In acting on all applications for membership, the Assembly is guided by the following criteria:
- demonstrated commitment to the UArctic's mission and values
- demonstrated commitment and ability to actively contribute to the development of UArctic and its joint programs among UArctic member institutions
- demonstrated commitment and ability to actively contribute to the development of UArctic’s research representation in the North
- willingness to provide in-kind support, services, or material resources helpful to the operation and development of UArctic
- links to major UArctic constituencies.
Higher education institution applicants are also evaluated on the following additional criteria:
- willingness and ability to develop and/or deliver UArctic academic programs
- willingness and ability to contribute existing courses and programs to the UArctic program structure
- demonstrated commitment to circumpolar educational cooperation, including strong faculty and student involvement in northern science and scholarship.
These criteria constitute a checklist; no application for membership is expected to meet all the criteria. Authority to resolve any question regarding the application of these criteria to specific cases rests with the Assembly.