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University of Alaska Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna College: Narrative Description


PO Box 2889
Palmer, AK 99645-2889
Tel: (907)745-9774
Admissions: (907)745-9712
Fax: (907)745-9747
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of University of Alaska System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1958. Setting: 950-acre small town campus with easy access to Anchorage. Total enrollment: 1,313. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 113 applied, 76% were admitted. Full-time: 371 students, 64% women, 36% men. Part-time: 942 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 51 states and territories, 18 other countries, 5% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 82% 25 or older. Retention: 67% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Alaska Pacific University, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Placement: SAT or ACT, ACT COMPASS recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $2616 full-time, $109 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8712 full-time, $363 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $200 full-time, $5 per credit part-time, $40 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level and course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course level and course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Choral group, student-run newspaper. Most popular organizations: student government, Math Club. Major annual events: Christmas Ball, Spring BBQ. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. College housing not available. Al Okeson Library with 50,000 books, 292 microform titles, 280 serials, 1,840 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 207 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. from off campus Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 47,000, Palmer is a rural town with subarctic climate. A branch of the Alaska Railroad and bus service to Anchorage serve this area. There are churches, a library, museum, hospital, and a health center in the town. Recreational activities include fishing, boating, ice skating and some swimming. There are good shopping facilities available. Palmer has the usual civic organizations found in most U.S. cities. The Alaska State Fair is the fourth weekend of August through Labor Day weekend each year.

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