The University of Alaska Anchorage is an open-access public university. Our mission is to provide access to higher education for all students. To achieve this, the university offers a wide variety of academic and vocational programs and different paths to admission. In order to register for courses at UAA, students must apply for admission either as non-degree-seeking or degree-seeking.

  • Non-degree-seeking/Guest: For personal and professional enrichment and for secondary students wishing to take courses at UAA. Submission of transcripts is not required.
  • Degree-seeking: For students planning to complete a certificate or degree program. Degree-seeking students are eligible for services like priority registration, academic advising, financial aid, etc.

This section of the UAA Catalog includes policies regarding admission requirements, and student rights and responsibilities in the admission process that apply to all applicants. Individual certificate and degree programs may have additional requirements, selective admission criteria or limited space. See Undergraduate Programs for specific undergraduate and post-baccalaureate program requirements. See Graduate Programs for requirements that apply to graduate programs and students. Questions about admission to UAA should be directed to Enrollment Services at (907) 786-1480 or to the student services office at your community campus.

How to Apply

Most applicants will apply using the UAA online application accessible through the Admissions website. The online application requires payment of the application fee by credit card. The application fees are listed on the Admissions website.  

Paper applications are available on request by calling or emailing the Office of Admissions. Application fees for paper applications are the same as online applications and can be paid only by check or money order. Paper applications can be dropped off at Enrollment Services, at the community campus, or mailed to the Office of Admissions address.

If the application fee poses a financial hardship, high school students may apply for an application fee waiver. A guidance counselor may submit a letter of support on school letterhead stating that the applicant is eligible for free/reduced lunch or an SAT/ACT fee waiver. See the Admissions website for instructions.

Application Deadlines

Undergraduate application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall Semester - July 15
  • Spring Semester - November 15
  • Summer Semester - May 1

Graduate programs have varying application deadlines and applicants should carefully review the program’s website. International applicants for undergraduate and graduate programs have different application deadlines that are listed on the International Student Services website.

Application for Admission After the Deadline

Applications after the deadline will be accepted with an additional $25 late application fee. Deadlines for late applications are:

  • Fall Semester - August 15
  • Spring Semester - December 15
  • Summer Semester - June 15