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11 Colleges in Alaska

So you want to attend college in Alaska?

If you are a native or a Alaska implant, there are a variety of reasons that you may want to attend college at home, ranging from easy access to your favorite extra-curricular activities to the weather.

Top Schools

The highest-ranking colleges and universities in Alaska in 2010, were:

  1. University of Alaska Fairbanks - located in Fairbanks, it was ranked 41st in the nation
  2. University of Alaska Anchorage - located in Anchorage, it was ranked 44th in the nation
  3. AVTEC-Alaska's Institute of Technology - located in Seward, it was ranked 61st in the nation

 

Programs Offered

Nearly 34.4% of Alaska's 132,551 students are enrolled in one of the 105 bachelor's degree programs offered in the state. Another 23.9% of Alaska students are enrolled in one of Alaska's 73 master's or Ph.D. level programs. The remaining 41.6% of students are pursuing credentials from one of Alaska's 127 certificate or associate's degree programs.

The most popular courses of study in Alaska are:

  1. Healthcare - 10% of students graduated from healthcare programs
  2. Business - 8% of students graduated from business programs
  3. Science - 5% of students graduated from science programs

Tuition

In 2011, the average cost of in-state tuition at Alaska schools was $7,462 per year. The highest tuition being charged at a Alaska schools was $26,360 per year and the lowest was $2,920 per year. The highest tuition rates in Alaska were charged at the following schools in 2011:

  1. Alaska Pacific University - located in Anchorage, it charged students a tuition of $26,360 per year
  2. Charter College - located in Anchorage, it charged students a tuition of $17,750 per year
  3. Alaska Christian College - located in Soldotna, it charged students a tuition of $7,514 per year

The Alaska state schools with the lowest tuition were:

  1. Ilisagvik College - located in Barrow, it charged students a tuition of $2,920 per year
  2. Prince William Sound Community College - located in Valdez, it charged students a tuition of $4,405 per year
  3. University of Alaska Southeast - located in Juneau, it charged students a tuition of $5,130 per year

Financial Aid

Students in Alaska received $37,833,377 in financial aid in 2008. Institutional grants and scholarships accounted for 66% of this aid. The Alaska schools that provided the highest amount of institutional grants and scholarships to students were:

Alaska Student Demographics

Alaska colleges and universities have an average student population of 3,367 students. All but one school has a population of under 10,000 students. In 2010, the Alaska schools with the largest student population were:

  1. University of Alaska Anchorage - located in Anchorage, it had 17,276 students
  2. University of Alaska Fairbanks - located in Fairbanks, it had 9,137 students
  3. University of Alaska Southeast - located in Juneau, it had 3,260 students

In 2010, the Alaska schools with the smallest student population were:

  1. Alaska Christian College - located in Soldotna, it had 38 students
  2. Ilisagvik College - located in Barrow, it had 226 students
  3. Career Academy - located in Anchorage, it had 410 students

Graduation Rates

In 2010, 8,664 students graduated from colleges and universities in Alaska. In 2010, the graduation rates were highest at the following Alaska colleges and universities:

  1. AVTEC-Alaska's Institute of Technology - located in Seward, it had a graduation rate of 81%
  2. Career Academy - located in Anchorage, it had a graduation rate of 71%
  3. Alaska Pacific University - located in Anchorage, it had a graduation rate of 46%

The schools with the lowest graduation rates in Alaska were:

  1. University of Alaska Anchorage - located in Anchorage, it had a graduation rate of 25%
  2. University of Alaska Southeast - located in Juneau, it had a graduation rate of 26%
  3. University of Alaska Fairbanks - located in Fairbanks, it had a graduation rate of 28%

Diversity

There is a lot of diversity in the student population at Alaska schools. In 2009, 37% of Alaska's undergraduate students were from racial or ethnic minority backgrounds. The male to female ratio for undergraduates was 3 to 10. About 46% of undergraduate students at Alaska schools were 24 years of age or younger. The most diverse student populations were at the following Alaska institutions:

  1. Alaska Christian College - located in Soldotna, 93% of students were from minority backgrounds
  2. Ilisagvik College - located in Barrow, 79% of students were from minority backgrounds
  3. Career Academy - located in Anchorage, 61% of students were from minority backgrounds

Alaska Faculty Demographics

While the student population at Alaska colleges and universities is very diverse, the faculty at Alaska schools is not diverse. In 2009, there were a total of 4,863 faculty members employed by Alaska colleges and universities. Approximately 14% of them were from an ethnically-diverse background. At Alaska colleges and universities, for every 1 male faculty, there were 1 female faculty.

Faculty to Student Ratio

On average, for every 100 students in Alaska colleges and universities, there were 9 faculty in 2009. The schools with the largest number of faculty for each student in Alaska were:

  1. Prince William Sound Community College
  2. Alaska Christian College
  3. Ilisagvik College

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Check out our list of the Top 50 Jobs in Alaska!

Rank Occupation Num of Jobs Avg Salary Avg Salary (Nat'l) Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
1
Retail Salespersons+ 10,080 $26,710 $25,000 2.3%
2
Office Clerks, General+ 8,500 $34,200 $28,240 21.6%
3
General and Operations Managers+ 7,540 $86,090 $113,100 -2.0%
4
Registered Nurses+ 5,150 $79,350 $67,720 2.0%
5
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks+ 4,350 $40,450 $35,340 -11.6%
6
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education+ 4,100 $69,130 $54,330 5.9%
7
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants+ 3,810 $47,750 $45,860 14.1%
8
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive+ 3,510 $38,690 $32,000 5.4%
9
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers+ 3,210 $52,000 $50,770 3.9%
10
Carpenters+ 3,020 $60,600 $43,890 1.3%
11
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers+ 2,860 $39,750 $39,890 23.3%
12
Construction Laborers+ 2,600 $48,520 $33,590 -17.2%
13
Accountants and Auditors+ 2,400 $66,710 $68,960 61.1%
14
Social and Human Service Assistants+ 2,180 $34,580 $30,100 165.9%
15
Security Guards+ 2,180 $35,470 $26,870 -12.8%
16
Electricians+ 2,100 $69,010 $51,810 2.4%
17
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters+ 1,980 $73,380 $50,360 44.5%
18
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants+ 1,880 $34,210 $25,140 -1.6%
19
Managers, All Other+ 1,580 $88,370 $102,160 -7.6%
20
Cooks, Restaurant+ 1,570 $27,460 $23,260 -13.3%
21
Home Health Aides+ 1,570 $29,250 $21,760 -4.3%
22
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics+ 1,540 $51,870 $38,200 12.4%
23
Civil Engineers+ 1,510 $89,350 $82,280 64.1%
24
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education+ 1,320 $66,890 $54,880 3.1%
25
Billing and Posting Clerks+ 1,230 $39,470 $33,270 20.6%
26
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers+ 1,210 $64,610 $55,620 4.3%
27
Dental Assistants+ 1,140 $42,020 $34,140 60.6%
28
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers+ 1,130 $81,370 $62,260 -25.7%
29
Medical Assistants+ 1,110 $37,750 $29,760 98.2%
30
Correctional Officers and Jailers+ 1,090 $50,390 $42,780 10.1%
31
Petroleum Engineers+ 1,040 $157,480 $127,970 372.7%
32
Administrative Services Managers+ 1,030 $74,060 $84,390 -36.8%
33
Chief Executives+ 950 $154,410 $173,350 -30.7%
34
Medical Secretaries+ 930 $37,760 $31,820 97.9%
35
Lawyers+ 910 $107,400 $129,440 -11.7%
36
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria+ 860 $35,190 $24,180 -25.2%
37
Financial Managers+ 840 $96,580 $116,970 -42.5%
38
Child, Family, and School Social Workers+ 830 $45,260 $43,850 -23.1%
39
Electrical Engineers+ 810 $102,120 $87,770 305.0%
40
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks+ 810 $40,910 $37,070 32.8%
41
Construction Managers+ 790 $113,010 $94,240 -14.1%
42
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists+ 790 $63,890 $61,660 0.0%
43
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists+ 790 $56,110 $42,250 19.7%
44
Medical and Health Services Managers+ 720 $94,000 $93,670 20.0%
45
Software Developers, Applications+ 720 $74,720 $90,410
46
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians+ 710 $83,340 $56,690 153.6%
47
Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products+ 710 $64,710 $60,160 51.1%
48
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses+ 700 $47,100 $41,360 34.6%
49
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors+ 690 $34,400 $35,920 11.3%
50
Paralegals and Legal Assistants+ 680 $50,890 $49,640 1.5%