• 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 5,791 students (40% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is lower than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 26% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is equal to the state average of 26%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 5,791 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,560
  • Out-state tuition: $4,710
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 26%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Iowa Western Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Iowa for:

Category
Attribute
Community Size

School Overview

The teacher population of 519 teachers has grown by 100% over five years.
Iowa Western Community College
(IA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
519 staff
274 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Iowa Western Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has decreased from 12:1 over five years.
The Iowa Western Community College diversity score of 0.44 is equal to the state average of 0.44. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
5,791 students
2,501 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
2,331 students
1,099 students
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# Part-Time Students
3,460 students
1,402 students
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This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Iowa Western Community College.
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
414 students
210 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
2,331 students
1,099 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
45 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
3,460 students
1,444 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
457 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
1,248 students
400 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
n/a
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% Asian
2%
2%
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% Hispanic
7%
7%
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% Black
9%
6%
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% White
74%
74%
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% Two or more races
n/a
2%
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% Non Resident races
4%
2%
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% Unknown races
2%
7%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in IA.
Diversity Score
0.44
0.44
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
27%
35%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
0.01%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$34,700
$33,600
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,560 is more than the state average of $4,331. The in-state tuition has declined by 19% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $4,710 is less than the state average of $4,920. The out-state tuition has declined by 19% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,560
$4,331
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$4,710
$4,920
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
86%
91%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$11,456
$11,250
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
59%
ACT Composite
n/a
22
ACT English
n/a
22
ACT Math
n/a
21

Sports

Total Sports Offered
11 sports
Sports
Bowling, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Choir, Theater

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Intramural Sports
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Iowa Western Community College cost?

Iowa Western Community College's tuition is approximately $4,560 for In-State students and $4,710 for Out-State students.

What sports does Iowa Western Community College offer?

Iowa Western Community College offers 11 interscholastic sports: Bowling, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Volleyball and Wrestling.

What is Iowa Western Community College's ranking?

Iowa Western Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Iowa for: Largest student body.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 5,791 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,560
  • Out-state tuition: $4,710
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 26%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For Iowa public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,331 per year for in-state students and $4,920 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $17,086 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Iowa community colleges have a diversity score of 0.44, which is lower than the national average of 0.70. The most diverse community college in Iowa is Ross College-Quad Cities. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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