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Online and On-Campus Colleges in
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Online and On-Campus Colleges in & Alaska

Article Sources
  • About UA, University of Alaska, Accessed June 2017, https://www.alaska.edu/alaska/about-ua/
  • Online Programs and E-Learning, University of Alaska Southeast, Accessed June 2017, http://catalog.uas.alaska.edu/online-programs-e-learning/
  • Financial Aid, Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, Accessed June 2017, https://acpe.alaska.gov/FINANCIAL_AID
  • Alaska's Largest University, University of Alaska Anchorage, Accessed June 2017, https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/about/
  • College & Career Training in Alaska, Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, Accessed June 2017, http://acpe.alaska.gov/Portals/0/OTHER/Pubs/CTCIAK_2015.pdf
  • UAF Facts & Figures, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Accessed June 2017, http://uaf.edu/facts/
  • Alaska Pacific University, Accessed June 2017, https://www.alaskapacific.edu/
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Alaska is the largest state in the nation and also the least densely populated. While it is known for its rugged wilderness, the state can also be a good place to earn a degree. Students may choose to attend college in one of the state's metropolitan areas, but the availability of online colleges in Alaska means many more students across the state are likely to have access to higher education. In addition to in-state schools offering online Alaska degrees, these include institutions based outside the state which enroll residents.

The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education notes there were 25 institutions of higher learning in the state during the 2014-15 school year. Most of these were satellite locations of the universities within the University of Alaska System. The system's three institutions each have a main campus as well as secondary campuses scattered across the state. The universities also have affiliated community colleges and technical schools. Students attending these colleges may be able to earn an associate degree and then transfer and apply those credits toward a bachelor's degree.

Best 4-Year Colleges in Alaska

For those who want to earn an on-campus or online bachelor's degree in Alaska, there are four main choices. Using a methodology that looks at tuition and program availability among other factors, here's how those institutions stack up against each other.

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1University of Alaska Fairbanks+
ADMISSION RATE
73%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
43

Located in the interior of the state, the University of Alaska Fairbanks is a public research institution that tops the rankings for a variety of metrics. It has the best average net price for low-income students and offers the most institutional grant aid as a percentage of its tuition and fees. It also ranks first for the number of distance education programs offered making is one of the best online colleges for Alaska.

Tracing its roots to 1917, the University of Alaska Fairbanks is celebrating a century of higher education. Between its flagship campus in Fairbanks and six additional campuses elsewhere in the state, the university enrolled more than 8,500 students in 2015.

UAF is part of the University of Alaska System and offers almost all the state's most popular degree programs. These include biology, general studies and business administration.

Additional Info
2University of Alaska Anchorage+
ADMISSION RATE
71%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Recommended
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
21

The University of Alaska Anchorage is the largest institution of higher learning in the state. It enrolled more than 16,500 students across four campuses in 2015. With more than 100 degree and certificate programs, UAA is second only to the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the number of academic programs offered.

With a main campus in the heart of the state's largest city, the UAA is an affordable education choice. It ranks first for the cost of its tuition and fees. It is also first for its average net price. Those low costs may help contribute to its graduates having the best three-year debt repayment rate in the state.

UAA is also a part of the University of Alaska System. While the student population is primarily from Alaska, it does attract people from diverse backgrounds. The student to faculty ratio is 11:1, helping ensure those enrolled receive a personalized experience.

Additional Info
3University of Alaska Southeast+
ADMISSION RATE
49%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Recommended
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
27

The final school within the University of Alaska System is also the third best institution in the state. The University of Alaska Southeast has its main campus in the state's capital of Juneau. There are also campuses in Ketchikan and Sitka and online degree programs are offered as well.

UAS ranks first for the number of students enrolled in distance education with 65 percent of its student population taking online classes in 2015. For those who want to earn an online bachelor's degree in Alaska, the school has options in education, social science, liberal arts and business administration. There are also undergraduate and graduate certificates, associate and master's degree programs available online.

The University of Alaska Southeast does a good job of helping students minimize debt. The school ranks first for the low median debt carried by graduates. To encourage out-of-state residents to apply, UAS offers in-state tuition to students who are descendants of Alaska residents.

Additional Info
4Alaska Pacific University+
ADMISSION RATE
39%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$25
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
7

Alaska Pacific University says it's the state's only private, nonprofit, fully accredited university. Although it ranks fourth behind the schools of the University of Alaska System, APU is far from a second-rate educational choice. Indeed, APU has the best graduation rate in the state. It also offers a flexible learning environment in which night and weekend classes are available and adult learners may be able to gain credit for life experience.

Founded in 1960 as the Alaska Methodist University, the school changed its name to Alaska Pacific University in 1978. However, it remains affiliated with the Methodist church. At its campus in Anchorage, students will find plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities, dining options that are locally sourced and a comprehensive sports center.

Through The APU Promise Program, Pell Grant-eligible students can attend the university at little or no cost.

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Most Popular Degree Programs in Alaska

Students who haven't selected a major yet may want to consider of one these degree programs that are popular with Alaskan students.

In-Demand Careers in Alaska

Career growth is an important factor when selecting a degree. See if your planned education will prepare you for jobs with high projected growth rates and job openings in Alaska.

Career Title Projected Job Growth Total Employment Annual Salary
Optometrists23.3%70$187,800
Dental Hygienists21.6%480$102,890
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic21.4%70$35,930
Nurse Midwives21.2%50$92,150
Dental Assistants20.9%1,360$45,390
Pharmacy Aides20.9%80$39,300
Chiropractors20.4%90$112,430
Opticians, Dispensing20.3%140$44,770
Dentists, General20.2%270$234,240
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse20.2%-$29,840
Medical Assistants19.5%1,500$41,340
Nurse Practitioners18.9%450$121,250
Internists, General18.8%120$222,760
Massage Therapists18.7%770$85,110
Pediatricians, General18.4%40$269,530
Obstetricians and Gynecologists18.2%80$236,330
Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials17.7%240$45,300
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians17.5%-$40,750
Healthcare Support Workers, All Other17.5%460$45,180
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other17.4%200$79,610
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers17.3%460$46,050
Personal Care Aides17%4,900$31,600
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other16.5%350$238,740
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors16.2%290$54,280
Physician Assistants16.1%430$112,860
Radiation Therapists16.1%-$86,780
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other16.1%150$61,600
Physical Therapist Assistants16.1%70$56,660
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers16.1%340$28,570
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians15.9%420$54,410
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Financial Aid and Scholarships in Alaska

The State of Alaska has several programs to help its residents pay for degree programs. The Alaska Education Grant goes to students who demonstrate financial need. Meanwhile, the Alaska Performance Scholarship is given to those who excel academically. There are also Alaska education loan programs which provide funds to supplement federal student loans.

 
Sullivan Award
Applicant must have demonstrated scholastic potential and leadership skills.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$29,175

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 15

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA and completion of at least 45 credit hours.

 
Provost Scholarship
Applicant must be an out-of-state resident with a minimum 3.75 GPA and minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 1400 (composite ACT score of 32).
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 15 (Early Action admissions deadline)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.25 GPA and full-time status.

 
President's Non-Resident Scholarship
Applicant must be an incoming freshman student who is not a resident of Utah. Applicant is automatically considered with application for admission.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$17,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Not Available

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.6 GPA.

 
Amigo Scholarship
Applicant must have a minimum 3.5 high school GPA with minimum composite ACT score of 23 (combined SAT Reasoning score of 1070) or have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA with a minimum composite ACT score of 26 (combined SAT Reasoning score of 1170). Applicant must not be from New Mexico.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$14,815

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 1 (fall); October 1 (spring)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable for four years.

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Article Sources
Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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University of Alaska Anchorage
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
3211 Providence Drive
City
Anchorage
State
AK
Zip Code
99508
Website
www.uaa.alaska.edu
Test Scores
Recommended
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
15,917
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
71%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,802
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
15
Number of Online Programs Offered
21
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
43%
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
505 South Chandalar Drive
City
Fairbanks
State
AK
Zip Code
99775
Website
www.uaf.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
480-610
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
480-610
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
450-570
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
18-26
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Suburb: Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
7,533
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
73%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,982
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
11
Number of Online Programs Offered
43
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
46%
University of Alaska Southeast
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
11120 Glacier Highway
City
Juneau
State
AK
Zip Code
99801
Website
www.uas.alaska.edu
Test Scores
Recommended
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
2,475
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
49%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,112
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
12
Number of Online Programs Offered
27
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
66%
Alaska Pacific University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
4101 University Dr
City
Anchorage
State
AK
Zip Code
99508
Website
www.alaskapacific.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
415-570
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
415-545
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
390-520
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
17-26
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
282
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$25
Admission Rate
39%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$19,610
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
8
Number of Online Programs Offered
7
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
26%
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