Alaska Pacific University
Alaska Pacific University (APU) (formerly Alaska Methodist University) is a small liberal arts college
Liberal arts college
A liberal arts college is one with a primary emphasis on undergraduate study in the liberal arts and sciences.Students in the liberal arts generally major in a particular discipline while receiving exposure to a wide range of academic subjects, including sciences as well as the traditional...

 located in Anchorage
Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage is a unified home rule municipality in the southcentral part of the U.S. state of Alaska. It is the northernmost major city in the United States...

, Alaska
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, that emphasizes experiential and active learning. The university is a member of the Eco League
Eco League
The Eco League is a five-college consortium consisting of Alaska Pacific University, Green Mountain College, Northland College, Prescott College and College of the Atlantic. The consortium is unique, in that each college is in a different geographic area. Alaska Pacific University is in Anchorage,...

, a group of five small universities and colleges with strong programs in Psychology and Environmental Studies as well as related topics.

History and Heritage

Alaska Pacific University, chartered as Alaska Methodist University by the Territory of Alaska in 1957, dedicated its campus on June 28, 1959. Alaska Pacific University is the most recent of the more than 1200 United Methodist educational institutions founded in America over the last 200 years.

When the first students enrolled in classes beginning October 1, 1960, campus facilities were limited and consisted only of Grant Hall—the academic and student center—and Gould Hall, the student residence. As enrollments and programs grew significantly, other buildings were added, including the Atwood Center, the Ruth and Homer Moseley sports center (1982), and the Carr Gottstein Academic Center (1992).

After a 1977 reorganization led by new president Glenn Olds from Kent State University, and assisted by Dr.Natale Sicuro from Kent, academic programs were restructured, and in November 1978 Alaska Methodist University was renamed Alaska Pacific University to better reflect its educational mission and geographical location. Although the university continues to be firmly rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition of United Methodism, it espouses no narrow sectarian or doctrinal creed and indeed welcomes in its community of learners and teachers all who wish to engage in the search for truth. In fact, in 1991, the university established the Cardinal Newman Chair of Catholic
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Theology is the systematic and rational study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truths, or the learned profession acquired by completing specialized training in religious studies, usually at a university or school of divinity or seminary.-Definition:Augustine of Hippo...

 through an endowment from the Catholic Archdiocese—a significant example of the university’s ecumenism
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The Early Honors Program is both an alternative to the senior year in high school and a challenging springboard into college. During both semesters, Early Honors students enroll in a common university-level curriculum which is intended to satisfy the senior level requirements of the Anchorage and Mat-Su School Districts. Depending on the student's remaining requirements, they will have the opportunity to select courses from the Alaska Pacific course catalog relevant to their academic interests. The Fall Block starts off the Early Honors program with Critical Thinking. Students move into the Session in late September and finish their semester by mid-December. Many of the students elect to participate in the Study Abroad option for the Spring Block but alternatives are available on-campus. The Spring Session begins in early February.

Campus undergraduates often take advantage of Active Learning, Personal Attention, the Block and Session system, Journeys, Travel Courses, the Eco League, and the Senior Project. Campus life is vibrant and varied, and the Outdoor Program opens the door to Alaska adventure for all students. This spirit of adventure and challenge exists in all academic areas — Business, Psychology, Earth Sciences, Education, Environmental Science, Liberal Studies, Marine Biology, Environmental Studies, and Outdoor Studies.

Alaska Pacific University offers nine different graduate programs including: Master of Arts (MAP), Master of Business Administration (MBA), MBA in Information and Communication Technology (MBAICT), Certificate of Graduate Studies in Investments, MBA with a concentration in Health Services Administration (MBAHSA), Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES), Master of Science in Outdoor and Environmental Education (MSOEE), Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP), Certification Only - Option Program (CO-OP), & Master of Arts in Teaching (K-8) (MAT). At Alaska Pacific, graduate students should maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. Good time management skills, being focused and persistent are equally important. Perhaps the most important quality is the ability to establish good working relationships with your fellow students, faculty and internship mentors.

Adult Undergraduates can take advantage of the many degree options designed for busy adults. The degrees available to adult undergraduates seek to build a competency base relevant for professional careers in Accounting, Business Administration and Management, Health Services Administration, Human Services, and K-8 Education. Adult Undergraduates can complete these degrees on-campus in the evening, online, or a mixture of both. APU developed a life-friendly schedule for their Adult population. During a 15 week semester most 3 credit hour courses are offered in two 7 week modules and 4 credit hour courses last for 11 weeks.


Three stories tall, South Atwood has 12 suites. South Atwood is the default boarding location for incoming freshmen.

North Atwood is located directly across from South Atwood and is a three-story building consisting of suites of upper-class students. There are a variety of suites available in North Atwood, ranging from one person suites to spacious multi-bedroom suites. Historically, North Atwood is home to returning students, transfer students and graduate students.

The University Village is composed of four 2-story duplex homes with a total of 8 living areas located a short distance from the residence halls. Each house has at least one dining room, kitchen, living room, and two bathrooms.

Segelhorst Hall (which opened in August 2007) has six four-bedroom apartments.

Academic Buildings

Grant Hall is the oldest academic building and is home to the Environmental Science, Liberal Studies, Marine Biology, and Outdoor Studies programs. On the first floor of Grant Hall are located business offices such as Information Technology, Accounting and Finance, Student Financial Services, Registrar, and the President’s Office. On the second floor are classrooms reserved for a number of classes. Most Liberal Studies instructors and Professors officers are here, as well as the Office of Advancement. The third floor has the Outdoor Studies gear room, the GIS lab, the chemistry lab and the biology/geology lab where there is a top notch aquarium system.

Carr Gottstein is the most recent academic building and where most of the Psychology and Education programs/instructors are located. The Admissions and RANA offices are found on the first floor along with some classrooms. The second floor has most of the classrooms and offices.

The Mosley Sports Center is where the pool and gym are found. This facility is of great value to students and is often taken advantage of by even members of the greater Anchorage community. The pool and gym hours vary from academic year to summer and can be found on Alaska Pacific University’s website.

Atwood Center is located directly in between the dormitories of North and South Atwood. Here, the kitchen/cafeteria is located. On the second floor, north side, the current student center is equipped with three computers, a T.V. with satellite, and a projection screen and projector, as well as couches for students to relax in. In the back of the south side of Atwood Center, is the Academic Support Center. This facility is used by students and run by students. Both Windows and Mac computers are available for use with the most recent software. Color and black and white printers are at the students’ disposal as well as a copier. This area is also used for tutoring in every subject. On the first floor, in the front, the campus bookstore, art room and Dean of Students office can be found. As you walk towards the back on the north side, you’ll find the Counseling Center, Conferencing, Campus Safety, the Director and Assistant Director of Residence life and Student Activities and Career Services. In the back of the center are the student government office (ASAPU) and the campus chapel.

Other buildings on the campus include the Gould Hall, Grace Hall and a new office building, buildings that are all occupied by the USGS. A medical building is also located on the APU campus, the Spinal Institute. The President's house is located directly behind the Mosley Sports Center. In Palmer, AK, there is the Kellogg farm of 700 acres (2.8 km²) that was donated to Alaska Pacific University in 1973 by the first woman to serve on the AMU board of trustees, Louise Kellogg. Today this is the place for the study of nature and sustainability.


Alaska Pacific University is renowned for its Nordic Ski Team. The team of 2007-2008 consists of 22 skiers, one of which is Kikkan Randall, who has been the 1st American Woman World Cup Podium, 1st American woman in the Olympic top 10 and is a 7 time U.S. National Champion.

Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center began a decade ago as a regional Olympic training center for cross-country skiers. The program developed some of the best elite skiers in the country including many Olympians and national medalists. The Nordic Ski Center’s unique blend of educational opportunity and first-class coaching has drawn student athletes to Alaska Pacific University from all over the country. With the addition of the Thomas Training Center on Eagle Glacier, skiers can train on snow from November to August, longer than anywhere else in the country.


Associated Students of Alaska Pacific University (ASAPU) is the elected body for student government. ASAPU members represent student interests and oversee student clubs and organizations. ASAPU is the students' “voice” on campus and many students are involved. The positions include: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasure, Senior representative, Junior representative, Sophomore representative, Freshman representative, Graduate representative, Degree Completion representative, Early Honors representative, and the Non-Traditional representative. Examples of some clubs that ASAPU oversees and that are available on campus are: Campus Ministry, The Drama Club, SPECTRUM ( a combination of Crossing Over Lines of Racial Segregation (COLORS) and Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)), Environmental Club (Eco Club), Basketball Club, Nordic Ski Club, Photo Club, the Journal, Recreational Programs, Outdoor Programs, and many others.

Residence Hall Council is the club/organization that students who live in the dorms can go to for movies, games or other recreation. The offices include: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasure, and representatives from each of the dorms. RHC works closely with the Residence Life office and in correlation with ASAPU.


  • The Campus Undergraduate Program

Full time is 12 or more credit hours: Full-time rate is $13,500 per semester (up to 18 credits).
  • Early Honors Program (EHP)

$7,500 per semester (up to 18 credits)
  • Degree Completion Programs (DCP)

$400.00 per credit hour
$250.00 per credit hour (Active Duty Military)
  • Rural Alaska Native Adult Program (RANA)

$400.00 per credit hour
  • Graduate Programs other than the Master of Arts Program (MAP)

$630 per credit hour
  • Master of Arts Program

$575 per credit hour


Institutional Scholarships are determined by your financial need, merit and involvement with your school. The most common of these is the Atwood Distinguished Scholarship, which are renewed every year based on the same criteria. If you received these scholarships they will be on your financial aid award letter.

Benefactor Scholarships have varied amounts and due dates. They are awarded throughout the year. Applications and more information can be found on the Alaska Pacific University Website.

President’s Forum Scholarships are based on a 3.5 GPA and your extracurricular activities. There is also the President’s Forum Trotter Scholarship which has similar criteria. There is also a sister scholarship, the President’s Forum Travel Scholarship, which is awarded to a student who is interested in taking a travel block course. All of these scholarships are awarded at the end of the academic year at the APU Honor’s Assembly.

Private Scholarships are monies awarded to you from a source other than APU. APU strongly urges all of its students to use FastWeb and other scholarship data bases and apply for as many as they can.

Notable alumni

  • Sharon Cissna
    Sharon Cissna
    Sharon M. Cissna is a Democratic member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing the 22nd District since 1999.-External links:* official government website* profile*Follow the Money – Sharon Cissna...

    , member of the Alaska House of Representatives
    Alaska House of Representatives
    The Alaska House of Representatives is the lower house in the Alaska Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Alaska. The House is composed of 40 members, each of whom represents a district of about 15,673 people . Members serve two-year terms without term limits...

  • Mari Gallion, author of The Single Woman's Guide to a Happy Pregnancy
  • Katherine Gottlieb
    Katherine Gottlieb
    Katherine Gottlieb is the president and CEO of the Southcentral Foundation, an Alaska Native Healthcare Organization.She graduated from Alaska Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, a master’s in business administration, and an honorary doctorate....

    , 2004 MacArthur Fellowship
    MacArthur Fellows Program
    The MacArthur Fellows Program or MacArthur Fellowship is an award given by the John D. and Catherine T...

  • Albert Kookesh
    Albert Kookesh
    Albert M. Kookesh is a Democratic member of the Alaska Senate, representing the C District since 2005. Previously he was a member of the Alaska House of Representatives from 1997 through 2004....

     (class of 1971), member of the Alaska Senate
    Alaska Senate
    The Alaska Senate is the upper house in the Alaska Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Alaska. The Senate consists of twenty members, each of whom represents an equal amount of districts with populations of about 31,347 people . Senators serve four-year terms, without term...

  • Walt Monegan
    Walt Monegan
    Walter Carleton "Walt" Monegan, III is the former Police Chief of Anchorage, Alaska and Public Safety Commissioner of Alaska. His dismissal in July 2008 by Alaska Governor Sarah Palin drew considerable attention, particularly after Palin's selection as the Vice-Presidential nominee for the...

    , former police chief of Anchorage
  • Kikkan Randall
    Kikkan Randall
    Kikkan Randall is an American cross-country skier from Anchorage, Alaska. She is the niece of former cross-country skiing Olympians Betsy Haines and her brother, Chris Haines...

    , cross-country skier (Olympian in 2006
    2006 Winter Olympics
    The 2006 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XX Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in Turin, Italy from February 10, 2006, through February 26, 2006. This marked the second time Italy hosted the Olympic Winter Games, the first being the VII Olympic Winter...

  • Scott Stephens, vocalist for Liquid Blue
    Liquid Blue
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  • Katie Lovegreen, Miss Alaska
    Miss Alaska
    The Miss Alaska competition is a scholarship pageant that selects the representative for the state of Alaska in the Miss America pageant.Alaska's highest placement occurred in 1998, when Joslyn Tinker was selected for the Top Ten. One Miss Alaska won a preliminary swimsuit and another won a...


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