National Park Community College

Tel: (501)760-4222
  • National Park Community College emerged as a result of the blending of Garland County Community College and Quapaw Technical Institute into a comprehensive two-year institution by Act 678 of the 2003 Arkansas General Assembly effective July 1, 2003. Nestled in the Ouachita Mountains, the college is located in Mid-America Park, just outside the city limits of Hot Springs, America's oldest national park service site.
School Highlights
  • National Park Community College serves 3,001 students (47% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is lower than the state community college average of 25:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 19% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 30%.
  • National Park Community College is the only community colleges within Garland County, AR.
  • The nearest community college is College of the Ouachitas (14.90 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 130 teachers has declined by 32% over five years.
National Park Community College(AR) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty130 staff62 staff
National Park Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 3,001 has declined by 27% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 has increased from 21:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.33 is less than the state average of 0.47. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment3,001 students1,650 students
National Park Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio23:125:1
National Park Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,425 students724 students
National Park Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,576 students926 students
National Park Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
National Park Community College Enrollment Breakdown AR All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
1%
National Park Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
1%
1%
National Park Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
4%
5%
National Park Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
9%
19%
National Park Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
81%
70%
National Park Community College White (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
3%
1%
National Park Community College Ethnicity Breakdown AR All Ethnic Groups 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.0.330.47
National Park Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
18%
24%
National Park Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,600$28,600
National Park Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,490 is more than the state average of $3,004. The in-state tuition has grown by 29% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $4,540 is less than the state average of $4,857. The out-state tuition has grown by 68% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,490$3,004
National Park Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$4,540$4,857
National Park Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid93%95%
National Park Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$14,090$9,500
National Park Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$8,575$5,999
National Park Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • National Park Community College averages approximately 3,000 credit students per semester enrolled in college courses blending liberal arts with occupational education to prepare students to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution. NPCC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. NPCC's academic programs are designed for students who plan to earn a two-year associate degree or a one-year technical certificate leading to employment, as well as for those who plan to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The programs are, in some cases, flexible. The Adult Education assists adults to prepare for postsecondary education, successful careers, and productive lives. Instruction is conducted in an informal learning environment, with an emphasis on individual or small group instruction.

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Did You Know?
For Arkansas public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,004 per year for in-state students and $4,857 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $12,899 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Arkansas is 81%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Arkansas 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 0.47, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Arkansas is Remington College-Little Rock Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.