NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$1,800
20% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$6,578
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
14.5%
Default Rate
2019 Enrolled Students
8,383
29.5% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
23.2%
204 Graduates

About

NorthWest Arkansas Community College is a higher education institution located in Benton County, AR. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at NorthWest Arkansas Community College were .

In 2019, 1,591 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at NorthWest Arkansas Community College. 69.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 30.8% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,021 degrees), 2.95 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (346 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is $1,800, which is $−6,024 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is $1,800, which is $−6,024 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $6,578.

In 2019, 56% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 15% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$1,800
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at NorthWest Arkansas Community College was $1,800. The cost of tuition at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is $−6,024 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

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Average Net Price

$6,578
2019 Value
7.95%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 NorthWest Arkansas Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $6,578. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of NorthWest Arkansas Community College grew by 7.95%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,205
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at NorthWest Arkansas Community College was of $11,205 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board did not change between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

56%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
15%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

56% of undergraduate students at NorthWest Arkansas Community College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 1.82% with respect to 2018, when 55% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
14.5%
2017 Default Rate
185
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at NorthWest Arkansas Community College was 14.5%, which represents 185 out of the 1277 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

NorthWest Arkansas Community College has a total enrollment of 8,383 students. The full-time enrollment at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is 2,475 students and the part-time enrollment is 5,908. This means that 29.5% of students enrolled at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 63.3% White, 22.6% Hispanic or Latino, 4.5% Two or More Races, 2.92% Asian, 2.45% Black or African American, 1.16% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.489% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at NorthWest Arkansas Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (33.3%), followed by White Male (24.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (17%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

29.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 8,383 students. The full-time enrollment at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is 2,475 and the part-time enrollment is 5,908. This means that 29.5% of students enrolled at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 34.9% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

59%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at NorthWest Arkansas Community College was 59%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (61%), NorthWest Arkansas Community College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    5,304
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,895
  3. Two or More Races
    377

The enrolled student population at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is 63.3% White, 22.6% Hispanic or Latino, 4.5% Two or More Races, 2.92% Asian, 2.45% Black or African American, 1.16% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.489% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 44% White, 26.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 114 students (1.36%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 611 more women than men received degrees from NorthWest Arkansas Community College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is white (1,021 degrees awarded). There were 2.95 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (346 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

The most specialized majors across all degree types at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Liberal Arts & Humanities (743 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (67 degrees), and Personal & Culinary Services (72 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are Elementary & middle school teachers (92,288 people), Other managers (82,702 people), Software developers (38,865 people), Sales representatives, wholesale & manufacturing (37,324 people), and Secondary school teachers (34,174 people).

The most specialized majors at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (743 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (67 degrees), Personal & Culinary Services (72 degrees), Human Sciences (30 degrees), and Agriculture (17 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are Dentists, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, Physicians, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, and Real estate brokers & sales agents

The most specialized majors at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (743 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (67 degrees), Personal & Culinary Services (72 degrees), Human Sciences (30 degrees), and Agriculture (17 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are Elementary & secondary schools (213,788 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (79,676 people), Construction (58,356 people), Computer Systems Design (57,403 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (52,963 people).

The most specialized majors at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (743 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (67 degrees), Personal & Culinary Services (72 degrees), Human Sciences (30 degrees), and Agriculture (17 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by NorthWest Arkansas Community College.
Most Common
  1. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  2. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In false, the most common bachelors degree concentration at NorthWest Arkansas Community College was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

490
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
1,101
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 490 degrees were awarded to men at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, which is 0.445 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,101).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 197 degrees were awarded to men at NorthWest Arkansas Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.393 times less than the 501 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 501 degrees were awarded to women at NorthWest Arkansas Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 2.54 times more than the 197 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

9%
100% Completion Time
23%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 9% of students graduating from NorthWest Arkansas Community College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 23% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 27% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (55.6%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is Female and Asian (55.6% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 8.33% of graduates (17 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,021 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    346 degrees awarded
  3. American Indian or Alaska Native
    64 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is white (1,021 degrees awarded). There were 2.95 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (346 degrees).

2.39% of degree recipients (38 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    699 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    322 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    253 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is white female (699 degrees awarded). There were 2.17 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (322 degrees).

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Operations

NorthWest Arkansas Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $5.95M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $153k (2.57%), compared to the 5.92% average return ($255k on $4.3M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2019, NorthWest Arkansas Community College had a total salary expenditure of $52.4M. NorthWest Arkansas Community College employs 104 No academic ranks, 34 Professors, and 11 Associate professors. Most academics at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are Female No academic ranks (57), Male No academic ranks(47), and Female Professors (19).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are: Management, with 53 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 47 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 38 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$5.95M
2019 Endowment
0.186%
growth from 2018

NorthWest Arkansas Community College has an endowment valued at about $5.95M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of NorthWest Arkansas Community College grew 0.186% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.65M higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $0 - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, NorthWest Arkansas Community College received $0 in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$26.4M
2019 Salaries
0.192%
growth from 2018

In 2019, NorthWest Arkansas Community College paid a median of $26.4M in salaries, which represents 50.3% of their overall expenditure ($52.4M) and a 0.192% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.14% growth from 2017 and a 1.4% decline from 2016.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.6M (44.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$9.1M
Instructional Salaries
156
Number of Employees

In 2019, NorthWest Arkansas Community College paid a total of $9.1M to 156 employees working as instructors, which represents 34.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.1M (30.7%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
104 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
53 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at NorthWest Arkansas Community College were No academic rank with 104 employees; Professor with 34 employees; and Professor with 11 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at NorthWest Arkansas Community College were Management with 53 employees; Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 47 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 38 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female No academic rank
  2. Male No academic rank
  3. Female Professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at NorthWest Arkansas Community College was Female No academic rank with 57 employees, Male No academic rank with 47 employees, and Female Professor with 19 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at NorthWest Arkansas Community College.

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