Education in Alaska has always been a challenge, for a number of reasons.
First, it's the biggest state in the Union. In fact, if you superimposed Alaska on a map of the continental United States, the Aleutian islands would reach California, while the southernmost tip of the state would touch Florida, and the farthest north of Alaska would almost cover Minnesota.
Big doesn't even begin to comprehend it all - so trying to gather everyone together in schools is already difficult.
Add to that mix the brutal winters, and the task looks almost insurmountable. Traveling long distances is hard enough, but when you have huge glaciers and consistent subzero temperatures, it's another story entirely.
Nevertheless, Alaska has managed to produce some outstanding institutions of higher education. And now, online education is changing the way people get degrees - a development that is especially useful in Alaska, and a development that the public university system has adopted.
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What are the best online colleges in Alaska?
The University of Alaska system is comprised of three separate universities: Fairbanks, which is the flagship institution; Anchorage, which is the biggest; and Southeast.
Each one offers online programs, but at the moment there is only enough data to report on the eLearning program at University of Alaska Fairbanks. Hopefully we'll be able to update our ranking to include more online options soon.
See our rankings methodology page.
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