Alaska Pacific University

Alaska Pacific University

4101 University Dr, Anchorage, Alaska 99508


  • College Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 91%
  • Total Student Population: 376
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 8:1
  • Graduation Rate: 22%
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Alaska Pacific University is a private university in Anchorage, Alaska. The college was established as Alaska Methodist University in 1957 and was renamed Alaska Pacific University in 1978 and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church

Academically, APU offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs in areas such as outdoor studies, environmental science, business, psychology, education, and liberal studies. The university has a strong commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, and offers several programs in this area.

Alaska Pacific University (APU) focuses on experiential and outdoor learning. The university is located on a 170-acre campus at the foot of the Chugach Mountains, and is surrounded by national parks and wilderness areas, offering students an opportunity to explore and learn in a stunning natural environment.

One of the unique features of APU is its emphasis on experiential learning, which includes opportunities for internships, field studies, and community service projects. APU is also known for its small class sizes and personalized attention from faculty members.

In addition to its academic offerings, APU offers a range of extracurricular activities for students, including outdoor adventures, student clubs and organizations, and cultural events. The university has a diverse student body, with students from Alaska, the United States, and around the world.

The APU’s campus has a mix of historic and modern buildings and has a variety of outdoor spaces for students to explore and enjoy. The campus is also home to the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP)

Alaska Pacific University is widely known for its commitment to sustainability and social justice. The university adopts environmentally friendly practices such as using renewable energy and reducing waste, and has established partnerships with local organizations to address issues such as homelessness and food insecurity.

Alaska Pacific University offers a unique and immersive educational experience for students interested in the natural environment, outdoor education, and sustainability

Student Enrollment

Total EnrollmentUndergraduate Enrollment
Percent of Undergraduate Enrollment by Gender
Men: 21.8%
Women: 78.2%
Percent of Undergraduate Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian or Alaskan Native: 23.4%
Asian: 4.8%
Black or African American: 2.9%
Hispanic/Latino: 9.6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1.1%
White: 31.9%
Two or more races: 12.5%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 13.6%
Non-resident alien: 0.3%
(Enrollment data Fall 2021)

Degrees Offered

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate’s degree
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master’s degree
  • Doctor’s degree-professional practice

Majors Offered

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Nursing Practice
  • Creative Writing
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies


Academic year prices for full-time, first-time undergraduate students2021-222020-212019-20
Tuition & Fees$20,760$20,760$20,760
Books and Supplies$1,200$1,200$1,200
Room and Board$8,300$8,300$8,330
Other Expenses$4,410$4,410$4,410
Room and Board$17,500$17,500$17,200
Other Expenses$4,410$4,410$4,410
Off-campus with Family
Other Expenses$4,410$4,410$4,350
(Source: IPEDS College data 2021-2022)