Prince William Sound Community College
PO Box 97
Valdez, AK 99686
Accrediting Agency:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Prince William Sound Community College is a public, two-year institution in Valdez, Alaska, that was founded in 1978. Through its associate degree programs and occupational certificates, the college focuses on preparing students to transfer into four-year colleges or enter the workforce directly. The college offers these programs through its main campus in Valdez and its two additional sites in Glennallen and Cordova. PWSCC sets itself apart from other colleges by offering the lowest tuition in Alaska and charging the same tuition rate to students in and out of state, a feature that attracts many international students, out-of-state students, and even distance learners whose remote location makes it difficult for them to take classes on campus. Total student enrollment at the college is about 1,500, which includes distance learners.

Programs Offered

Prince William Sound Community College offers more than 25 undergraduate degrees, including the Associate of Arts, which requires more general education courses in the liberal arts, and the Associate of Applied Science, which features more occupational courses. Unique programs at PWSCC include the Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology, which offers emphases in millwright, oil spill response, and safety management. The college also cooperates with two of the state’s four-year colleges to offer seven bachelor’s degree options that can be completed online, including: natural science, psychology, business administration, elementary education, and more. Distance learning at PWSCC is offered either entirely online or in blended format, which combines online learning with on-campus requirements. Distance learning may entail using audio/videoconferencing, video/audio tapes, or web-based conferencing.


Prince William Sound Community College has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1989.


PWSCC has an open admissions policy, and applicants can apply online, where they will pay a $25 processing fee. Any student who can show that he or she has earned a high school diploma or GED is generally eligible for admission. Students must be 18 to enroll; those younger than 18 must have a parent or legal guardian’s permission as well as signed permission from an official at their high school and PWSCC’s dean of instruction. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or current permanent residents. Applicants will arrange to have their official high school transcripts or official GED certificate sent to the PWSCC Admissions and Records Office; transfer students will have transcripts from all previous colleges attended sent in as well. Certain programs may have additional admissions requirements and admission to PWSCC does not necessarily mean the student will be admitted to any program.


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