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    Top Colleges in Alaska

    Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

    Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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    Updated: May 7th, 2024

    Despite being the largest state in the US, Alaska has one of the country’s smallest populations. Nevertheless, there are several college options for born-and-bred Alaskans or anyone looking to get their higher education in the Last Frontier. Use our list below to browse colleges in Alaska by size, graduation rate, cost, admissions rate, and more:

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    University of Alaska Fairbanks

    Fairbanks, AK • Public, Suburb

    University of Alaska Fairbanks is a public 4-year college located in Fairbanks, Alaska. There are currently 4,010 undergraduates at UAF. The tuition at UAF is $7,896 for in-state students and…

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    --% acceptance
    39% graduation rate
    4,010 undergrads
    $8,529 net price
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    University of Alaska Southeast

    Juneau, AK • Public, Town

    University of Alaska Southeast is a public 4-year college located in Juneau, Alaska. There are currently 964 undergraduates at U Alaska Southeast and the school’s acceptance rate is 63%. The…

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    63% acceptance
    25% graduation rate
    964 undergrads
    $7,056 net price
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    University of Alaska Anchorage

    Anchorage, AK • Public, City

    University of Alaska Anchorage is a public 4-year college located in Anchorage, Alaska. There are currently 6,778 undergraduates at UAA and the school’s acceptance rate is 65%. The tuition at…

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    65% acceptance
    30% graduation rate
    6,778 undergrads
    $10,978 net price
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    Alaska Pacific University

    Anchorage, AK • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Alaska Pacific University is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Anchorage, Alaska. There are currently 457 undergraduates at Alaska Pacific and the school’s acceptance rate is 99%. The tuition…

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    99% acceptance
    36% graduation rate
    457 undergrads
    $21,651 net price
    About the Data

    We sort colleges on our lists according to their Scholarships360 Top Colleges Index Score. This score is calculated using up-to-date information taken directly from the College Scorecard. Additional information is sourced from the colleges themselves, as well as other publicly available information. If you see an error, feel free to contact us.

    State grants in Alaska

    Alaska Education Grant (AEG):

    The Alaska Education Grant rewards Alaska students based on their financial need which is determined by their FAFSA Student Aid Index (SAI). Other considerations that might affect the award amount include enrollment status (full-time vs. part-time) and when you file your FAFSA. Typically, this grant can range from $500 to $4,000 per academic year. To see if you qualify and if your institution participates, make sure to check out your school’s financial aid office. 

    Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS):

    The Alaska Performance Scholarship allows high school students to earn up to $19,020 for higher education. The award will vary based on students’ high school GPA and their college entrance exam scores, such as ACTs and SATs. These numbers will award students a Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 sum. This scholarship is available only at participating Alaska institutions, as well as some approved technical education programs. To apply, students must file their FAFSA, and then they can keep track of their status through the Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP). 

    Alaska tuition reciprocity agreements

    Alaska is a part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), which means that students have the opportunity to pay discounted tuition by attending participating institutions in partner states. 

    States in the WUE are listed below:

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    Frequently asked questions about colleges in Alaska

    What is the hardest Alaska college to get into?

     The school with the lowest acceptance rate in Alaska is the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a rate of 65% of students being accepted. While other Alaska colleges have higher acceptance rates, it’s important for students to remember that every application varies from person to person, so it’s better to apply to multiple colleges for a greater chance of success.

    Does Alaska have tuition reciprocity?

    Yes! Alaska is a part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), so students in partner states have the opportunity to attend schools in Alaska and pay in-state tuition. The same tuition discounts can be applied to Alaska students studying in partner states.

    Why should I study in Alaska?

    The first thing you might think of when thinking about Alaska is its wintery climate. This means that along with getting the chance to study in some snow, you may even be able to see the beautiful Northern Lights! Another adorably fun fact about Alaska is that you’re more than likely to see some sled dogs at some point, as dog mushing is Alaska’s state sport. Beyond that, many colleges in Alaska provide the unique opportunity to study native languages as well as the history and culture of the native people of Alaska. Finally, Alaska students, as well as some students in partner WUE states, have the opportunity to go to school at in-state tuition rates.

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