The Alaska Pacific University which is commonly called APU is a private liberal and sciences college that is located at 4101 University Dr. Anchorage, Alaska 99508, United States. It was initially founded in 1957 as the Alaska Methodist University before it was later renamed in 1978.
APU was established to provide a world-class, hands-on, culturally responsive educational experience to students who want to study in the USA whilst honoring Alaska's indigenous heritage. The school operates with a 170-acre which serves as the main campus with an extension called the Kellogg campus. Known for its historic value and academic excellence, APU is one of the oldest yet best private tertiary schools in Alaska.
APU is ranked:
|Year of Establishment||1957|
|Type of University||Private|
|Student: Faculty Ratio||7:1|
|Number of Undergraduate Students||301|
|Number of Graduate Students||201|
|Avg. Acceptance Rate||55%|
|Basic Tuition Fee for International Undergraduate students||20,350 USD|
|Basic Tuition Fee for International Graduate students||7,800 USD|
|Test Scores accepted||IELTS, TOEFL|
With its 170 acres of land, APU operates a main campus that runs into an extension called the Kellogg Campus, which was built to provide additional structural assistance. The main campus is situated adjacent to the Alaska Native Medical Centre and the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) while the Kellogg campus is 40 miles North of Anchorage in Palmer.
The main campus incorporates eight major buildings that satisfy the structural needs of the college and it also houses the academic facilities, residence halls and summer, and winter recreational trails.
APU is a residential campus and therefore requires all full-time students to stay on-campus. However, around 30% of APU students also choose to stay off-campus in communities close to the Anchorage area.
On-Campus Residence: On-Campus residence facilities include three residences- North Atwood Hall, University Village, and the Segelhorst Hall. All accommodations on-campus share two general North Atwood relaxation lounges.
Below is a table showing the cost of each On-Campus accommodation.
North Atwood Hall (Costs are valued in USD and are calculated per year)
|Room Type||Annual Fee for North Atwood Hall||Annual Fee for University Village||Annual Fee for Segelhorst Hall|
|Private Bedroom||8,832 USD||7,298 USD||7,298 USD|
|Double Bedroom||8,300 USD||6,066 USD||6,066 USD|
|SLS private bedroom||9,232 USD||7,678 USD||--|
|SLS double bedroom||8,700 USD||6,466 USD||--|
|Ski house premium||--||8,878 USD||--|
Off-Campus Residence: Although the APU encourages students to live on-campus, students can look for affordable student housing options near the university campus. These include homestays, shared or rented apartments, etc.
Meal Plans: Meal plans for the Atwood Complex is a package of 19 meals per week. Meal plans for the other two housing options comprised of 500 USD for use on a cost-per-item basis. Food on-Campus is served at the APU dining hall.
APU offers several programs which include 12 professional undergraduate courses, 13 master’s courses, several doctoral courses, and graduate certificate programs with different learning options like Field-based and campus-based classes, according to the type of program.
These programs are in fields of Social Science, Writing, Psychology, Nursing, Liberal studies, Health, Administration and Management, and outdoor studies. Interestingly, APU offers non-degree courses, ANELP (Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program), Early Honours and professional studies.
Application: Students (international) are advised to apply early enough so they can qualify for certain financial aid. They are to apply through the school's website by filling out the online form.
Application Fee: An application fee of 25 USD is to be paid. If the priority deadline has passed, the application fee will be 50 USD.
Application Deadline: The priority deadline for international students to apply for admissions at Alaska Pacific University is May 1 and November 1 for the Fall and Spring semester respectively.
|Exam||Minimum Scores Required|
This section shows at a glance, the summary of expenses for tuition and other relevant expenses at APU. It is pertinent to note that some courses are calculated per attendance.
UG Cost of Attendance:
|Expenses||Annual Fee (in USD)|
|Books and Supplies||1,200|
|Personal and Misc. Expenses||2,250|
PG Cost of Attendance:
|Expenses||Annual Fee (in USD)|
|Tuition (12 credit load per year)||7,800|
|Room(estimated off-campus housing)||13,200|
|Books and Supplies||600|
|Personal and Misc. Expenses||2,250|
APU provides several financial aids for both domestic and international students. However, there are a lot of criteria that must be met before they can be considered qualified for these aids. Applicants are encouraged to check the criteria at the school's web page catalog section for financial aid. Some of the scholarships include:
International students can also apply for external international scholarships offered by private organizations, etc. Any questions or concerns should be addressed by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: (907) 564-8341. For any scholarship that requires manual application, the Financial Aid Office is located on Campus in the Carr-Gottstein, Room 106 or maybe applied online.
Interestingly, APU uses the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program yet students that are not eligible for the FWS program can still apply for positions too. There are jobs On-Campus and Off-Campus for students.
On-Campus: There are jobs in areas of Students Job, Leadership Positions and assistantships.
Students are rewarded for their efforts in students' leadership positions. These positions may be in student organizations, admission or residence life. Students are also awarded assistantships when they participate in teaching or research. These rewards in forms of scholarships, tuition waivers, grants or stipend. Applicants are to look out for opportunities and their eligibility criteria in their academic departments and supervisor office respectively.
Off-Campus: There are several jobs outside the campus for international students in Alaska. APU helps students to seek these jobs through the Career Services Office of APU by putting mechanisms in place for employers to publish job opportunities in the Career Services Office and these are made known to students for application.
APU boasts of a large and robust alumni network. Members of the network meet intermittently through workshops organized by APU to help the network through the placement of graduates, Career Development Services, Career Counselling, Résumé, Job Interviews, and cover letter guidance, etc. APU also provides the APU/AMU Alumni Scholarship for family members of Alumni who are students in APU.
Notable Alumni Include:
|Institution Type||Private (Not for Profit)|
|Average Cost of Attendance||$20,350 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||1 : 1|
|Exams||Avg. Score||Min. Score||Max. Score||% Submitted|
|Alaska Pacific University Enrollment||622|
|Average Graduation Rate||52.9%|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$20,350 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$7,800 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Books & Supplies||$1,200 / Year|
|On campus, Room & Board||$7,900 / Year|
|On Campus, Other Expenses||$4,350 / Year|
|Off Campus Accomodation|
|Off campus (not with family), Room & Board||$15,100 / Year|
|Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses||$4,350 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Room & Board||$4,160 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Other Expenses||$4,350 / Year|
|Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary