NCC’s Associate of Arts Program Named #25 in the Nation has named Northwest Iowa Community College’s (NCC) Associate of Arts Program #25 on our list Best Associate Degrees in Liberal Arts in the Nation. NCC was the only Iowa college listed in the top 50 rankings.

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.

A full list of the top 50 Schools can be found here:

Associate of Arts Program: This program may be completed fully on campus, fully online, or through a combination of on campus and online courses. The Associate of Arts degree may be a path for you if you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university or are uncertain of your future academic plans. The Arts and Sciences transfer program will provide you with the cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete upper-division courses at four-year colleges or universities.

This degree is also a great way to begin if a student wants to “try” college, even without having decided on a major area of study. Courses in this degree teach strong communication skills, cultural knowledge, critical thinking, and problem-solving strategies. These skills prepare any student, transfer or otherwise, to be competitive in the workforce. Because the degree requires study in different areas, it acquaints students with many fields of study and can help students choose a major. Within the Associate of Arts degree, NCC offers a Learning Community, designed specifically to help students find a college major and career path.

After completion of the Associate of Arts degree, most students are prepared to enter a baccalaureate program as juniors. Over the years, NCC students have had excellent success transferring college credit courses to four-year institutions (and perform well when they transfer). The College has established articulation agreements with many colleges and universities, and these agreements smooth the transition from the associate degree to a baccalaureate course of study. Advisors can help discuss transfer options with students.

NCC offers transfer courses in Business, Communications, Computer Literacy, Education, Health, Human Resources, Humanities, Journalism, Math, Physical Education, Science, and Social Science in a variety of settings with flexible schedules.

NCC was recently notified of several other national rankings by

  • — #4 Best Associate Degrees in Automotive
    • — #6 Best Online Associate in Accounting Degrees
    • — #12 Best Associate Degrees in Nursing

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