NCC Welcomes Largest Fall Class in School History

September 07, 2022 3:40pm


Enrollments at Northwest Iowa Community College are up for the Fall of 2022. In fact, it is the largest fall class in the school’s history dating back to 1966.

The 1,811 enrolled students represent about a 5.54% increase from Fall 2021 when the headcount was 1,716. The previous record was in the fall of 2019 when enrollments were 1,777 students.

NCC has multiple terms and start dates throughout the year, and so the Fall enrollment number is just one data point that NCC records.  Another enrollment number of interest is the total, unduplicated head count recorded at the end of the entire academic year.  For example, in August 2022, at the end of the 2021-2022 academic year, NCC finished with a total of 2,701 students.

Kristin Kollbaum, Director of Marketing & Communications, said, “When you look at the numbers historically this year’s fall class is the largest incoming class to NCC. It also represents roughly a 12% increase in enrollments over the last 10 years (in 2012 there were 1,621 students). We are very happy with this progress both this year and over the last 10 years. This shows NCC’s strong commitment to making sure our programs are high quality, affordable, and accessible. We want our program offerings to align with the industry and learning needs of Northwest Iowans.”

NCC has a proven track record of providing access, quality instruction, and success of our alumni in Northwest Iowa. NCC’s Graduation Rate is the best in Iowa and one of the best in the country at 60.3% (compared with a national graduation rate of 22% and the state average in Iowa of 39.1%). NCC students’ Success Rates are the best in the state at 67.8%, our combined credit and non-credit penetration rate is 3rd best in the state at 14.1%, and students’ federal loan default rates are the lowest in Iowa at 2.9% (Iowa Department of Education Profile Report, 2021).

What do these numbers mean? The numbers reflect our brand statement, Your Success is Our Story, and how every employee at NCC embraces a culture of success for our students. Students are choosing NCC because they have access to one of the best community colleges in the country, quality instruction, a culture of student success, and relevant programs that mean something to Northwest Iowans because they can find jobs after graduation. 

NCC has been the recipient of several national recognitions over the past several months:

  • Top 10 Community College in the Nation, Aspen Institute
  • 2nd in the Nation for Best Overall Communitiy College,
  • 2nd in the Nation for Career Outcomes,
  • #6 - Top 10 Associate-Granting Public Institutions in the US by Median Lifetime Return on Investment (ROI), Bipartisan Policy Center
  • #9 - Top 10 Higher Education Institutions in Iowa by Median Lifetime Returnon Investment (ROI), Bipartisan Policy Center