2021 Best Colleges for Veterans in Alaska
Veterans have 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 Best Colleges for Veterans in Alaska ranking - to help you make that decision.
Our analysis looked at 4 schools in Alaska to determine which ones were the best for veterans and active service men and women. Our ranking is based on over 20 objective factors, including the school's overall quality, the number of GI Bill® recipients at the school, and the percentage of costs covered by the GI Bill®. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another.
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Top Colleges for Veterans in Alaska
See which schools came out on top of our ranking:
Our analysis found University of Alaska Fairbanks to be the best school for veterans in Alaska in this year’s ranking. Located in Fairbanks, Alaska, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,131 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.
According to our most recent data, UAF supports 6,813 students, and 750 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 631 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average Post-9/11 GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,629. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.
UAF also made our Best Schools in Alaska list, coming in at #3.
Out of the 4 schools in Alaska that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Alaska Anchorage landed the #2 spot on the list. This fairly large public school is located in Anchorage, Alaska, and it awarded 2,180 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.
Among the 11,953 students enrolled at UAA, 1,315 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,097 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients was $5,897. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.
UAA not only placed well in our veterans ranking, but it is also #2 on our Best Schools in Alaska list.
You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of Alaska Southeast. The school came in at #3 in Alaska on this year’s best for vets ranking. UAS is located in Juneau, Alaska and, has a small student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 348 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.
Our most recent data shows that 133 of the 2,070 students enrolled at UAS were GI Bill® students, of which 120 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average Post-9/11 GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,376. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.
UAS did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Schools in Alaska list.
A rank of #4 on our Best Colleges for Veterans in Alaska list means Alaska Pacific University is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Anchorage, Alaska is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 95 students in 2019-2020.
Of the 493 students enrolled at Alaska Pacific, 67 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 47 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients was $9,493. During this same period, 1 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.
With a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Alaska Pacific not only placed well in our veterans ranking, but it is also #4 on our Best Schools in Alaska list.
Best Colleges in the Far Western US Region
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Notes and References
*Avg Salary and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 4 schools only.
**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)
- The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
- Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
- Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
- Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.
More about our data sources and methodologies.