Northwest College

Tel: (307)754-6000
1,652 students
Public institution
Northwest College is a dynamic learning community dedicated to educational excellence. Through their involvement with the College, students acquire the knowledge and skills to successfully achieve their transfer, career, workforce development, and life-long learning goals.
School Highlights
Northwest College serves 1,652 students (62% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is lower than the state community college average of 21:1.
Minority enrollment is 17% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 15%.
Northwest College is the only community colleges within Park County, WY.
The nearest community college is City College at Montana State University-Billings (70.30 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 100 teachers has declined by 39% over five years.
College Northwest College 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 100 staff
62 staff
Northwest College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 1,652 has declined by 9% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has increased from 11:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.31 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 6% over five years.
Total Enrollment 1,652 students 1,371 students
Northwest College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 17:1
Northwest College Student Staff (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 1,022 students
779 students
Northwest College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 630 students
1,083 students
Northwest College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Northwest College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Northwest College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
Northwest College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
Northwest College Black (2006-2014)
% White
Northwest College White (2006-2014)
% Two or more races
Northwest College More (2010-2014)
% Non Resident races
Northwest College Non Resident (2009-2014)
Northwest 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. 0.31 0.70
Northwest College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $2,749 is less than the state average of $5,664. The in-state tuition has grown by 17% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $6,733 is less than the state average of $10,360. The out-state tuition has grown by 17% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,749 $5,664
Northwest College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,733 $10,360
Northwest College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Total Dormitory Capacity 794 271
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 91%
Northwest College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Northwest College is a dynamic learning community located in Powell, Wyoming, near Yellowstone National Park. In this exceptional setting, students of all ages and backgrounds receive personal attention from a highly credentialed faculty and staff. Northwest's diverse blend of academics, access to emerging technologies, and activities equips students to think critically, to fully develop their potential, and to succeed in an ever changing world. Northwest College opened in 1946 with nearly 100 full- and part-time students and three instructors who met in classrooms borrowed from the public school district. In 1953 the name was changed to Northwest Community College, and in 1968 the college's tax base was expanded to include all of Park County. The name changed once more to Northwest College in 1989. Over the years, the quality of instruction matured, and a residential campus developed. Northwest's 124-acre campus is one of the most attractive college campuses in Wyoming. Its 57 buildings include 14 instructional facilities, four residence halls and 80 apartments for 750 students, a student center, a child care center, and a library with electronic access to other libraries. Northwest College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National League for Nursing, and National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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Did You Know?
For Wyoming public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,411 per year for in-state students and $6,011 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,214 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Wyoming 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 0.27, which is lower than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in Wyoming is Wyotech-Laramie. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.