Alaska (AK): Universities and Colleges and Educational System

Alaska is home to about ten public and private not-for-profit colleges and universities. See the largest and most affordable schools in Alaska to determine which ones might be most appropriate for you.

Given its location and population size, it's not surprising that Alaska has very few postsecondary options for would-be college students. We train our sights on seven private non-profit and public colleges or universities in Alaska, comparing and contrasting them to help readers see if any are a good academic fit. The schools are categorized by data from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

Alaska Schools Near Large Cities

Most of the schools near large cities are found in or around the city of Anchorage. Some are 4-year public schools, while the rest are private, non-profit institutions.

  • Alaska Pacific University (Anchorage)
  • Charter College-Anchorage (Anchorage)
  • University of Alaska Anchorage (Anchorage)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (Fairbanks)
  • University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

Largest Schools in Alaska

The largest schools in Alaska are 4-year public schools offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. These schools were the largest institutions in the state, as of fall 2015.

  • University of Alaska Anchorage (16,762 students)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (8,638 students)
  • University of Alaska Southeast (2,800 students)
  • Charter College-Anchorage (1,945 students)
  • Alaska Pacific University (516 students)

Lowest Net Price

The average net price for a college or university is determined by subtracting the average amount of government or institutional financial aid first-year full-time students receive from the total cost of attendance, which includes tuition, fees, room and board, among other expenses. The following lowest net prices for Alaska's traditional public and private not-for-profit schools are based on NCES figures for 2014-2015, for full-time undergraduates.

  • University of Alaska Anchorage ($8,159)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks ($8,741)
  • University of Alaska Southeast ($11,983)
  • Alaska Pacific University ($19,536)
  • Charter College-Anchorage ($23,9130

Highest Graduation Rates

A school's overall graduation rate is the percentage of first-year, full-time undergraduate students who completed their studies in 150% of 'normal time' (for example, six years for a bachelor's degree). The following schools had the highest graduation rates, for those who graduated in 2015.

  • Alaska Pacific University (52% graduation rate)
  • Charter College-Anchorage (46% graduation rate)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (28% graduation rate)
  • University of Alaska Anchorage (24% graduation rate)
  • University of Alaska Southeast (23% graduation rate)

Alaska's public and private non-profit schools are broken down into four categories to help you decide which one is suited to your needs.

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