward Highway.

Proxy for Registration

Students unable to register in person may have a proxy (someone else) register for them. The student must provide the proxy with a signed and completed Proxy for Registration Form, which can be found at or at the University Center One Stop. The proxy must submit the signed form and the student's picture ID at the time of registration. The proxy must follow the policies and deadlines governing registration.

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After You've Registered

  • Pay tuition and fees before published deadlines to avoid being assessed late fees. You are responsible academically and financially for your registration activity. Information about tuition, fees and the payment process is on the Semester Expenses page.
  • Purchase textbooks and supplies. More information is available at
  • Remember to officially drop or withdraw by the published deadlines if you determine that you are unable to complete a course. Failure to do so may result in a grade of F or NB for nonattendance and may affect your financial aid and grade point average (GPA). Classes must be dropped within the 100 percent refund period to avoid tuition assessment. Students may withdraw from classes after the 100 percent refund period. Students cannot withdraw from a class that has been graded.
  • Regularly check your UAA e-mail and UAOnline accounts for changes or updates.

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Changing Your Registration

Adding Classes

Students may begin adding classes at 12:01 a.m. on their priority registration date through the semester add/drop deadline. For classes that have irregular start or end dates, students may add the class up to five business days after the published class start date. Check the Dates and Deadlines calendar at for details.

For courses with variable credit, please follow this process.

Auditing a Class

Students who audit courses are required to meet the course prerequisites/restrictions, register by the deadlines, and pay the same tuition as those who take the course for credit. No credit is received for audited courses. Audit registrations are on a space-available basis. Auditors may be dropped from a class to make room for credit-seeking students. Requirements for auditing the course are determined by faculty. Faculty may withdraw auditors if they fail to comply with the agreed-upon terms.

Audit to credit: During the first and second weeks of fall and spring semester, changes from audit to credit require faculty signature. Audit-to-credit changes are not allowed after the second week.

Credit to audit: Changes from credit to audit require faculty signature. The credit-to-audit deadline coincides with the add/drop deadline.

Audited courses are not included in the computation of study load for full-time or part-time status. In addition, students may not request local credit-by-examination for an audited course until the following academic year.

Students who want to audit a course can choose that grade mode option in the UAOnline Register/Add/Drop page when registering for a course or they may fill out the bottom section on the Add/Drop Form, found at, before the credit-to-audit deadline. Be sure to have the instructor's signature for processing. Check the Dates and Deadlines page at for more information.

Changing Majors

To change major or degree program, submit a Change of Major Form, which can be found at


For full-semester classes

Before the semester add/drop deadline, students can drop full-semester classes

A 100 percent refund of tuition and fees is automatically processed when official drop activity is completed before the add/drop deadline. No refund is issued after the deadline.

After the add/drop deadline, students may withdraw from classes up until the semester withdrawal deadline as long as no grade has been assigned for the class.

Students may withdraw from full-semester classes using the drop procedures listed above.

For classes with irregular dates

Students may drop classes with irregular dates during the 100 percent refund period, which ends at 5 p.m. five business days after the published class start day. No refund is issued after this period.

Before the semester add/drop deadline, students can drop classes with irregular dates

After the semester add/drop deadline, dropping or withdrawing from classes with irregular dates is not allowed via UAOnline. Students may submit an Add/Drop Form or use the online Student-Initiated Drop Form. Courses that have been graded are not eligible for withdrawal.

Please note: Withdrawal from any class will produce a designation of W for that class on the student's transcript. This designation does not carry grade points and is not used in calculation of GPAs. Students are responsible for all fees and tuition if they choose to withdraw from any course, and financial aid could be affected.

Check the Dates and Deadlines page at for specific semester add/drop deadlines.

For more information on refund policies, see the Semester Expenses page.

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