Alaska Pacific University
4101 University Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
1-800-ALASKAU (252-7528)
Accrediting Agency:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Alaska Pacific University is a private, nonprofit institution located in Anchorage that focuses on the liberal arts and sciences. The university offered its first classes in 1960, one year after Alaska became a U.S. state. While the university has roots as a Methodist outreach to Native Alaskans, today the university is non-denominational. Alaska Pacific University is ranked 66th among regional universities of the west by U.S. News & World Report. The university is also a distinguished member of the Eco League, a consortium of five small liberal arts institutions with strong programs in environmental studies and other disciplines that focus on sustainability and the natural world. Another factor that sets Alaska Pacific apart is its emphasis on active, experiential learning through hands-on field work.

Programs Offered

Alaska Pacific University offers a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Programs are available in the fields of business, education, environmental science, liberal studies, outdoor studies, and psychology and human services. Students who are passionate about the environment have a variety of options at Alaska Pacific, including programs in environmental policy, environmental science, earth science, marine biology, and outdoor studies, in keeping with the university’s status as a member of the Eco League. Unique concentrations within outdoor studies include snow science, wilderness therapy, and outdoor education. While Alaska Pacific emphasizes experiential learning, the university does offer e-learning opportunities through the online learning platform, Blackboard Learn.


Alaska Pacific University has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1981. The university also has specialized accreditation for its baccalaureate and graduate teacher education programs from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


First-time freshmen must submit a completed application, official high school transcripts or GED, an essay of at least 500 words, two letters of recommendation, and SAT/ACT scores. Applicants will be contacted within a week of submitting the necessary admissions materials. Graduate applicants will complete an online application. Beyond this, students must fulfill varying requirements depending on the graduate degree program the student is interested in. In general, however, graduate applicants must send official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended showing that the student has completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Graduate application deadlines vary by program.

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