The Best Online Colleges in Alaska

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Even though Alaska is the largest state in the U.S. in terms of area, it is one of the least populated. Due to the great distances between cities, lack of roads, vast wilderness areas, and harsh winter climate, travel across Alaska can be difficult, expensive, and time-consuming. These obstacles present several challenges for those who want to further their education in Alaska. Online or distance learning can be extremely helpful for both students and working professionals. Distance learning technology has helped rural Alaskans to expand their educational horizons and network with each other.

Only eight degree–granting institutions serve the sparsely populated state. Within this small group of colleges and universities, there are even fewer online colleges in Alaska. However, this does not mean that distance learning does not exist. There are several online schools in Alaska that offer educational programs from the certificate level all the way through the doctoral level. Through its state university system, Alaska boasts the University of Alaska Online (UAOnline). Within this network, students can take classes without having to leave home. Prospective students can select programs tailored to the unique culture and needs of Alaskans. UAOnline maintains an open door policy and allows anyone to enroll in distance learning as non–degree–seeking students. Several Alaska schools also offer flexible online certificates and degrees.

Four Reasons to Find an Online College in Your State

  1. Guaranteed in–state tuition saves you money
  2. Be a part of a university or college you know and love
  3. Get a degree from a school that employers know and trust
  4. Be close enough to easily visit when desired

0.Ranking Guidelines for the Best Online Colleges in Alaska

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We selected the online colleges and universities here based on the quality of their programs, types of courses and degrees offered, faculty strengths, as well as school awards, rankings, and reputation, including a strong reputation for online degree programs.

Note: In ranking the best online colleges in Alaska, giving attention to the variety of degree programs available at the institutions is of utmost importance. For this reason, a more prestigious school in Alaska may offer one, or a few online degrees, but that may not be enough for that school rank highly among the best online colleges in the state. In this ranking, we are dedicated to showing who’s leading the way in delivering quality online degree programs in Alaska.

The Best Online Colleges in Alaska

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Alaska Pacific University 

Anchorage, AK

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Alaska Methodist University was founded in 1957 and restructured in 1978 to become Alaska Pacific University. Located on a 175-acre campus in a forested area of Anchorage, the school boasts proximity to the city's award-winning trail system. Just under 600 students attend APU, 250 of them undergraduates. Fewer students has resulted in smaller class sizes and a low 8-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio.

This online school in Alaska is currently expanding its distance learning options. Several APU programs offer online courses to serve the needs of working and rural students. APU created an 18-credit undergraduate certificate in rural management to build networks of leaders in Alaska's rural communities. This program features synchronous evening courses. APU also offers an online master's in counseling psychology and an online business degree.

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2017 Best Online Colleges and University in Alaska
  1. University of Alaska Fairbanks
  2. University of Alaska Anchorage
  3. University of Alaska Southeast


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