Student and Alumni Spotlight

Every week we go out in the field, we're in nature doing hands-on activities, and seeing it all up close. And that's an experience that just doesn't compare to being in a classroom behind a computer or with a text book."Emily Griffin
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Student Emily Griffin

Why Choose PWSC?

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Quality Education

PWSC is a campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage, which has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1974. PWSC offers a variety of associate degrees and occupational endorsement certificates in high-demand industries. PWSC offers the advantages of a small college with many of the benefits of a larger university. Our students benefit from individualized attention from staff and faculty.
PWSC student loooks up at the northern lights as they appear over Valdez, Alaska

Epic Location

PWSC’s main campus is located in Valdez, Alaska. The main campus and its extension sites in Cordova and Copper Basin are set amidst some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery and rich cultural history. Our location offers students access to ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and activities.
PWSC student on the Valdez Glacier in Alaska

Affordable Tuition

PWSC does not charge out-of-state tuition making it an affordable option for not only Alaskans, but any student seeking higher education. PWSC offers resources to help you finance your education. Loans, grants, and scholarships are some of the financial aid options.
Teresa in Valdez, Alaska

Tight-knit Community

Valdez is not only stunningly beautiful, but also a tight knit and safe community. While we are located in rural Alaska, our town is uniquely walkable. Our apartment style student housing is located in the center of town, giving students access to all that our town has to offer.
PWSC students jumping on the beach in Valdez, Alaska

Free Tuition for Any Alaskan High School Student!

Prince William Sound College (PWSC) is offering free tuition and housing to any Alaska high-school student who enrolls in any PWSC course. Students can pursue occupational endorsement certificates (OECs), work towards an associate or bachelor's, or take dual-credit courses.
PWSC students at the Valdez harbor

Spend a semester at PWSC studying natural resources!

Free tuition and housing opportunity for any students in the Natural Resource Technician and Marine Natural Resource Technician Occupational Endorsement Certificate programs! 
Prince William Sound College (PWSC) student in Valdez Alaska

Student spotlight: Monica Pearson student in the marine services program

For Pearson, mechanical engineering had always been interesting, and she found the marine services technology program intriguing.

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