Northwest-Shoals Community College

800 George Wallace Blvd
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661-0000
Tel: (256)331-5200
  • Northwest-Shoals Community College is a single, comprehensive two-year public institution of higher education. The college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and the Associate in Applied Science degrees as well as certificates in occupationally specific areas.
School Highlights
  • Northwest-Shoals Community College serves 3,891 students (48% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 38:1 is higher than the state community college average of 28:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 14% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 39%.
  • Northwest-Shoals Community College is the only community colleges within Colbert County, AL.
  • The nearest community college is John C Calhoun State Community College (42.00 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 102 teachers has declined by 37% over five years.
Northwest-Shoals Community College(AL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty102 staff73 staff
Northwest-Shoals Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 3,891 has grown by 8% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 38:1 has increased from 23:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.25 is less than the state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment3,891 students1,756 students
Northwest-Shoals Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio38:128:1
Northwest-Shoals Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,877 students1,004 students
Northwest-Shoals Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students2,014 students752 students
Northwest-Shoals Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Northwest-Shoals Community College Enrollment Breakdown AL All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Northwest-Shoals Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Northwest-Shoals Community College Asian (2008-2010)
% Hispanic
Northwest-Shoals Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Northwest-Shoals Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Northwest-Shoals Community College White (2007-2016)
Northwest-Shoals Community College Ethnicity Breakdown AL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.0.250.56
Northwest-Shoals Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Northwest-Shoals Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,700$29,700
Northwest-Shoals Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,231 is less than the state average of $5,427. The in-state tuition has grown by 5% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,621 is less than the state average of $8,152. The out-state tuition has grown by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,231$5,427
Northwest-Shoals Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,621$8,152
Northwest-Shoals Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid93%94%
Northwest-Shoals Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$11,250$11,500
Northwest-Shoals Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,500$6,002
Northwest-Shoals Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Located in the Northwest corner of Alabama, our college is comprised of multiple campuses serving the counties of Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, and Lawrence, and the western portion of Winston county. Our students come from both urban and rural communities to our campus sites in the Shoals and Phil Campbell.Northwest-Shoals is unique among community colleges in Alabama in that we adhere to the comprehensive community college concept rather than providing separate technical and junior college divisions. Northwest-Shoals Community College offers a broad range of certificate and degree programs, as well as university parallel and linkage programs. A variety of special programs and services, including training for business and industry, is also available.The Community Services Division at NW-SCC provides area companies and individuals with a wide range of technical training, administrative assistance, and personal development courses in the belief that learning is a life-long experience. Consisting of Continuing Education and Training for Business, this division is the flexible division of the college in providing the services not provided in the traditional education environment.The Patriots of Northwest-Shoals are well established as leaders among Alabama intercollegiate athletes. The college holds numerous championship titles in the Alabama Junior and Community College Conference, comprising Region XXII of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

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For Alabama public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,427 per year for in-state students and $8,152 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $12,713 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Alabama community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.56, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Alabama is Herzing University-Birmingham. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.