Alaska Pacific University
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Founded in 1959, Alaska Pacific University is located in a large city with a population of more than 250,000. It is in the Anchorage AK area.
Address
4101 University Dr
Anchorage, AK 99508
www.alaskapacific.edu
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Programs offered by this school
Size corresponds to the number of graduates and color indicates field of study
General Business Operations an...PsychologyGeneral StudiesParks, Recreation, and LeisureNatural Resources & Conservati...BiologyComputer Sciences and Informat...Finance, Accounting, and Audit...Education by Level or Special ...Community and Public Health
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Programs
This chart shows the number of graduates at all levels in the years shown for each discipline group. Look for a school with steady enrollment and focus in the areas that interest you most.
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Quantitative/Technology
Sciences
Healthcare
Community Services
Education
Humanities
Social Sciences
Business
General/Interdisciplinary
Award Levels
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Postbaccalaureate Cert
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Quick Facts
undergraduate student housing
Students are required to live in campus housing through the sophomore year. About 26% of undergraduates live on campus.
Denomination
United Methodist
Student Focus
Native American non-tribal
Institutional Control
Alaska Pacific University is a private not-for-profit organization.
Undergraduate Students
Full-time first-time students
Full-time transfer students
Part-time first-time students
Part-time transfer students
Accreditation
best
Accreditation provides important oversight over a school's instructional practices and institutional stability.
Alaska Pacific University holds an accreditation from one of the seven regional accreditors, which should ensure that credits earned transfer easily.
Accreditation History
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (Accredited December 1, 1981 - present)
  • The accreditation was recently renewed on April 1, 2015.
  • The next accreditation review was scheduled for December 31, 2015.
Student Attention
Context: Freshman satisfaction
Do most freshman choose to return for a sophomore year?
Context: Students per full-time instructor
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and to craft up-to-date courses and programs.
Context: Instructional expenditures per student
Although spending is not a guarantee of a good classroom experience, high spending can hint at a priority placed on quality in the classroom.
Students on campus
undergraduate Study Types
About 72% of undergraduate students are full-time. About 26% of undergraduate students take all of their courses via distance education, while another 19% take some courses online.
UG Full-time
72%
UG Online classes
45%
Context: Student body size
Alaska Pacific University has 592 students.
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Admissions Competition
Context: Average GPA
85% of attending first-time degree-seeking students submitted a high school GPA. The average GPA reported was 3.2.
Graduation Rate
Approximately 72% of undergraduate students are full-time and about 23% of students are full-time first-time college students. In the last reporting year, 42% of students, inclusive of part-time and transfer students, received a degree within 8 years.
42%
Time to complete
4 years
6 years
8 years
Context: Graduation rate
These numbers reflect eight-year graduation rates for all degrees at the colleges and universities in your chosen context group. This reporting is for undergraduate students inclusive of transfer students and full/part-time students.
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Loan Status
This donut shows the percentage of students who are in good standing (green) in repaying any federal student loans five years after leaving Alaska Pacific University.
Status of loans
Closed (fully paid)
Currently paying
Deferred for miliary or school
Suspended (usually for hardship)
Not released due to privacy
Context: Loans with good standing
This is better performance than at least 89% of its context schools, and is evidence that alumni earnings-to-debt ratios are better than for most of the context schools' alumni.
undergraduate student race/origin
Alaska Pacific University reports that 45% of undergraduate students are minority, which is near the middle of the context schools. With 0 international students representing 2 countries, this school has a higher percentage of international students than 1% of the context schools.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
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undergraduate student gender
Is the gender balance of Alaska Pacific University undergraduate students important to you? You can see the breakdown in this donut chart. For many context groups, the balance is not 50-50, so be sure to check out the context chart below.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage of women
With 67% women undergraduate students, Alaska Pacific University has a higher percentage of women than 74% of context schools.
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Opportunities and Services
Does Alaska Pacific University offer good activities, services, and academic options for you? Here's what we found!
Activities offered

Choral groups

Drama/theater

Student newspaper

Undergraduate services offered

Personal/psychological counseling

Remedial services

Academic/career counseling services

Employment services for current students

Special academic opportunities

3-2 program in Environmental Science

Accelerated Degree

Credit for advanced placement

Distance learning

Double-major allowed

Formal adult program

Graduate courses available to undergraduates

Independent study courses

Internships

Orientation program

Part-time degree programs

Remediation available

Services for learning disabilities

Student-designed major

Study abroad

Summer session

Teacher certification programs

Undergraduate Student Satisfaction and Success
Student Satisfaction
Context: Percentage of students who return after their freshman year

If students come back for a second year, that suggests they are satisfied and able to succeed. The schools with satisfied freshmen should score above that dark gray 50% mark.

81%67%0%20%40%60%80%100%Full-timePart-time
Context: Percentage of students transferring out

How many people transfer out of Alaska Pacific University within 8 years of entering? If you're considering a school with lots of transfers, be sure to find out why it was a bad fit for so many other students!

24%0%20%40%60%80%100%
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Are students graduating on time?
Let us tell you all about low graduation rates!

Across the country, graduation rates are surprisingly low. In fact, Forbes Magazine suggests that they are unacceptably low. However, from another point of view, sometimes graduation rates simply reflect the relative preparation of the students who enter. Colleges with a mission to help people coming from less advantaged backgrounds, such as first-generation and low-income students, may have low graduation rates despite relatively strong outcomes for students who face many obstacles to success. Without the context provided in these views of completion rates, it can be tricky to separate predatory schools that take financial advantage of under-prepared students from those that are actively seeking to encourage and help those students.

For the consumer choosing a school, once you have narrowed your list to those schools that you can afford and that seem likely to admit you, consider the outcome measures in this section and choose the specific measures that best describe your plans. Very simply, schools with high graduation rates and high loan repayment rates will likely give you the best opportunity to succeed.

Choose a way to look at graduation rates
Rates with need context
Trends in rates
Rates by gender and race
Context: the impact of wealth and transfer status on degree completion

We took a close look lagging success for students with financial need in a case study. Here's a chance to compare schools based on student successes with a better appreciation of how circumstances may impact success. One word of caution: the statistics for some categories may consist of only a handful of students -- see the details by hovering or long-pressing on the bars.

Full-time first-time students
Full-time transfer students
Part-time first-time students
Part-time transfer students
Choose a student group
Full-time first-time students
Full-time transfer students
Part-time first-time students
Part-time transfer students
Percentage with Pell Grants
42%
Full-time first-time students who received an award within 4 years after enrolling
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Full-time first-time students who received an award within 6 years after enrolling
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Full-time first-time students who received an award within 8 years after enrolling
55%44%50%0%50%100%Non-PellPellAll
Do alumni earn enough to repay college loans?

Even if you don't need financial aid, the ability of past students to successfully repay loans speaks to the value of the education received.

Choose how to look at loan repayment
Five year overview
Loan defaults and burden
Success in loan repayment
Student groups and successful repayment
Where do alumni stand after five years?

This snapshot shows the status of students in their federal loan repayments in 2016, having departing from the school in 2012. The green wedges are the alumni in good standing, so look for a school with lots of green!

Student loan status
Closed (fully paid)
Currently paying
Deferred for miliary or school
Suspended (usually for hardship)
Not released due to privacy
Good standing in context

How does the percentage of students who fill those green wedges at Alaska Pacific University compare to other schools? The interactive bars below show you the distribution of how alumni at other schools are doing.

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Classroom Quality
Student attention at Alaska Pacific University

Schools are required to report the ratio of students per instructor, but look for a small number of students for every full-time instructor as your best indicator of personal attention and a modern well-integrated curriculum.

Context: Number of students per instructor
13.270204060Full-time inst.Any inst.
Quality and Quantity of Alaska Pacific University faculty
Faculty are the heart of a school. Make sure the school you attend has highly-qualified faculty who are regularly in their offices and happy to meet with you.
Full-time faculty overview

The best bachelor's and graduate programs are taught by long-term faculty with the word "Professor" in their title. These instructors typically hold the highest degree possible in their field of expertise, and their commitment to research, to their students, and to the school itself should be outstanding. We suggest you look for green in the chart: schools with a large majority of long-term faculty are likely to offer steady classroom quality.

Learn more about the bars in this chart

Traditionally, the long-term faculty at a school are hired as Assistant Professors. After about six years, they then advance to the Associate Professor level after proving excellence in three areas: teaching, service to the institution, and significant contributions to their field of expertise. Assistant professors who are not promoted to the Associate level are usually required to leave the school. The rank of Professor is reserved for senior faculty who have demonstrated the highest standing in those three areas. The standards of excellence differ widely across institutions; nonetheless, the presence of a large proportion of faculty in the three professor ranks suggests you will be taught by faculty who are invested in their academic fields and in the school. Generally, instructors with any of the three professor titles will hold the highest possible (terminal) degree in their academic fields.

The instructor/lecturer positions are generally held by full-time faculty who are focused on teaching alone, often for lower-level classes. These positions usually require some advanced education or experience, but not the highest (terminal) degree in a given academic field. Those teaching with no academic rank may be hired to teach in mostly non-academic fields, giving skills- or vocation-based guidance.

05101520Assistant ProfessorAssociate ProfessorProfessor
Not Faculty
Faculty, not tenure-track: sub-annual
Faculty, not tenure-track: annual
Faculty, not tenure-track: multi-year or indefinite
Faculty, tenure-track
Faculty, tenured
Context: Percentage of full-time faculty
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and to craft up-to-date courses and programs.Alaska Pacific University performs worse in this measure than 59% of the context schools.
Read more about why you want mostly full-time faculty teaching you
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Context: Full-time faculty with the best degrees
Students earning a bachelor's degree or higher should expect to receive the bulk of their education from experts in their field who have earned the highest possible degree.
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Context: Full-time faculty with long-term employment contracts
Faculty with multi-year contracts have a mutual commitment with their school, and they provide curricular stability and knowledge that contribute to meaningful classes for students.
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Faculty Diversity

Here's an opportunity to explore the faculty's diversity. For many schools, attracting a diverse teaching faculty can be a challenge. It's important to judge their success with the reality check of what their peer schools have accomplished.

Choose how to see faculty gender and race/origin
Overview
Context
An overview of faculty race and gender
Here the bars show faculty rank, with male faculty to the left and female faculty to the right. The race/origin of faculty are shown by color. The view with rank is important because many of our elite schools have a problem with diversity at the higher faculty ranks. Are women and minorities being promoted at Alaska Pacific University?
Assistant ProfessorAssociate ProfessorProfessor051015Men051015Women
White
Black
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
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Student Body
Which students comprise the campus?

Who might be attending school with you? We'll look at what degrees most students have received, whether they are on campus or online, a little about their path, and the overall student body size. Our aim is to give some idea of what the campus culture might be.

See what degrees have been awarded

This donut chart shows you what degrees were awarded by Alaska Pacific University last year, and gives you a good idea of this school's focus. Make sure this school's focus matches your goals.

Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Postbaccalaureate Cert
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
What percentage of undergraduate students are online and not on campus?

There are performance problems with many online-focused schools -- you can read about this in an Ididio case study, but you may want some online options to give you greater flexibility.

Fall undergraduate enrollment
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No online courses
Some courses online
All courses online
Where are the other undergraduate students in their studies?

You will be most happy at a school with a large number of students who are like you, whether that's someone who enters right out of high school, or someone who is transferring, or someone who isn't ready to work towards a degree.

Degree-seeking: first-time
Degree-seeking: continuing
Degree-seeking: transfer-in
Non-degree-seeking
Student body size

Another breakdown that can help is a view of the student body size. Here we show undergraduate and graduate student counts, including part-time versus full-time students. If the proportion of students that best describes you is relatively small, then is it possible that another school might be better-prepared to meet your needs?

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Part-time
Full-time
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Freshman residences

A high proportion of international and out-of-state students speaks to reputation and offers an opportunity for diverse interactions in and out of class.

Alaska Pacific University has undergraduates from 2 countries.

Freshman residence
In-state
Out-of-state
International
Not Reported
Choose how to look at freshman residence
Residence in context
Residence over time
Freshman residences in context
How does the geographic diversity at Alaska Pacific University compare to the context group?
56%39%5%0%20%40%60%80%100%Not ReportedOut-of-stateIn-state
Undergraduate student race/origin

The NPR article A Campus More Colorful Than Reality: Beware That College Brochure emphasizes the importance of judging a school's diversity based on solid data as promotional materials are eager to suggest a multicultural student body.

Student race is only categorized for non-international students, and international students are listed separately.

Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
Choose a second viewpoint for student race and origin
Race/Origin in context
Race/origin over time
Context: Undergraduate student race/origin
Here we offer some context as we compare diversity at Alaska Pacific University with that of the current context group.
2%45%7%1%22%0%12%11%0%20%40%60%80%100%InternationalPacific IslanderAsianBlackHispanicNot ReportedMultiracialAmerican IndianWhite
Undergraduate student age distribution

The age distribution at a school can tell you a lot about its mission. If you're looking for a traditional undergraduate experience, you may prefer to see students who are mostly younger than 25 (lighter shades), but if you want support as a returning student, a large number of students 25 and older (darker shades) may better suit your needs.

Age range
Under 18
18-19
20-21
22-24
25-29
30-34
35-39
40-49
50-64
Unknown
Choose another way to view age at Alaska Pacific University
Age in context
Age over time
Context: Undergraduate age distribution
Seeing the age distribution in context lets us evaluate the undergraduate focus at Alaska Pacific University compared to the undergraduate focus for the context schools.
4%10%6%8%15%10%16%19%10%0%10%20%30%40%50%65 and over50-6440-4935-3930-3425-2922-2420-2118-19Under 18
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Undergraduate student gender distribution
The donut shows the gender breakdown for undergraduate students at Alaska Pacific University.
Why are genders so rarely 50-50?

There are multiple outside factors that can affect the gender balance of students recruited by schools. As an example, within less-affluent families higher education is more frequently attained by women than by men, a phenomenon explored in the Atlantic. Therefore, schools serving lower-income populations may be more likely to see a gender imbalance. On the other hand, some colleges may offer predominantly degrees that are stereotypically associated with a single gender, affecting the ratio of men to women accordingly.

Gender
Men
Women
Choose how to look at gender
Gender in context
Gender over time
Context: Gender Balance
It is very difficult for many types of schools to achieve a gender balance, and this context is valuable in evaluating the balance at Alaska Pacific University.
33%67%20%40%60%80%100%MenWomen
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Programs Offered
Finding a program

In the folders below, you can explore your options for study. The folders are grouped and colored by broad field, and you can see the number of students who have completed degrees in each field by following the colors in our chart showing graduations. You can...

  • Filter the programs by the award level that interests you.
  • Use the search key to limit the listings to all relevant progrmas.
  • Select a specific program from this menu to see some great details!
All current offerings
Award Level
All levels
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeFinance, Accounting, and Auditing
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeComputer Sciences and Information Technology
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeBiology
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeNatural Resources & Conservation
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeParks, Recreation, and Leisure
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeCommunity and Public Health
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeEducation by Level or Special Needs
  • chevron-rightfolder-closePsychology
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeGeneral Business Operations and Management
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeGeneral Studies
Admissions
Admissions Overview

Here are some important dates and little tidbits. Please double-check this information on the Alaska Pacific University's webpage for the most up-to-date and accurate answers! We update this information with each school's annual reporting, but information can change unexpectedly. Select any item to view the details.

Admissions Criteria & Qualifications
Admissions Criteria & Qualifications
Alaska Pacific University lists the following admissions priorities and requirements:
Very Important:
Important: academic GPA
Considered:
Not Considered: interview, racial/ethnic status, class rank, recommendation(s), religious affiliation/commitment, rigor of secondary school record, state residency, talent/ability, standardized test scores, volunteer work, work experience, extracurricular activities, alumni/ae relation, level of applicant''s interest, character/personal qualities, application essay, first generation, and geographical residence
The average high school GPA for these students was 3.22.
A high school diploma or GED is required, and an international baccalaureate is accepted.
Application Fee & Common App
Application Fee & Common App
Alaska Pacific University has an undergraduate application fee of $25, and accepts the Common Application for first-year students. Keep in mind that it never hurts to inquire with an Admissions office to see whether they might be willing to waive your application fee.
Freshman application dates
Freshman application dates
The application deadline for fall admission to Alaska Pacific University is August 1. This school notifies applicants of acceptance as they process applications.
Acceptances can be deferred if a gap period is desired -- check with the admissions office.
Transfer application information
Transfer application information
The application deadline for fall transfer admission is August 1. Applicants are notified as applications are processed. Transfer students can begin studies in fall, spring or summer.
Credits accepted from new students
Credits accepted from new students
Alaska Pacific University accepts the following credits:
  • Transfer credits from accredited institutions
  • CLEP subject for transfers
  • DSST/DANTES for transfers
  • ACE recommendations for credit
  • Life Long Learning credits for transfers
  • Dual credit (college credit earned while in high school)
  • Credit for life experiences
  • Advanced placement (AP) credits
High school GPA of last year's freshman class

Full-time Alaska Pacific University freshmen reported an average high school GPA of 3.22. You can explore the break-down of submitted grade point averages, as well as how they compare to those in context schools in the following graphs.

High school GPA tends to be a much more accurate indicator of the high school standing of incoming students than does class rank, which many high schools no longer report.

Percentage submitting GPA
85%
When the percentage of students reporting this metric is low the resulting data may be unreliable.
Context: Average High Schol GPA
Last year's entering freshman class at Alaska Pacific University had an average GPA of 3.22. This is a lower GPA than reported by 35% of the context schools.
3.22.83.03.23.43.63.8
Applicant accepance and subsequent enrollment

Acceptance is a two-way street, because while you may be concerned about whether or not your favorite school will accept you, the colleges and universities are equally worried about whether you will attend if accepted.

Percentage of applicants who are accepted
A low percentage here can indicate that a school is highly selective. We think this is one of the least important numbers for you to consider.
Selectivity can be misleading

You may have heard that a high rejection rate is an indicator of a good school. However, this number can be gamed, and some schools started gaming the system to perform better in college ratings books and sites. Ididio believes a combination of good outcomes (e.g. successful graduation rates and loan repayments) along with indicators of a well-prepared student body (e.g. test scores and high school records) are the best indicators of a good academic experience for those who attend. Our advice is that you don't pay too much attention to this number as you decide whether you might be admitted.

71%89%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Percentage of accepted students who choose to attend

This is called the yield, and it suggests whether this was a first-choice school or a back-up school for most applicants. Even the most prestigious Ivy League schools lose about a third of their accepted students come enrollment time.

12%15%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
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Costs and Financial Aid
Net price: the best estimate for the cost to attend

Most schools publish tuition rates that give them room to offer both scholarships and financial aid where applicable. Your best guess at what you might pay is to see what others with similar family incomes have paid. A more tailored and accurate estimate is available at this school's net price calculator.

Understanding net price

With their net price calculators, many colleges and universities give an idea of what merit-based aid might accompany need-based aid. For schools that share such data, we also provide financial aid data in the Finanical Aid sections.

There are some caveats to consider when using the net price estimates:

  • The net price calculation is weighted by this school's proportion of students living on- and off-campus and this school's estimate of off-campus costs, which may cause the net price methodology be a bit inconsistent from school to school.
  • Parental income and student financial aid eligibility is sometimes more complicated than the simple family income number reported here.
  • The net price calculation for all students is inclusive of students who received any institutional or government aid, but at the family income levels the net price only considers the tuition paid by those who qualified for federal aid.

You can get a little better guess at what you would pay by using this school's net price calculator.

Percentage of students receiving any aid

The donut, based on 32 full-time first-time degree seeking students at Alaska Pacific University, shows the percentage of those who received any financial aid (including merit-based scholarships), subdivided by family income.

97%
Aid type and family income
Federal: $0-30K
Federal: $30K-48K
Federal: $48K-75K
Federal: $75K-110K
Federal: Above $110K
Only institutional
Net price by family income
All Incomes

Let's look over the past few years at what freshmen who received any financial aid actually paid for tuition, fees, books, and living expenses on average, and how that compares to the tuition usually paid for other private universities in your context group. Public universities only report net price for in-state students.

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Chart explanation
Alaska Pacific University
On the blue curve, we see how the net annual cost to attend Alaska Pacific University has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the net price for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Historic Annual Costs

See how this school's published costs have changed over the year, and how their cost trends compare with other private schools.

Published costs may have little to do with what you actually pay

It's important to remember that a school's published costs may not be indicative of what it will actually cost to attend. Time magazine wrote about this in their article Yes, you can get a college to cut its tuition price. Nonetheless, this inflation-adjusted look at the historic annual costs for tuition, fees, books, and supplies can give you an idea of the costs you might expect in the coming years. Comparing the total costs inclusive of room and board (if applicable) with the annual net price estimates in the previous tab will help you determine the financial aid package to expect.

Private and public universities' charges are difficult to compare due to the in-state and out-of-state price differences of public universities, and therefore we only compare Alaska Pacific University to other private schools within your chosen context group.

Include room and board
Undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and supplies over time
20112012201320142015201620172018$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000
Chart explanation
Alaska Pacific University
On the blue curve, we see how the published annual cost to attend Alaska Pacific University has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the annual cost for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Current published costs

Here's a quick summary of costs to attend Alaska Pacific University. You will find the most up-to-date information at their website for admissions.

Undergraduate costs
Charge
Annual fees
Annual tuition
Estimated books and supplies
Miscellaneous (living off campus)
Miscellaneous (living on campus)
Miscellaneous (living with family)
Off-campus room and board
On-campus room and board
Per-credit charges
Cost
$410
$20,350
$1,200
$4,410
$4,410
$4,410
$16,200
$8,230
$848
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Financial aid overview

Understanding the rules and process that determine who gets financial aid can be intimidating. Here are some quick links to help:

  • Visit Alaska Pacific University's Net Price Calculator for the most accurate estimate of your anticipated costs. Every school publishes a Net Price Calculator that does its best to give you a fair estimate of what you might expect to pay. Many calculators consider your high school record as part of the calculation. This will be far more accurate than any of the averages or published tuition values that you see here.

  • FederalStudentAid, a government site that will walk you through the federal financial aid process. There are a number of kinds of student loans and other aid, and this site can walk you through all of the choices you will need to make.

The Alaska Pacific University deadline for priority financial aid consideration is January 1. Applicants are notified of results on a rolling basis beginning February 1 and must respond by August 1.

Required Forms

FAFSA

Loan Programs

Federal Direct PLUS

Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford

State Loans

Need-based Scholarships Available

Federal Pell Grants

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

State scholarships/grants

Private scholarships/grants

Institutional scholarships/grants

Athletic scholarships

Non-need-based Scholarships Available

Athletic scholarships

International Students
Alaska Pacific University provides need-based aid in the form of state and other work-study aid, outside (non-institutional) student loanss, and institutional grants and non-need-based aid in the form of state and other work-study aid, institutional athletic awards, institutional tuition waivers, and institutional grants.
Financial Aid Spending
The financial aid spending reported here reflects monies from all sources that are spent towards the cost to attend Alaska Pacific University. These funds include loan amounts that should ultimately be repaid by the students.
Comparison: Spending on need versus students with need
Here's all money spent on financial aid, divided between money towards students with (blue) and without (green) need, versus the proportion of students with and without need. Is aid going at least proportionally to the students who most need it?
0%50%100%Degree-seeking studentsFinancial aid spending
Without need
With need
Aid spending detail (values)

How are financial aid dollars distributed? Grants and scholarships are shown in violet, while self-help is shown in brown. While self-help includes work-study programs, for most schools the self-help will reflect primarily student loan amounts. Any tuition waivers or athletic scholarships are shown in pink.

Show percentages
$0$1M$2M$3MNon-need-basedNeed-based
Parent loans
Non-need-based self-help
Need-based self-help
Institutional Athletic awards
Institutional Tutition waivers
Institutional Grants
External Grants
State Grants
Federal Grants
Campus overview
Disciplinary actions and crime at Alaska Pacific University

Check out the number of disciplinary actions (implemented within the school) and arrests (implemented by law enforcement external to the school). Alaska Pacific University employs the following safety measures on their campus: 24-hour emergency telephone/alarm devices, dorm entrances allow access only with key or security card, student partrols, and late-night transportation/escort services.

There are very few offenses classified as criminal at most schools. For clarity, we omitted statistics for the most rare crimes, such as murder or manslaughter, and combined sex-related crimes (whose precise names and definitions have changed over time) as well as burglaries and robberies.

Disciplinary Actions
2005201020152020020406080
Liquor Violations
Drug Violations
Weapon Possessions
Context: Disciplinary Actions
1.3%5.5%0.1%0.0%2.0%4.0%6.0%Average number of disciplinary violoations as a percentage of students
Criminal Offenses
20052010201520200246810
Burglaries/Robberies
Sex Offenses
Vehicle Thefts
Aggrevated Assaults
Context: Criminal Offenses
0.050%0.000%0.050%0.050%0.000%0.100%0.200%0.300%0.400%Average number of criminal offenses as a percentage of students
Student housing at Alaska Pacific University

Alaska Pacific University houses 102 undergraduate students, which is 26% of the undergraduate population.Undergraduates, including freshmen, are allowed to bring cars to campus. On-campus housing is required through the sophomore year and for other specified students.

We are able to share a few of the choices you can make when choosing dorm space, and you'll definitely want to learn more about the school's spaces from their web site.

Living on campus
26%
Special types of housing available
Coed housing
Programs for Veterans

If you are a veteran, it's worth digging around to find a military-friendly campus. We think this article about how colleges might help veterans might be a good starting point for questions to ask the Admissions office before you choose to attend. It's also good to be aware that many for-profit schools are behaving as predators, hungry for GI Bill dollars. Watching out for those schools is no different for veterans than for all students: judge very critically using our "Student Satisfaction and Success" tab for undergraduate programs. We wish we had the same data to support graduate programs; however, we think the undergraduate data is a good starting point for judging overall quality.

Programs offered
  • Credit for Military Training
  • Yellow Ribbon Program
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School finances
Alaska Pacific University: What its budget can tell you about classroom quality

Where a school spends and collects its money can suggest a lot about the educational experience it offers. The tabs below offer a look at spending that is important for the quality of your experience if you attend.

Choose Classroom aspect
Instructional spending
Student services spending
Research spending
Context and trends: Instructional expenditures per student

Instructional expenses are primarily the salary and benefits paid to the heart of a school: its full-time instructors. High expenditures in this area suggest care in hiring enough highly qualified full-time faculty to provide personal attention and up-to-date subject-area excellence.

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Chart explanation
Alaska Pacific University
On the blue curve, we see how the instructional expenses per student at Alaska Pacific University have changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the instructional expenses per student for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
All values have been adjusted for inflation. Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Does Alaska Pacific University have stable finances?
You want to attend schools that can meet their annual expenses, and have other indicators of strong financial health.
Should this school's stability matter to you?

You can find a myriad of articles about the enrollment crises expected across US colleges and universities due to fewer births during the 2008 recession and other demographic shifts. The end result to you is that you need to protect your college investment by researching the financial stability of schools that you are considering. Many of our metrics are based on the excellent advice of Forbes' Financial Health Grades.

Ididio does not want to see you stuck with debt and no degree.

Choose budget aspect
Core operating margin
Net assets per student
Tuition dependence
Interest obligations
Government appropriations
Context and trends: Core operating margin

The core operating margin is the percentage by which core revenues exceed (or, when negative, fall short of) core expenses, so higher is better here. This margin excludes finances for non-academic expenses such as housing, hospitals, or other independent operations. For schools with large endowments, this measure can be volitile from year-to-year without indicating concern because investment losses and gains are driving this figure, but if an institution's margin is trending downwards or consistently negative, you should be concerned.

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Chart explanation
Alaska Pacific University
On the blue curve, we see how the core operating margin at Alaska Pacific University have changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the core operating margin for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
All values have been adjusted for inflation. Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Does incoming revenue consistently cover expenses?

Alaska Pacific University is a private not-for-profit school. Along with publicly-controlled schools, not-for-profit schools do not have the goal of annual profit, but they do want to have healthy finances with adequate revenue to meet all expenses. On the other hand, private for-profit schools have creating a profit for shareholders as an annual goal.

Total revenue and expenses by category

We divided revenue and expenses for Alaska Pacific University into categories to give some insight to what may have influenced peaks and ditches in the chart above. The purple shades correspond most directly to student education. The blue shades, auxiliary expenses and revenue, are often related to room and board. We show investment gains and losses in apricot.

200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$10M$20M$30MRevenue$0$10M$20M$30MExpense
Investment gains
Independent operations revenue
Auxiliary revenue
Tuition and fees revenue
Government appropriations etc.
Private and capital gifts
Other revenue
Investment losses
Auxilliary expenses
Instructional expenses
Student services expenses
Academic support expenses
Institutional support expenses
Research expenses
Public service expenses
Other expenses
The power of a large endowment

Related to the previous question of whether the annual revenue stream is stable is the question, "How deep are this school's pockets?" For many schools, a major source of annual income is investment growth. Schools with large endowments have a built-in revenue stream, although you'll see in the accompanying graphs that this revenue stream is highly dependent on the nation's economy. You can choose how to examine the depth of Alaska Pacific University's resources by selecting from the buttons below.

Choose which aspect of the school assets to view
Net Assets
Total Endowment
Endowment Growth Rate
Net Assets Per Student

Here we examine assets at Alaska Pacific University in context, and it seems most fair to adjust for the size of the institution. We examine the assets per full-time-equivalent student so that we level the playing field for size.

There's a catch to these assets, though. Many gifts to a school's endowment have strings attached; the money is restricted to a specific purpose. Assets shown in green below are unrestricted, and are very important to a school's ability to meet its financial obligations. Some assets are the land and buildings that a school must have in order to function, and these may appear as green (unrestricted assets) but are nonetheless less helpful in meeting annual financial commitments. This look at assets is only a piece of the puzzle as we decide if a school is stable.

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Restricted net assets
Unrestricted net assets
Context: 2018 net assets per student
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Academic research
The library is the backbone of academic learning and research

We have no library data for Alaska Pacific University in spite of the fact that about 99% of the degrees it awards are bachelor's or higher degrees. It is unusual for a school with this focus to not have library data. In fact, about 90% of the schools that graduate at least 10% of students at the bachelor's or higher level report library information.

In the age of digital resources, a library can offer incredible support even to distance education students. For students on campus, the library is the study and meeting hub for both residential and commuting students. Through the academic libraries, students can freely access resources not available on the internet.

It is difficult to imagine a meaningful bachelor's or graduate degree program that does not require independent research projects from its students. Without academic library resources, those projects could become quite expensive and also much more difficult, because academic librarians are indispensable for guiding students toward appropriate resources for a research project. The greater fear is that a lack of library means that minimal research and outside reading is expected of students. If you're interested in attending Kaplan University - Cedar Falls Campus, you should ask about their library resources and research expectations, and make sure that you would be receiving the academic challenges and support that you and your future reputation deserve.

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Research funding: the best indicator of post-baccalaureate academic rigor

How much funding does this university have for research in your discipline? This is your primary evidence of nationally-recognized scholarship coming out of this university, and provides a good indicator of the availability of research funding for graduate students and post-docs. You can select bars to drill down into the specific disciplines funded, or further into the sources of that funding. If you hover on the bars, you can see summary details. The dollar amounts reflect the institution's annual spending, inclusive of external grants.

Because this data is collected by the National Science Foundation (NSF), it is focused on traditional science-technology-engineering-mathematics (STEM) disciplines. There are only hints of funding outside of these areas.

Choose how to look at research funding
All
Federal
Nonfederal
This chart shows the overall funding received by Alaska Pacific University by broad research field since 2010. If you select a colored bar, you can drill down and see a little more detail about funding in this area.
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Life sciences
Environmental sciences
Non-STEM disciplines