NCC Associate of Arts Degree Ranked #1 in the State of Iowa

Once again Northwest Iowa Community College has received notification of a national recognition of excellence for one of its programs. This time University HQ ( has ranked NCC’s Associate of Arts (AA) program the best in Iowa. University HQ is a college data center for Higher Learning.  They consider themselves Experts in Education and a leading independent education organization that provides students with the necessary resources to prepare and plan their career paths in their chosen fields.

The top 5 Associate of Arts Degree offering colleges in Iowa:

  1. Northwest Iowa Community College
  2. North Iowa Area Community College
  3. Northeast Iowa Community College
  4. Iowa Lakes Community College
  5. Kirkwood Community College

NCC’s AA degree is a wise path for you if you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university or are uncertain about your future academic plans. This degree is also beneficial for students who want to “try” college, without having to decide on a major area of study.

NCC offers three tracks of AA degrees: General Associate of Arts Degree, Transfer Major Associate of Arts Degree, or the Associate of Arts Plus (AA+).
AA degrees are offered full or part-time and on campus and online (or a combination of those options). You can find out more about NCC’s AA programs on our website at

According to, “Many of the award-winning and nationally recognized two-year programs in Iowa include STEM degrees, nursing, education, agriculture, computer networking and information security, criminal justice, business, sport management, and much more. No matter your career goals, getting started with an associate degree from an excellent school is never a bad idea.” It goes on to say, “Much like anywhere in the US, you have to complete a degree to make more money. With each degree you earn, you can expect that your salary will increase by roughly $10,000 to $15,000 annually.”

Ranking factors included for this study are: cost of tuition, admission rate, retention rate, graduation rate, graduating salary (ROI), number of programs offered, online programs offered, loan default rate, diplomas awarded, and percent of students receiving financial aid.

University HQ uses the most reliable sources available. They compile information from government and industry sources which are consistent, reliable, and unbiased. Further, each college in the rankings is assessed using the same data sources, so the comparisons are all even and consistent. Sources used for this study were;;; and

You can find the complete methodology of the study and the full rankings by going to:

One of the best ways to find out if a college is for you is to schedule a campus visit. Register online at Visit NCC for Thunder Fridays and check out life at NCC! You’ll get a campus and dorm tour, meet with faculty within your desired program, chat with current NCC students, and talk with an admissions representative! Have questions about financial aid? Meet with a Financial Aid rep and talk about financial aid opportunities. Placement assessments are also available.

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