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2022 Best Colleges in Alaska

4 Colleges
$40,075 Avg Salary*
19% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

There are lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Top Alaska Schools ranking.

Our analysis looked at 4 schools in Alaska to determine which ones were the best in terms of overall quality. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on over 20 objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as student-to-faculty ratio, average graduate earnings, and graduation rate.

Learn more about our ranking methodology.

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Top Colleges in Alaska

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

Our analysis found University of Alaska Southeast to be the best school for overall quality in Alaska in this year’s ranking.Juneau, Alaska is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 348 students in 2019-2020.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from UAS make an average of $36,000 per year during the early years of their career.

Full University of Alaska Southeast Report

#2

University of Alaska Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Alaska Anchorage helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools in Alaska. Located in Anchorage, Alaska, the fairly large public school handed out 2,180 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from UAA make an average of $45,400 per year during the early years of their career.

Read full report on University of Alaska Anchorage

#3

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of Alaska Fairbanks. The school came in at #3 in Alaska on this year’s overall quality ranking.Fairbanks, Alaska is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,131 students in 2019-2020.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from UAF go into careers with an average salary of $38,700 during the early years of their career.

Full University of Alaska Fairbanks Report

#4

Alaska Pacific University

Anchorage, Alaska

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Alaska Pacific University. The school came in at #4 in Alaska on this year’s overall quality ranking. Alaska Pacific University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Anchorage, Alaska that handed out 95 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty rate of 7 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Alaska Pacific go into careers with an average salary of $40,200 during the early years of their career.

Read full report on Alaska Pacific University

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 4 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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