Admissions FAQ

  • Does NCC have any sports teams?

    Sports Shooting

    NCC started its first ever collegiate sports team – Sports Shooting – in the Spring of 2019. Our Sports Shooting team competes in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) and is a Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP). We compete in conference competitions in the Fall semester and Spring semester and attend the Iowa State Trap Collegiate Championships in Ackley, Iowa in April each year. NCC also competes against collegiate shooters NCAA and NAIA schools in non-conference competitions as schedules allow, as well as an e-league for Skeet and Sporting Clays.

    In 2019, the NCC Sports Shooting team took 4th place at the Collegiate Championships.

    NCC is currently recruiting students for our Sports Shooting team. Head Coach Brian Lauck said, “We are interested in talking with high school students who were active in their high school sports shooting team and are interested in continuing to compete while furthering their education. There are limited scholarships available, but the participants’ ammo, targets, and range fees are paid by the College — so many of our student-athletes perceive this as almost like a scholarship.”

    Coach Lauck started as Northwest Iowa Community College’s Collegiate Sports Shooting Coach in March 2019. Lauck founded Cherokee County Youth Shooting Sports in 2014 and has served as their head coach for the past 5 years. Lauck is the Youth Coordinator for Cherokee County Pheasants Forever, a Hunter Education instructor, NRA Certified Shotgun Coach, and 4H Rifle Coach. He is also an experienced gunsmith and gun fitter.

    Interested in learning more about the NCC Sports Shooting team? For more information contact Coach Lauck at or (712) 229-9365.

    NCC recently joined the NJCAA conference and will introduce men’s and women’s competitive soccer in the fall of 2024.

    Women’s Soccer

    Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) has announced the appointment of Tre Thomas as the Head Women’s Soccer Coach. Thomas, an accomplished coach with extensive experience in both men’s and women’s soccer, will join the NCC athletic department starting January 3, 2024. Thomas comes to NCC from Garden City Community College, Kansas, where he served as the assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams for three seasons. Prior to his time at Garden City, he was the assistant women’s soccer coach at Bethany College, Kansas, for one season. Tre holds a degree in Sports Management from Southwestern College, Kansas. During his tenure at Garden City Community College, Thomas played a crucial role in improving the performance and skill levels of his players. His dedication and coaching expertise led to the development of several all-conference players and assisted in the successful transfer of athletes to four-year institutions. Before transitioning into coaching, Thomas had an impressive career as a semi-professional player. He played for Ozark FC in Bentonville, Arkansas, and the Wichita Selection indoor soccer team. His college soccer career was marked by significant achievements at Southwestern College, where he was a two-year captain and earned two-time all-conference honors. He also played for Cloud County Community College, Kansas, contributing to their national ranking and participation in the national tournament. A Wichita, Kansas native, Thomas completed his high school education at Wichita High School East, where he excelled in soccer.

    NCC is thrilled to have Coach Thomas leading our Women’s Soccer Team. He brings a passion for soccer and a focus on student-athlete development to the NCC Athletics Department. Everyone across campus is excited to work with him as we build our soccer program.”

    Coach Thomas shared his enthusiasm for the new role: “I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Northwest Iowa Community College institution and the Thunder community! I am ready to hit the ground running and start signing future Thunder recruits to our program. We are going to win on the field and in the classroom! I appreciate everyone’s faith in me and am thankful for this opportunity to make this community and institution proud! GO THUNDER!”

    Thomas is actively recruiting for the women’s soccer program at NCC which is starting the fall of 2024. For further details about the NCC Women’s Soccer program and future team developments, please reach out to the NCC Athletics Department or Coach Thomas directly at, or call 712-869-0862.

    Men’s Soccer

    Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) announced Jesse Kuehler as its first Head Men’s Soccer Coach, starting January 3, 2024. A Spencer native and a figure with an impressive soccer background, Coach Kuehler is set to lead the college into a new era of collegiate soccer. Jesse Kuehler, an alumnus of Spencer High School has a deeply rooted connection to northwest Iowa. His family, including his parents and two sisters, are well-established in the Spencer community. Kuehler’s soccer journey commenced at Iowa Lakes Community College, where he played for one season in 2011. He then transferred to Briar Cliff University, where he showcased his soccer talents for three seasons (2012-2015) and served as a student coach in 2016. Post-graduation from Briar Cliff with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management, Kuehler moved to Des Moines, IA. In Des Moines, he expanded his coaching resume by working with West Des Moines Soccer and Sporting Iowa for two years. His role as the 1st Assistant and goalkeeper coach for the Norwalk High School boys’ soccer team was marked by remarkable success, leading the team to a 17-4 record and clinching the Iowa Boy’s class 2A State Championship. This accomplishment underscores his ability to develop and lead successful teams. Further enhancing his coaching experience, Kuehler spent a season as the Assistant Coach for the Women’s team at Defiance College in Defiance, OH, broadening his expertise and perspective in soccer coaching. Returning to Spencer, he continued his successful coaching career with the Spencer High School boys’ team and NWISC club, achieving notable records and tournament appearances. His role at Iowa Lakes Community College as the Reserve coach and 2nd Assistant for the Men’s team, contributing to their national championship victory, highlights his significant coaching experience.

    Coach Kuehler’s knowledge of the game, great connections in Northwest Iowa, and extensive soccer expertise will prove valuable as we build our soccer program and Athletics Department. Everyone here at NCC is excited to work with him as he leads our Men’s Soccer Team.

    Coach Kuehler conveyed his enthusiasm for the new position, stating, “I’m very thankful for the opportunity to lead NCC. I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running and bringing in some quality guys to compete in this tough ICCAC region! GO THUNDER!”

    Northwest Iowa Community College is excited to embark on its journey in collegiate men’s soccer with a coach of Jesse Kuehler’s caliber. Coach Kuehler is actively recruiting for the fall 2024 season. For more details about the NCC Men’s Soccer program and future team developments, please reach out to Coach Kuehler directly at, or call 712-869-0861


    NCC also offers intramural basketball, softball, volleyball, soccer, and flag football. You also have free access to the Lifelong Learning & Recreation Center. Students taking a face-to-face class at NCC and registered for LLRC membership are eligible for free group fitness classes. 

  • Do you have on-campus housing?

    NCC offers apartment style housing on our campus. Cherokee Hall offers one bedroom/one bathroom apartments for two residents per unit. Lyon Hall and O’Brien Hall offer two bedroom/two bathroom suites intended for four residents.

    New to NCC is Osceola Hall, offering suites for four students, with each student having their own bedroom. 

    All apartments are equipped with high-speed wireless Internet, kitchens, desks, beds, dressers, kitchen tables, and cable. Application for housing requires a refundable $175 deposit and a non-refundable $15 application fee. Additional housing information

  • Do you help students find jobs when they graduate?

    Helping our students find jobs in their chosen careers is one of the things that we do best! NCC’s employment rate is 96%. Many of our highly-skilled trade programs report 100% placement.

  • How can I set up a visit?

    The Admissions Team will schedule visits on Monday – Friday at 8:30, 10:30 and 1:00. Visit times fill up fast, so schedule your visit today!

    To set up a visit please click here.

    More about Visiting NCC

    If you need more help please contact us by calling 712-324-5061 or 800-352-4907 or emailing Student Services.


  • How do I apply for admission?

    To start, you need to complete an application for admission. You must also submit official transcripts from your high school, colleges attended, or high school equivalency results. If you are not seeking a degree at NCC you need only submit an application for admission . Please indicate on your application that you are not seeking a degree at NCC (not eligible for financial aid).

  • How much does it cost to go to NCC?

    The cost of attendance varies from program to program depending on fees, tools, and book expenses. For more information:  NCC tuition and fees.

  • If I want to transfer to another school, can you help me?

    Our transfer advisors help students get information about transferring to other schools. NCC has agreements with various colleges that allow you to continue your education after you leave our campus. More information:  Transferring

  • I’m not really sure which program is the best for me. Is there help?

    We encourage undecided students to pursue the Associate of Arts degree. The AA program lets you explore a variety of subjects while completing the general education courses required for most majors and at most four year colleges. Our Admissions Team works with undecided students, and an assessment tool can assist in decision-making.  Email Admissions or call 712-324-5061, 800-352-4907 for more information.

  • I’m on an alternate list, but what does that mean?

    Many of our programs fill up quickly, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible. If you are not accepted for the term that you applied for, your name is placed on the alternate list for that term. That doesn’t mean you have to wait to start school! Many programs have prerequisites or general education electives that you can take before admission into the program. Email Admissions or call 712-324-5061 or 800-352-4907 for more information.

  • I’m thinking about coming back to school, but it has been awhile. What should I do?

    You are never too old to start or re-start your education! For many students in your situation, the hardest thing is coming in the front door for the first time. However, NCC has a strong support system in place for you. Our Admissions staff will help you pick a major, get accepted, and receive financial aid. Email Admissions or call 712-324-5061 or 800-352-4097 for more information.

  • Is there a cafeteria or food plan available?

    NCC has a cafeteria operated by Hy-Vee Food Stores. You can sign up for a meal plan with the Business Office.

  • Is there a recreation center or work-out equipment on campus?

    The Lifelong Learning & Recreation Center offers students recreation, fitness, and leisure opportunities. The on-campus facility boasts an indoor walking/jogging track; a fully equipped strength room; courts for basketball, volleyball, and tennis; and state-of-the-art cardio equipment including treadmills, bikes, and ellipticals. Group fitness classes include yoga, indoor cycling, bootcamp, and more. There are also Recreation leagues and events such as volleyball, basketball, soccer, and dodgeball.

    NCC students have access to the LLRC and group fitness classes through the payment of their student activity fee (included in tuition). Call (712) 324-2493 for more information.

  • Is there an on-campus daycare option?

    At this time, NCC does not offer on-campus child care. You can check with Student Services for possible daycare options in Sheldon and the surrounding communities.

  • What about scholarships?

    NCC gives out more than $100,000 in scholarships every year! To see the scholarships you might be eligible for, go to our scholarships page.

    New scholarships are added regularly, so make sure you check back often.

    Also check with your high school guidance counselors, churches, businesses, and possible future employers to see if private scholarships or sponsorships are available.

  • What do students do for fun in Sheldon?

    Sheldon has plenty to keep you busy outside of the classroom. Sheldon has a movie theater, golf course, mini-golf, parks, and a running/biking trail that circles the entire community. NCC has intramural activities, clubs, organizations, and the Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center, featuring a state-of-the-art workout facility, gymnasium, and running track. Learn more about area activities.

  • What programs are available at NCC?

    NCC currently offers over 50 different diplomas and degrees in health, business, transportation, electrical, manufacturing, construction, computers, and agriculture. Our Associate of Arts programs help get you started on your path to an advanced degree. Learn more about our programs

  • What type of academic assistance and tutoring do you offer?

    You will be assigned an academic advisor upon your enrollment at NCC. Your advisor will help monitor and guide your academic progress during your time at NCC. We also have TRIO Student Support Services and free tutoring in our Learning Center. To receive academic accommodations, please contact the Learning Center Director.

  • What types of federal financial aid are available and how do I apply?

    There are many types of federal financial aid options, including subsidized and unsubsidized Direct Loans, Pell Grants, and work study. To find out if you are eligible for aid, complete the FAFSA form. You can also get more information about NCC’s financial aid process.

  • What type of work is available while I’m going to school?

    NCC has a variety of jobs for our students on campus. A large portion of these jobs are available to students who qualify for federal work study. However, there is a list of both on-campus and off-campus job opportunities available on the job boards across campus and on the NCC Website.