Northwest Iowa Community College

  • 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 1,777 students (35% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is lower than the state community college average of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 30% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 37%.

Top Rankings

Northwest Iowa Community College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Iowa for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 148 teachers has grown by 85% over five years.
Northwest Iowa Community College(IA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-High NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty148 staff292 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Northwest Iowa Community College has grown by 13% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has decreased from 23:1 over five years.
The Northwest Iowa Community College diversity score of 0.48 is less than the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment1,777 students2,894 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio12:115:1
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# Full-Time Students615 students1,389 students
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# Part-Time Students1,162 students1,505 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
178 students411 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
8%
9%
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% Black
4%
12%
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% White
70%
63%
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% Two or more races
1%
2%
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% Unknown races
15%
9%
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Diversity Score0.480.57
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College Completion Rate
65%
36%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$41,300$34,700
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $5,460 is more than the state average of $4,866. The in-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,850 is more than the state average of $5,422. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,460$4,866
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Out-State Tuition Fees$5,850$5,422
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid83%88%
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Median Debt for Graduates$9,504$11,375
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Median Debt for Dropouts$4,806$5,500
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Source: 2020 (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

The nearest community college to Northwest Iowa Community College is Southeast Technical Institute (53.3 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 2,380 students | 53.30 Mi2320 N Career Ave
    Sioux Falls, SD 57107
    (605) 367-7624
    53.302,380
  • 2,035 students | 53.60 Mi19 S 7th St
    Estherville, IA 51334
    (712) 362-2601
    53.602,035
  • St Luke's College
    Private not-for-profit
    235 students | 53.80 Mi2720 Stone Park Blvd
    Sioux City, IA 51104
    (712) 279-3149
    53.80235
  • 5,976 students | 54.70 Mi4647 Stone Ave
    Sioux City, IA 51102
    (712) 274-6400
    54.705,976
  • 5,237 students | 100.20 MiOne Triton Circle
    Fort Dodge, IA 50501
    (515) 576-7201
    100.205,237
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Did You Know?
For Iowa public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,866 per year for in-state students and $5,422 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $17,086 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Iowa community colleges have a diversity score of 0.57, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Iowa is Ross College-Quad Cities. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.