• 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 3,512 students (37% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is lower than the state community college average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 26% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 42%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 3,512 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,231
  • Out-state tuition: $7,621
  • Student:teacher ratio: 12:1
  • Minority enrollment: 26%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 296 teachers has grown by 82% over five years.
Northwest-Shoals Community College
(AL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution Level
Less than 2 yrs
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
296 staff
153 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Northwest-Shoals Community College has declined by 9% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has decreased from 38:1 over five years.
The Northwest-Shoals Community College diversity score of 0.44 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
3,512 students
1,944 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
12:1
14:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,288 students
869 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,224 students
1,075 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
168 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
1%
1%
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% Hispanic
7%
5%
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% Black
10%
26%
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% White
74%
58%
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% Two or more races
4%
3%
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% Non Resident races
1%
1%
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% Unknown races
2%
5%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in AL.
Diversity Score
0.44
0.59
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College Completion Rate
27%
27%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$29,700
$29,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,231 is more than the state average of $4,077. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,621 is more than the state average of $7,206. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,231
$4,077
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$7,621
$7,206
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Northwest-Shoals Community College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of AL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
89%
89%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Northwest-Shoals Community College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in AL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$9,750
$11,000
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Northwest-Shoals Community College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in AL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$5,500
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Northwest-Shoals Community College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in AL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
78%
SAT Reading
n/a
530
SAT Math
n/a
545
ACT Composite
n/a
23
ACT English
n/a
21
ACT Math
n/a
22
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 3,512 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,231
  • Out-state tuition: $7,621
  • Student:teacher ratio: 12:1
  • Minority enrollment: 26%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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For Alabama public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,077 per year for in-state students and $7,206 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,921 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Alabama community colleges have a diversity score of 0.59, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Alabama is J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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