In our opinion, nobody really needs an excuse to visit Alaska. However, just in case you’re looking for one, we have a foolproof idea. When it comes time to send your child to college, look no further than the 49th state and you’ll have the best reason to plan trip after trip, guilt-free. In addition to endless excuses for an Alaska vacation, you can rest assured that your child is getting an amazing education!
Did you know that there are more than 15 campuses in Alaska? From two-year community colleges to full-blown graduate programs, there is sure to be an option for everyone.
The largest university system in Alaska is the University of Alaska. Before Alaska even reached statehood, a single building in Fairbanks opened its doors to six students and is now a thriving statewide system that has satellite campuses from islands in the Southeast to the far corners of the north and three main universities in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau. There are more than 400 degree programs to choose from, including two-year associate and technical programs and doctorate degrees. There are many scholarships available through the university and even a new program that offers significantly reduced tuition costs for certain degree programs.
While the University of Alaska has many options, it’s not the only option in the state. Alaska Pacific University also has a lot to offer. It’s a small, private university that strives to make education an adventure and just happens to produce some Olympic athletes through its world-class APU Nordic Ski Center. With degree options that propel graduates into a career, this school is not to be overlooked. Pursuing a degree in outdoor studies with an emphasis in wilderness therapy sounds like a roadmap to an incredible future in Alaska.
Whether your future college student is interested in culinary school or Arctic research, a welding program or a liberal studies degree, there is a place for them to thrive at one of Alaska’s many institutions for higher education.