General Interest/Non-Degree-Seeking Applications

UAA transforms its communities and the State of Alaska through educational opportunities, welcoming all to take classes in person or online at one or more of UAA's campuses. Students who wish to take classes purely for general interest or personal/professional development complete a non-degree seeking application in order to register for courses. Students only have to complete the non-degree seeking application once. If a student later decides to earn a certificate or degree, they will then complete the Application for Admission process. 

Non-degree-seeking students may take courses for which they have the prerequisite skills and experience. They are not required to submit transcripts or test scores for admission but may need to provide proof of meeting placement requirements and course prerequisites. Students who wish to register for graduate courses may be required to obtain a department chair’s or faculty member’s signature and are strongly advised to contact the department at the earliest opportunity.

International students who will need a Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant (F-1) Student Status must be admitted as degree-seeking students. Those with certain other types of visas, including J-1, B-1 or B-2 visitor visas, F-2 visas, and those on the visa waiver program, can be admitted as non-degree-seeking and enroll in a limited number of credits. See International Student Services in the Office of Admissions for further details.

Although non-degree-seeking students are not eligible to have transfer credits evaluated or applied, they can get an unofficial estimate of how their credits might transfer by visiting the UAA Transfer Evaluation System.


To qualify for registration as a non-degree seeking student, an individual must meet one of the following requirements:

Students initially admitted as non-degree-seeking who later decide to pursue a UAA certificate or degree must submit an Application for Admission and all required documents and meet corresponding admission requirements for the certificate or degree program. Admission as a non-degree-seeking student does not guarantee future admission to a certificate or degree program. Credits earned as a non-degree-seeking student may be applied to certificate or degree programs as specified in admission to individual programs.

Non-degree-seeking students do not qualify for federal or state financial aid.