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Sitka Start is a program offered to new and/or transferring students for the fall semester at UAS Sitka. This small cohort will benefit from personalized support, a built-in social community, career networking opportunities, and academic guidance.

Who can apply to Sitka Start?

Individuals living in Sitka who are considered freshman-year status (less than 30 credits) and enrolled in a UAS Sitka program, whether in-person or online.

The personalized and social support of Sitka Start makes is especially suited for students who:

  • Are the first in their family to attend a college or university

  • Are restarting after a career change 

  • Plan to transfer to a different school but want to stay local for their first year

  • Want extra support while navigating academic challenges

What are the benefits?

  • Personalized support from the Sitka Start team

  • Tuition waiver for the 1 credit hour Mindful Learning (HUM 193)

    • Mindful Learning course to support you in applying constructive and sustainable learning strategies in college and beyond 

  • Tuition waiver for an additional 3 credit hours 

  • A $250 stipend towards course materials 

  • Networking and mentorship opportunities

What are the requirements?

  • Admittance into a Sitka degree program

  • Registered for a minimum of 7 credit hours at UAS for the fall semester 

  • Completed no more than 30 credit hours prior to program participation

  • Enrollment in Mindful Learning (HUM 193)

  • Attend Sitka Start orientation at beginning of semester

  • Participation in at least one Sitka Start activity

Want to sign up or receive more information? 

To sign up for Sitka Start or learn more, contact Eleyna Rosenthal (SUPPORT Specialist) at 907-747-7772 or 


Student Success Center

Contact Us:

    Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Sat - Sun: closed

    Appointments for Advising, Testing, and Tutoring are strongly recommended.

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