• 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 7,411 students (27% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is higher than the state community college average of 9:1.
Minority enrollment is 39% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 34%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 7,411 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,663
  • Out-state tuition: $4,738
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 14:1
  • Minority enrollment: 39%
  • 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 113% over five years.
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
(AR) 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
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 14:1 has decreased from 16:1 over five years.
The NorthWest Arkansas Community College diversity score of 0.58 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
7,411 students
1,250 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
14:1
9:1
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# Full-Time Students
2,014 students
519 students
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# Part-Time Students
5,397 students
731 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
505 students
564 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
2,014 students
519 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
11 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
5,397 students
731 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
46 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
160 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
3%
2%
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% Hispanic
22%
10%
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% Black
2%
16%
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% White
61%
66%
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% Two or more races
5%
3%
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% Non Resident races
3%
1%
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% Unknown races
2%
1%
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Diversity Score
0.58
0.53
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
27%
35%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.36%
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 $2,994. 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
$2,994
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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
76%
94%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$8,750
$9,750
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$4,500
$5,300
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Acceptance Rate
100%
100%
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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: 2021 (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does NorthWest Arkansas Community College cost?

NorthWest Arkansas Community College's tuition is approximately $4,663 for In-State students and $4,738 for Out-State students.

What is the acceptance rate of NorthWest Arkansas Community College?

The acceptance rate of NorthWest Arkansas Community College is 100%, which is equal to the state average of 100%.

What is NorthWest Arkansas Community College's ranking?

NorthWest Arkansas Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Arkansas for: Diversity in US community colleges, Largest student body and Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation).

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 7,411 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,663
  • Out-state tuition: $4,738
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 14:1
  • Minority enrollment: 39%
  • Source: Verified school update

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