Anchorage, Alaska (AK) Colleges and Universities

There are only four post-secondary schools within 25 miles of Anchorage, Alaska. Here we'll look at these colleges through the lens of several categories key to finding the right school for you.

Acquaint yourself with the student populations, distances from town, graduation rates, and net prices of the schools within a short distance of Anchorage, Alaska. The statistics you come across have been calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Anchorage, Alaska

All of the colleges within close range of Anchorage are located less than five miles from downtown. The following schools are a mix of not-for-profit and for-profit institutions:

  • Alaska Pacific University (2 miles from downtown)
  • Charter College-Anchorage (2 miles from downtown)
  • University of Alaska Anchorage 2 miles from downtown)
  • Alaska Career College (4.4 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Anchorage, Alaska

The schools around Anchorage are mostly on the smaller side. Only one school is a public institution while the others are private. Three are 4-year schools, and the other is a 2-year school. The most populated colleges go in this order:

  • University of Alaska-Anchorage (16,762 students)
  • Charter College-Anchorage (1,945 students)
  • Alaska Pacific University (516 students)
  • Alaska Career College (378 students)

Lowest Net Price

Net price is useful to be aware of when attempting to estimate the cost of college once financial aid is accounted for. The NCES calculates net cost through a subtraction of the average amount of financial aid from the costs of attendance. Pulling from figures applying only to full-time undergraduate students enrolled during the 2014-2015 school year, the schools with lowest net prices around Anchorage were:

  • University of Alaska Anchorage ($8,159)
  • Alaska Pacific University ($19,536)
  • Charter College-Anchorage ($23,913)

Highest Graduation Rate

Graduation rates provided by the NCES are only applicable to undergraduate students enrolled on a full-time basis. These percentages are calculated by taking into account the number of students who finished their programs in 150% of 'normal' time. Three out of four schools on the list offer both undergraduate and graduate programs, with Alaska Career College being exclusively undergraduate. The highest graduation rates go in the following order for 2015:

  • Alaska Career College (70%)
  • Alaska Pacific University (52%)
  • Charter College-Anchorage (46%)
  • University of Alaska Anchorage (24%)

Students in Anchorage have few options to choose from, though there are prominent universities in town as well as smaller colleges offering a more limited pool of programs close by.


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