Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Alaska.
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The following agencies accredit schools in Alaska. Keep in mind, however, that these organizations only issue institution-wide accreditation, not program-specific accreditation. If you’re looking for a specific program, refer to our subject-specific guides.
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
If you’re looking for more information about legislation or accreditation in higher education, visit Alaska’s department of education or distance learning center. The organizations below can also provide more general information on finding postsecondary schools in the state.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of online colleges in Alaska. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific location. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
While it may not have as many schools as most other states, Alaska has a strong public university system, with campuses in each of its three major cities. Read on to learn about the different campuses.
University of Alaska Anchorage
With the largest campus in the state, the UAA boasts a student population of 17,497 as of fall 2013. The school has six colleges and over 150 majors, making it a major hub for postsecondary students in the far north. Notably, the university’s College of Health and Social Welfare was awarded a $1.1 million grant in order to establish the National Resource Center for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Elders.
University of Alaska Fairbanks
UAF, founded in 1917, is Alaska’s first public university. It also holds the highest ranking on Forbes for Alaskan universities. The campus is significantly smaller than UAA, with 9,223 students in 2013, but if you’re looking for a doctorate, this is the place to go; the Fairbanks campus is the leading doctoral-granting school in the state. Previous students include Syun-Ichi Akasofu, who founded the International Arctic Research Center, and Bob Barlett, the very first Alaskan senator.
University of Alaska Southeast
The last public university campus in Alaska is in its capital city, Juneau. The smallest of the three schools, UAS enrolled 3,117 students during the fall of 2013. Its small size, however, belies some incredible opportunities: students studying environmental science have easy access to both the Tongass National Forest and the Mendenhall Glacier, while students studying political science are ideally situated to find governmental internships. The university has a partnership with the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center and the Alaska Climate Science Center.
Alaska also houses some strong private colleges. Three of the most noteworthy are described below.
The state’s largest private school is also in Anchorage, but with just 740 students, Charter College is very much on the small side. Despite that, students can take advantage of all that Anchorage has to offer in terms of job and internship opportunities, and they’re able to enroll in Charter without needing to submit SAT scores – the school has an open admission policy for high school graduates. Charter gears many of its programs toward specific careers, such as nursing, construction trades, or legal services.
Alaska Pacific University
APU is a liberal arts school with just 657 students, which allows for a great teacher-to-student ratios. The school began enrolling students in 1960, the year after Alaska became a state. Not only does the school boast a range of liberal arts courses and majors, it also has a regional Olympic training center for cross-country skiing.
Alaska Bible College
Another 4-year institution in Alaska, this school is located in remote Glennallen and provides students the chance to experience the true wilderness of the state. Only 58 students are enrolled for the fall of 2013, so it’s definitely not for everyone: the school is explicitly directed toward ministry and religious study, but if that’s your field, it provides an extremely personalized experience.