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Located in Bentonville, Arkansas, NorthWest Arkansas Community College is a public institution. The city atmosphere of Bentonville makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

2,475 Full-Time Undergraduates
$3,240 Avg In-State Tuition

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NorthWest Arkansas Community College Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at NWACC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Value Health Sciences & Services Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular Online Environmental Control Technology Associate’s Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Most Popular Health Sciences & Services Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#47 Best Value Dental Support Services Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#83 Best Value Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#96 Best Value Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is NorthWest Arkansas Community College?


Contact details for NWACC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One College Drive, Bentonville, AR 72712-5091
Phone: 479-986-4000

Can I Afford NWACC?

$3,240 In-State Tuition
13% Take Out Loans
13.8% Loan Default Rate
For the 2017-2018 academic year, part-time NWACC students paid $135 per credit hour if they lived in-state. Out-of-state students paid $150 per credit hour. The costs for full-time students are given in the table below.

In State Out of State
Tuition $3,240 $3,600
Fees $832 $832
Books and Supplies $1,200 $1,200

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At NWACC, approximately 13% of students took out student loans averaging $3,924 a year. That adds up to $15,696 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NWACC is 13.8%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,475 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,383 undergraduate students at NWACC, with 2,475 being full-time and 5,908 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 2,475 full-time undergraduates at NWACC, 42% are male and 58% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of NorthWest Arkansas Community College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 77
Black or African American 50
Hispanic or Latino 650
White 1,440
International Students 66
Other Races/Ethnicities 192

Over 40 countries are represented at NWACC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and China.

Online Learning at NorthWest Arkansas Community College

1,334 Took All Classes Online
3,552 Took At Least One Class Online
7.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 3,552 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at NWACC has changed over the last few years.


This school is the most popular in Arkansas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of NWACC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at NorthWest Arkansas Community College was 7.0%. This is the #1,167 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at NWACC regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of NWACC majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Engineering Technologies 24%
General Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences 18%
Health Sciences & Services 18%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at NWACC ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at NWACC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology #2
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide #5
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants #9
Environmental Control Technology #14
Engineering Technologies #77

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College Trade School Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
General Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences 80 0 85 165
Dental Assisting/Assistant 33 0 12 45
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 30 0 0 30
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 9 10 10 29
Baking & Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef 13 0 13 26
General Cooking & Related Culinary Arts 0 26 0 26
General Drafting & Design Technology/Technician 3 13 7 23
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 5 11 6 22
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 12 0 8 20
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 0 17 0 17
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 0 7 7 14
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 0 12 0 12
Electrical, Electronic & Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 2 6 0 8
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology 1 6 0 7
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 3 0 0 3
Electrician 0 0 0 0
Other Plumbing & Related Water Supply Services 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 191 108 148 447


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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