Iowa Lakes Community College

Tel: (712)362-2601
  • Mission of the college is to provide opportunities for quality lifelong learning and promote economic development for our communities.
School Highlights
  • Iowa Lakes Community College serves 2,340 students (47% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is lower than the state community college average of 33:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 14% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 31%.
  • Iowa Lakes Community College is the only community colleges within Emmet County, IA.
  • The nearest community college is Northwest Iowa Community College (54.60 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 110 teachers has declined by 37% over five years.
Iowa Lakes Community College(IA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty110 staff95 staff
Iowa Lakes Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 2,340 has declined by 20% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.26 is less than the state average of 0.50. The school's diversity has grown by 52% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,340 students2,620 students
Iowa Lakes Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio21:133:1
Iowa Lakes Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,090 students1,090 students
Iowa Lakes Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,250 students1,530 students
Iowa Lakes Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Iowa Lakes Community College Enrollment Breakdown IA All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
Iowa Lakes Community College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% American Indian/Alaskan
Iowa Lakes Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2014-2016)
% Asian
Iowa Lakes Community College Asian (2007-2012)
% Hispanic
Iowa Lakes Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Iowa Lakes Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Iowa Lakes Community College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
% Non Resident races
Iowa Lakes Community College Non Resident (2010-2011)
% Unknown races
Iowa Lakes Community College Ethnicity Breakdown IA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.260.50
Iowa Lakes Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Iowa Lakes Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$32,700$36,200
Iowa Lakes Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,516 is more than the state average of $4,714. The in-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,868 is more than the state average of $5,619. The out-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,516$4,714
Iowa Lakes Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,868$5,619
Iowa Lakes Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid84%88%
Iowa Lakes Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$12,000$12,000
Iowa Lakes Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$6,334
Iowa Lakes Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Iowa Lakes Community College is a public, comprehensive educational institution accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The college was established in 1967 under provision of Chapters 260C and 260D, Code of Iowa. Over 73,000 people reside in this predominately rural five-county district encompassing approximately 2,900 square miles. Iowa Lakes Community College is a two-year college located in the rural northwest part of the state of Iowa in the Iowa Great Lakes region. Founded in 1967, Iowa Lakes provides affordable education to the residents of northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota. The communities served by Iowa Lakes are Emmetsburg, Estherville, Algona, Spencer, Spirit Lake and Okoboji. Currently, over 3,600 students are enrolled in the liberal arts, career option, and vocational-technical programs as well as other programs. In addition, Continuing Education helps to provide lifelong learning opportunities as well as workplace training. The College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

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Did You Know?
For Iowa public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,714 per year for in-state students and $5,619 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,520 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Iowa community colleges have a diversity score of 0.50, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Iowa is Kaplan University-Davenport Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.