• 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 1,666 students (36% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is lower than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 18% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 26%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 1,666 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,460
  • Out-state tuition: $5,850
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 18%
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Northwest Iowa Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Iowa for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 148 teachers has grown by 120% over five years.
Northwest Iowa Community College
(IA) 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
148 staff
274 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Northwest Iowa Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has decreased from 12:1 over five years.
The Northwest Iowa Community College diversity score of 0.32 is less than the state average of 0.44. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
1,666 students
2,501 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
604 students
1,099 students
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# Part-Time Students
1,062 students
1,402 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
113 students
210 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
604 students
1,099 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
45 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
1,062 students
1,444 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
457 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
170 students
400 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
n/a
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
7%
7%
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% Black
4%
6%
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% White
82%
74%
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% Two or more races
1%
2%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
2%
% Unknown races
3%
7%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in IA.
Diversity Score
0.32
0.44
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
61%
35%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
0.01%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$41,300
$33,600
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $5,460 is more than the state average of $4,331. The in-state tuition has declined by 7% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,850 is more than the state average of $4,920. The out-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$5,460
$4,331
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$5,850
$4,920
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
89%
91%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$10,000
$11,250
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,374
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
59%
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 Administrators

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Northwest Iowa Community College cost?

Northwest Iowa Community College's tuition is approximately $5,460 for In-State students and $5,850 for Out-State students.

What is Northwest Iowa Community College's ranking?

Northwest Iowa Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Iowa for: Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation), Highest completion rates and Least debt for graduating students.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 1,666 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,460
  • Out-state tuition: $5,850
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 18%
  • Source: Verified school update

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Did You Know?

For Iowa public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,331 per year for in-state students and $4,920 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 0.44, which is lower than the national average of 0.70. The most diverse community college in Iowa is Ross College-Quad Cities. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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