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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 into your degree program. Follow these Next Steps to sign up for classes and become a fully enrolled student.

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

Freshmen Students: before meeting with your advisor, you'll need to place into math and writing classes. Adequately preparing can save you significant time and money - your placement scores determine which classes you can start in.

Math Placement

You can take the math placement exam online at any time.

Writing Placement

You can place into writing classes based on your ACT or SAT scores.

ClassACT English + Reading
Total Combined Score
SAT Evidence-Based
Reading and Writing
WRTG S21X60-72710-800
WRTG S11136-59480-700
WRTG S11030-35430-470
WRTG S09026-29390-420

If you did not take the ACT or SAT, you can place at the Juneau, Ketchikan, or Sitka campus by taking the Accuplacer, a writing placement exam.

Juneau: available at the Learning Center in the Egan Library - no appointment needed. Call 907-796-6348 or visit the Learning Center website for open hours.

Ketchikan: call 907-228-4524 or email us to set up an appointment.

Sitka: call 907-747-7717 or email us to set up an appointment.

If you are not in Juneau, Ketchikan, or Sitka, and you need to set up a placement exam, you can do so at another University of Alaska campus, or at a community college, school, or library in your home community. To get started, fill out the Remote Proctor Form.

Transfer or Returning Students: if you already passed college level math or English classes, you do not need to take a placement exam.

Incoming students must meet with an academic advisor before signing up for classes. Your advisor can help you identify college and career goals, choose a degree program, select classes, build a schedule, and navigate the university system. So that you’re ready to make informed decisions when choosing your classes, we recommend you set up an appointment and meet with your advisor before registration opens each semester.

Use the Find My Advisor Tool  to look up your advisor's name and contact information. If you haven’t picked a major yet, contact the Student Resource Center at 907-796-6000 to make an advising appointment. Appointments are available in-person or over the phone.

To register for classes, students must have:

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. UAS 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.

Juneau Campus Housing

Freshman housing is located in the heart of campus; apartments for transfer students, those over 21, or families are a short walk away. A free shuttle service runs between housing, main campus, the recreation center and the oceanside science building.

Space is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Use your Whale Card as your:

  • official student ID.
  • library card.
  • keycard access to campus buildings.
  • keycard access for campus housing residents.
  • access to the Rec Center on the Juneau campus.
  • payment option for your meal plan, coffee, laundry, printing, and more.

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.