• 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 8,383 students (30% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is higher than the state community college average of 10:1.
Minority enrollment is 36% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is equal to the state average of 36%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 8,383 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,663
  • Out-state tuition: $4,738
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 16:1
  • Minority enrollment: 36%
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

NorthWest Arkansas Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Arkansas for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 539 teachers has grown by 76% over five years.
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
(AR) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
539 staff
162 staff
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Student Body

The student population of NorthWest Arkansas Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has decreased from 32:1 over five years.
The NorthWest Arkansas Community College diversity score of 0.53 is less than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
8,383 students
1,407 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
16:1
10:1
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# Full-Time Students
2,475 students
580 students
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# Part-Time Students
5,908 students
827 students
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This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of NorthWest Arkansas Community College.
This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of AR.
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
145 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
3%
2%
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% Hispanic
23%
10%
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% Black
2%
18%
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% White
64%
64%
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% Two or more races
4%
4%
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% Non Resident races
1%
1%
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% Unknown races
1%
n/a
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in AR.
Diversity Score
0.53
0.55
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College Completion Rate
23%
30%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$37,000
$28,600
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,663 is more than the state average of $2,990. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $4,738 is less than the state average of $4,750. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,663
$2,990
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$4,738
$4,750
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Tuition Notes
Calculated on 30 cre
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
75%
93%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,000
$9,686
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$4,500
$5,250
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Acceptance Rate
100%
76%
This chart display the percent admitted of NorthWest Arkansas Community College and the community college average percent admitted of AR by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
SAT Reading
n/a
540
SAT Math
n/a
520
SAT Writing
n/a
515
ACT Composite
n/a
22
ACT English
n/a
22
ACT Math
n/a
21
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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. Northwest Arkansas Community College is now the largest community college in Arkansas serving over 15,000 students annually in credit and non-credit programs. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and was most recently granted continued re-accreditation for 10 years by the HLC in 2012.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 8,383 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,663
  • Out-state tuition: $4,738
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 16:1
  • Minority enrollment: 36%
  • Source: Verified school update

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