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Prince William Sound College

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About Prince William Sound College

Prince William Sound College (PWSC) is a one-of-a-kind institution of higher education located in Valdez, Alaska. 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 Millwright, Safety Management, and 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.


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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.

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.

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!

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.


Courses available 10

Computer Science, IT 2 Engineering 1 Hotel Management & Hospitality 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 5 Mass Communication & Media 1


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