Iowa Western Community College

Tel: (712)325-3200
6,547 students
Public institution
  • Iowa Western Community College is a learning community committed to excellence in meeting the educational needs and improving the quality of life through programs, partnerships and community involvement.
School Highlights
Iowa Western Community College serves 6,547 students (52% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is lower than the state community college average of 33:1.
Minority enrollment is 18% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 31%.
Iowa Western Community College is the only community colleges within Pottawattamie County, IA.
The nearest community college is Metropolitan Community College Area (8.50 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 259 teachers has grown by 7% over five years.
Iowa Western Community College (IA) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 259 staff 67 staff
Iowa Western Community College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 6,547 has declined by 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has decreased from 29:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.32 is less than the state average of 0.50. The school's diversity has grown by 28% over five years.
Total Enrollment 6,547 students 2,041 students
Iowa Western Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 25:1 33:1
Iowa Western Community College Student Staff Ratio (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 3,403 students 844 students
Iowa Western Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 3,144 students 1,250 students
Iowa Western Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Iowa Western Community College Enrollment Breakdown IA All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
1,251 420
% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
1%
Iowa Western Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2011-2014)
% Asian
1%
2%
Iowa Western Community College Asian (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
5%
5%
Iowa Western Community College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
6%
10%
Iowa Western Community College Black (2006-2014)
% White
82%
69%
Iowa Western Community College White (2006-2014)
% Non Resident races
2%
1%
Iowa Western Community College Non Resident (2006-2014)
% Unknown races
1%
11%
Iowa Western Community College Ethnicity Breakdown IA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.32 0.50
Iowa Western Community College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $4,285 is more than the state average of $4,080. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $4,435 is less than the state average of $4,848. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,285 $4,080
Iowa Western Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $4,435 $4,848
Iowa Western Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 93% 90%
Iowa Western Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Clarinda Junior College, which was established in 1923 and had a long history of providing a two-year liberal arts education in Southwest Iowa, was selected to serve as one campus, and a new campus was located in Council Bluffs. The College expanded into other parts of the district with the establishment of centers in Atlantic (Cass County Center), Harlan (Shelby County Center), and Shenandoah (Page/Fremont County Center). On January 23, 1967, two vocational-technical programs were started using facilities in Council Bluffs. A major development was the addition of a liberal arts curriculum at the Council Bluffs Campus in the fall of 1968. Currently the College offers 84 different vocational/technical programs and Arts and Sciences/Transfer majors. Fall 2003 enrollment was 4,205 students. In addition, there are over 42,795 enrollments in continuing education classes each year. Iowa Western has been a vital part of the development of southwest Iowa for the past 32 years. From providing students with the necessary resources to start on a bachelor's degree; offering services to employers to increase economic development; providing continuing education courses; and offering numerous two-year degrees in technical areas, Iowa Western continues to set the standard for colleges throughout the area.

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Did You Know?
For Iowa public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,080 per year for in-state students and $4,848 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,327 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Iowa community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.50, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Iowa is Kaplan University-Davenport Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.