Registration

You must register and pay tuition and fees to attend classes and earn credit. Registration is held each semester on dates published in the academic calendar. For special programs, short courses, seminars and other classes not part of the regular academic calendar, registration is as needed.

Details about procedures and schedules for registering are published online and in separate publications at each campus. Registration instructions for the Fairbanks campus are provided in the UAF registration guide.

The first day of instruction for all semester-length courses is the date indicated in the official semester academic calendar. That date might not be the first day that a class meets.

If you register for courses, the university holds you financially responsible for payment of your tuition and fees. The university may drop your registration if you do not pay. Other consequences for nonpayment include not being able to receive your grades or transcripts.

Academic Advising Is Required

Academic advising is an important part of planning for your education. Degree students must obtain an academic advisor’s signature every semester to begin the registration process. All undergraduate degree and certificate students are required to have an academic advisor. You will work in tandem with your academic advisor to develop a viable educational plan that reflects your academic interests and goals. Your academic advisor will assist you in determining the best options, alternatives and sequences of classes to take. Academic advising is available at several campuses. See Services and Resources for more information.

Graduate Students

First-semester graduate students must meet with their advisor, or, if no advisor is assigned, then they should meet with the department or program chair to begin their registration process.

Continuing graduate students who meet the registration requirement as found under the How to Earn a Graduate Degree section of the catalog need to confer with their advisor as to what courses to enroll in for each semester.

Nondegree Students

Anyone who wants to attend classes at UAF as a nondegree student may register as long as they have the appropriate permissions. New nondegree students who are at least 18 years old must complete a free UAOnline nondegree application in order to be eligible to register.

Nondegree students may also see an academic advisor, and it is recommended for those taking 9 or more credits in a semester or for those who have accumulated 30 or more UAF credits. Nondegree students who have been academically disqualified should meet with an academic advisor each semester to develop a realistic and timely educational plan. 

Nondegree students are subject to placement examination requirements for courses, and they must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain in good standing. Any nondegree student who wants to be considered a degree candidate must submit an application for admission, meet regular admission requirements and submit transcripts. Nondegree students are not eligible for financial aid or priority registration.

It’s important for potential graduate students to understand that credits earned as a nondegree student might not be accepted for use toward a graduate degree program. Please see the transfer credit section of How to Earn a Graduate Degree.

High School and Secondary School Students

High school and secondary students may take classes at UAF either as degree or nondegree students. 

  • Secondary Student Enrollment
    The secondary student enrollment process allows secondary school students to register for UAF classes. A student meeting course prerequisites may enroll in university classes. Students must consult their appropriate school district officials and school counselors for approval prior to registration if they wish to use university courses to meet high school graduation requirements.
    Registering for courses at UAF establishes a permanent academic record that reflects student academic performance in all courses attempted. Students must submit the free (nondegree) secondary student application, and must obtain a parent or gurdian's permission to enroll. 
    Note: Enrollment in UAF courses as a secondary student does not constitute formal admission to the university for the purposes of earning a certificate or degree. Please note that in order to qualify for federal financial aid, you must have either a high school diploma or a GED.
  • TECH PREP Opportunities
    The TECH PREP program allows students to earn credits toward a UAF certificate or associate degree by completing career and technical education classes in high school that have been approved for college credit by UAF. The classes available for credit vary from school to school, but in general they are taken from the following areas: applied business; automotive; airframe and powerplant; human services; computer information office systems; allied health; drafting; emergency medical services; and welding. For more information, contact your high school counselor or the Community and Technical College at 907-455-2800.
  • Alaska Higher Education Admission Decision (AHEAD) program

    The AHEAD program allows qualified high school students to be admitted to UAF as general studies students. AHEAD students are assigned an academic advisor and follow the registration timeline for degree students.

    To qualify, students must submit an AHEAD program application. They must have completed three-fourths of their high school core curriculum and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher. (To qualify for federal financial aid, you must have either a high school diploma or a GED.)  ​

Adding, Dropping and Withdrawing from Classes

Information about the add/drop process can also be found at http://uaonline.alaska.edu and in the registration guide. Adds, drops and withdrawals are not final until the student has completed the appropriate procedure, paid any relevant fees or tuition and submitted all necessary paperwork to the Office of the Registrar. If you drop a class within specified time frames, the course will not be part of your academic transcript. Important deadlines are listed in Important Registration Change Deadlines table.

Important Registration Change Deadlines

Action1 Begins2 Ends Notes
Adding a class First day of registration for the semester Last day of the second week of instruction for the semester Advisor’s signature not required.
Credit/No-credit option First day of registration for the semester Last day of the second week of instruction for the semester Undergraduates only; only electives not specified in a student’s core, major, minor and degree programs are eligible for this option.
Dropping one or more class(es) (class does not appear on transcript) First day of registration for the semester Last day of the second week of instruction for the semester
Faculty-initiated drop (class does not appear on transcript) Published first date of semester Last day of the second week of instruction for the semester Faculty member will notify the Office of the Registrar.
Withdrawing from a class (class appears on transcript with W grade) After the last day of the second week of instruction for the semester Last day of the tenth week of instruction for the semester Advisor’s signature required for student in degree program.
Withdrawing from all classes (total withdrawal) After the last day of the second week of instruction for the semester Last day of the tenth week of instruction for the semester Advisor’s signature required for student in degree program; total withdrawal form must be completed.
Faculty-initiated withdrawal (class appears on transcript with W grade) After the last day of the second week of instruction for the semester Last day of the tenth week of instruction for the semester Faculty member will notify the Office of the Registrar. Student will receive an email notification at their UAF account.
Appeal for late withdrawal from a class3 After the last day for student-initiated withdrawals 30 days after the first published day of the next regular semester Advisor's signature is required for students in a degree program and must complete appeal for late withdrawal paperwork; reviewed by a campus appeals committee. Late withdrawals are allowed for exceptional cases only and approval is not automatic.

Note: Add/drop, total withdrawal and credit/no-credit requests must be completed by the appropriate deadlines. 

Important dates for short, late-start and courses outside of the normal semester timeline. 

Action1 Begins2 Ends Notes
Adding a class First day of registration for the semester Last day of the second week of instruction for the semester Advisor’s signature not required.
Dropping one or more class(es) (class does not appear on transcript) First day of registration for the semester Last day of the second week of instruction for the semester
Faculty-initiated drop (class does not appear on transcript) Published first date of semester Last day of the second week of instruction for the semester Faculty member will notify the Office of the Registrar.
Withdrawing from a class (class appears on transcript with W grade) After the last day of the second week of instruction for the semester Last day of the tenth week of instruction for the semester Advisor’s signature required for student in degree program.
Withdrawing from all classes (total withdrawal) After the last day of the second week of instruction for the semester Last day of the tenth week of instruction for the semester Advisor’s signature required for student in degree program; total withdrawal form must be completed.
Credit/No-credit option First day of registration for the semester Last day of the second week of instruction for the semester Undergraduates only; only electives not specified in a student’s core, major, minor and degree programs are eligible for this option.
Faculty-initiated withdrawal (class appears on transcript with W grade) After the last day of the second week of instruction for the semester Last day of the tenth week of instruction for the semester Faculty member will notify the Office of the Registrar. Student will receive an email notification at their UAF account.
Appeal for late withdrawal from a class3 After the last day for student-initiated withdrawals 30 days after the first published day of the next regular semester Advisor's signature is required for students in a degree program and must complete appeal for late withdrawal paperwork; reviewed by a campus appeals committee. Late withdrawals are allowed for exceptional cases only and approval is not automatic.

Non-Attendance Drop Policy

Students are expected to begin attending classes on the first day of instruction. Some departments, in trying to find space for students on waitlists, require that you attend the first class session or notify the department in advance that you cannot attend the first class. If you miss the first class without notifying the department, you may be dropped from the course, and the space may be assigned to a student on the waitlist.

Because of the high demand for composition and basic speech courses listed below, students who fail to attend either of the first two meetings of a basic course will be dropped even if they registered in advance and paid their fees. If space becomes available in a class from which you have been dropped by the department, you need to follow the add procedure to re-enroll.

Composition
Writing Across Contexts
Writing and the Sciences
Research Writing
Basic Speech
Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Group Context
Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Public Context

Withdrawing

  • Withdrawing from a Class
    If you withdraw from a class later than the second Friday after the first day of instruction (last day to drop classes), a grade of W appears on your academic record. The W grade does not affect your GPA. However, it may impact your financial aid. Be sure to check with the Financial Aid Office before withdrawing from classes. The last day you can withdraw from a class is the 10th Friday after the first day of instruction. For specific dates, see the academic calendar. Fees and tuition are not automatically refunded for W grades.
  • Withdrawing from a Class Shorter than the Full Semester
    Withdrawal must be done by the 60 percent point of instruction.
  • Total Withdrawal from All Classes
    If you want to withdraw from all your classes later than the second Friday after the first day of instruction (last day to drop classes), use a Total Withdrawal form available at http://www.uaf.edu/reg/forms/ or from the Office of the Registrar. You’ll receive a W grade for all classes, which does not impact your GPA. A student-initiated total withdrawal is subject to the same deadlines as withdrawal from a class. For specific dates, see the academic calendar. Fees and tuition are not automatically refunded for W grades.

Withdrawals After the Deadline

Appeals for a late withdrawal after the student-initiated withdrawal deadline — the ninth Friday after the first day of instruction — are exceptions to policy and are allowed only in exceptional cases. Approval is not automatic, and you need to provide documented evidence to support your request. Acceptable serious and compelling reasons may include:

  1. death in immediate family;
  2. serious illness or injury of student or immediate family; and
  3. factors outside of student’s control (for example, fire or flood).

Failing a course, avoiding an unsatisfactory grade or ignorance of policies are not serious and compelling reason for seeking a late withdrawal and will not be approved.

Appeals for late withdrawals must be submitted within 30 class days after the beginning of the next regular semester. Forms for an appeal for late withdrawals are available at http://www.uaf.edu/reg/forms/, through the Office of the Registrar in Signers’ Hall on the Fairbanks campus, or through local campus student services offices. Once received, the appeal will be evaluated by a campuswide committee, which will return a decision to the student. The decision of the university is final, and a student who files a written appeal under these procedures shall be expected to abide by the final disposition of the review, as provided, and may not seek further appeal of the matter under any other procedure within the university.

Faculty-Initiated Drop or Withdrawal

Class instructors have the right to drop students who do not meet course prerequisites, did not obtain a grade of C- or better in all prerequisite courses, or who have not participated substantially in a course. Faculty-initiated drops submitted through the second Friday after the first day of instruction will be treated as a dropped class and will not appear on any student transcript. The faculty-initiated withdrawal may occur after the second Friday but before the 10th Friday after the first day of instruction. A grade of W will appear on a student’s academic record for faculty-initiated withdrawals.

Directed and Individual Study

Directed study courses allow a student to contract with an instructor to enroll individually in a course that is listed in the catalog but in a semester in which the course is not offered in the regular schedule.

For example, a directed study proposal may be approved if the course is not being offered that semester and the student needs to complete the course for graduation. The title for the directed study course will include DS.

Individual study courses provide students with opportunities to improve their knowledge in areas of study not listed in the current catalog. A student who requests or is advised to undertake such an individual study should present a brief proposal and syllabus to the appropriate faculty member. The syllabus must be attached to an individual study form. This requirement does not apply to directed study courses. An individual study course number will end in 97.

Registration for directed and individual study courses is not available via the web. To register for a directed or individual study course, download the request form or pick up a copy at the Office of the Registrar. Submit the completed form to the Office of the Registrar.

Where to Get More Information

Office of the Registrar
University of Alaska Fairbanks
1810 Salcha Street | 102 Signers’ Hall
P.O. Box 757495 | Fairbanks, AK 99775-7495
Email: uaf-registrar@alaska.edu
Online: http://www.uaf.edu/reg/
Telephone: 907-474-6300