NCC’s Accounting Program Named #6 in the Nation has named Northwest Iowa Community College’s (NCC) Accounting Program #6 on their list of Best Online Associate in Accounting Degrees in the nation.

In an email notification to NCC a representative from stated, “We create our guides and school rankings with student education in mind, and this list will help our readers and your potential students learn about Northwest Iowa Community College’s excellent offerings. We considered hundreds of institutions across the country and ranked Northwest Iowa Community College using data around financial aid awards, the quality of education, faculty, campus resources, and more.”

According to’s website, “Our school rankings only include accredited, non-profit public and private schools. Our objective approach to judging schools uses a proprietary ranking system, which combines current data points from the U.S. Department of Education with school-specific details.”

Data points include:
1. Cost of Attendance: Tuition cost, financial aid, availability of alternative       tuition, loan default rates;
2. Accessibility: Admittance rates, education support & resources, non-traditional credit programs, dual, AP, and transfer credit programs;
3. Quality & Value: Retention rates, graduation rates, student-faculty ratio.

Schools from across the nation that were included on the Top 10 list:

  1. Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY
  2. Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Wesson, MS
  3. Casper College, Casper, WY
  4. Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, WA
  5. Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI
  6. Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon, IA
  7. Moraine Park Technical College, Fond du Lac, WI
  8. Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH
  9. Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls, SD
  10. Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, IA

Accounting Program: There will be about a 50/50 split between lecture and “lab” (lab work is paper, pencil and computer work). As an Accounting student, you will work extensively with all aspects of the accounting cycle to prepare yourself for entry-level employment in a variety of accounting and financial settings.

After the first two semesters of the program, you will be prepared for an entry-level position in bookkeeping and general accounting. If you graduate from the two-year degree program, you will have additional skills useful in a public, private, or government accounting career.

As the economy grows, the number of business establishments will increase, requiring more accountants and auditors to set up books, prepare taxes, and provide management advice.

Student Profile: Basic algebra skills, reading comprehension and deductive reasoning, excellent organizational skills, enjoys puzzle solving, keyboarding and 10-key skills a plus.

This program qualifies for the Iowa Last Dollar Scholarship. Iowa needs people like you to fill exciting jobs in growing industries. To help keep Iowa moving forward, you can get free tuition for programs that lead to high-demand jobs and good-paying careers. This is not a needs-based scholarship. To find out more about this scholarship, including a list of qualifying programs, go to

NCC was recently notified of several other national rankings by

  • — #4 Best Associate Degrees in Automotive Technology
  • — #12 Best Associate Degrees in Nursing
  • — #25 Best Associate Degrees in Liberal Arts

To find out more call 800-352-4907, email, or visit our website at At NCC – Your Success is Our Story!