Western Nevada College

2201 West College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703-7399
Tel: (775)445-3000
4,175 students
Public institution

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Western Nevada College is a public, open admissions college dedicated to providing affordable, quality educational opportunities for those residing in our seven-county service area. Our students come from a variety of social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds and vary in their reasons for attending our college; some are the first in their family to attend college while others hold post-graduate degrees. Western Nevada College welcomes all who desire the opportunity to learn. The strength of our college emanates from its diversity, and we affirm the right of all to pursue and disseminate knowledge free of discrimination and prejudice. All members of the college community � faculty, support staff, and administrators � are committed to the values of free and unfettered inquiry; tolerance of, and respect for, difference; the nurturing of human potential; good citizenship; and civility. These values are reflected in all of the college's policies and practices.
School Highlights:
Western Nevada College serves 4,175 students (23% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 23% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 43%.
Western Nevada College is the only community colleges within Carson City County, NV.
The nearest community college is Lake Tahoe Community College (20.4 miles away).

School Overview

Western Nevada College Community College Avg.
Institution Level Four or more years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public

Student Body

The student population of 4,175 teachers has declined by 22% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 44:1 has increased from 36:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.39 is less than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has grown by 18% over five years.
Total Enrollment
4,175 students
1,303 students
Western Nevada College Total Enrollment (2006-2012)
# Full-Time Students
953 students
836 students
Western Nevada College Full-Time Students (2006-2012)
# Part-Time Students 3,222 students
1,046 students
Western Nevada College Part-Time Students (2006-2012)
Western Nevada College sch enrollment Western Nevada College sta enrollment
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
Western Nevada College Asian (2006-2012)
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
Western Nevada College Hispanic (2006-2012)
% Black
Western Nevada College Black (2006-2012)
% White
Western Nevada College White (2006-2012)
% Two or more races
Western Nevada College More (2009-2012)
Western Nevada College sch ethnicity Western Nevada College sta ethnicity
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. 0.39 0.45
Western Nevada College Diversity Score (2006-2012)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $2,700 is less than the state average of $5,940. The in-state tuition has grown by 34% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $9,345 is less than the state average of $10,072. The out-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,700 $5,940
Western Nevada College In-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Out-State Tuition Fees $9,345 $10,072
Western Nevada College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Source: 2012 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

Western Nevada College is a comprehensive community college which serves more than 6,000 students each semester within an 18,000-square-mile service area. One of four community colleges within the Nevada System of Higher Education, it is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities. WNC reaches out to its urban and rural communities with campuses in Carson City, Fallon and Minden/Gardnerville as well as instructional centers in Dayton, Fernley, Hawthorne, Lake Tahoe, Lovelock, Smith Valley, and Yerington. Distance education courses, including interactive video and Internet classes, allow even those in remote locations ready access to higher education. The college offers some 50 academic degrees and certificates in areas as diverse as engineering and construction technology, nursing, musical theatre, golf facilities management, geographic information systems, criminal justice and graphic design. Students may also complete up to two years of many baccalaureate degree programs, such as teacher preparation, for transfer to a university. At present, WNC continues to expand, providing new facilities, services and opportunities. Construction is nearing completion on the 35,000-square-foot Joe Dini Jr. Library and Student Center. The college's first free-standing library building will have student study rooms, a video presentation room for satellite downlinks, and a hands-on computer teaching room. One floor will be dedicated entirely to student activities. The Jack C. Davis Observatory, which is being built entirely with private donations, will also be completed this spring. The 2,800-square-foot observatory will house three telescopes, including two 16-inch and one 10-inch reflecting telescope. WNCC's main campus, located in the Silver State's capital, offers students an interesting blend of environments: the comfortable pace of a small city combined with the political bustle of state government. The Carson City campus is also close to some of the best scenery and outdoor recreation in the West. The campus rests on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and the spectacular beauty of Lake Tahoe is only 12 miles away.

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For Nevada public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,770 per year for in-state students and $11,140 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,398 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.
Nevada 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 0.62, which is higher than the national average of 0.45. The most diverse community college in Nevada is Kaplan College-Las Vegas. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.