Universities and Colleges in Anchorage

If you are thinking of attending schools in Anchorage, AK don't be discouraged by the thought of frigid winters and lonely expanses of wilderness. The city proves to be plentiful in education, culture, and extracurricular activities you can expect from any metropolis. In the summer, temperatures in Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, hover in the mid 60s. However, in winter, the temperatures can fall to -20F, and the city gets sunlight for only a few hours each day. Get a break from college in Anchorage with area recreation including 162 parks with fishing, hiking, swimming, and camping. Of course, skiing and ice hockey remain popular among winter sports. Students of Anchorage universities can see shows and other cultural event in any of the large entertainment facilities. Learn, work and play while attending one of the universities in Anchorage surrounded by unrivaled wilderness, glaciers, and wildlife.

Studying at Schools and Colleges in Anchorage, AK

With a population of 286,174, it's not surprising there are 21 colleges in Anchorage, including the University of Alaska-Anchorage, which ranked 75th in US News & World Report 2011 edition of Best Colleges and Regional Universities in the West. Other colleges in Anchorage offering bachelor's and master's degrees are Alaska Pacific University, Charter College and Wayland Baptist University. There are numerous community and technical schools in Anchorage.

Working and living in Anchorage

Graduates of colleges in Anchorage, AK will be happy to find Forbes.com listed the city among the Best Places for Business And Careers. According to the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, top industries for prospective students of schools in Anchorage are:

  • Government
  • Trade
  • Business and professional services
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Educational and health services

Residents of Anchorage had mean annual wages of $49,730--about $6,000 higher than the national average of $43,460. The city also enjoyed an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent as of July 2010--about three points lower than the nationwide average. The cost of living in Anchorage is about 25 percent higher than the national average, with groceries, housing, and health care being among the highest indexed costs. Anchorage has had a fairly stable housing market in recent years, with prices dropping only 2.1 percent at their greatest point of decline, so your investment in a home in Anchorage and an education from one of Anchorage's colleges or universities is a solid one.