Students are at the centre 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 honouring Alaska’s Indigenous heritage, APU seeks to cultivate a unique and powerful educational experience.
Under the direction of Peter Gordon Gould, an Unangax 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 remained a Methodist-affiliated institution. It retains its commitment to its heritage of Alaska Native education while emphasising rigorous academics and challenging fieldwork in the arts and sciences.