Best colleges in Anchorage

Moose, Snow, and Bears, Oh My

Textbooks and Snowshoes

If you're going to live in Alaska, Anchorage is the place to be. An average of 79 inches of snow fall on Anchorage each year, but the big city still has warmer temperatures than Midwest states, such as Chicago or Minneapolis. So, walking to class shouldn't be that bad. When it comes to education, the intimate classroom settings and the ability to actually get to know your classmates makes it all worth it. If personalized classrooms is your ideal learning style, then attending college in Alaska's biggest city will serve you well. The college scene is quiet and peaceful with just 2 colleges and 2 universities. The student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1, at most. With just under 30 programs offered among all 4 higher-level institutions, students will receive very refined, specific education in the fields of healthcare, education, and business, just to name a few.

With mountains to climb and glaciers to ogle, it might be difficult to stay put long enough to do your homework. Home to 223 parks and 250 miles of trails, Anchorage is perfect for those adventurous, outgoing students who enjoy hiking, kayaking, hunting, fishing or horseback riding. The extremely low temperatures (average lows of -7 º) in the winter only add to the fun as people gear-up for snowmobiling, skiing, ice climbing and dog sledding. If personalized learning and the peaceful sights and sounds of nature are calling your name, then Anchorage is the place for you.

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Best Four Year Universities in Anchorage

Alaska Pacific University offers 44 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 119 students graduated with students earning 53 Bachelor's degrees, 47 Master's degrees, 12 Certificates, 5 Doctoral degrees, and 2 Associate's degrees.

University of Alaska Anchorage offers 187 degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 2,296 students graduated with students earning 1,142 Bachelor's degrees, 780 Associate's degrees, 217 Master's degrees, 151 Certificates, and 6 Doctoral degrees.

Alaska Bible College offers 4 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 6 students graduated with students earning 5 Bachelor's degrees, and 1 Certificate.

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Charter College
Vancouver, WA

Charter College offers 29 degree programs. It's a small, private for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 1,919 students graduated with students earning 1,561 Certificates, 321 Associate's degrees, and 37 Bachelor's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Anchorage

Alaska Career College
Anchorage, AK

Alaska Career College offers 9 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 265 students graduated with students earning 229 Certificates, and 36 Associate's degrees.

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List of all colleges in Anchorage

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Alaska Career College Logo Alaska Career College Anchorage, AK   52 : 1 361
Alaska Pacific University Logo Alaska Pacific University Anchorage, AK
4/5
14 : 1 529
University of Alaska Anchorage Logo University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, AK
3/5
28 : 1 12,766
Alaska Bible College Logo Alaska Bible College Palmer, AK
3/5
13 : 1 40
Charter College Logo Charter College Vancouver, WA
4/5
28 : 1 2,474