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2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Alaska

5 Colleges
$40,075 Avg Salary*
38% Avg Grad Rate*

Non-traditional students have to weigh their education options carefully. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make an informed education decision by providing the critical data you need.

Our analysis looked at 5 schools in Alaska to determine which ones were the best for adult learners and other students who are considered non-traditional. Our ranking methodology focuses on over 20 different objective factors - such as degree completion, loan default rate, post graduate earnings, as well as factors important to non-traditional students such as distance learning and flexible learning options.

If you fall into the category of non-traditional, you are a part-time student, a returning or transfer student, or older than 24. We designed this ranking to meet your unique needs.

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Top Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Alaska

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#1

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska

University of Alaska Fairbanks tops this year’s ranking as the best school for non-traditional students in Alaska. Fairbanks, Alaska is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 602 students in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $246. 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.

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#2

Alaska Pacific University

Anchorage, Alaska

A rank of #2 on our Best Colleges For Non-Traditional Students in Alaska list means Alaska Pacific University is a great place for adult learners and/or non-traditional students working on their bachelor’s degree. Alaska Pacific University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Anchorage, Alaska that handed out 55 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $848 per credit hour. During the early years of their career, graduates from Alaska Pacific make an average of $40,200 a year.

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Out of the 5 schools in Alaska that were part of this year’s ranking of the best schools for adult learners and non-traditional students, University of Alaska Southeast landed the #3 spot on the list. University of Alaska Southeast is a small public school located in Juneau, Alaska that handed out 113 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $246. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UAS is $36,000 during the early years of their career.

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#4

University of Alaska Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska

Out of the 5 schools in Alaska that were part of this year’s ranking of the best schools for adult learners and non-traditional students, University of Alaska Anchorage landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Anchorage, Alaska, the fairly large public school awarded 1,148 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $243. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $45,400 a year.

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#5

Ilisagvik College

Barrow, Alaska

One of the best schools for adult learners and other non-traditional students is Ilisagvik College. The school came in at #5 in Alaska in this year’s ranking.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $165 per credit hour.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 5 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%.

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