Prince William Sound College

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School Overview

Prince William Sound College is a vocational college and is part of the University of Alaska Anchorage college system. It is located in Valdez, Alaska which is a small community located off the Prince William Sound. Most students feel at home in this hospitable small town.

Prince William Sound College offers students many opportunities to participate in student clubs, develop leadership skills, and obtain internships. Popular student clubs on campus include the Sci-Fi, Peer Advocates for Wellness, and Multicultural clubs. Students also have the opportunity to participate in student government. Student produced plays are frequently held on campus, and the college sponsors acting classes.

The Prince William Sound College is concerned about student health and well-being. As a result, it funds a vast student wellness center.

There are over 25 associate and professional certificate programs at this college. Students interested in transferring to a 4-year college can easily do since the University of Alaska System has an articulation agreement with Prince William Sound College. Programs unique to the school include outdoor leadership and oil spill response.

Prince William Sound College has an open enrollment policy. All students 18 or older with a high school or general equivalency degree are admitted.

The college also offers flat tuition rates. Students from all over the country and the world are not required to pay out-of-state tuition rates. Prince William Sound College offers numerous scholarships, and federal Pell grants and loans are available to qualifying students.

General Information

303 Lowe Street, Valdez, AK 99686-0097

General Information:(907) 834-1600
Web Address:pwsc.alaska.edu
Type of Institution:2-year public
Awards Offered:1 year certificate
2 year certificate
AA/AS degree
Campus setting:Rural: Remote
On-campus housing:Yes
Number of Students:1,986 (1,986 undergrad)
Ratio of students to faculty:53 to 1

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $3,616 $3,790 $3,970 $4,405 +10.96%
Books and Supplies $600 $618 $650 $670 +3.08%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $3,616 $4,730 $4,730 $3,850 -18.60%
Other $1,620 $1,670 $1,754 $1,806 +2.96%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $7,000 $7,210 $7,570 $7,570 0.00%
Other $1,620 $1,670 $1,754 $1,806 +2.96%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $9,452 $10,808 $11,104 $10,731 -3.36%
In-state Off Campus $12,836 $13,288 $13,944 $14,451 +3.64%
In-state with Family $4,216 $4,408 $4,620 $5,075 +9.85%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 16 64%
Grant or scholarship aid 9 36% $36,998 $4,111
• Federal grants 9 36% $31,459 $3,495
• Pell grants 9 36% $29,959 $3,329
• Other federal grants 4 16% $1,500 $375
Local and state government scholarships or grants 3 12% $4,000 $1,333
Institutional scholarships or grants 4 16% $1,539 $385
Student loan financial aid 8 32% $59,995 $7,499
• Federal student loans 8 32% $43,505 $5,438
• Other student loans 2 8% $16,490 $8,245

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Programs 17
Business, Marketing, and Management Services 2
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science Programs
Management Information Systems 2
Communication and Journalism Programs
Broadcast Journalism
Education 2
Special Education and Teaching 2
Engineering Technology 3
Industrial Production Technologies/technicians, Other 3
Liberal Arts, Humanities and General Studies 10
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 10
Visual and Performing Arts
Technical Theatre/theatre Design and Technology
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this level.

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of Alaska Anchorage Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(907) 786-1800
Website:www.uaa.alaska.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:uaonline.alaska.edu/
Address:3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:16,318
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):28%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:8,993 (55% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$5,784
Out-of-state Tuition:$17,990
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:81%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$6,086

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

University of Alaska Anchorage Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Alaska Anchorage.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services6582
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services121
Education936
Engineering55
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields881
English Language and Literature/Letters12
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences111
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics1
Health Professions and Related Programs119621
History1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service211
Legal Professions and Studies211
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities12
Mathematics and Statistics1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians64
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies31
Natural Resources and Conservation11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies11
Personal and Culinary Services1
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences2
Precision Production21
Psychology111
Public Administration and Social Service Professions412
Science Technologies/Technicians11
Social Sciences41
Transportation and Materials Moving31
Visual and Performing Arts14
Grand total534155232

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at University of Alaska Anchorage.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services2
Education32
Engineering1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences1
Health Professions and Related Programs511
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Visual and Performing Arts1
Grand total13341

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Alaska Anchorage and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$5,784
Out-of-state$17,990
Books and supplies$1,608

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$11,192
Out-of-state$21,712

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,08181%
Grant or scholarship aid93970%$6,086
Student loan aid30323%$5,170

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid6,66142%$5,145
Federal student loans3,66823%$6,749

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Alaska Anchorage. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Alaska Anchorage students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants3,6261,5432,083
Percent admitted100%82%83%
Percent admitted who enrolled48%50%46%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Alaska Anchorage Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment16,318
Undergraduate enrollment15,546
Graduate enrollment772

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Alaska Anchorage Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Assisting (DA)
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant
  • Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation
    • Massage - Accreditation of programs in the United States that award postsecondary certificates, postsecondary diplomas, and academic Associate degrees, in the practice of massage therapy and bodywork.
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

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