Northwest-Shoals Community College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$3,990
1.53% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$6,460
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
12.9%
Default Rate
2020 Enrolled Students
3,360
32.2% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
24.5%
166 Graduates

About

Northwest-Shoals Community College is a higher education institution located in Colbert County, AL. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Northwest-Shoals Community College were .

In 2020, 883 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Northwest-Shoals Community College. 47% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 53% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (700 degrees), 7.37 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (95 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Northwest-Shoals Community College is $3,990, which is $−3,990 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Northwest-Shoals Community College is $3,990, which is $−3,990 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $6,460.

In 2020, 65% of undergraduate students attending Northwest-Shoals Community College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 22% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$3,990
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Northwest-Shoals Community College was $3,990. The cost of tuition at Northwest-Shoals Community College is $−3,990 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

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Average Net Price

$6,460
2020 Value
20.2%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Northwest-Shoals Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $6,460. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Northwest-Shoals Community College grew by 20.2%.

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Other Student Expenses

$5,500
Room and Board
$2,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Northwest-Shoals Community College was of $5,500 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,000. The cost of room and board did not change between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 12% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

65%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
22%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

65% of undergraduate students at Northwest-Shoals Community College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 1.56% with respect to 2019, when 64% 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.
12.9%
2018 Default Rate
88
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Northwest-Shoals Community College was 12.9%, which represents 88 out of the 681 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-Shoals Community College has a total enrollment of 3,360 students. The full-time enrollment at Northwest-Shoals Community College is 1,081 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,279. This means that 32.2% of students enrolled at Northwest-Shoals Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Northwest-Shoals Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 76.3% White, 9.35% Black or African American, 7.23% Hispanic or Latino, 3.6% Two or More Races, 0.952% Asian, 0.714% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0595% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Northwest-Shoals Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (43.8%), followed by White Male (30.6%) and Black or African American Female (7.12%). 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

32.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Northwest-Shoals Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,360 students. The full-time enrollment at Northwest-Shoals Community College is 1,081 and the part-time enrollment is 2,279. This means that 32.2% of students enrolled at Northwest-Shoals Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 34.4% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

57%
2020 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-Shoals Community College was 57%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (60%), Northwest-Shoals 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
    2,562
  2. Black or African American
    314
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    243

The enrolled student population at Northwest-Shoals Community College is 76.3% White, 9.35% Black or African American, 7.23% Hispanic or Latino, 3.6% Two or More Races, 0.952% Asian, 0.714% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0595% 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 44.5% White, 26.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.2% 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, 33 students (0.982%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 53 fewer women than men received degrees from Northwest-Shoals Community College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Northwest-Shoals Community College is white (700 degrees awarded). There were 7.37 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (95 degrees).

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

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Northwest-Shoals Community College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Precision Production (164 degrees awarded), Construction (61 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (65 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-Shoals Community College are Elementary & middle school teachers (85,033 people), Other managers (75,791 people), Software developers (41,823 people), Construction managers (41,538 people), and Physicians (34,258 people).

The most specialized majors at Northwest-Shoals Community College are Precision Production (164 degrees awarded), Construction (61 degrees), Engineering Technologies (65 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (43 degrees), and Human Sciences (21 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Northwest-Shoals Community College are Chief executives & legislators, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Physicians, Surgeons, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Northwest-Shoals Community College are Precision Production (164 degrees awarded), Construction (61 degrees), Engineering Technologies (65 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (43 degrees), and Human Sciences (21 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-Shoals Community College are Elementary & secondary schools (166,813 people), Construction (106,276 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (104,530 people), Computer Systems Design (70,791 people), and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (63,629 people).

The most specialized majors at Northwest-Shoals Community College are Precision Production (164 degrees awarded), Construction (61 degrees), Engineering Technologies (65 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (43 degrees), and Human Sciences (21 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-Shoals 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-Shoals Community College was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

468
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
415
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 468 degrees were awarded to men at Northwest-Shoals Community College, which is 1.13 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (415).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 117 degrees were awarded to men at Northwest-Shoals Community College in Welding Technology, which is 6.16 times more than the 19 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 113 degrees were awarded to women at Northwest-Shoals Community College in General Studies, which is 1.74 times more than the 65 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

10%
100% Completion Time
24%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 10% of students graduating from Northwest-Shoals Community College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 24% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 31% 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 Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Northwest-Shoals Community College is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    700 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    95 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    35 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Northwest-Shoals Community College is white (700 degrees awarded). There were 7.37 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (95 degrees).

2.6% of degree recipients (23 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Male
    372 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    328 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Male
    59 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Northwest-Shoals Community College is white male (372 degrees awarded). There were 1.13 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (328 degrees).

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Operations

Northwest-Shoals Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $759k, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $216k (28.5%), compared to the 5.11% average return ($226k on $4.42M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2020, Northwest-Shoals Community College had a total salary expenditure of $32M. Northwest-Shoals Community College employs 73 No academic ranks, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at Northwest-Shoals Community College are Female No academic ranks (39), Male No academic ranks(34), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northwest-Shoals Community College are: Management, with 47 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 29 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 18 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$759k
2020 Endowment
1.29%
growth from 2019

Northwest-Shoals Community College has an endowment valued at about $759k, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Northwest-Shoals Community College grew 1.29% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $3.66M lower 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 Career & Technical-High Traditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $5.99M - Federal
  2. $1.67M - State
  3. $6.29k - Local

As of 2020, Northwest-Shoals Community College received $5.99M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1.67M from state grants and contracts, and $6.29k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$14.3M
2020 Salaries
4.58%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Northwest-Shoals Community College paid a median of $14.3M in salaries, which represents 44.7% of their overall expenditure ($32M) and a 4.58% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.1% growth from 2018 and a 2.04% decline from 2017.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (43.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$4.29M
Instructional Salaries
73
Number of Employees

In 2020, Northwest-Shoals Community College paid a total of $4.29M to 73 employees working as instructors, which represents 30% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.98M (29.6%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
73 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
47 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Northwest-Shoals Community College were No academic rank with 73 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northwest-Shoals Community College were Management with 47 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 29 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 18 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Northwest-Shoals Community College was Female No academic rank with 39 employees, and Male No academic rank with 34 employees.

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