1. Academic Advising at UAF

This module will help academic advisors understand  their role as an academic advisor and why academic advising is such an important part of the UAF student experience. Learning outcomes will be presented along with UAF policies concerning mandatory academic advising and what constitutes quality academic advising. You will learn how to access student information on UAOnline, which is the web-based tool that draws from the system-wide student information database called BANNER.

Academic advising is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable activities you will engage in at this university. As you will discover, academic advising is much more than just your signature on a registration form and has far more impact than mere advice-giving. Academic advising is an important part of the teaching/learning mission of UAF with its own curriculum, pedagogy, and student learning outcomes.

Academic advising is mandatory for all undergraduate students and every single semester they will be knocking on your door, calling, emailing, or texting you to “sign off’ on their registration form. Watch this video and note how the academic advisor interacts with the student as well as what the academic advisor says to the student.

Academic Advising Structure at UAF

Academic advising at UAF is decentralized and is most closely aligned with the shared-split model of academic advising. Academic advising at UAF is split because faculty or designated staff professional advisors conduct academic advising for students admitted into majors or programs and the Academic Advising Center advises undeclared and degree completion students, student-athletes, pre-professional students, and non-degree disqualified students.

CTC’s Student Advising and Registration Center advisors advise associate of arts students and provides general academic advising for associate and certificate students at their campus. Students enrolled at the five UAF rural campuses may also be advised by Student Services staff advisors.

Academic advising at UAF is shared because students may also be advised by:


  • Students taking eCampus courses

International Programs & Initiatives

  • Students on National Student Exchange (NSE) or Study Abroad programs

Northern Military Programs

  • Students at Fort Wainwright or Eielson Air Force Base and Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) students

Rural Student Services

  • Students from rural Alaska and Alaska Native students

Student Support Services

  • Students who qualify for this federal TRiO program are first generation, low-income, and/or have a disability

UAF Undergraduate Students

There are close to 6,000 undergraduate students at UAF and each one of them will be advised each semester by a faculty or professional staff advisor. Every fall almost 1,500 freshmen and transfer students come to UAF and every one of them should be assigned to a faculty or professional advisor before they set up their educational and career plan for the upcoming semester.

The most popular undergraduate majors for first-time freshmen at UAF are:

  1. General Studies (Undeclared baccalaureate)
  2. General Program (Associate of Arts)
  3. Biological Sciences
  4. Mechanical Engineering
  5. Pre-Nursing Qualification/Allied Health Non-Majors

The most popular undergraduate majors recorded at UAF commencement are:

  1. General Program (Associate of Arts)
  2. Biological Sciences
  3. Psychology
  4. Applied Business
  5. Business Administration