• Northeastern Junior College is the largest residential two-year college campus in the state. It is located on the high plains of Northeastern Colorado. Approximately 65% of full time traditional age students enrolled are in transfer programs and 35% are pursuing career/technical cetificates/degrees.

School Highlights

Northeastern Junior College serves 1,293 students (54% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 8:1 is lower than the state community college average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 31% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 43%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 1,293 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,394
  • Out-state tuition: $4,892
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 31%
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Northeastern Junior College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Colorado for:

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Attribute

School Overview

The teacher population of 167 teachers has grown by 160% over five years.
Northeastern Junior College
(CO) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution Control
Public
Private, for profit
Total Faculty
167 staff
87 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Northeastern Junior College has declined by 16% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 8:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The Northeastern Junior College diversity score of 0.50 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
1,293 students
723 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
14:1
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# Full-Time Students
692 students
528 students
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# Part-Time Students
601 students
952 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
991 students
443 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
692 students
431 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
31 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
601 students
717 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
1 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
578 students
370 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
2%
3%
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% Hispanic
16%
22%
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% Black
3%
5%
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% White
69%
57%
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% Hawaiian
n/a
1%
% Two or more races
4%
4%
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% Non Resident races
3%
2%
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% Unknown races
3%
5%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in CO.
Diversity Score
0.50
0.62
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
2.86%
1.52%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
2.61%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$35,300
$33,300
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,394 is less than the state average of $3,735. The in-state tuition has declined by 31% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $4,892 is less than the state average of $10,371. The out-state tuition has declined by 31% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,394
$3,735
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$4,892
$10,371
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
98%
87%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$10,565
$11,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
62%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

School Notes

  • Northeastern Junior College, located in Sterling, Colorado, was established in 1941 and is Colorado's largest 2-year residential college. We are located in northeastern Colorado about 125 miles from Denver. At NJC, our students have the best of both worlds. They can take advantage of over 80 programs of study while enjoying small classes, individual instructor attention and the complete college experience. Each year, Northeastern's enrollment is approximately 4,000 learners. NJC has between a 1,000 and 1,100 full-time traditional age students (ages 17-22) who are enrolled full-time on our campus with 12 or more credit hours. NJC also serves approximately 3,000 part-time learners each year. Students attend Northeastern from many areas! On average we have traditional age students on campus from over 90% of the 63 counties in Colorado; from approximately 20 different states and several foreign countries. Northeastern Junior College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Northeastern Junior College cost?

Northeastern Junior College's tuition is approximately $3,394 for In-State students and $4,892 for Out-State students.

What is Northeastern Junior College's ranking?

Northeastern Junior College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Colorado for: Least expensive tuition and Percent of students receiving financial aid.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 1,293 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,394
  • Out-state tuition: $4,892
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 31%
  • Source: Verified school update

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For Colorado public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,735 per year for in-state students and $10,371 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $17,287 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Colorado is 69%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Colorado community colleges have a diversity score of 0.62, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Colorado is Concorde Career College-Aurora. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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