Alaska, “The Last Frontier,” is America’s largest state but has relatively few schools of higher education. Most Alaska colleges, community colleges and universities are located in or near Anchorage, which is home to about half the state’s population. These include the flagship campus of the University of Alaska. The University of Alaska also has campuses in Fairbanks and Juneau.
Since Alaska has so few physical campuses, and such expansive territory, online degree programs from community colleges and four-year schools are a popular alternative for state residents. Alaskans can also take advantage of tuition discounts (online or offline) in California, Colorado and other western states.
Learn more about Alaska from this list of interesting facts.
- Alaska’s name is based on the Aleut word “Alyeska,” which translates to “great lands.”
- In 1867 the United States paid Russia $7,200,000 for Alaska. This works out to two cents per acre.
- Alaska is more than twice the size of Texas and is America’s largest state. The state is approximately 1400 miles long and 2700 miles wide.
- Alaska is among America’s most sparsely populated states and is one of the least densely populated regions of the world. It is home to just about 750,000 people. Around half the population lives in the port city of Anchorage.
- Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley, is located in Alaska and is the highest point in North America. It’s 20,320 feet above sea level. Alaska is home to 17 of the 20 highest peaks in the US.
- Alaska has more than 3,000,000 lakes! It also has 16,000 square miles of glacier.
- Temperatures in the interior of Alaska exceed 90° Fahrenheit in the summer. Winter temperatures are sometimes below -60°.
- Oil is the main source of income for the state. More than ⅓ of jobs in Alaska are tied to the oil industry. Other notable industries are mining, fishing, tourism and transportation.
Among ranked National Universities, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2019–2020 school year was $41,426 at private colleges, $11,260 for state residents at public colleges and $27,120 for out-of-state students at state schools, according to data reported to U.S. News in an annual survey.
If your child receives free or reduced lunch, or has an EFC of $0, we can bring your costs down even more! Please mention this during your consultation.