NorthWest Arkansas Community College

One College Drive
Bentonville, AR 72712-5091
Tel: 4799864000
  • NWACC is a comprehensive, learning-centered two-year college dedicated primarily to meeting the educational needs of its service area. NWACC offers a comprehensive education program including, but without limitation, technical occupational programs, freshman and sophomore programs for students to transfer to four-year colleges, specialty courses, professional continuing education courses, community enrichment classes, and business and industry training to meet the needs of the emerging and existing workforce. Part-time and full-time students are valued equally.
School Highlights
  • NorthWest Arkansas Community College serves 8,098 students (33% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 32:1 is higher than the state community college average of 25:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 22% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 30%.
  • NorthWest Arkansas Community College is one of 2 community colleges within Benton County, AR.
  • The nearest community college is Bryan University (Rogers) (1.80 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 252 teachers has declined by 17% over five years.
NorthWest Arkansas Community College(AR) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty252 staff62 staff
NorthWest Arkansas Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 8,098 has declined by 5% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 32:1 has increased from 29:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.38 is less than the state average of 0.47. The school's diversity has grown by 5% over five years.
Total Enrollment8,098 students1,650 students
NorthWest Arkansas Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio32:125:1
NorthWest Arkansas Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,679 students724 students
NorthWest Arkansas Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students5,419 students926 students
NorthWest Arkansas Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
NorthWest Arkansas Community College Enrollment Breakdown AR All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
NorthWest Arkansas Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
NorthWest Arkansas Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
NorthWest Arkansas Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
NorthWest Arkansas Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
NorthWest Arkansas Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
NorthWest Arkansas Community College More (2014-2016)
% Non Resident races
NorthWest Arkansas Community College Non Resident (2013-2016)
% Unknown races
NorthWest Arkansas 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.0.380.47
NorthWest Arkansas Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
NorthWest Arkansas Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$37,000$28,600
NorthWest Arkansas Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,423 is more than the state average of $3,004. The in-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,998 is more than the state average of $4,857. The out-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,423$3,004
NorthWest Arkansas Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,998$4,857
NorthWest Arkansas Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid88%95%
NorthWest Arkansas Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$16,948$9,500
NorthWest Arkansas Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,271$5,999
NorthWest Arkansas Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • The NorthWest Arkansas Community College District was authorized on August 15, 1989, when voters in the Rogers and Bentonville public school districts passed a 3-mil tax. The first classes were attended by just more than 1,200 students in the fall of 1990 at high schools, chambers of commerce, municipal and leased facilities throughout the district. Burns Hall opened its doors to just more than 2,400 students in August 1995. The main building is a multipurpose facility on 131 acres of land at Exit 86 of Interstate 540 on the Rogers and Bentonville, Arkansas, city limits. The 181,000 square-foot facility houses the College, Pauline Whitaker Library, lecture halls, laboratories for computers, science, nursing and allied health; music and art studios, and faculty and administrative offices. Day, evening, and weekend classes are offered at the Burns Hall, as well as at locations throughout the service district. NorthWest Arkansas Community College offers three degree programs: the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree, the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree, and the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. Academic programs includes Academic Skills and General Studies Program, Allied Health, Aviation, Art & Graphic Design, Business, Communication & Drama, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, Computer Information Department, Criminal Justice, English, Environmental and Regulatory Sciences, Environmental and Spatial Technologies, Honors Program, Hospitality Program, International Languages, Math, Physics & Technology, Music, Nursing, Physical Education & Wellness, S.M.A.R.T.H. (Science, Math, Aviation, Regulatory, Technology, Hospitality), Science, Social Science, Social & Behavioral Sciences and Student Achievement. Northwess Arkansas Community College was granted in February 2000 continued accreditation for 10 years by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Bryan University (Rogers)
    Private, for profit
    61 students | 1.80 Mi3704 W. Walnut St.
    Rogers AR  72756
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    Neosho MO  64850
  • 2,274 students | 52.60 Mi200 I St NE
    Miami OK  74354
  • Vatterott College-Joplin
    Private, for profit
    264 students | 53.10 Mi809 Illinois
    Joplin MO  64801
  • 2,157 students | 61.10 Mi1515 Pioneer Dr
    Harrison AR  72601
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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 77%. 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.