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Alaska Pacific University the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

APU, chartered as Alaska Methodist University by the Territory of Alaska in 1957, dedicated its campus on June 28, 1959, the same year Alaska achieved statehood. When the first students enrolled in classes beginning October 1, 1960, campus facilities consisted of Grant Hall, the academic and student center; and Gould Hall, the student residence. As enrollments and programs grew significantly, a student center, apartment and residence hall complex was constructed. This complex was later named Atwood Center.
After a 1977 reorganization, academic programs were restructured, and in November 1978, Alaska Methodist University was renamed Alaska Pacific University to better reflect its educational mission and geographical location.
The Ruth and Homer Moseley Sports Center was added to campus facilities in 1986 and the Carr Gottstein Academic Center in 1992. The university now offers eleven undergraduate majors and five graduate programs.
Alaska Pacific University is an intentionally small, private, independent university devoted to innovative teaching and learning, where students receive personal attention in small classes and acquire leadership capabilities, moral character, and self-direction through active learning. To achieve these educational goals Alaska Pacific University: 
Nurtures spiritual and moral values consistent with the university’s Christian heritage while respecting the religious convictions of all.
Emphasizes personal growth through student-centered, experiential education using Alaska, the Arctic, and the Pacific Rim as laboratories for learning;
Develops leadership for active service to society by encouraging openness to positive change, environmental awareness, innovation, and individual initiative;
Promotes international and multicultural education while welcoming learners of all ages: from Alaska, with a special commitment to Alaska Natives; from other states of the United States; and from the international community;
Maintains academic excellence by combining the breadth, integrative understanding, and critical thinking of the liberal arts with practice and focused knowledge for professional careers.
John Dewey, one of America’s foremost educators, once described the most effective education possible as “a great teacher and a student sitting side by side on a log.” You will find that at APU-we have one of the lowest student/faculty ratios in the U.S. (less than 10:1) wherein all of our classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants and, you are likely to discover, sitting on that Alaska log, that you are surrounded by the most eye-popping majestic scenery you could ever imagine.
An APU education is all about student engagement, which means active teaching and learning (hands-on, experiential learning focused on real-world issues) within small learning communities, a high level of academic challenge, a supportive campus environment (the small scale of the campus feels like an extended family where every community member is focused on your success), and an enriching educational experience (a variety of social and recreation activities outside the classroom) that provide you with opportunities for personal growth, pursuing one’s passions and interests, and service to others. It requires you to be an active participant in all aspects of your education.
APU delivers a practical liberal arts education that prepares you to be creative, collaborative, adaptive problem solvers in your chosen endeavors. APU faculty members are, like you, passionate about making a difference in the world we inhabit. They practice what is called deep learning i.e., embodied learning, the kind of learning that grows neurons, stimulates these neurons to act like firecrackers creating new neural networks within the brain and body-mind. Deep learning fosters cognitive complexity, the capacity for introspection, and critical empathy (able to stand in another’s shoes, to acknowledge and respect difference).
Studying within multiple learning venues (small learning communities, studying abroad, community-based internships exchange programs with other campuses) broadens your worldview and hones your collaborative problem-solving capacities. The small class sizes enable APU undergraduates the access to laboratories and applied research opportunities that are normally available only to graduate students at other universities. APU graduates-and their employers-tell us that this breadth of knowledge, skills, and experiences have served them well in their careers and set them on a path of life-long learning.
For those concerned about the value-added of an APU education, the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) test-a nationally benchmarked standard- measures student progress i.e., the development of student competencies in critical thinking, analytical reasoning, problem solving, and clear, cogent communication. APU contributes more to the learning gains made by students than 91% of the participating CLA undergraduate institutions nationally. APU seniors scored in the 98th adjusted percentile rank on the CLA test.
Join us for a distinctive educational experience in Alaska, the land of spirit, opportunity, and adventure.

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Jennifer Jensen
Director of Admissions

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