North Iowa Area Community College

  • The mission of the North Iowa Area Community College is to enhance the quality of life for people of North Iowa through comprehensive educational opportunities, progressive partnerships, exemplary service, and responsive leadership.

School Highlights

North Iowa Area Community College serves 2,681 students (48% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 9:1 is lower than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 14% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 26%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 2,681 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,703
  • Out-state tuition: $6,664
  • Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Minority enrollment: 14%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

The teacher population of 292 teachers has grown by 207% over five years.
North Iowa Area 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
292 staff
274 staff
This chart display total faculty of North Iowa Area Community College and community college average number of faculty in IA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Student Body

The student population of North Iowa Area Community College has declined by 9% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 9:1 has decreased from 10:1 over five years.
The North Iowa Area Community College diversity score of 0.26 is less than the state average of 0.44. The school's diversity has declined by 7% over five years.
Total Enrollment
2,681 students
2,501 students
This chart display the total enrollment of North Iowa Area Community College and community college average number of enrollment of IA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
9:1
12:1
This chart display the student staff ratio of North Iowa Area Community College and community college average student staff ratio of IA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Full-Time Students
1,285 students
1,099 students
This chart display the total number of Full-time students enrollment of North Iowa Area Community College and average number of community college Full-time students enrollment of IA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Part-Time Students
1,396 students
1,402 students
This chart display the total number of Part-time students enrollment of North Iowa Area Community College and average number of community college Part-time students enrollment of IA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of North Iowa Area Community College.
This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of IA.
# Enrollment Undergraduate
194 students
210 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,285 students
1,099 students
This chart display the total number of Full-time undergraduate students enrollment of North Iowa Area Community College and average number of community college Full-time undergraduate  students enrollment of IA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
45 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
1,396 students
1,444 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
457 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
400 students
400 students
This chart display the dormitory capacity of North Iowa Area Community College and the community college average dormitory capacity of IA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Asian
1%
2%
This chart display the percentage of Asian students in North Iowa Area Community College and the percentage of Asian community college students in IA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Hispanic
6%
7%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in North Iowa Area Community College and the percentage of Hispanic community college students in IA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Black
3%
6%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in North Iowa Area Community College and the percentage of Black community college students in IA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% White
86%
74%
This chart display the percentage of White students in North Iowa Area Community College and the percentage of White community college students in IA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Two or more races
2%
2%
This chart display the percentage of Two or more races students in North Iowa Area Community College and the percentage of Two or more races community college students in IA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Non Resident races
2%
2%
This chart display the percentage of Non Resident students in North Iowa Area Community College and the percentage of Non Resident community college students in IA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Unknown races
n/a
7%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in North Iowa Area Community College.
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in IA.
Diversity Score
0.26
0.44
This chart display the diversity score of North Iowa Area Community College and the community college average diversity score of IA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
52%
35%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of North Iowa Area Community College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of IA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
0.01%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$33,600
$33,600
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of North Iowa Area Community College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of IA by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,703 is more than the state average of $4,331. The in-state tuition has declined by 9% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,664 is more than the state average of $4,920. The out-state tuition has declined by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,703
$4,331
This chart display tuition fees for an in-state student of North Iowa Area Community College and the public community college average tuition fees for an in-state student of IA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,664
$4,920
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of North Iowa Area Community College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of IA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
96%
91%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in North Iowa Area Community College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in IA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$9,000
$11,250
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in North Iowa Area Community College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in IA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$5,500
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in North Iowa Area Community College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in IA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
59%
ACT Composite
n/a
22
ACT English
n/a
22
ACT Math
n/a
21
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • The College, which began as Mason City Junior College (MCJC) in 1918, has the distinction of being the very first public two-year college in Iowa and one of the first such institutions in the country. Today, the 500-acre countryside campus consists of contemporary, state-of-the-art facilities including the Student Activity Center, Muse-Norris Conference Center, and Murphy Manufacturing Technology Center, as well as lakeside student apartments. The College also operates Community Education Centers in Charles City, Garner, Hampton, Lake Mills and Osage. With a staff of approximately 300, the College currently offers nearly 40 one- and two-year career programs, the first two years toward a bachelor's degree in most fields, and an array of continuing education opportunities for professional and personal growth. On average, the College serves over 2,800 degree students each year and thousands more through non-credit programs. The college is accredited by theHigher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC).

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does North Iowa Area Community College cost?
North Iowa Area Community College's tuition is approximately $4,703 for In-State students and $6,664 for Out-State students.
What is North Iowa Area Community College's ranking?
North Iowa Area Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Iowa for: Percent of students receiving financial aid, Highest completion rates and Least debt for graduating students.

Recent Articles

Microcredentials: Tailoring Learning Journeys in Robotics
Microcredentials: Tailoring Learning Journeys in Robotics
Micro-credentials offer a unique opportunity for adult learners to tailor their learning journeys to their specific needs and career aspirations. In this article we explore micro-credentials in robotics.
How To Pay For A Community College Education
How To Pay For A Community College Education
We look in-depth at how you can pay for a community college education.
Spring 2023: Top 10 Job Fields
April 07, 2023
Spring 2023: Top 10 Job Fields
The job market is changing at warp speed. Find out which job fields are the most promising for community college graduates.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 2,681 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,703
  • Out-state tuition: $6,664
  • Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Minority enrollment: 14%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Related School Videos

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.

Quick Links