Attend Prince William Sound College

Attend Prince William Sound College

At Prince Williams Sound College (PWSC) students benefit from a close-knit learning community with a high level of faculty and staff support. With no out-of-state tuition, anyone can pursue a highly affordable education in one of Alaska's most spectacular settings.

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PWSC Admissions 

Prince William Sound College is a community campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), and shares the UAA mission of providing open access to higher education for all students.

Applying for admission is your first step in becoming a college student, and the admission office at Prince William Sound College is here to help. Contact us for assistance with application requirements, Alaska residency, Advanced Placements credits, postponing your degree or changing your major.

Cross-Campus Enrollment

If you are pursuing a degree program offered by the University of Alaska (UAA) Anchorage campus or another UA campus, you do not need to reapply to a Prince William Sound College degree program to attend classes at Prince William Sound College. Students admitted to other UA campuses are welcome to enroll in classes at Prince William Sound College.

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  • Admission Policy and Deadlines

    Application Deadlines

    • Fall Semester: August 15
    • Spring Semester: December 8
    • Summer Semester : May 1

    Late applicants must complete the Late Admissions Agreement.

    The UAA Catalog outlines policies regarding admission requirements and student rights and responsibilities in the admission process. Please follow this link to review the General Admission Policies and Information section before applying.

    You must apply for admission by the semester’s ADD/DROP deadline which is at the end of the second week of each semester.

    If you are a degree-seeking student we strongly recommend applying several months before the start of the semester you plan to start college. Applying early allows sufficient time for processing, placement testing, and advising before registration and helps ensure a successful start to college life.

    Admission Forms

    Access Admission Forms for paper forms associated with the admission process including a paper version of the application for admission if you choose to apply in person rather than through UAOnline.

  • Admission Types and Fees

    Anyone who wants to take classes must first be admitted. When applying for admission, we ask you to choose an application type based on your educational objectives and academic goals. For example, you can:

    Choose an undergraduate degree-seeking application if you are taking classes to earn a degree, certificate or occupational endorsement certificate. Degree-seeking students may be eligible for financial aid and there is a non-refundable fee of $40.

    Choose a non-degree-seeking application if you are taking classes for the purpose of personal or professional enhancement and do not want to pursue a certificate or degree. Non-degree-seeking students are not eligible for financial aid. There is no application fee.

    Choose an PWSC secondary school student application if you are attending 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade and are planning to take classes with us while continuing high school or you are a Tech Prep student enrolling for concurrent credit. There is no application fee.

    International applicants Complete and submit the International Student Application and pay the application fee (see information below).

  •  International Students

    Application Process: International Students

    International students SAVE money at Prince William Sound College.

    All students pay resident tuition.

    1. Complete and submit the International Student Application and pay the application fee.

    International Student Application for 2017-2018

    $40 USD non-refundable application fee, and other required documents (see “Application Checklist”) to:

    Prince William Sound College
    Office of the Registrar
    PO Box 97
    Valdez, AK 99686 USA
    2. Wait for a confirmation that PWSC has accepted your application.

    You will be contacted within approximately 2 weeks confirming whether your application has been accepted. If the application is incomplete, you will be requested to submit the missing/incomplete documents.

    3. After you have been accepted, you must submit the required tuition and fees payment as outlined in the acceptance letter.

    Fall 2017, $6,700 USD is the cost for one semester at 12 units at Prince William Sound College.

    • $185 Resident Tuition (per unit)
    • $5 Student Fee (per unit max at $50 per semester)
    • $5 Technology Fee (per unit max at $60 per semester)
    • $8 Network Fee (per unit)
    • $6 Facility Fee (per unit)
    • $3000 Housing Fee (per semester; Fees may vary)
    • $1200 Health Insurance (per year estimated cost)


    4. A letter of acceptance and all necessary immigration documents (Form I-20) will then be issued to you.


    International Students - Application Checklist

    • International Student Application (with completed Applicant Signature)
    • $40 USD non-refundable application fee by check, money order or credit card
    • Credit Card Payment Form (pdf)
    • Make check/money order payable to Prince William Sound College
    • Official Transcripts
    • Copy of Diploma (from High School or secondary school)
    • TOEFL Score (minimum score of 61 ibt) or iTEP (minimum Level 4). These tests are not required for ESL students or for students where English is your first language. (All students must take the ESL/English or Math assessment, unless they have already had English 1A or English 5 or math classes at another community college or higher education institution within the Unites States that is accredited)
    • Personal Essay (1 page describing educational goals, aspirations, etc…)
    • Financial Documents: Financial Support Declaration and Bank Statement (minimum $15,000) (Note: Bank letters are not accepted)
    • Health Documents: Student Statement of Health and Medical Examination (with Physician’s signature)
    • International Student Agreement Form
    • Passport Biography and/or Visa pages

    International Students - Application Deadlines

    You are encouraged to apply early to ensure class enrollment. Late applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

    Applicants Applying from the U.S.
    • Summer Semester (June – July): MAY 1
    • Fall Semester (Aug – Dec): JULY 1
    • Spring Semester (Jan – May): DECEMBER 1

    Applicants Applying from Outside the U.S.
    • Summer Semester (June – July): APRIL 1
    • Fall Semester (Aug – Dec): JUNE 1
    • Spring Semester (Jan – May): OCTOBER 1
  •  Program of Study
    You will also need to choose a program of study (major). Review detailed information on the degree programs, certificates, and occupational endorsements offered at Prince William Sound College under Areas of Study – Degree Programs.
  •  Transcripts Required

    After applying for degree or certificate-seeking admission, you will need to submit required transcripts as follows:

    Freshmen applicants (still in high school or have earned less than 24 college credits):

    • High school (or GED) transcript*
    • College transcripts from all regionally-accredited institutions attended, other than University of Alaska campuses (we can access those for you).

    Transfer applicants (have earned 24 or more college-level credits):

    • College transcripts from all regionally-accredited institutions attended, other than University of Alaska campuses (we can access those for you).

    *If you have not graduated yet, submit an in-progress transcript for earlier acceptance. After graduation, submit a final transcript with a graduation date to complete your admission process.

    Transcripts must be official and mailed to the following address from the issuing institution:

    Prince William Sound College
    Attn: Student Affairs
    P.O. Box 97
    Valdez, AK 99686

    Official transcripts may also be submitted to PWSC in an unopened envelope sealed by the issuing institution, or through a secure electronic system using a secure site such as AVOW or Script-Safe. Official secure electronic documents may be emailed to Faxed transcripts and test scores are not acceptable for admission purposes.

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