Ilisagvik College
100 Stevenson Street, PO Box 749
Barrow, Alaska 99723
Accrediting Agency:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Ilisagvik College is a two-year, public tribal college in Barrow, Alaska, a small city near the shores of the Arctic Ocean that claims to be the northernmost city in the U.S. While the college aims to provide higher education opportunities to all students, Ilisagvik College is particularly dedicated to residents of the North Slope Borough. The college gets its unique character from its Inupiaq cultural heritage, and still actively works to preserve the language and traditions of the Inupiaq. Even though the college serves a remote area, it continues to grow in enrollment and was even recognized by Community College Week in November 2011 as one of the fastest-growing public two-year colleges with less than 2,500 students. The college offers certificates and associate degrees, adult basic education/GED, community and workforce development, and online learning.

Programs Offered

Ilisagvik College offers an Associate of Arts degree that is a good fit for students who wish to transfer their credits from Ilisagvik to a four-year institution. Certificate programs are also available in various areas of business, allied health, information technology, emergency services, and vocational trades. Ilisagvik’s Associated Construction Trades (ACT) program provides training in carpentry, scaffolding, insulation, pipefitting, and plumbing and electrical trades. Another notable program at Ilisagvik is the Teachers for the Arctic program, which helps prepare students for teaching careers in early childhood education, elementary education, or secondary education in the North Slope Borough. Distance education at Ilisagvik College uses teleconference technology, an online course management system called MyCampus, and Elluminate, a synchronous web conferencing platform that allows students to participate in online courses in real-time using a headphone.


Ilisagvik College has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 2002.


Ilisagvik College features an open admissions policy, but admission to the college does not guarantee that a student will be accepted into any program the college offers. To be admitted into certain programs, students must show they have the potential to succeed in that program. Prospective students prove this by showing that they have completed a high school diploma or GED. Some programs do not require students to have a high school diploma or GED, but these students will not receive financial aid. Individuals can apply at any time throughout the year, but individuals seeking priority enrollment should apply at least a month before the term begins, and transfer students should apply two months in advance. Students will submit a completed application along with their official high school transcript or official GED certificate. Alaska Natives may also submit their tribal affiliation cards, which may qualify them for scholarship funds.


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