Northwest Iowa Community College: Narrative Description

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603 West Park St.
Sheldon, IA 51201-1046
Tel: (712)324-5061; 800-352-4907; Admissions: (712)324-5061; Fax: (712)324-4136; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, 2-year, specialized, coed. Part of Iowa Department of Education Division of Community Colleges. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1966. Setting: 263-acre small town campus with easy access to Sioux City, IA; Sioux Falls, SD. Educational spending 2002-03: $3500 per student. Total enrollment: 1,079. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 1,113 applied, 99% were admitted. Full-time: 533 students, 43% women, 57% men. Part-time: 546 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 10 states and territories, 4% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 0.3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 20% 25 or older, 5% live on campus. Retention: 56% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: 2.0 recommendations, ACT COMPASS. Placement: ACT COMPASS required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $10. State resident tuition: $3496 full-time, $92 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $4788 full-time, $126 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $700 full-time, $14.50 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room only: $1900.

Collegiate Environment: Student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 3 open to all. Major annual events: Fall Kick-off BBQ, Free Holiday Meals, SGA Special Entertainment. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices. 38 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2002-03. Option: coed housing available. Northwest Iowa Community College Library plus 1 other with 12,500 books, 340 serials, 2,500 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $165,951. 142 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Sheldon (population 5,100) is the trading center for a rich, five-county farmland area. Bus and train transportation are available, airline service is within 55 miles at Sioux City. Local parks and a golf club provide facilities for recreation. The Iowa Lakes Region is a 50 mile drive. Community facilities include public libraries, churches, a modern hospital, and an indoor swimming pool.

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