New Student Checklist
Apply for Admission to UAA
A student interested in taking courses at UAA will need to begin the admission process outlined below. Completion of the online application will expedite your admission process. However, paper applications are also available.
- Start by visiting Admissions to learn the process, programs offered and requirements.
- If you are applying as a degree-seeking student, apply through Gateway to UAA.
- If you are applying as a non-degree seeking student, apply through UAOnline.
- Pay the admission application fee (refer to the Admissions website for amounts) -- be ready with your credit card.
- You will 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, visit me.uaa.alaska.edu to look it up.
Determine How You Will Pay for College
It is important to request financial aid as soon as possible (the process can take up to 8 weeks). You will not receive financial aid until you are fully admitted to UAA.Financial Aid FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Apply for Scholarships
Apply for On-Campus Housing
Students taking nine (9) or more credits wishing to live on-campus are encouraged to apply early as space fills up quickly. Contact UAA Housing at (907) 751-7200 for more information.On-Campus Living
Register for Howl Days Orientation
- Now you are 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.
Take Placement Tests
The Accuplacer is UAA's computerized placement test to assess your skills in English. Students are only permitted to register for English courses at the level indicated by the students Accuplacer, ACT, or SAT scores.
The Math Placement (ALEKS) test is UAA's computerized placement test used to assess your skills in Mathematics. Students are only permitted to register for Mathematics courses at the level indicated by the students ALEKS, ACT or SAT Scores.
*Please note that Accuplacer test scores for Mathematics taken after Wednesday, April 5, 2017 will no longer be accepted. Students who have already taken the Accuplacer test will be able to use their scores until March 31, 2018.Score Placement Charts
Meet with an Academic Advisor
All first time degree-seeking students are required to meet with an advisor. If you have declared your major, you can find your academic advisor online. If you are undecided about a major, call Student Outreach & Transition at (907) 786-4500. This is expected to be done prior to registration for classes or attending an orientation.
If you do not meet with your advisor, you will have an advising hold put on your record for the next semester, and you will not be able to register for classes. You cannot have the hold removed until you meet with your advisor!Find Your Advisor
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 UAOnline, 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 your campus housing agreement. Call (907) 751-7202 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Purchase Your Books
Textbooks become available generally one to two weeks before classes begin. The UAA bookstore's regular hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30AM-7:00PM and Friday 8:30AM-6:00PM. You can also reserve your textbooks online. If you have any questions contact the bookstore at (907) 786-1151.UAA Bookstore
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 UAA Parking Services. For more information, please contact parking services at (907) 786-1119.UAA Parking Services
Obtain 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 (907) 786-HOWL for more information.UAA WolfCard
Access Your University Email Account
Everyone that is registered for one credit at UAA is assigned a username and email account.
To find out your username go to the Information Technology Services website, use the username look-up function in the bottom left-hand corner.
To access your UAA e-mail account, login to Google Apps at UA. 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 email account by the university. If you have a personal address that you prefer, please forward your UAA email to your personal address.
Review the University Catalog
The University Course Catalog of course descriptions and program requirements is now only available online. Please take some time to review the requirements for your program within the Course Catalog.Catalogs & Schedules
Get 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.Fact Finder Handbook
Update Your Address 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 (Fall Only)
Many departments on campus offer specific welcome events for their students. Please contact the departments for more information.
Campus Kick Off - August 26, 2017: Student Life & Leadership, (907) 786-1204
Alaska Native Student/Faculty Meet & Greet: Native Student Services, (907) 786-4000
Welcome Week - August 28-September 1, 2017: Residence Life, (907) 751-7202
AHAINA Welcome: AHAINA [Multicultural Center], (907) 786-4082
Honors Program Introduction: University Honors College, (907) 786-1086