Getting Started

A quick rundown of steps to take to ensure a successful semester.

Welcome to Nanook Nation! Here’s what you need to know to get started. If you still need help, email us at uaf-ecampus@alaska.edu, call 907-455-2060 or fill out this form.

Considering UAF eCampus? Start here!

How do online courses work at UAF?

At UAF, online courses typically do not have set meeting times but do have weekly deadlines. While there are some standard practices, each course is designed by the instructor to best teach the material. Most courses run the full length of the 16-week semester.

Take a peek into some courses:

Our Future Students page has more information about tuition, the application process and other reasons UAF may be a good fit for you.

You can also make an appointment with the eCampus Admissions Counselor at any time.

Are you a high school student?

High school students are encouraged to take university courses and can work with their high school on receiving credit. Visit our Alaska Advantage page to get started with dual enrollment.

Just want to take a class?

If you want to take a class without applying to a degree program or seeking financial aid, fill out the eCampus registration form. We’ll let you know if there are prerequisites or placements required for your class.

Thinking about earning a degree? Applying for financial aid?

Submitting an application to UAF is the first step toward being admitted into a degree program and is required to be eligible for financial aid.

Apply for admission to UAF.

UAF eCampus offers more than 45 fully online programs that can be completed from anywhere in the world. UAF also offers degrees via distance learning (which is different than online) and/or on campus. Search among UAF’s 140+ programs.

Our Admissions Counselor can help if you have questions about which degree might be right for you or how the classes for your degree are offered at UAF.

Find more information about paying for college on the Financial Aid Office website, including our handy step-by-step guide for applying for financial aid.

Returning to UAF after a break in your studies?

If you attended UAF in the past but have not enrolled at any University of Alaska campus in more than two years, you will need to submit an application to re-apply for admission. You do not need to resend any transcripts unless you’ve attended another institution while you were away.

Ready to register for classes?


UAF’s Registration Guide is also a great resource.

Username and password

Follow these instructions to set up your UAF student account (select the “Activate My UA Account” tab). For more assistance, contact the OIT Support Center at 800-478-8226, 907-450-8300 or helpdesk@alaska.edu.

Meet with an Academic Advisor

UAF degree students: You will have one or more advisors to help guide you through your academic journey and you’ll need to meet with them each semester before you can register for classes. Don’t know who your advisor is? Refer to this list of UAF academic advisors or email us for help.

Non-degree students: UAF eCampus advisors are available to answer questions about online courses, however, you are not required to meet with an advisor.

High school students can find more information about dual enrollment on the Alaska Advantage page.

Take placement exams

UAF uses placement testing to determine students’ academic preparation for math and English courses. If you’re new to UAF, your advisor will let you know if you need to take one or both exams.

Learn more about placement testing.

Register for classes

Degree students: After your courses have been approved by your advisor, go to UAOnline to register. The UAF Registration Guide lists out the process step-by-step!

Non-degree students: You can register at UAOnline or use our UAF eCampus registration form.

High school students enrolling in eCampus courses can use the Alaska Advantage registration form.

How to be successful with eCampus

UAF has robust student resources to help you along your academic journey. We offer virtual meeting spaces, tutoring, social activities and more.

Access student resources.

Enrolled in class. What now?


Complete these tasks before the first day of class:

Order textbooks

You can order your books online at uaf.edu/bookstore or through another college textbook vendor. Be sure to order the correct ISBN and make sure it will arrive before the first day of instruction.

Need money for textbooks? Explore your options at the Office of the Bursar website.

Pay your tuition and fees

You can find the deadlines for paying tuition and fees on the UAF Academic Calendar.

To pay your balance, log in to UAOnline and go to “Student Accounts.”

Guide to paying tuition and fees online (PDF)

To avoid late fees, you must pay on time or set up a payment plan.

Apply for financial aid and scholarships

File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify for loans, grants and to apply for university scholarships. UAF uses a common scholarship application, meaning you could be eligible for hundreds of scholarships by submitting just one application.

Log into your course(s)

Use your UA username and password to log in to Blackboard or log in to Canvas. Your courses may not appear until the first day of class.

Most courses use Blackboard but other platforms are also used, including Canvas, Google Classroom and WordPress. Your course information will be in Blackboard with directions if another platform is being used.

If you are having difficulty logging in, try resetting your password at elmo.alaska.edu or call the OIT Help Desk at 907-450-8300.

Log in to your UA email account

UAF uses your UA email address (@alaska.edu) to communicate with you. Log in with your UA username and password; visit elmo.alaska.edu to look them up or change your password any time.

After class begins:

Complete the first assignment

Most online courses do not require meeting times, however, students will have assignments each week. Many instructors require you to submit an introductory assignment during the first week of class. Be sure to complete this on time or you may get dropped from your course.

Set up proctored exams

Some eCampus courses require proctored (supervised) exams. Your syllabus will let you know if any of your exams have to be proctored. If you are in the Fairbanks region, you must take your proctored exams at UAF eCampus. If you are not located in the Fairbanks area, you will have to arrange a local proctor. Learn more about the process for taking proctored exams.

Check your progress report

Your midterm grades will be available at UAOnline about six weeks into the semester. This is a good time to make sure you are on track to be successful in the course. Contact UAF eCampus for support or assistance as soon as you need it!