Northwest Arkansas Community College can trace its origins to the 1970s, when it operated as a branch campus of what was then known as North Arkansas Community College. Then in 1989, the citizens of Bentonville and Rogers, Arkansas voted to establish the branch as an independent school, and it adopted its Northwest Arkansas Community College title. The core mission of NWACC is to “serve and strengthen the community through learning for living.” Northwest Arkansas Community College achieves its mission through core values that include: lifelong learning opportunities, transfer education, developmental education, technical education, community service education, workforce development, international education, diversity, quality support services, effective stewardship, funding, planning/assessment, certification, and physical plant.
Northwest Arkansas Community College is a two year, public institution of higher learning located in Bentonville, Arkansas, and accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate’s degrees and select less-than-two-year certificates. In addition to overall accreditation, Northwest Arkansas Community College also retains programmatic accreditation for its Physical Therapy program.
Students interested in applying to Northwest Arkansas Community College are accepted based on an open admissions policy and a rolling admissions policy.
Northwest Arkansas Community College currently enrolls more than 8,300 students. Campus demographics include:
- An approximate 22 percent enrollment of minority students
- About 57 percent female student population
- Full-time enrollment of 37 percent of the student body
- In-state students representing 96 percent of the student body
- A 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio
Students at Northwest Arkansas Community College can complete a variety of programs leading to associate’s degrees or career and technical certificates. Northwest Arkansas Community College offers more than 30 different degree and certificate programs housed within nine divisions, including:
- Health Professions
- Business and Computer Information
- College Intensive English Program
- Communication and Arts
- Math and Science
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Honors Program
- Adult Education
- Early College Experience
Northwest Arkansas Community College designs programs to meet the needs of a diverse student body, including students who want to enter the workforce directly after they earn an associate’s degree, students transferring into a four-year program, and students dually enrolled in high school and college coursework. In addition to traditional, face-to-face classes, Northwest Arkansas Community College offers online classes to accommodate the busy schedules of non-traditional students. The distance learning program offers three online degrees and one hybrid degree.
- Associate of Arts Transfer Degree Program
- Associate of Arts General Transfer
- Safety, Health, and Hazard Management Online Degree
- Associate of Science-Business General, with options of General Transfer, Retail, Banking & Finance, Entrepreneurship, General Business, or Logistics (hybrid online and in-house classes)
Students at Northwest Arkansas Community College are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities. There are currently over 25 active clubs and organizations at the college. Activities include:
- Special Interest
- Honors Societies
- Religious Clubs
- Professional Organizations
- Culture Clubs
- Student Government
The estimated tuition, not including added fees, at Northwest Arkansas Community College is:
- $75 per credit hour for in-district students
- $122.50 per credit hour for out-of-district students
- $175 per credit hour for out-of-state students
For distance education, there is an added $43 per online course distance education fee and a $22 per course hybrid distance learning fee.
Northwest Arkansas Community College offers financial aid assistance that includes available tuition payment options as well as grants, veteran resources, scholarships and loans. Currently about 84 percent of all students accept grant or scholarship aid, averaging out to $4,348 per award. Also, 39 percent of students currently accept student loan aid, averaging about $6,310 per award.
The Learner Support Services office at Northwest Arkansas Community College specializes in helping students apply for veteran benefits, and the college supports the following veteran’s benefits for eligible students:
- Chapter 30
- Chapter 1606
- Chapter 1607
- Chapter 33
- Chapter 35
- Chapter 31
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:Associate's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:3,336
Percent Admitted:Open Admissions
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