University of Alaska Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula College: Narrative Description

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34820 College Dr.
Soldotna, AK 99669-9798
Tel: (907)262-0300; Admissions: (907)262-0300; Fax: (907)262-0322; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of University of Alaska System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1964. Setting: 360-acre rural campus. Endowment: $950,000. Educational spending 2002-03: $4700 per student. Total enrollment: 1,923. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 91 applied, 100% were admitted. 82% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission. Option: Common Application. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: interview. Placement: ACT ASSET required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $2970 full-time, $99 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,290 full-time, $343 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $44 full-time, $3.50 per credit hour part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course level and course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices. College housing not available. Kenai Peninsula College Library with 25,000 books and 95 serials. Operations spending 2002-03: $130,200. 45 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Soldotna, population 15,760, is located on the coast and enjoys a cool climate during the spring and summer months. Public transportation in and out of Kenai is mainly by air and highway with some bus service available. The city has a library, museum, many churches, and a full-service hospital. Recreation includes hunting, fishing, boating, water sports, and clam digging. Annual Kenai days around the middle of July is a traditional event. Part-time employment is available.