Best Colleges in Alaska 2022

Best Colleges in Alaska 2022

Here are the best colleges and universities in Alaska, categorized into two lists – research universities and liberal arts colleges – to help you find the right kind of school for you.

Colleges and Universities in Alaska

The six colleges and universities in Alaska are largely located near Anchorage and Fairbanks, two of the state’s largest cities. However, the University of Alaska Southeast houses campuses in the island towns of Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka. Also, 2 universities in Alaska offer online degrees for students in more remote areas, or anywhere. While the tuition for Alaska’s largest universities, the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, offer competitive rates of $8,000–$9,000, the University of Alaska Anchorage’s student population is nearly twice the size, with nearly 11,000 students. This state also offers two private colleges, both with religious backgrounds, in Alaska Pacific University and Alaska Bible College.

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Those hoping to truly immerse themselves in Alaska’s wilderness may want to consider attending Iḷisaġvik College, which is a tribally-owned community college located in Barrow, the northernmost point in Alaska. Many of the degrees students pursue in Alaska fall in the science and social science fields, but students also have the option to obtain degrees in areas like religious studies, education, and liberal arts.

Alaska’s landscape is as vast as its history. The massive glaciers, thousands of miles of coastline, our country’s highest mountain peak, and wildlife that live among the people are only some of the features that have helped earn this state its nickname, The Last Frontier. Higher education students hoping to cross items off their bucket list like seeing the northern lights may want to pursue their degrees in Alaska.

For students hoping for a mix of adventure and education, learn more about Alaska’s higher education institutes, degree options, and top career paths.


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Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence in their fields of study.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is freer from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

We’ve identified 4 colleges and universities in Alaska that meet our criteria. This list of the top colleges in Alaska below focuses on schools that offer bachelor’s degrees. The ranking features fully accredited public and private colleges and universities in Alaska.

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Best Colleges in Alaska 2022

  1. #1

    University of Alaska Fairbanks

    Fairbanks , AK
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    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    39%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/21

    What is University of Alaska Fairbanks known for?

    University of Alaska Fairbanks’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Earth Sciences
    • Biology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Anthropology
    • Communications
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Engineering
    • Education
    • Political Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    University of Alaska Anchorage

    Anchorage , AK

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    30%

    Student body

    9K

    What is University of Alaska Anchorage known for?

    University of Alaska Anchorage’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Earth Sciences
    • Anthropology
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Nursing
    • Economics
    • Education
    • Business
    • Law
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    18%

    Student body

    1K

    What is University of Alaska Southeast known for?

    University of Alaska Southeast’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Literature
    • Sociology
    • Mathematics
    • Social Work

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #4

    Alaska Pacific University

    Anchorage , AK

    Tuition + fees

    $21K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Alaska Pacific University known for?

    Alaska Pacific University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Education
    • Social Work
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. University of Alaska Fairbanks
  2. Alaska Pacific University
  3. University of Alaska Anchorage
  4. University of Alaska Southeast