Welcome to APU
Here, an education is an adventure in living and learning.
Students are at the center of all we do here at Alaska Pacific University. Representing the aspirations and collective wisdom of our community, APU delivers an education that is collaborative, innovative, and transformational. Encouraging student development, supporting community engagement, and honoring Alaska’s Indigenous heritage, APU seeks to cultivate a unique and powerful educational experience.
Honoring Alaska’s Indigenous heritage, exemplifying excellence, and preparing paths.
APU provides a world-class, hands-on, culturally responsive educational experience in collaboration with our students, communities, and Tribal partners.
WISDOM • RESPECT • RECIPROCITY • RELEVANCE • RESPONSIBILITY
Our past is rich with momentous triumphs and colorful milestones.
Under the direction of Peter Gordon Gould, an Aleut from the village of Unga, Alaska Methodist University (AMU) offered its first classes in 1960. AMU was renamed in 1978 to Alaska Pacific University (APU) but remains a Methodist-affiliated institution. It retains its commitment to its heritage of Alaska Native education while emphasizing rigorous academics and challenging field work in the arts and sciences.