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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 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 193P)
  • Mindful Learning is a 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
  • Register 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 193P)
  • Attend Sitka Start orientation at the 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

Eleyna Rosenthal

SUPPORT Specialist

Phone: 907-747-7772


Student Services

Sitka Campus


B.A. Psychology, University of Maryland (2015)

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