8 Largest Colleges in Alaska

Find out which schools are the most popular among college students in Alaska.

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Alaska is the largest state in the U.S., so it’s no surprise that it also has a ton of colleges and universities. We’ve ranked the eight most popular schools in the state by enrollment, along with the important facts and figures regarding their tuition rates and academic programs.

8. Alaska Pacific University

Type of College: Private university

Enrollment: 482

Cost: $29,880

Best Programs: 16 percent of APU students are enrolled in a teacher education program. Fifteen percent are enrolled in the marine biology and biological oceanography program.

Fun Fact: APU has about two female students to every one male student.

7. Kodiak College

Type of College: Public college

Enrollment: 1,000

Cost: $144-$200/credit

Best Programs: Early child education, nursing

Fun Fact: As a satellite campus of the University of Alaska, Anchorage, any credits earned at Kodiak count as UAA credits.

6. Prince William Sound Community College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 1,500

Cost: $127/credit

Best Programs: Arts AAS and Millwright AAS

Fun Fact: Prince William Sound Community College claims to have the lowest college tuition in Alaska. Students are charged the same regardless of whether they live in- or out-of-state.

5. Matanuska-Susitna College

Type of College: Public college

Enrollment: 1,650

Cost: $165-$200/credit (in-state), $580-$615 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Architecture and engineering technology

Fun Fact: In addition to offering numerous associate degrees and vocational programs, Matanuska-Susitna College also offers a variety of community enrichment programs, such as watercolor painting, metalsmithing and pottery.

4. Kenai Peninsula College

Type of College: Public college

Enrollment: 2,000

Cost: $165-$200/credit

Best Program: Kenai has a specialized Fishing Guide Academy that is offered in conjunction with the Alaska State Department of Parks and Recreation.

Fun Fact: Kenai Peninsula College has campuses in the following cities: Soldotna, Homer, Seward and Anchorage.

3. University of Alaska, Southeast

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 7,734

Cost: $5,380 (in-state), $17,020 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Biology, business administration and elementary education.

Fun Fact: UAS has campuses in three Alaskan cities: Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka.

2. University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 8,622

Cost: $6,443 (in-state), $18,893 (out-of-state)

Best Program: 17% of students are enrolled in the engineering program.

Fun Fact: Despite the fact that its Alaska’s second-largest school, nearly 65 percent of UAF’s classes have fewer than 20 students.

1. University of Alaska, Anchorage

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 17,890

Cost: $6,296 (in-state), $17,936) (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business, management and marketing and related support services — 21 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: UAA has study abroad programs in Europe, South America, New Zealand and Australia.

Quick Tips

  • Many of the community colleges in Alaska work with the University of Alaska system to transfer credits earned.
  • Alaska may be a good place to attend college if you are looking for a smaller public university in a naturally beautiful setting.

Stats source: U.S. News.

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