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Reviews 144 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: The student financial services office is very helpful. I suggest approaching them with any questions or concerns and they help find money for students.

College Junior

Transportation: No need for transportation around campus, very small area! Although the student government purchases bus passes for every student every year so we can use the public transit system for free.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: very small to small at times but very easy to get to classes and meet people

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Live on campus so I am unsure about off campus standings.

5 College Senior

Parking: Its free and awesome as such. And they keep it plowed free of snow and ice. And if you have a late class you can request and escort out to your vehicle

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: haha, well this depends on where in Anchorage you go. You can have a diner experience downtown that will blow your mind away with great food and cheap prices or you can go to the diner at the other end of town and be sorely disappointed. Or you can go to an expensive restaurant where the food is awesome and has a price tagThere are many locally owned restaurants. We were excited to finally get an Olive Garden =)

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: I have looked at the food, and it looks good. I have not personally eaten there yet, but there is a subway a brisk walk away from the campus

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There is plenty of outdoor recreation in this town. Especially if you like the cold wilderness type of adventures. There is rock climbing, ice climbing, fishing (ice and fly included), camping, hiking and much much more. But if you are a city person who likes shopping, clubbing partying, or even a warm place to go sit by a lake/beach and sun tan- Alaska is not your destination.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: APU is a dry campus, and it is the job of the RAs and staff to enforce this policy. From what I've observed, students on campus have no problem accessing alcohol regardless of whether they are legally old enough to drink. There is a fair amount of on-campus drinking, some of it wandering around in the woods at night. I understand that the dry campus policy is a result of the harsh winters here, the idea being that wandering around campus drunk could very quickly lead to someone passing out in a snowbank and becoming hypothermic. This argument doesn't make much sense in practical terms, however, because it seems as though many of the dorm students that drink go out in the woods to do so, whereas if it were legal on campus they could stay in their rooms to drink, staying warm and safe.

As far as drugs go, marijuana seems to be used by many people on campus, again mostly at night in the woods. It's fairly well hidden from staff and administrators, but it's hard to miss as a student.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: APU did a great job finding me scholarships that enabled me to attend, without which I wouldn't be able to afford the school. The Student Financial Services director and office staff are very helpful when dealing with all financial issues, and the director sends regular email updates with new scholarship opportunities he's come across. The Dean of Students is also very helpful in making sure that students can make ends meet, and coaching students into wise financial decisions.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: We don't have any intercollegiate teams, but there are some great sports here for students to get involved with. APU has kayak polo once a week, a bouldering (rock climbing) wall in the basement, and a Nordic ski team that sends athletes to the Olympics. We also enjoy a large variety of sports clubs that welcome all comers, such as soccer, basketball, a Nordic ski club, frisbee/disc golf (with our own on-campus course) and a number of others. This is also the place to be if you are into outdoor sports. There are tons of opportunities for rock climbing, mountaineering, paddling, technical ice climbing, glacier travel, and just about any other outdoor sport you can think of, most within an hour drive or less.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food quality at APU is decent and there are options for vegetarians. The meal times are sometimes inconvenient, as dinner is relatively early in the day starting at 6 and ending at 7.

5 College Junior

Facilities: APU's Outdoors Program is the most unique thing I've experienced here. It gives students the opportunity to learn and practice skills that most schools don't have programs for. Block classes are offered at the beginning and end of each semester. These classes range from online writing classes to outdoors classes such as Sea Kayaking, Ice Climbing, and a Ski Ride class where students can learn to ski or snowboard and really enjoy the great Alaskan outdoors.

5 College Junior

Weather: The weather determines everything about the day, really. What shoes I'm going to wear whether it's rubber or snow boots, a jacket or no jacket, hat or no hat. When the snow falls, the campus gets a sort of winter wonderland effect. One must be aware of potential flying snowballs and ice. Don't slip!

3 College Junior

Computers: The computers in the computer labs at Alaska Pacific are all functional, but a little outdated. In the student academic center there is a Mac lab, but most of the computers on campus are outdated CPUs. They take a long time to start up, but once they have they run relatively fine.

5 College Junior

Transportation: One of the public buses comes to the center of campus every hour on the hour. It runs through Anchorage from APU campus to downtown, making it a very convenient, direct route for some students to reach some areas in the city. There is a bus stop further down the street (about a 15 minute walk) where students can catch any bus to get to other parts of the city that the campus bus does not reach. Alaska Pacific also offers its own transportations for monthly shopping outings, any off campus events, and outdoors travel events such as kayaking or rock climbing weekends.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is the best choice for many students attending APU. All dorms and on campus apartments are at most a 5 minute walk from the main class buildings. This makes getting to class on time less stressful than it would be living off campus. APU is a very small community, therefore its very tight-knit, giving it a family atmosphere. The housing process is simple and fair, ranking who gets which dorm depending on seniority.

2 College Senior

Facilities: Buildings at APU vary in age from 20 years old to over 45 years old. The roads at APU are run down and many contain cracks, bumps, broken pavement or an occasional pot hole. Some of the older buildings have rooms that either are too hot or too cold that can't seem to be fixed. Also, there is little continuity of design to the campus; one building architecture is different from the next. A big plus, recently, has been the appearance of a new president of the university who is committed to improving the facilities and grounds of the university to bring it up to standard with similar colleges.

1 College Senior

Diversity: Diversity at APU varies across many boundaries. Students in classrooms will vary in ages of 18 to 60 at times but will typically be treated equally. There are campus specialty groups such as the Spectrum Club that specializes in promoting activities and dominance on the campus of the gay community which can hinder any open dialog about other lifestyle choices. For those students who may be 'of faith', you will seldom hear or see them as they only play a very small, insignificant role on campus and are rarely mentioned. The racial diversity is mostly reflective of the community at large with mostly Caucasians/white peoples being the majority. Other races are represented and, as a student, none have been treated any different, which generally is typical of Alaska.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: The level of security incidents is very low at APU. One of the biggest hazards is not people but wildlife. You do need to be aware when traveling between buildings of a moose on the trail, which happens several times a year during winter. The campus is located in the middle of a rural/college/medical area that has much lower crime that more remote parts of the city.

1 College Senior

Majors: Would I major in Education at APU again - nope. The program has no exposure to educational technologies (SmartBoards, Web 2.0 apps, PLN's etc.), the teachers provide very little active feedback, there is an undercurrent of oppression against students who don't fit a particular gender, political belief or level of unquestioning attitude. For a personal cost of $50 per hour to pay for sitting in a classroom in the Master's program, you don't receive but a fraction in value.

2 College Senior

Computers: Only a couple of computer labs on the campus. Each appears to have only about a dozen computers each. They are equally split between Apple and PC's, which helps to satisfy most people's preferences. WiFi speed varies substantially throughout the day. Mornings are good but after dinner, speeds slow to a crawl as many students start streaming NetFlix, online videos or other bandwidth intensive applications.

2 College Senior

Campus Dining: Regular cafeteria grade food on campus. Easy access to the dining hall from the student dorms, ample seating and comfortable atmosphere. Nearest off-campus food source is at a large hospital nearby (think; hospital food), another university with several private food businesses (Subway, China Express) then mini-malls with local vendors.

2 College Senior

Nightlife: Weekly schedules events for on-campus students keeps them from getting 'dorm fever' and helps to keep them connected with others on campus. Most of the activities don't revolve around drinking which is a plus by creating a safer environment for the fringe students to join.

2 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Most students blend into a common 'look-and-feel' of casual Alaskans; infamous for being one of the worst-dressed places in the United States. Jeans, t-shirts, frumpy coats, occasional collared shirt or clean slacks, but pretty rare. No need to worry about bringing a suit or tie, none are found at APU.


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