About University of Alaska Anchorage
Welcome to Alaska Pacific University. When I first came to Alaska Pacific, I was struck by how beautiful, personal and genuine this university is. The faculty really cares about students; the students care passionately about their education and about the world; the campus is utterly spectacular. Alaska Pacific is not a factory, churning out one student after another assembly-line fashion. It is more like an intensively cultivated garden, personalized to allow each student to reach his or her full potential.
Alaska Pacific offers a distinctive form of study, one that extends respect, freedom and responsibility to students. Our premise is that today's students need and deserve an active education to prepare them for a dynamic and rapidly changing world. A modern university, therefore, should teach students to think for themselves, to set their own goals and accomplish them, and to work creatively and effectively with others.
If you ask today's social, business, or professional leaders what society needs from higher education, they will tell you that we need more people who are comfortable with creativity, innovation, and the process of consistent change and improvement. There is not a single arena of contemporary life that is not evolving rapidly. In such times, everyone needs to be a leader at some level; at work, in the family, in the community, in service to the world.
Alaska Pacific University's distinctive form of education results in graduates who have the advantages of a liberal arts education, a pre-professional education, and leadership education, all delivered in an integrated process of active learning.
On this website you will learn much about Alaska Pacific University, its programs of study, and the people who live and teach here. But this is just the beginning of your educational journey. We invite you to learn more about our unique community of students, teachers and mentors. Contact our Admissions Office for more information or a campus tour. We are here to serve you and help you grow.
APU, chartered as Alaska Methodist University by the Territory of Alaska in 1957, dedicated its campus on June 28, 1959, the same year Alaska achieved statehood. When the first students enrolled in classes beginning October 1, 1960, campus facilities consisted of Grant Hall, the academic and student center; and Gould Hall, the student residence. As enrollments and programs grew significantly, a student center, apartment and residence hall complex was constructed. This complex was later named Atwood Center.
After a 1977 reorganization, 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.
The Ruth and Homer Moseley Sports Center was added to campus facilities in 1986 and the Carr Gottstein Academic Center in 1992. The university now offers eleven undergraduate majors and five graduate programs.