PNACAC Summer Solstice Tour: Alaska

March 28, 2020

The college tour to the great state of Alaska will be postponed to 2021. Check back for updates in Winter 2021.


Dates TBD, Summer 2021

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The PNACAC Summer Solstice Tour is a professional development opportunity for high school counselors, independent consultants working with high school students, and graduate students earning a degree in high school counseling to learn more about colleges in Alaska.

Participating institutions:

  • Alaska Pacific University
  • University of Alaska Anchorage
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • University of Alaska Southeast

Participants will learn about each institution’s unique programs as we meet faculty, staff, and students. Participants should expect full days, and walking tours on each campus.

If you’ve previously participated on a PNACAC tour and plan to join us in Alaska, you’re in for a treat as we visit The Last Frontier - this tour will be unique! It involves two flights within Alaska (included in your registration fee) and more free time in each city than is typical on a PNACAC tour. Not only will you get to learn about the colleges, you’ll also have a chance to do some exploration in Juneau, Anchorage, and Fairbanks. See below for more details.

Scholarship Opportunity

We are excited to offer up to four scholarships for this tour. Learn more!

Registration Details

Space is limited and seats will not be confirmed without full payment. Half of the seats on the tour (12) will be reserved for public high school counselors and community college advisors until March 2021. Afterwards, additional seats will be opened to independent and private school counselors. See below for more fee details and deadlines.


Tour Travel & Fee Details

  • Participants will arrive at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. An optional whale watching excursion before the tour is TBD. Those wishing to participate should arrive on Saturday - accommodations will be provided by UAS (details to follow). Transportation to UAS on either Saturday or Sunday is at the cost of the participant (Uber and taxis are both available).
  • Participants should plan to depart from Fairbanks International Airport (there is no programming scheduled for the last day).
  • Participants must commit to participating for the entirety of the tour.

Tentative Agenda:

  • Saturday - Optional arrival to University of Alaska Southeast
  • Sunday - Remainder of the group arrives to University of Alaska Southeast no later than 5:30pm (*optional excursion for those arriving Saturday/early Sunday)
  • Monday - Tour University of Alaska Southeast, fly to Anchorage
  • Tuesday - Tour University of Alaska Anchorage, explore Anchorage
  • Wednesday - Tour Alaska Pacific University, fly to Fairbanks, tour University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Thursday - Explore Fairbanks, continue tour of UAF
  • Friday - Travel Day - departure from Fairbanks

*Registration for the optional excursions will be available by the end of March. Excursions possibly include whale watching in Juneau (must arrive to Juneau on Saturday), sightseeing, and a riverboat cruise.

Tour Fees & Deadlines:

  • PNACAC Members: $500
  • Non-Members: $550
  • Full and/or partial scholarships are available: Apply for a scholarship (deadline TBD)
  • April TBD: Deadline for full refund, minus $30 processing fee
  • June TBD: Deadline for partial refund, minus $30 processing fee and cost of flights (approximately $350)

The tour fee includes:

  • Accommodations in college dorms each night of the tour (Saturday - Thursday). All rooms will be double occupancy. Each room will provide linens, pillows and towels. All campuses provide bathrooms that are shared by the other participants on the floor and/or wing. Unfortunately, PNACAC is unable to accommodate single room requests.
  • Most meals.
  • Transportation within Alaska (shuttles and plane travel within and between Juneau and Anchorage, and Anchorage and Fairbanks).

The tour fee excludes:

  • Air travel to Juneau to start the tour, and air travel home from Fairbanks at the end of the tour.
  • Personal expenses incurred during the tour.
  • Participation fess for optional excursions.
  • Some meals.
  • Transportation from the Juneau airport to the UAS campus (Uber and taxis are available).