Iowa Western Community College: Narrative Description

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2700 College Rd., Box 4-C
Council Bluffs, IA 51502
Tel: (712)325-3200
Free: 800-432-5852
Admissions: (712)388-6878
Fax: (712)325-3720
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District-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Iowa Department of Education Division of Community Colleges. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1966. Setting: 282-acre suburban campus with easy access to Omaha. Total enrollment: 4,299. Students come from 27 states and territories, 10 other countries, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 34% 25 or older, 19% live on campus. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for nursing, technical programs. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: SAT Reasoning Test or ACT or ACT ASSET or ACT COMPASS required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

One-time mandatory fee: $25. State resident tuition: $3200 full-time, $100 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $4800 full-time, $150 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $320 full-time, $10 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $4350.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 21 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Senate, Health Occupations Student Association, Volunteer Institute Program, Data Processing Student Association, Phi Theta Kappa. Major annual events: Career Awareness Fair, Renaissance Faire, Annual Job Expo. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. Option: coed housing available. 59,200 books, 207 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $256,000. 263 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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