Most Affordable Colleges in Alaska 2022

Here are the most affordable colleges and universities in Alaska. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you, at a price you can afford.

Most Affordable Colleges in Alaska 2022

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.

There are 5 colleges and universities in Alaska with stated tuitions and fees under $20,000/year. The following list of the most affordable colleges and universities in Alaska is composed entirely of schools offering bachelor’s degree programs, have stated tuition and fees near or under the national average of $16,000/year, and are fully accredited colleges.

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Most Affordable Colleges in Alaska 2022

These schools are ranked by academic excellence, and all under $20,000/year.

  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

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  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

    Iḷisaġvik College

    Barrow , AK

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    35%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Iḷisaġvik College known for?

    Iḷisaġvik College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Sociology
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
  5. #5

    Alaska Bible College

    Palmer , AK

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Alaska Bible College known for?

    Alaska Bible College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
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Alaska’s Most Affordable Colleges in Your Area of Interest

2021 Ranking Archive
  1. Iḷisaġvik College
  2. University of Alaska Southeast
  3. University of Alaska Fairbanks
  4. University of Alaska Anchorage
  5. Alaska Bible College

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