Iowa Western Community College

Tel: (712)325-3200
6,884 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 6,884 students (50% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 22% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 23%.
Iowa Western Community College is one of 2 community colleges within Pottawattamie County, IA.
The nearest community college is Kaplan University-Council Bluffs Campus (2.6 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 300 teachers has grown by 41% over five years.
Iowa Western 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 300 staff
59 staff
Iowa Western Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 6,884 teachers has grown by 29% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 has decreased from 26:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.17 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 30% over five years.
Total Enrollment
6,884 students
1,282 students
Iowa Western Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 23:1
Iowa Western Community College student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
3,445 students
810 students
Iowa Western Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 3,439 students
1,017 students
Iowa Western Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Iowa Western Community College Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Iowa Western Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2009-2013)
% Asian
Iowa Western Community College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Iowa Western Community College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Iowa Western Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Iowa Western Community College White (2006-2013)
% Unknown races
Iowa Western Community College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
Iowa Western Community College non_resident (2006-2013)
Iowa Western 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. 0.17 0.53
Iowa Western Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $4,755 is less than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 19% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $4,905 is less than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has grown by 18% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,755 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $4,905 $10,294
Iowa Western Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Total Dormitory Capacity 1,200 255
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 92%
Iowa Western Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (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 $4,249 per year for in-state students and $5,184 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,927 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 0.39, which is lower than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in Iowa is Kaplan University-Davenport Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.