NCC Ranked 3rd in the Nation for Career Outcomes and 12th Overall Best Community College in the Nation

Northwest Iowa Community College was ranked among the top 15 in Best Community Colleges in the nation, according to a new report published by the personal finance website WalletHub. They rank NCC as 3rd for Career Outcomes in the nation and 12th in their ranking for Best Overall Community College in the nation.

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 2018 to 2019 academic year, tuition and fees for full-time, in-state enrollment at a public two-year college averaged $3,660 per year versus $10,320 at a public four-year institution and $35,830 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. Individual community colleges, however, vary in quality and affordability.”

To determine where students can receive the highest quality education at the most affordable cost, WalletHub compared 710 community colleges across 19 key indicators of cost and quality. The data set ranges from the cost of in-state tuition and fees to student-faculty ratio to graduation rate. According to, “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 Community Colleges by Career Outcomes

  1. Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
  2. Manhattan Area Technical College
  3. Northwest Iowa Community College
  4. Mitchell Technical Institute
  5. State Technical College of Missouri
  6. Lake Area Technical Institute
  7. Moorpark College
  8. Pratt Community College
  9. SOWELA Technical Community College
  10. Wharton County Junior College

Best Overall Community Colleges

  1. State Technical College of Missouri
  2. Arkansas State University-Mountain Home
  3. Southern Arkansas University Tech
  4. San Joaquin Delta College
  5. Pierce College-Puyallup
  6. Minnesota State Community and Technical College
  7. Alexandria Technical & Community College
  8. Mitchell Technical Institute
  9. Northland Community and Technical College
  10. Columbia-Greene Community College
  11. SOWELA Technical Community College
  12. Northwest Iowa Community College

Overall the state of Iowa’s Community Colleges were ranked 14th overall for a national state-by-state comparison. NCC was the highest ranked Iowa community college.

For a complete listing of all the rankings, methodology of the study, and more go to

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NCC has been the recipient of several national awards over the past several years:

2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011 – NCC was recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the Best 150 Community Colleges in the nation.

2019 – #1 Best Online Community College in the Nation, SR Education Group; #5 in the Nation Best Online Associate in Computer Science Programs,; 10th in the Nation Best Automotive Trade Programs,

2018 – #1 Electrical Programs in the United States,; Best Junior Colleges For Employment In Iowa and 4th Best in the United States,; 4th top Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program in Iowa,

2017 – Best Two Year College in the State of Iowa,; 4th Best Junior College for Getting a Job in the Nation and #1 in the State of Iowa,; NCC’s Pharmacy Technician Program 2nd in the Nation, #11 Best Community Colleges in America,; #2 in the State of Iowa Among all 2 Year Colleges,

2016 – 12th nationally for Premier National Online Associate Degree Program,; Best Two Year College in Iowa,

2015 – 3rd Best Online College in the U.S.,; Top 45 Colleges in the Nation, College Scorecard, U.S. Department of Education.