NCC Ranked 2nd in the Nation for Overall Best Community College and 2nd in the Nation for Career Outcomes

Northwest Iowa Community College was ranked among the top 5 in Best Community Colleges in the nation, according to a new report published by the personal finance website WalletHub. WalletHub.com ranked NCC as 2nd in the Nation for Best Overall Community College and 2nd in the Nation for Career Outcomes in their 2022 Best & Worst Community Colleges the Nation report.

According to WalletHub’s website the reason they conducted this study was, “Community colleges offer students the ability to get higher education without having as much financial strain. During the 2021 to 2022 academic year, tuition and fees for full-time, in-state enrollment at a public two-year college averaged $3,800 per year versus $10,740 at a public four-year institution and $38,070 at a four-year private school. Students who earn their general-education credits at a community college before transferring to an in-state public four-year university can potentially save a lot of money.”

To determine where students can receive the best education at the lowest price, WalletHub.com compared more than 650 community colleges across 19 key indicators of cost and quality. The data set ranged from the cost of in-state tuition and fees to student-faculty ratio to graduation rate. According to WalletHub.com, “We evaluated the schools based on three key dimensions, including: 1) Cost & Financing, 2) Education Outcomes and 3) Career Outcomes. We constructed the three dimensions using 19 total metrics, each grouped with related metrics in the appropriate category and listed below with its corresponding weight.”

Best Overall Community Colleges

  1. State Technical College of Missouri
  2. Northwest Iowa Community College
  3. Alexandria Technical & Community College
  4. Manhattan Area Technical College
  5. Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture

Best Community Colleges by Career Outcomes

  1. Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
  2. Northwest Iowa Community College
  3. State Technical College of Missouri
  4. Manhattan Area Technical College
  5. Alexandria Technical & Community College

This is the second year in a row NCC has done well on WalletHub.com’s national ranking. Last year NCC ranked 3rd for Career Outcomes in the nation and 12th in their ranking for Best Overall Community College in the nation.

A fun fact about this listing is that the President for the #1 ranked school for Best Community College in the Nation, State Technical College of Missouri, is an alumnus of NCC. Here is a link to a story that was featured in NCC’s The Connection magazine in 2017. His picture and story start on page 12. https://nwicc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Alumni_Magazine_Spring2017.pdf.

For a complete listing of all the rankings, methodology of the study, and more go to https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-community-colleges/15076/.

One of the best ways to figure out if a college is for you is to schedule a campus visit. Register online at nwicc.edu and click the link in the box labeled Thunder Fridays.

This year’s dates for Thunder Fridays are: September 23, October 7, October 21: Powerline (Powerline Students Only), October 28, November 11, November 18: Powerline, December 2, January 20: Powerline, January 27, February 3,
February 17: Powerline, March 17: Powerline, March 24, April 21: Powerline,
April 28.