Alaska Pacific University


Enrollment: 493.

Student Body: 67% female, 33% male, 13% out-of-state (2 countries represented). Asian 3%, African American 3%, Caucasian 56%, Hispanic 5%, Native American 18%.

Retention and Graduation: 75% freshmen return for sophomore year. 17% freshmen graduate within 4 years.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 8.5:1. 53 full-time faculty, 58% hold PhDs, 4% are members of minority groups, 57% are women.


Degrees: Associate, bachelor’s, certificate, masters, post-bachelors certificate, terminal associate.

Classes: Most classes have fewer than 10 students. Most lab/discussion sessions have fewer than 10 students.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: Business administration and management; elementary education and teaching; parks, recreation and leisure facilities management.

Special Study Options: Distance learning, double major, exchange student program (domestic), independent study, internships, student-designed major, study abroad, teacher certification program. Degree Completion program for adult students and a distance education program for rural Alaskan Native adults. Special programs offered to physically disabled students include note-taking services, tape recorders, tutors.

Career services: Career/job search classes, career assessment, internships.


Housing: Coed dorms, cooperative housing, several theme houses, such as the Nordic Skiers House for ski team members. 75% of campus accessible to physically disabled.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Alaskana collection; GIS lab gym with pool; Student Center with weight room and indoor climbing wall; outdoor recreation center with classes and rental equipment; lake for canoeing and kayaking; trails for running, skiing, hiking, biking, etc. connected to city’s trail system.

Computers: 100% of classrooms, 100% of dorms, 100% of libraries, 100% of dining areas, 100% of student union, 100% of common outdoor areas have wireless network access. Students can register for classes online. Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online.


Environment: City.

Activities: Drama/theater, literary magazine, music ensembles, student government, student newspaper, yearbook.

Organizations: 15 registered organizations, 1 religious organization.

On-Campus Highlights: Student Center, climbing wall and weight room, pool, lounges in Grant Hall and in Carr Gottst. Environmental Initiatives: Kellogg Farm dedicated to organic and sustainable enterprises. APU does not use paper plates, plastic silverware, etc. Also paperless initiative. Committed to building a LEED level student center.


Freshman Academic Profile: Average high school GPA 3.22. 24% in top 10% of high school class, 50% in top 25% of high school class, 76% in top 50% of high school class. 95% from public high schools. SAT Math middle 50% range 490-600. SAT Critical Reading middle 50% range 510-630. ACT middle 50% range 22-26. Minimum paper TOEFL 550. Minimum computer TOEFL 79.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Application essay, academic GPA, rigor of secondary school record. Recommendation(s), standardized test scores, alumni/ae relation, level of applicant’s interest. Extracurricular activities, talent/ability, volunteer work, work experience.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. 4 English, 3 mathematics, 2 science, (1 science labs), 2 foreign language, 1 social studies, 1 history.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 1,353 applied, 35% admitted, 14% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: College transcript(s), essay or personal statement, statement of good standing from prior institution(s). Minimum college GPA of 2.0 required. Lowest grade transferable C.

General Admission Information: Application fee $25. Regular application deadline 8/15. Notification on a rolling basis, beginning on or about 1/15. Nonfall registration accepted. Admission may be deferred for a maximum of 1 year. Credit offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Annual tuition $26,250. Room and board $9,300. Required fees $110. Average book expense $1,000.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA. Priority financial aid filing date 4/1.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on a rolling basis beginning 2/1.

Types of Aid: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, private scholarships, the school’s own gift aid. Direct Subsidized Stafford, Direct Unsubsidized Stafford, Direct PLUS, state loans, college/university loans from institutional funds.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Institutional employment available. Off-campus job opportunities are good.

Financial Aid Statistics: 72% freshmen, 24% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 72% freshmen, 62% undergrads receive non-need-based scholarship or grant aid. 64% freshmen, 65% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 6% freshmen, 2% undergrads receive athletic scholarships. 88% freshmen, 92% undergrads receive any aid. 93% undergrads borrow to pay for school. Average cumulative indebtedness $16,750.

Criteria for awarding institutional aid: Academics, alumni affiliation, leadership, religious affiliation, state/district residency.

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