NCC Ranked In Top 100 Best Community Colleges Nationwide

Date posted - August 22, 2016

NCC logo and taglineSheldon, Iowa — Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon has been ranked in the Top 100 on’s list of 2016’s Best & Worst Community Colleges.  NCC is ranked, by far, the highest Iowa community college, rated at #52 on the list.

The website says they ranked the community colleges by comparing 821 institutions across, what they consider to be, three key dimensions, including:  1)  Cost & Financing, 2) Education Outcomes, and 3) Career Outcomes.  They state that Cost & Financing, Education Outcomes, and Career Outcomes each account for 1/3 of the score for each school.

While NCC was the only Iowa school to hit the Top 100, the other Iowa community colleges ranked in the Top 250 include:  Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, at #136, North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City at #162, Northeast Iowa Community College at #194, Southeast Iowa Community College at Burlington at #234, Iowa Lakes Community College at Estherville at #236, and Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo at #250.

When ranked by state, Iowa’s Community Colleges are ranked at #15.  Other Midwestern states in the Top 20 are South Dakota at #1, North Dakota at #3, Wisconsin at #8, and Nebraska at #13.

If you’d like to see the school by school rankings, click here.

You can find the state-by-state rankings by clicking here.

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