Founded in 1959, Alaska Pacific University (APU) is a four-year liberal arts college on a 170-acre wooded campus right in the heart of Anchorage and near the foothills of the Chugach Mountains. The additional 700-acre Kellogg campus 45 miles east of Anchorage serves as the university’s environmental learning center and is home to Spring Creek Farm, APU’s community service agriculture project. Attracting students from around Alaska, the lower 48 and the world, the diverse on-campus community of approximately 500 students includes student-led clubs and a regional Olympic training center for cross-country skiers.
APU offers 2-year and 4-year undergraduate programs. It also offers a handful of Master’s and Doctorate level programs. Intentionally small class size underscores APU’s commitment to student-centered, experiential learning that emphasizes rigorous academics and challenging field work in the arts and sciences. Adhering to a founding commitment to help Alaskans achieve higher education that contributes to Alaska’s well-being, APU emphasizes teaching and research that engages the region’s social, cultural, environmental and geopolitical issues. Expedition Alaska, a program for first-year students, illustrates this as students spend between 10 and 18 days on the Yukon River getting to know each other, and APU faculty and staff.
Why EcoLeague? “Alaska Pacific University is located in a remote, northern region of the globe, where vast, breath-taking wilderness and diverse and abundant natural resources are central to the state economy and critical to the continued subsistence practices of its indigenous peoples. We are in a unique position to be experiencing, first-hand, the unprecedented changes that are impacting every aspect of life on our planet and to understand the urgency for embracing new values and sustainable practices, world-wide. APU is a proud partner in the EcoLeague, a consortium of geographically diverse colleges who share a strong commitment to socially-conscious and hands-on education that will serve and develop students into engaged citizens prepared to find sustainable solutions to meet the needs of our changing world.” – President Don Bantz, Alaska Pacific University
MAJORS/ AREAS OF STUDY
Business Administration & Management, Environmental Science (including Earth Science & Marine Biology), Liberal Studies (including Religious Studies, Writing, and Pre-Med among others), Outdoor Studies and Counseling Psychology.
APU also offers Graduate degrees including: MS Counseling Psychology; MS in Environmental Science; General MBA as well as MBAs in Information and Communication Technology, Strategic Leadership, and Healthcare Administration; Master of Arts; and MS in Outdoor and Environmental Education.
A 4-week Fall Block and 4-week Spring Block followed by an 11-week Fall Session and 11-week Spring Session respectively. During the four-week Block, students take one intensive course, giving them an opportunity to take a field course, travel course or another hands-on course.
NOTABLE ACTIVITIES IN SUSTAINABILITY
- Energy efficient boiler and lighting upgrades in Atwood Center
- Overhaul of mechanical and electrical in Moseley Sports Center
- Lighting and control upgrades in many buildings
- Biodiesel alternative fuel initiative
- Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) on organic farm
- Weekly on-campus, year-round farmer’s market featuring APU produce
- Food composting program
- Locally sourced food purchase plan for students
- Trayless cafeteria
- Paperless records
SPECIAL PROGRAMS, FACILITIES & RESEARCH
- Outdoor Programs – offer students in all majors camping, hiking, mountaineering, canoeing, river rafting, sea kayaking, skiing, ice climbing and biking trips
- APU’s Nordic Ski Center
- The Jim Mahaffey Trail System
- Kellogg Farm – provides diverse opportunities for learning and teaching about the natural world and the human-nature relationship
- The Consortium Library – a shared resource between University of Alaska-Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University that gives students access to over 930,000 volumes, 250 databases and 70,000 journals and e-books
- Expedition Alaska – an experience for first-year students