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2023 Best Colleges in Alaska

3 Colleges
$44,115 Avg Salary*
15% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

There are lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Top Alaska Colleges ranking - to help you make that decision.

We analyzed 3 colleges and universities across Alaska to determine which were the best in terms of overall quality. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on over 20 objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as student-to-faculty ratio, average graduate earnings, and graduation rate.

See what other factors we include in our ranking methodology.

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Top Colleges in Alaska

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University of Alaska Anchorage tops this year’s ranking as the best school in Alaska for overall quality. Located in Anchorage, Alaska, the fairly large public school handed out 2,079 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The low student loan default rate of 3.4% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from UAA go into careers with an average salary of $47,891 during the early years of their career.

Full University of Alaska Anchorage Report


You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of Alaska Fairbanks. The school came in at #2 in Alaska on this year’s overall quality ranking. UAF is located in Fairbanks, Alaska and has a medium-sized student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 1,335 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from UAF make an average of $43,728 per year during the early years of their career.

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A rank of #3 on our Best Colleges in Alaska list means University of Alaska Southeast is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. UAS is located in Juneau, Alaska and has a small student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 582 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UAS is $40,727 during the early years of their career.

Full University of Alaska Southeast Report

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*These averages are for the top 3 schools only.


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