Alaska Pacific University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Downtown Anchorage, Alaska
Downtown Anchorage, Alaska. Alaskan Dude / Flickr

The acceptance rate at Alaska Pacific University was 55% in 2016; admitted students tend to have high school GPAs in the "A" and "B" range. Standardized test scores are not required, so applicants need not worry if their ACT or SAT scores are not ideal. Be sure to check the university's admissions website to learn about the specific admission requirements for different academic programs..

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Percent of Applicants Admitted: 55 percent

Alaska Pacific University Description:

Alaska Pacific University is the only four-year college in Alaska with selective admissions. Students can choose from eleven undergraduate majors and five graduate programs. The college takes pride in the close relationship between students and faculty, the hands-on approach to learning, and the high levels of student engagement. Academics are supported by a healthy 8 to 1 student / faculty ratio. If you're worried about attending such a small school with only a few hundred undergraduates, realize that the University of Alaska Anchorage and its 18,000 students is next door. Student life is active with a wide range of clubs and activities, and Alaska's rich landscape provides students with unlimited outdoor opportunities.

The university recently dedicated the Thomas Training Center on Eagle Glacier, a place where the Nordic Ski Team trains during summer months. Alaska Pacific University is a member of the Eco League with four other small colleges that focus on sustainability: College of the AtlanticGreen Mountain CollegeNorthland College, and Prescott College.

Students can easily take a semester or two at one of these other schools. High school from Anchorage should look into APU's "Early Honors" program which allows them to take all of their senior year classes at Alaska Pacific and graduate from high school with a year's worth of transferable college credit.

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 516 (282 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 34 percent male / 66 percent female
  • 70 percent full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $20,310
  • Books: $1,220 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,260
  • Other Expenses: $4,900
  • Total Cost: $33,690

Alaska Pacific University Financial Aid (2014 - 15):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 197 percent
    • Loans: 63 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $12,375
    • Loans: $8,006

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Education, Marine Biology, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 51 percent
  • Transfer-out Rate: 27 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 39 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 48 percent

Date Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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