Anchorage, AK Colleges and Universities

Anchorage is home to two top universities and one college

Kelsey Robertson
On Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 12:42
Anchorage AK

The University of Alaska Anchorage

The University of Alaska Anchorage is one of the three University of Alaska universities. The university enrolls around 16,000 students and offers degrees in public policy and business, arts and sciences, social welfare, aviation and other programs.

The Seawolves also have 11 sports programs including a NCAA Division I hockey and gymnastics teams. UAA also puts on the renown Great Alaska Shootout college basketball tournament every November. The athletics division hosts recreational facilities. Students have priority over these facilities, but public access is extended, with an entrance fee, at all other times.

UAA also sponsors a community book of the year event as well as events with APU.

Alaska Pacific University

Alaska Pacific University, formerly Alaska Methodist University, is a small private school in Anchorage and a Top 100 U.S. News Regional University in the West spot holder. The school is a founding member of the Eco-League, a nationwide student exchange program of schools with strong programs in environmental science and studies, and is accredited by the Northwestern Commission on Colleges and Universities.

APU is renown for its skiing team and regional Olympic training center for cross-country skiers. The community members can pay to take advantage of their athletic facilities, and their Nordic ski center offers skiing programs to all ages.

Charter College Anchorage

Charter College Anchorage is a post-secondary career college that was founded in Anchorage. Adding to their campuses in Washington, California and Alaska, Charter also offers education online with their online class program. The college system is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, and extends bachelor degree programs in Information Technology Engineering, Business Management and Technology, Business Management and Accounting, Construction Management and Criminal Justice. Certificates and associate degrees are also available.

Learn more about public and private schools in Anchorage.


Kelsey Robertson is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor.