Prince William Sound College in Valdez, Alaska

The mission of Prince William Sound College is to use its unique resources and magnificent landscape to enrich the lives of our students and our communities.


About Prince William Sound College (PWSC)

Prince William Sound College (PWSC) is a one-of-a-kind institution of higher education 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. PWSC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities through the University of Alaska Anchorage. Besides a general studies degree, PWSC offers associate degrees and occupational certificates not readily available elsewhere, such as an Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Millwright and Associate of Applied Science in Outdoor Leadership.

With no out-of-state tuition, Prince William Sound College makes attending college in Alaska affordable. Our student population of less than 1,000 students embodies out-of-state and international students, distance learners, rural students, and resident students living in housing.

Many factors make PWSC your college of choice. Small class sizes, a close-knit campus community, and one-on-one interaction with staff and faculty shape a unique learning experience. PWSC resident housing affords students the opportunity to live independently in fully furnished apartments among their peers. Recreational opportunities abound for outdoor enthusiasts in the nearby mountains, waterways, and glaciers.