Alaska Pacific University: Narrative Description

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4101 University Dr.
Anchorage, AK 99508-4672
Tel: (907)561-1266
Free: 800-252-7528
Admissions: (907)564-8248
Fax: (907)564-8317
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1959. Setting: 170-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $32.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $55,440. Educational spending 2003-04: $8735 per student. Total enrollment: 785. Faculty: 75 (35 full-time, 40 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 124 applied, 96% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 33% from top quarter, 55% from top half. Full-time: 318 students, 65% women, 35% men. Part-time: 250 students, 78% women, 22% men. Students come from 38 states and territories, 3 other countries, 33% from out-of-state, 12% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 6% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 55% 25 or older, 22% live on campus, 13% transferred in. Retention: 79% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 1/1 for early decision. Notification: 3/15, 1/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $25,302 includes full-time tuition ($18,232), mandatory fees ($110), and college room and board ($6960). College room only: $3450. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, location, and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $760 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $55 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, location, and program. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 20 open to all. Most popular organizations: Environmental Club, Student Government Association, Psychology Club, Student Organization of Native Americans, Students for Free Enterprise. Major annual events: Earth Day Celebration, Christmas dance, Honors Assembly. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, controlled dormitory access. 120 college housing spaces available; 92 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Consortium Library with 788,708 books, 591,624 microform titles, 3,434 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $95,000. 40 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Alaska Pacific University is located in Anchorage, a modern, dynamic city with half the population of Alaska. To the west is Cook Inlet, named for the famous English explorer, while mountains rise to the south, east, and north, creating a mild climate. The drive south leads to the ski resort at Alyeska, the glacier at Portage and the famous fishing of the Kenai. To the north lie the Alaska Range and Mount McKinley. Anchorage is a young city on the move. Anchorage's per capita income is twice the national average. Anchorage is lively. Dog teams race down Fourth Avenue during the winter Fur Rendezvous while opera, symphony, theater and a steady stream of rock stars, dance troupes, and artists provide cultural events for every taste. Winters are moderated by the warm Japanese current while summers are blessed with a sun that never sets. Daily intercontinental flights link Anchorage to Hawaii, Tokyo, Beijing, Moscow, Stockholm, London, and New York.

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