Iowa Western Community College

  • 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 (60% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 22:1 is higher than the state community college average of 18:1.
Minority enrollment is 22% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 28%.

Top Rankings

Iowa Western Community College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Iowa for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 259 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Iowa Western Community College(IA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty259 staff95 staff
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Number of Programs Offered1214

Student Body

The student population of Iowa Western Community College has declined by 11% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 22:1 has decreased from 30:1 over five years.
The Iowa Western Community College diversity score of 0.46 is equal to the state average of 0.46. The school's diversity has grown by 43% over five years.
Total Enrollment5,791 students2,221 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio22:118:1
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# Full-Time Students3,460 students994 students
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# Part-Time Students2,331 students1,227 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
1,248400
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
-
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% Asian
2%
2%
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% Hispanic
10%
7%
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% Black
11%
7%
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% White
78%
72%
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% Hawaiian
1%
-
% Two or more races
-
2%
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% Non Resident races
-
2%
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% Unknown races
7%
8%
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Diversity Score0.460.46
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College Completion Rate
21%
36%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,700$36,000
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,060 is less than the state average of $5,984. The in-state tuition has declined by 41% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $3,135 is less than the state average of $6,485. The out-state tuition has declined by 41% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,060$5,984
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Out-State Tuition Fees$3,135$6,485
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Tuition NotesTuition and fees provided are based on a full-time student enrolled in 15 credit hours.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid93%92%
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Median Debt for Graduates$12,000$11,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
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Sports

Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsBowling, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBowling, 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: 2019 (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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The nearest community college to Iowa Western Community College is Metropolitan Community College Area (8.9 miles away).
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Iowa community colleges have a diversity score of 0.46, which is lower than the national average of 0.73. The most diverse community college in Iowa is Southeastern Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.