Western Nevada College

2201 West College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703-7399
Tel: (775)445-3000
  • Western Nevada College is a public, open admissions college dedicated to providing affordable, quality educational opportunities for those residing in our seven-county service area. Our students come from a variety of social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds and vary in their reasons for attending our college; some are the first in their family to attend college while others hold post-graduate degrees. Western Nevada College welcomes all who desire the opportunity to learn. The strength of our college emanates from its diversity, and we affirm the right of all to pursue and disseminate knowledge free of discrimination and prejudice. All members of the college community ' faculty, support staff, and administrators ' are committed to the values of free and unfettered inquiry; tolerance of, and respect for, difference; the nurturing of human potential; good citizenship; and civility. These values are reflected in all of the college's policies and practices.
School Highlights
  • Western Nevada College serves 3,951 students (33% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 33:1 is lower than the state community college average of 37:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 27% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 53%.
  • Western Nevada College is the only community colleges within Carson City County, NV.
  • The nearest community college is Lake Tahoe Community College (20.40 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 119 teachers has grown by 21% over five years.
Western Nevada College (NV) Community College Avg.
Institution Level Four or more years Four or more years
Institution Control Public Pivate, for profit
Total Faculty 119 staff 38 staff
Western Nevada College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 3,951 has declined by 7% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 33:1 has decreased from 43:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.44 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 3,951 students 3,024 students
Western Nevada College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 33:1 37:1
Western Nevada College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 1,285 students 919 students
Western Nevada College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 2,666 students 2,105 students
Western Nevada College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Western Nevada College Enrollment Breakdown NV All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Western Nevada College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Western Nevada College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Western Nevada College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Western Nevada College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Western Nevada College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
Western Nevada College Hawaiian (2011-2013)
% Two or more races
Western Nevada College More (2010-2016)
% Unknown races
Western Nevada College Ethnicity Breakdown NV 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. 0.44 0.70
Western Nevada College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $32,800 $32,800
Western Nevada College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,700 is equal to the state average of $2,700. The in-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $9,345 is equal to the state average of $9,345. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,700 $2,700
Western Nevada College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $9,345 $9,345
Western Nevada College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 79% 79%
Western Nevada College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $8,500 $11,833
Western Nevada College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $9,000 $6,196
Western Nevada College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Western Nevada College is a comprehensive community college which serves more than 6,000 students each semester within an 18,000-square-mile service area. One of four community colleges within the Nevada System of Higher Education, it is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities. WNC reaches out to its urban and rural communities with campuses in Carson City, Fallon and Minden/Gardnerville as well as instructional centers in Dayton, Fernley, Hawthorne, Lake Tahoe, Lovelock, Smith Valley, and Yerington. Distance education courses, including interactive video and Internet classes, allow even those in remote locations ready access to higher education. The college offers some 50 academic degrees and certificates in areas as diverse as engineering and construction technology, nursing, musical theatre, golf facilities management, geographic information systems, criminal justice and graphic design. Students may also complete up to two years of many baccalaureate degree programs, such as teacher preparation, for transfer to a university. At present, WNC continues to expand, providing new facilities, services and opportunities. Construction is nearing completion on the 35,000-square-foot Joe Dini Jr. Library and Student Center. The college's first free-standing library building will have student study rooms, a video presentation room for satellite downlinks, and a hands-on computer teaching room. One floor will be dedicated entirely to student activities. The Jack C. Davis Observatory, which is being built entirely with private donations, will also be completed this spring. The 2,800-square-foot observatory will house three telescopes, including two 16-inch and one 10-inch reflecting telescope. WNCC's main campus, located in the Silver State's capital, offers students an interesting blend of environments: the comfortable pace of a small city combined with the political bustle of state government. The Carson City campus is also close to some of the best scenery and outdoor recreation in the West. The campus rests on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and the spectacular beauty of Lake Tahoe is only 12 miles away.

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Did You Know?
For Nevada public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,700 per year for in-state students and $9,345 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,978 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Nevada 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 0.70, which is higher than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in Nevada is Kaplan College-Las Vegas. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.