Acceleration Academy


Building a strong foundation for academic achievement

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What is the ANSEP Acceleration Academy?

The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) Acceleration Academy is designed to create excitement with ANSEP Pre-College Students about their college career and professional life. The structure of the college-level classes and the peer support available provide students with a college-like environment.


Students gain skills that can be used for the rest of their careers. The classes are facilitated by university faculty for college credit. High school credit can also be attained by applying for credit through your school counselor. In addition, students learn more about career opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields while getting a jumpstart in pursuing those degrees.  Acceleration Academy students are hyper-prepared when they enroll as college freshmen.


ANSEP will cover the cost of all housing, meals and transportation.  Successful Academy students will have the opportunity to earn scholarship funding to any University of Alaska campus.

See a short video of the 2014 Acceleration Academy on YouTube!   

2014 ANSEP Acceleration Academy

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Who should apply to the ANSEP Acceleration Academy?

The ANSEP Acceleration Academy supports incoming High School Students (current 8th through 11th grade) that are historically underserved and underrepresented with limited opportunities who:

      • Are interested in pursuing a STEM degree;
      • Are committed to participating in ANSEP Components as they are eligible;
      • Have successfully completed Algebra I with a "C" or better;
      • Plan to attend the University of Alaska (UAAUAF, or UAS).

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During the Acceleration Academy, all students are required to live on the UAA campus. All travel, meals, and housing are included in the program. Students who successfully complete the Academy are awarded $2,000 scholarship support good for STEM programs at any UA campus. The pace of the Acceleration Academy is tough, but successful students will be on track for success at the University.

Where and When will the ANSEP Acceleration Academy occur?

The Academy will have two 5-week sessions that will be held on the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) campus and hosted by ANSEP. Students will be housed on the UAA campus for the duration of the Academy.

Session 1 (Math): May 23 – July 1, 2015

Session 2 (Science): July 5 – August 10, 2015

           Math 105 – Intermediate Algebra

           Math 107 – College Algebra

           Math 108 – Trigonometry

           Math 200 – Calculus I

           Math 201 – Calculus II

           Math 202 – Calculus III

           Math 302 – Differential Equations

           BIOL 102 – Intro to Biology

           CHEM 055 – Contemporary Chemistry

           PHYS 130 – Survey of College Physics

           CS 109 – Simulation & Modeling in NetLogo

*NOTE: Courses may be subject to change.

Important SAT, ACT and Math Accuplacer Test Information

Acceptance in the ANSEP Acceleration Academy is determined by placement into one of the college-level math courses. Students who are taking college-level math classes for the first time must demonstrate their math level through standardized test scores. Math class placement is determined by the following chart:

*Note: A minimum placement into MATH A105 is required to register for the offered Math and Science courses.

Math Course Placement

(College-Level Math)


ACT (MATH) Score

SAT (MATH) Score


< 50












80 or higher

26 or higher

590 or higher

For more information on the Math Accuplacer Test and how to take it, visit the UAA Advising and Testing Center website.

How do I apply to the ANSEP Acceleration Academy?

Apply Online by clicking below


Click here to download a fill-able form.

For a complete application we will need the following items: 
      • Complete application form
      • Most recent transcripts/student records
      • Recommendation forms from Math and Science teachers.
      • 500-word essay that explains how you plan to contribute to Alaska
      • SAT, ACT or Math Accuplacer Test Scores

You can upload these items to your online application or send by mail, email or fax, along with a printout of your online application, to:

ANSEP Acceleration Academy
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive, ANSEP 200 D1
Anchorage, AK 99508

fax: (907) 786-1899

For more info contact:
Mike Ulroan
phone: (907) 786-1148