Western Nevada College

2201 West College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703
Tel: (775)445-3000
3,976 students
Public institution
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:
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Western Nevada College serves 3,976 students (32.07% of students are full-time).
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The college's student:teacher ratio of 40:1 is higher than the community college average of 37:1.
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Minority enrollment is 30% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 54%.
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Western Nevada College is the only community colleges within Carson City County, NV.
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The nearest community college is Lake Tahoe Community College (20.37 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 100 teachers has declined by 33% over five years.
Western Nevada College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level Four or more years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 100 staff
61 staff
Western Nevada College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 3,976 teachers has declined by 16% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 40:1 has increased from 36:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.39 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 11% over five years.
Total Enrollment 3,976 students 1,296 students
Western Nevada College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 40:1
Western Nevada College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 1,275 students
815 students
Western Nevada College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 2,701 students
1,025 students
Western Nevada College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Western Nevada College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Western Nevada College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
Western Nevada College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hawaiian
Western Nevada College Hawaiian (2010-2013)
% Hispanic
Western Nevada College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Western Nevada College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Western Nevada College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Western Nevada College More (2009-2013)
% Unknown races
Western Nevada College Unknown (2006-2013)
Western Nevada 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. 0.39 0.53
Western Nevada College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $2,700 is less than the state average of $5,668. The in-state tuition has grown by 20% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $9,345 is less than the state average of $10,250. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,700 $5,694
Western Nevada College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $9,345 $10,252
Western Nevada College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 77%
Western Nevada College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (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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Did You Know?
For Nevada public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,532 per year for in-state students and $9,902 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,946 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 0.71, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Nevada is Kaplan College-Las Vegas. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.