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After you Apply: Next Steps

Enrollment Guide

Upon completing the University of Alaska Application, you'll receive a notification if you are accepted to attend UAS. Follow these Next Steps to compete the enrollment process.

UAOnline is the University of Alaska’s student portal. Using UAOnline, you can:

  • Set a preferred email address

    • All official university correspondence will be sent to your UA student email account. Be sure to check it often or set forwarding to any commercial account you prefer. You may also choose your "preferred" email account through UAOnline under 'Personal Information'.
  • Print your official enrollment verification

  • Monitor your degree progress using DegreeWorks

  • Request an official transcript or view your unofficial transcripts

  • Register for classes

  • Review semester charges and make payments
  • Apply for graduation

To access your UAOnline account for the first time:

  1. Visit ELMO: Easy Login Maintenance Option
  2. Choose Option 3 to find your username and ID number.
  3. Enter your birth date, last name and the last four digits of your Social Security Number.
  4. Click Go ELMO!
  5. Provide at least five pieces of information from the provided options. Then click Confirm.
  6. Choose your desired level of account security and establish three security questions. Click OK.
  7. Your username and ID number will be displayed on the left side of the page.
  8. Set your password on the right side of the page.
  9. Wait at least 15 minutes before logging into UAOnline.

If you’re having trouble setting up or accessing your UAOnline account, contact IT Help Desk at (907) 796-6400 or

The Financial Aid Office is here to help make sure you maximize the opportunities and resources that are available to you when it comes to funding your education. Financial Aid and Scholarship Checklist


Your first step is to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required to apply for all federal, state, and need-based institutional aid. List the UAS school code 001065 on the FAFSA, and UAS will automatically receive an electronic copy. UAA requires access to a current, valid FAFSA in order to process any of your financial aid.

Submit a FAFSA:

Note: Alaska residents should complete the FAFSA by June 30 in order to maintain eligibility for the Alaska Performance Scholarship and the Alaska Education Grant.

GI Bill: Request to Begin VA Benefits form. Filling out the FAFSA could secure extra funds in addition to the GI Bill.

Placement exams determine the right math and writing classes for you. UAS policy states that new students who are degree seeking or planning to enroll in six or more credits must complete placement assessments before enrolling in any UAS courses. Additional placement exams are available for select degree programs. Students may meet the assessment criteria without taking a placement exam if certain criteria apply. 

Writing Placement Exam (Accuplacer)

Accuplacer is an online placement exam to assess skills in writing. ALEKS exams must be scheduled.

Math and Statistics Placement Exam (ALEKS)

ALEKS is an online placement test that determines the recommended mathematics course level. ALEKS can be taken on any computer on your own time.

Note: All test scores and transcripts must be approved by the UAS Registrar's Office. Students must complete placement exams or assessment before meeting with an advisor.

As a new student at UAS, you should begin your academic journey by meeting with an advisor. UAS transition and academic advisors will help you identify and pursue the best pathway to achieve your academic, personal and career goals. It is extremely important that you meet with an advisor before registration opens each semester so that you’re ready to make informed decisions when choosing your classes. You’re encouraged to set up an appointment well in advance of registration.

Find Your Advisor

UAS has general advisors and specialized advisors that work with specific programs within its schools and colleges. Use the Find My Advisor online tool to select the advisor(s) assigned to each area or call (907) 796-6000 or toll free at 1-877-465-4827.

Note: You can check your degree program on UAOnline under the Student Records tab and View Student Information link.

To register for classes, students must have:

At UAS, you have the opportunity to embrace the full college experience and enjoy the beauty of Alaska by living on the Juneau campus. Freshman housing is located in the heart of campus; family, suite, and apartment-style housing is a short trail walk away. A free shuttle service runs between housing, main campus, the recreation center and the oceanside science building. Sitka and Ketchikan campuses do not offer residential housing at this time.

Live on the Juneau Campus

To live on campus, you must complete the online housing application. Space is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to submit your application as early as possible.

Orientation helps prepare you for a successful transition into college life. Both on-campus and online students have Orientation events.

Attending Orientation is a great way to relieve common anxieties about starting college, and new students who make these valuable connections tend to:

  • Transition more successfully into college life
  • Enjoy greater satisfaction throughout the college experience
  • Display higher levels of academic achievement
  • Graduate from degree programs at a higher rate

All incoming students who are new to UAS in Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, and online are expected to attend an Orientation. UAS offers a variety of orientation options depending on your major, college experience, proximity to campus, and the semester you begin at UAS. Parents, guardians, family, and friends are welcome to attend as guests to select orientation events.

How to Sign Up for Orientation

To sign up, visit Orientation and select the campus you will be attending. If you have questions about which event is right for you, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Students may order textbooks through MBS Direct or their preferred provider.

To order through MBS:

  • Visit MBS Direct and select Let's Get Started
  • Choose the term and the campus the course is facilitated by. Enter the course reference number (CRN). Enter a new line for each course.
  • Select View Your Materials

  • After choosing books to purchase, select Proceed to Checkout
  • Review cart and select Check Out Now. Login to an existing account or create a new user account. Book voucher?* Select Use It Here

No Text Required For This Course message? Contact the instructor or view course homesite on Blackboard to confirm there will be no text or materials required. Instructor contact information: UAS directory.

*MBS Book Vouchers: Complete MBS Book Voucher Application to charge UAS books to Financial Aid. Students cannot receive a book voucher until all of their Financial Aid forms have been completed, processed, and approved. MBS book vouchers cannot be used for UAA or UAF.

Note: MBS offers a limited textbook buy-back program; visit MBS Direct for details.

For more information about ordering textbooks, contact UAS Student Accounts: (907) 796-6267

The UAS Whale Card

  • Official UAS ID
  • Library card 
  • Key access to campus buildings
  • Key access for residents of on-campus housing
  • Access to the UAS Juneau Recreation Center
  • Pay for many things around campus including dining service locations, as well as campus stores and on-campus housing laundry facilities.

Payment of tuition and fees for classes must be received by the posted deadline or at the time of registration unless you have made previous arrangements with the Student Accounts Office. Payment may be made in person at Student Accounts or online through UAOnline.

Note: Students are financially responsible for classes in which they are registered, even if they do not attend class.

UAS is committed to providing an academic environment where everyone can live, study, work and have fun safely. Title IX Training: Sex and Gender Based Discrimination module is an online educational training tool that provides information about sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. All UAS students, staff, and faculty are required to complete this training module each year.

  1. Log in to UAOnline and under the Student Services and Account Information tab, select Student Training.
  2. Select Title IX Training: Sex and Gender Based Discrimination.

You can start and stop the training as necessary. In total, the training takes roughly 1-2 hours to complete. You must complete this training by a specified date to avoid a hold on your account, which would delay you from registering for classes for the next semester. You will receive reminders about the training and the deadline will be advertised around campus. You should not, however, finish the training before July 1, otherwise it will not count toward the following academic year.