University of Alaska Anchorage

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.

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PWSC Mission Statement

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.

Located in Valdez, Alaska, with centers in Cordova and the Copper River Basin, PWSC provides access to a variety of educational and training opportunities in a geographically rich, culturally diverse, and inclusive environment.

Prince William Sound College attracts people with an adventuresome spirit who want to combine the love of outdoor activities with the opportunity to achieve their academic and career goals.

As a community campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage, PWSC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities to offer college level courses and programs, both on-campus and on-line, leading to occupational endorsements, Associate of Arts, and Associate of Applied Science degrees.

PWSC Accreditation

Prince William Sound College, as a college of the University of Alaska Anchorage, is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Accreditation by this Commission enables the College to offer college level courses and programs leading to Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees as well as to certificates. The College also offers a limited number of upper division undergraduate and graduate courses. Accreditation documentation may be viewed by the public by contacting the Campus Director’s office.

The harbor in Valdez, Alaska

Main Campus in Valdez, Alaska

Valdez is located on the magnificent Prince William Sound, a fjord formed by retreating glaciers. It is a paradise for any outdoor enthusiast or nature lover. Behind the town of Valdez is the Chugach Range, where Keystone Canyon and Thompson Pass provide access to breathtaking waterfalls, hanging glaciers, mountain hiking, and backcountry skiing access.

 


View of the Copper Basin in Alaska

Copper Basin Extension Site

The Copper Basin Extension Site is located in Glennallen, approximately 120 miles up the road from Valdez. In the heart of the Copper River Basin, Glennallen and its neighboring communities are the gateway to the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the largest national park in the country!


Cordova, Alaska

Cordova Extension Site

The Cordova Extension Site is located in Cordova, a quaint fishing village on Prince William Sound. Though Cordova is only 75 miles away from Valdez, the town is only accessible by boat or plane. Cordova is surrounded by hemlock and spruce trees on the northern edge of a temperate rain forest.