Iḷisaġvik College is a public community college located in Barrow, Alaska, on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. The College is the only tribally controlled college in Alaska and is the northernmost accredited community college in the United States. The college is located within the boundaries of the North Slope, an 89,000 square mile Arctic tundra region which is not connected by road or rail and is ice-locked nine months of each year. The region is home to the Inupiat Eskimos.
In 2005, IC became the only Tribal College in the state of Alaska. The college had its origins in 1986, when the North Slope Borough created the North Slope Higher Education Center, changing its name in 1991 to Arctic Sivunmun Iḷisaġvik College. In 1995 the school moved to the site previously used by the United States Naval Arctic Research Laboratory and the Borough passed an ordinance incorporating Iḷisaġvik College as a public and independent non-profit corporation. Iḷisaġvik College was the lead institution in the 1997 creation of the Consortium for Alaska Native Higher Education (CANHE).
model the local Inupiat traditions, values, and culture and
have substantial career and employment opportunities relevant to the workforce.
IC is a two-year community college, which offers associate’s degree, one-year certificate, and semester-long endorsement programs, as well as short-term training courses. Fields of study at IC include:
Accredited in 2003 by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, it offers Associate's degrees as well as one-year certificates. IC is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), which is a community of tribally and federally chartered institutions working to strengthen tribal nations and make a lasting difference in the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives. IC was created in response to the higher education needs of American Indians. IC generally serves geographically isolated populations that have no other means accessing education beyond the high school level.