Iowa Western Community College

Tel: (712)325-3200
  • 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 6,547 students (52% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is lower than the state community college average of 33:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 18% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 31%.
  • Iowa Western Community College is the only community colleges within Pottawattamie County, IA.
  • The nearest community college to Iowa Western Community College is Metropolitan Community College Area (8.5 miles away).

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School Overview

  • The teacher population of 259 teachers has grown by 23% over five years.
Iowa Western Community College(IA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty259 staff95 staff
Iowa Western Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Iowa Western Community College has declined by 11% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Iowa Western Community College diversity score of 0.32 is less than the state average of 0.50. The school's diversity has grown by 88% over five years.
Total Enrollment6,547 students2,620 students
Iowa Western Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio25:133:1
Iowa Western Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students3,403 students1,090 students
Iowa Western Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students3,144 students1,530 students
Iowa Western Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Iowa Western Community College Enrollment Breakdown IA All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
Iowa Western Community College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% American Indian/Alaskan
Iowa Western Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2012-2016)
% Asian
Iowa Western Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Iowa Western Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Iowa Western Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Iowa Western Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Iowa Western Community College More (2011-2013)
% Non Resident races
Iowa Western Community College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Iowa Western Community College Ethnicity Breakdown IA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.320.50
Iowa Western Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Iowa Western Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,700$36,200
Iowa Western Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,560 is less than the state average of $4,714. The in-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $4,710 is less than the state average of $5,619. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,560$4,714
Iowa Western Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$4,710$5,619
Iowa Western Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid93%88%
Iowa Western Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$12,000$12,000
Iowa Western Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$6,334
Iowa Western Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or 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 $4,714 per year for in-state students and $5,619 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,502 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 0.65. The most diverse community college in Iowa is Kaplan University-Davenport Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.