Welcome to Academic Advising!
Academic advising is an interactive partnership between you and professional staff and faculty that supports your educational experience. All degree-seeking students are assigned an advisor. Advisors are available to assist non-degree seeking students as well. Advisors can assist with a wide range of needs, including but not limited to:
- Identifying academic and career goals
- Exploring and choosing degree programs
- Helping with course selection, building a schedule and registration
- Connecting to useful resources
- Help navigate university systems
Advisors support student learning by teaching skills through which students develop knowledge and values that empower them to reach their academic and life goals. Plan to meet with your advisor every semester.
“I cannot stress how important meeting with an academic advisor is - early and often in your college career. Your academic advisor can help you assemble an efficient schedule that will allow you to graduate in the least amount of time, saving you incredible amounts of money and frustration. My advisor was an advocate for me.” -- UAS Student Brandon Howard
All new students (freshman and transfer) are required to meet with an advisor each semester until they reach 30 college credits. Mandatory Advising is a key program at UAS to assist students in creating the good habit of connecting with their advisor early and often.
When you receive your admissions certificate, you will receive contact information to reach an advisor. You are also welcome to call our toll free number (877-465-4827) and our Peer Advisors can assist you.
While you may see an advisor at any stage in your path to enroll at UAS, new and transfer students are encouraged to prepare for their first meeting with an advisor by:
- Applying for admissions (prior to first semester of attendance)
- Take placement tests * (prior to first semester of attendance)
- Prepare a list of questions, concerns, interests and goals
- Review the semester course schedule
*Transfer students gain a tremendous amount of information from meeting with advisors early to understand how their credits may apply at UAS.
The admissions and advising teams work together to welcome all interested international students to UAS and assist them with the process of getting admitted and enrolled in classes.
Marsha Squires is the International Student Advisor. Incoming international students should follow the admissions process. Returning international students should prepare for meetings with Marsha by:
- Reviewing the upcoming semester course schedule
- Preparing a list of questions, concerns, interest and goals
International students are required to meet with their advisor each semester in order to maintain immigration status.
UAS welcomes students under the age of 18 who are ready for college-level work to enroll in many of our classes. There are three different options to choose from. Please review carefully.
Tech Prep students are enrolled in a UAS course taught under an articulated agreement between the school district and UAS. Tech Prep students should register for Tech Prep classes at their high schools.
Visit the Tech Prep website for more information.
A dual enrollment student is one who is simultaneously enrolled in a high school curriculum and also is taking courses at UAS. The courses that the student takes at UAS may be used to fulfill high school graduation requirements. The purpose of dual enrollment is to provide high school students with access to coursework that is not available in Alaska high schools. Examples include academic courses that are more advanced than those offered in high schools and various vocational and technical programs that high schools are not equipped to teach. See enrollment procedures below.
Other Underage Students
Students who have withdrawn from high school prior to graduation and have not completed a GED but wish to take classes at UAS qualify as non-degree seeking students and can enroll in classes at UAS. See enrollment procedures below.
Enrollment Policies for Dual Enrollment and Other Underage Students
- Underage students must have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 to be eligible for enrollment at UAS. Exceptions to the 3.0 GPA requirements may be approved by the instructor.
- Underage students may register for no more than seven credits per semester.
- Pre-college courses (numbered 050-099) are not open to enrollment by underage students. These courses cover pre-college coursework that should be first obtained in a student’s high school curriculum. Exceptions may be approved by the instructor.
- Underage students must meet the same course pre-requisites that are required of other students.
- Underage students are required to abide by the Student Code of Conduct at all times.
Enrollment Procedures for Dual Enrollment and Other Underage Students
- Meet with an advisor from the Student Resource Center in Juneau, the Student Services Manager in Ketchikan, or Student Services Advisor in Sitka to discuss the goals, risks, and rewards of enrollment in college courses.
- Submit high school transcripts that reflect a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. A new transcript is required for each semester.
- Take Accuplacer assessments for initial placement in Math and English courses. Scores from SAT or ACT tests taken within the past year may be substituted for English only.
- Complete the Dual Enrollment and Underage Student Registration form (460KB), which includes signatures of the student, parent, high school counselor (if appropriate), UAS advisor, and instructor. Students under 16 will also be required to have the appropriate Dean’s signature. Note: Instructor signature is required; it indicates faculty approval but does not guarantee admittance into a course.
- Complete an Education Record Information Release form (FERPA) in order for UAS officials to be able to speak to parents and counselors about the student’s academic progress, registration status, student account, and student affairs record.
- Submit required forms to registrar’s office and pay tuition and fees or provide proof of other funding source. Note: Students (and their parents) are responsible for the cost of tuition, fees, books, and other required materials.
- Dual enrolled students cannot be waitlisted for a course if the course is full.