Best Colleges in Alaska

Chill Out in Alaska

Cold temps and hot opportunities

Alaska’s sparse population makes for intimate class sizes and easy-to-navigate campuses. You can choose between one of the 10 colleges and universities, including 1 major public university, 5 public two-year institutions, and a handful of private schools.* And now that Alaska is growing, so are the opportunities. Since 2000, the state has seen a population growth of almost 14%.* Because Alaska’s economy relies heavily on tourism, fishing, and the oil and natural gasses industries, job opportunities are only increasing in these fields.

Alaska’s major universities are home to the Geophysical Institute, which operates the Poker Flat Research Range-the only collegiate rocket test range in the nation. You can also find the renowned School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Students in geology, atmospheric science and wildlife biology have a front-row seat to the state’s astounding topography and sprawling landscape of 540,641 square miles.* When you aren’t in the classroom, make time for fun-especially during the summer when daylight can be as long as 19 hours. Bundle up and catch a rare look at the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which kicks off in Anchorage every March. See other big-ticket cultural staples, such as the Sitka Whale Fest or Anchorage’s Alaska Native Heritage Center. Or spend some time outdoors hiking, fishing, or skiing. You have to be tough to live in Alaska, but where else can you whale watch between classes?

*U.S. Census *Wikipedia, “Colleges and Universities in Alaska”, “Eskimos” *www.bestplaces.net/state/Alaska

Best Four Year Universities in Alaska

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Alaska Pacific University Anchorage, AK

Alaska Pacific University offers 36 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 184 students graduated with students earning 72 Bachelor's degrees, 57 Master's degrees, 36 Certificates degrees, 11 Associate's degrees, and 8 Doctoral degrees.

2 University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, AK

University of Alaska Fairbanks offers 206 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a small suburb. In 2015, 1,628 students graduated with students earning 577 Bachelor's degrees, 458 Certificates degrees, 312 Associate's degrees, 236 Master's degrees, and 45 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
3 University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, AK

University of Alaska Anchorage offers 200 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 2,688 students graduated with students earning 1,112 Bachelor's degrees, 907 Associate's degrees, 359 Certificates degrees, 309 Master's degrees, and 1 Doctoral degree.

Based on 8 Reviews
4 University of Alaska Southeast Juneau, AK

University of Alaska Southeast offers 70 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a remote town. In 2015, 620 students graduated with students earning 201 Certificates degrees, 144 Associate's degrees, 138 Master's degrees, and 137 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
5 Charter College-Anchorage Anchorage, AK

Charter College-Anchorage offers 37 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 2,020 students graduated with students earning 1,481 Certificates degrees, 454 Associate's degrees, 77 Bachelor's degrees, and 8 Master's degrees.

6 Alaska Bible College Palmer, AK

Alaska Bible College offers 10 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a far away town. In 2015, 16 students graduated with students earning 12 Certificates degrees, 4 Bachelor's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Alaska

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 AVTEC-Alaska's Institute of Technology Seward, AK

AVTEC-Alaska's Institute of Technology offers 21 Degree programs. It's a very small public school in a remote rural. In 2015, 538 students graduated with students earning 524 Certificates degrees, and 14 Associate's degrees.

2 Alaska Career College Anchorage, AK

Alaska Career College offers 12 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 483 students graduated with students earning 419 Certificates degrees, and 64 Associate's degrees.

3 Ilisagvik College Barrow, AK

Ilisagvik College offers 45 Degree programs. It's a very small public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 136 students graduated with students earning 116 Certificates degrees, and 20 Associate's degrees.

4 Alaska Christian College Soldotna, AK

Alaska Christian College offers 4 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 9 students graduated with students earning 9 Associate's degrees.

5 Prince William Sound Community College Valdez, AK

Prince William Sound Community College offers 0 Degree programs. It's a very small public college in a remote rural.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Alaska Pacific University Alaska Pacific University Anchorage, AK
4/5
11 : 1 516
University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, AK
2/5
14 : 1 8,638
University of Alaska Anchorage University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, AK
2/5
18 : 1 16,762
University of Alaska Southeast University of Alaska Southeast Juneau, AK
2/5
18 : 1 2,800
University Logo AVTEC-Alaska's Institute of Technology Seward, AK 31 : 1 970
Charter College-Anchorage Charter College-Anchorage Anchorage, AK
4/5
16 : 1 1,945
University Logo Alaska Career College Anchorage, AK 23 : 1 378
Ilisagvik College Ilisagvik College Barrow, AK
2/5
9 : 1 193
Alaska Christian College Alaska Christian College Soldotna, AK
2/5
14 : 1 66
Alaska Bible College Alaska Bible College Palmer, AK
3/5
7 : 1 33
Prince William Sound Community College Prince William Sound Community College Valdez, AK
University Logo University of Alaska System of Higher Education Fairbanks, AK

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