National Park Community College

Tel: (501)760-4222
3,250 students
Public institution
National Park Community College emerged as a result of the blending of Garland County Community College and Quapaw Technical Institute into a comprehensive two-year institution by Act 678 of the 2003 Arkansas General Assembly effective July 1, 2003. Nestled in the Ouachita Mountains, the college is located in Mid-America Park, just outside the city limits of Hot Springs, America's oldest national park service site.
School Highlights:
National Park Community College serves 3,250 students (48% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 24:1 is lower than the community college average of 27:1.
Minority enrollment is 19% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 34%.
National Park Community College is the only community colleges within Garland County, AR.
The nearest community college is College of the Ouachitas (14.90 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 137 teachers has declined by 27% over five years.
College National Park Community College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
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 137 staff
61 staff
National Park Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 3,250 has declined by 7% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has increased from 20:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.33 is less than the national average of 0.68. The school's diversity has grown by 10% over five years.
Total Enrollment 3,250 students 1,296 students
National Park Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 24:1
National Park Community College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 1,550 students
814 students
National Park Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 1,700 students
1,040 students
National Park Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
National Park Community College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
National Park Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
National Park Community College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
National Park Community College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
National Park Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
National Park Community College White (2006-2013)
% Unknown races
National Park Community College Unknown (2006-2013)
National Park Community College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average 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. 0.33 0.68
National Park Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,320 is less than the state average of $5,660. The in-state tuition has grown by 28% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $4,490 is less than the state average of $10,250. The out-state tuition has grown by 73% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,320 $5,660
National Park Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $4,490 $10,250
National Park Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 93%
National Park Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

  • National Park Community College averages approximately 3,000 credit students per semester enrolled in college courses blending liberal arts with occupational education to prepare students to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution. NPCC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. NPCC's academic programs are designed for students who plan to earn a two-year associate degree or a one-year technical certificate leading to employment, as well as for those who plan to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The programs are, in some cases, flexible. The Adult Education assists adults to prepare for postsecondary education, successful careers, and productive lives. Instruction is conducted in an informal learning environment, with an emphasis on individual or small group instruction.

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Did You Know?
For Arkansas public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,743 per year for in-state students and $4,624 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,432 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Arkansas is 76%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Arkansas 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 0.51, which is lower than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Arkansas is Remington College-Little Rock Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.