Alaska Pacific University

Alaska Pacific University

Alaska Pacific University, APU, is a liberal arts institute in Anchorage, Alaska that was originally established as the Alaska Methodist University in 1957. APU confers the Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Science degrees in various fields of study. Master's degrees are granted in arts, teaching, business administration, and science. Students can also opt for certificate courses.

Alaska Pacific University is particularly well known for its Nordic ski team. The university's Nordic Ski Center fields a team of 22 skiers. Students also organize and participate in various activities like the Spring Carnival, hiking and camping trips, Halloween Party, and Fall Block Party. In addition, APU is home to student clubs and organizations including the Associated Students of Alaska Pacific University, Crossing Over Lines of Racial Segregation, the Environmental Club, and Gay Straight Alliance.

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Alaska Pacific University
4101 University Dr
Anchorage , AK 99508
General Phone: (907) 561-1266

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Alaska Pacific Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management63business management, business administration, accounting and management, entrepreneurship, finance, international finance, CIO training
Therapy and Counseling34psychology, counseling psychology
Conservation and Resource Management16environmental studies, environmental science, natural resources management
Education and Teaching16elementary school teaching, industrial arts teaching
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy13parks and recreation studies, recreation and leisure studies
Liberal Arts13liberal arts and sciences
Family and Social Work4human services
Science3marine biology, geology
Media1communications tech courses
Medical Administration1health care administration

Number of programs and degrees for Alaska Pacific in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree7412
Master's degree8811
Associate's degree23
Award of less than 1 academic year02

Alaska Pacific Student Body

In 2007-2008, Alaska Pacific had a total enrollment of 719 students (561 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 37%
Women 49%
Full-Time 97%
Part-Time 3%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 71%
Graduate 29%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 70%
Black 5%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 3%
American Indian 15%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 12%
20-21 11%
22-24 10%
25-29 18%
30-34 13%
35-39 8%
40-49 17%
50-64 8%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York5%
Rhode Island2%
New Jersey2%

Alaska Pacific Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 77 %
Part-Time 100 %

Alaska Pacific Room and Board (2007)

Alaska Pacific offers campus housing for 170 of its 561 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Anchorage, Alaska for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Alaska Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Alaska Pacific Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal500600
SAT Math480580
ACT Verbal1926
ACT Math1722
ACT Composite1824

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT61%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT36%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Alaska Pacific Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 22,610
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 22,610
Room and board $ 8,884
Room charge $ 4,284
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,600
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 3,500

Financial Aid:
Alaska Pacific participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 106100)

Alaska Pacific Faculty

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Associate professorcalendar year2*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*4$58,913
Instructorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year2*6$59,164

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year7$65,6024$68,838
Associate professoracademic year6$54,1227$56,384
Assistant professoracademic year3$50,4693$47,139
Instructoracademic year4$38,8385$42,395
All faculty totalacademic year20$54,53519$53,865

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Alaska Pacific Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting and Business/Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Information Resources Management/CIO Training
International Finance

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Natural Resources Management and Policy

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Communications Technologies/Technicians & Support Services, Other

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other

Geology/Earth Science, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General

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