Getting StartedA quick rundown of steps to take to ensure a successful semester.
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?
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.
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.
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
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
Register for classes
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.
Enrolled in class. What now?
Complete these tasks before the first day of class:
Pay your tuition and fees
Apply for financial aid and scholarships
Log into your course(s)
Use your UA username and password to log in to Blackboard. 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
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.