University Success

Opportunity Details

University Success

Our ANSEP University Success component is an academic learning community composed of students, faculty, staff, and external partners who are focused on the academic success as well as the personal and professional development of each student. Students are co-enrolled in classes, participate in organized study groups, have opportunities for peer and professional mentoring, do undergraduate research projects, work summer internships, and participate in planned group social activities. ANSEP students understand the importance of community and teamwork in working together to be successful.

ANSEP now supports students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in CBPP programs including accounting, business management, economics, finance and more.

For more information and to apply, contact Audrey Alstrom at or (907)-786-0899.

University Success Includes:

Weekly ANSEP Meetings. Students are required to attend weekly team building meetings where STEM professionals describe their jobs and the opportunities available in engineering and science. Students share their internship or research experiences. The sessions also provide a networking opportunity for the students with professionals, faculty, staff, and the other students.

Recitation Sessions. ANSEP students are required to participate in weekly study groups. Recitation Sessions are designed to strengthen skills in the gateway courses like calculus, chemistry, computer programming, and physics. Junior, Senior, and graduate students who have previously completed the course with a grade of ‘B’ or better lead the sessions. Students are required to participate and solve problems on the board and be able to explain what they are doing to the other students in the session. 

Co-Enrollment. Students are co-enrolled in all of their classes so there is always another ANSEP student to attend classes and study with. 

Internships. Summer internships are required in order for students to earn money for school, clarify their vision of a career in science or engineering, expand their professional network, and be exposed to additional mentoring opportunities. Internships are productive for the employer and educational for the student.

Research. Research opportunities are available to students through university faculty and industry partner organizations. We work to connect each of our students with undergraduate research opportunities, and foster mentoring relationships with current PhD candidates and research faculty. We encourage students to have one of their summer internships involve working with research scientists.

Scholarships. Merit based scholarships are provided by many of our industrial partners. Scholarships play an important role in retention, since many of our students would otherwise be unable to overcome the financial hurdles presented by the costs of education.

Housing. ANSEP students live together in the residence halls in the ANSEP ‘Alyeska Wing’ residential learning community.  

Learning Center. In October 2006 ANSEP moved into a new 13,000 square foot building with a Tlingit dugout canoe design. The ANSEP Building is the center for ANSEP University Success efforts including academic recitations, peer study groups, career awareness and skill building, peer mentoring, Alaska Native-focused events and activities and other academic and support services.

Student Activities. Planned activities deepen the bond that is so important to student success. This includes activities like hiking, bowling, overnight camping trips, movies, rock climbing, and other activities the students choose. AISES or other professional society membership is required of all students to help them develop a network beyond the university.

Advising. Formal and informal advising sessions are available to all ANSEP students with faculty and professional advisors.

Criteria for University Success: Student Contract