Northwest-Shoals Community College

800 George Wallace Blvd
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661
Tel: (256)331-5200
3,269 students
Public institution
Northwest-Shoals Community College is a single, comprehensive two-year public institution of higher education. The college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and the Associate in Applied Science degrees as well as certificates in occupationally specific areas.
School Highlights:
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Northwest-Shoals Community College serves 3,269 students (56.44% of students are full-time).
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The college's student:teacher ratio of 32:1 is higher than the community college average of -:1.
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Minority enrollment is 17% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 40%.
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Northwest-Shoals Community College is the only community colleges within Colbert County, AL.
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The nearest community college is John C Calhoun State Community College (41.97 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 102 teachers has declined by 40% over five years.
Northwest-Shoals 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 102 staff
61 staff
Northwest-Shoals Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 3,269 teachers has declined by 14% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 32:1 has increased from 21:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.26 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 3,269 students 1,294 students
Northwest-Shoals Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 32:1
Northwest-Shoals Community College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 1,845 students
822 students
Northwest-Shoals Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 1,424 students
1,025 students
Northwest-Shoals Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Northwest-Shoals Community College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Northwest-Shoals Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Northwest-Shoals Community College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Northwest-Shoals Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Northwest-Shoals Community College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Northwest-Shoals Community College More (2012-2013)
Northwest-Shoals 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. 0.26 0.53
Northwest-Shoals Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $4,140 is less than the state average of $5,660. The in-state tuition has grown by 20% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $7,470 is less than the state average of $10,250. The out-state tuition has grown by 21% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,140 $5,694
Northwest-Shoals Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,470 $10,252
Northwest-Shoals Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 90%
Northwest-Shoals Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

Located in the Northwest corner of Alabama, our college is comprised of multiple campuses serving the counties of Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, and Lawrence, and the western portion of Winston county. Our students come from both urban and rural communities to our campus sites in the Shoals and Phil Campbell. Northwest-Shoals is unique among community colleges in Alabama in that we adhere to the comprehensive community college concept rather than providing separate technical and junior college divisions. Northwest-Shoals Community College offers a broad range of certificate and degree programs, as well as university parallel and linkage programs. A variety of special programs and services, including training for business and industry, is also available. The Community Services Division at NW-SCC provides area companies and individuals with a wide range of technical training, administrative assistance, and personal development courses in the belief that learning is a life-long experience. Consisting of Continuing Education and Training for Business, this division is the flexible division of the college in providing the services not provided in the traditional education environment. The Patriots of Northwest-Shoals are well established as leaders among Alabama intercollegiate athletes. The college holds numerous championship titles in the Alabama Junior and Community College Conference, comprising Region XXII of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

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Did You Know?
For Alabama public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,053 per year for in-state students and $7,861 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,902 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Alabama is 70%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Alabama 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 0.56, which is higher than the national average of 0.48. The most diverse community college in Alabama is Marion Military Institute. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.