NCC was Ranked the 4th Best College Overall in the State of Iowa

Northwest Iowa Community College was ranked the fourth Best College Overall in the State of Iowa, according to a new report published by They rank NCC as the best community college in the state only preceded in the rankings by Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa.

According to’s website, “This ranking aims to help students assess the affordability and value of top colleges in Iowa so they can make informed decisions about which college to attend.” It goes on to say, “EdSmart assesses colleges in Iowa based on data that covers four main areas: Cost (average net price), Academic quality (graduation rate), Student satisfaction (retention rate), and Salary After Attending (the median earnings of former students who received federal financial aid, at 10 years after entering the school).”

  1. Iowa State University, score: 100
  2. University of Iowa, score: 99.4
  3. University of Northern Iowa, score: 98
  4. Northwest Iowa Community College, score: 97.4
  5. Loras College, score: 97
  6. Emmaus Bible College, score: 96.2
  7. Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary, score: 95.6
  8. Iowa Lakes Community College, score: 94.2
  9. Buena Vista University, score: 94.2
  10. Northeast Iowa Community College, score: 94

All data was gathered from the U.S. Dept of Education websites College Scorecard and College Navigator. 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:

2021, 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011 – NCC was recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the Best 150 Community Colleges in the nation.

2019 –   #3 for Career Outcomes in the Nation and #12 Best Overall Community College in the nation,;  #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.

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