Prince William Sound Community College

No Out of State Tuition at PWSCC
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No Out-of-State Tuition!

Lowest Tuition in Alaska at $142/credit
  • Year PWSCC was Founded: 1978
  • Location: Valdez, Alaska in the south central picturesque Prince William Sound
  • Total Enrollment: 1,500 (includes on-campus, distance, part-time, and full-time students)
  • PWSCC has a service area of 44,000 square miles. (That’s the size of Ohio!)
  • Top Five Areas of Study:
    • Associate of Arts
    • Millwright
    • Disability Services, Language and Speech
    • Computer Information and Office Systems
    • Associate of Fine Arts, Playwriting
  • Video Conferencing is a big deal!
    • 90% of our classes involve video conferencing
    • We have at least 25 classrooms with video conferencing comapbilty
  • Gender Stats:
    • Total Enrollment: 77% Women – 33% Men
    • On-Campus Full-time Students: 40% Women – 60% Men
  • Where We Come From: (most common states, though students attend from all over the world)
    • Alaska
    • Montana
    • Colorado
    • Minnesota
    • Texas
    • New York
    • Florida
    • Colombia
    • Ecuador
    • Japan
    • Latvia
    • South Korea
  • Ethnicity of students vary from: Indian/Alaska Native, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Asian, White, or Hispanic
  • College Locations:
  • Main: Valdez, Cordova, Glennallen
  • Outreach Sites: Mentasta, Slana, Chistochina, Kenny Lake, Chitina
  • No Out-of-State Tuition!
  • Lowest Tuition in Alaska at $142/credit
  • College Colors: Blue and Gold
  • Full-time Student-to-Part-time Student Ratio: 1:4
  • Students-to-Faculty Ratio: 12:1
  • Average Class Size: under 12
  • Number of Residence Halls: 3
  • Housing Capacity: 44
  • PWSCC is the only community college in Alaska with residence halls (Newly remodeled in the Summer/Fall of 2010 and family housing is available)
  • PWSCC Scholarship program is one of the most liberal in Alaska; make sure to apply and good things may come to you
  • $46/week for a single student (taken from the alaska.gov website for relocation)
  • Valdez Average Temperature:
    • January: 20.5 degrees Fahrenheit
    • April: 37.1 degrees Fahrenheit
    • July: 54.9 degrees Fahrenheit
    • October: 38.1 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Valdez Area Average Snowfall:
    • Valdez (in-City): 325.6inches
    • Thompson Pass: over 600 inches

Graduation rate cohort as a percent of all undergraduates (Fall 2007); graduation rate and transfer out rate (2004 cohort); and retention rates (Fall 2007)

  • Part-time – 20%
  • Full-time – 21%
  • Transfer-out rate – 14%
  • Graduation rate, overall – 10%
  • Graduation rate cohort as a percent of entering class – 13%
  • Graduation rate cohort as a percent of undergraduates – 2%

*The information is provided in compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.

NOTE: Graduation rate cohort includes all full-time, first-time, degree/certificate Graduation rate cohort includes all full-time, first-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students. Entering class includes all students coming to the institution for the first time. Only institutions with a mission to prepare students to transfer are required to report transfers out. SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS): Spring 2008, Fall Enrollment component and Graduation Rates component.

P-Dub Quick Distances

  • Driving:
    • 5.5 hours from Anchorage, AK
    • 6.5 hours from Fairbanks, AK
    • 2 hours from Glennallen, AK
    • 3-6 hours from Cordova, AK (consult Ferry schedule)
  • Flying:
    • 40 minutes from Anchorage, AK
    • 1 hour from Fairbanks, AK
    • 1.75 hours from Juneau, AK
    • 3.5 hours from Seattle, WA
    • 3.5 hours from Portland, OR
    • 5.5 hours from Minneapolis, MN
    • 6 hours from Honolulu, HI
    • 6 hours from Chicago, IL