Northwest Iowa Community College

Tel: 7123245061
  • Northwest Iowa Community College is a progressive learning college rapidly responding to the changing needs of our global community.
School Highlights
  • Northwest Iowa Community College serves 1,568 students (37% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is lower than the state community college average of 33:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 6% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 31%.
  • Northwest Iowa Community College is the only community colleges within Obrien County, IA.
  • The nearest community college is Kilian Community College (49.40 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 67 teachers has declined by 18% over five years.
Northwest Iowa Community College(IA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty67 staff95 staff
Northwest Iowa Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 1,568 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.12 is less than the state average of 0.50. The school's diversity has grown by 104% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,568 students2,620 students
Northwest Iowa Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio23:133:1
Northwest Iowa Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students575 students1,090 students
Northwest Iowa Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students993 students1,530 students
Northwest Iowa Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Northwest Iowa Community College Enrollment Breakdown IA All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
Northwest Iowa Community College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2015)
% Asian
Northwest Iowa Community College Asian (2009-2012)
% Hispanic
Northwest Iowa Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% White
Northwest Iowa Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Northwest Iowa Community College More (2011-2016)
% Unknown races
Northwest Iowa Community College Ethnicity Breakdown IA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.120.50
Northwest Iowa Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Northwest Iowa Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$41,300$36,200
Northwest Iowa Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,460 is more than the state average of $4,714. The in-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,850 is more than the state average of $5,619. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,460$4,714
Northwest Iowa Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,850$5,619
Northwest Iowa Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid89%88%
Northwest Iowa Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$10,000$12,000
Northwest Iowa Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,430$6,334
Northwest Iowa Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • The College is located on a 263 acre campus along Highway 18 on the west side of Sheldon. Sheldon, Iowa is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 60 and Iowa State Highway 18 in the far northwest part of the state. Sheldon is located one hour from Sioux City, IA, and Sioux Falls, SD; and less than four hours from Des Moines, IA, and Minneapolis, MN. Northwest Iowa Community College serves Area IV in northwest Iowa, including Lyon, Osceola, Sioux, O'Brien and Cherokee counties. There are over 30 programs of study at NCC, including Arts & Science transfer and programs covering manufacturing, electrical, automotive, computers, business, and health. NCC also offers non-credit continuing education and training for business and industry. Northwest Iowa Community College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Iowa Department of Education, The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Kilian Community College
    Private, non-profit
    252 students | 49.40 Mi300 E. 6th Street
    Sioux Falls SD  57103
  • Globe University-Sioux Falls
    Private, for profit
    138 students | 50.50 Mi5101 S Broadband Ln
    Sioux Falls SD  57108
  • 595 students | 50.50 Mi5801 South Corporate Place
    Sioux Falls SD  57108
  • 2,332 students | 52.50 Mi2320 N Career Ave
    Sioux Falls SD  57107
  • St Luke's College
    Private, non-profit
    254 students | 53.20 Mi2720 Stone Park Blvd
    Sioux City IA  51104
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Did You Know?
For Iowa public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,714 per year for in-state students and $5,619 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,520 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Iowa community colleges have a diversity score of 0.50, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Iowa is Kaplan University-Davenport Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.