North Florida Community College was founded in 1957 when Florida Legislature voted for its establishment along with five other Florida community colleges. These Community Colleges were created in order to provide much needed education to the counties of Hamilton, Madison, Lafayette, Suwannee, and Taylor.
North Florida Community College provides Associate degrees and certificates through its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is classified as a public, two-year institution. The college operates with the mission to provide quality teaching and learning opportunities for individual and community development in a changing society. The main campus is located in Madison, Florida and houses 36 buildings.
When applying to North Florida Community College, potential students must submit an application, a $20 non-refundable application fee and with proof of completion of a high school diploma or GED certificate. North Florida Community College has an open admission policy and a rolling admissions deadline.
Students who attend North Florida Community College return for a following year at a rate of 66 percent for full-time students and 42 percent for part-time students. Credits at North Florida Community College easily transfer to other institutions of higher learning, and about 19 percent of students take advantage of this each year and transfer out. Students at North Florida Community College typically graduate within the two years it is expected to take to earn an Associate’s degree at a rate of 21 percent and graduate within three years at a rate of 39 percent.
There are 1,302 students currently enrolled at North Florida Community College, and of these students, 404 are adult learners over the age of 24. Students at North Florida Community College are mostly part-time enrollments making up 59 percent of the student body and leaving 41 percent as full-time enrollments.
The gender breakdown shows a student body with about 67 percent female students and 33 percent male students. There is some racial diversity, with 67 percent of students being white. The other represented ethnicities of Hispanic, Asian, American Indian and African American each make up four percent, one percent, one percent and 24 percent of student body, respectively. Most students come from within the state of Florida, with 92 percent of students declaring in-state residency.
Students have a variety of options academically at North Florida Community College. There is a mix eight separate associate degree programs, a high school diploma program and 39 certificate programs. These academic options are available within six divisions. The divisions are:
- Continuing Education and Workforce Development
- Public Safety
- Networking Technology
- Early Childhood Education
- Digital Media and Multimedia Technology
North Florida Community College also offers a four year transfer program for students who wish to continue their education past a two years Associates degree. Through agreements with Saint Leo University and Strayer University, students can easily transfer to a four year program with two years’ worth of credits though when they earn an Associates degree at North Florida Community College. Through this program students can earn a Bachelors of Arts or a Bachelors of Science in the following areas:
- Business Administration in Management
- Criminal Justice
- Human Services
- Elementary Education (K-6)
- Computer Information Systems
- Health Care Management
There are a total of 71 faculty members, all of which are considered instructional faculty. These faculty members make up a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio, which makes for smaller than average class sizes and allows for individualized attention from professors.
For students wanting to work toward a degree or certificate, but who have a hectic schedule, North Florida Community College offers many online and distance education courses. Distance education courses can be taught either entirely online or through a hybrid class which is a mix of online and in class learning. Students interested in online education can also complete the High School Diploma completion program at north Florida Community College entirely online.
Students can find many ways to stay busy outside of class. Some of ways for a student to spend free time is through participating in extracurricular activities. There are currently nine active student organizations operating within the thriving campus community at North Florida Community College. Students are also encouraged to start their own club or organization. The current active student organizations include:
- Art Club
- Astronomy Club
- NFCC Brain Bowl Team
- NFCC Business Club
- Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
- Save Our Animal Resources Ecology Club
- Sentinel Rocketeers
- Sentinel Sun, the Online Student Newspaper
- Student Government Association
The yearly tuition and fees for enrollment at North Florida Community College is $3,054 for in-state students and $11,400 for out-of-state students. The financial aid office can help students with tuition payment plans, pre-paid tuition plans and can help students find and apply for grants, scholarships and loans. Currently, 70 percent of the student population accepts some form of grant or scholarship aid. The average grant or scholarship package is $3,733 per student per year.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:At least 2, but less than 4 academic years
Adult Age Enrollments:404
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