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22600 State Route 34
Archbold, OH 43502-9542
p. 419-267-5511
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Northwest State Community College

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Introduction

For students in northwest Ohio seeking a springboard to a new job or an affordable start to their college careers, Northwest State Community College is an excellent option.

Small class sizes, convenient satellite campuses and a good mix of career and academic programs make Northwest State Community College, whose main campus is located in Archbold, Ohio, a good pick. Community colleges are becoming a more popular option for many students, as the current economic climate is pressuring many workers to return to school for training to prepare them for a new career, and forcing students to look for more affordable higher education options.

History

Northwest State Community College was established as Four County Technical Institute in 1968. Four years later it moved to its current main campus and became Northwest Technical Institute. The late 1980s and 1990s were a period of growth for the college as it opened new buildings, nearly doubling in size, and changed its name to Northwest State Community College while expanding its role in preparing students for four-year colleges.

Academics

Northwest State Community College offers career and academic classes, and has considerable resources dedicated to its health and workforce development training programs. The college is an important part of the local economy’s workforce development infrastructure, as 80 percent of NSCC students remain in the northwest Ohio area.

Altogether, the college offers more than 70 associate and career technical programs as well as more than 300 continuing education classes for lifelong learners each year. Like most colleges and universities, Northwest State Community College has been improving its distance learning options in recent years, and the school now offers 93 courses online.

Popular Majors

The most popular majors at Northwest State Community College include:

  • Business: 29 percent of enrollment
  • Health: 22 percent of enrollment
  • Engineering: 14 percent of enrollment
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences: 12 percent of enrollment
  • Education: 10 percent of enrollment

Respected Programs and Campus Improvements

The college recently broke ground on a new Allied Health and Public Services building. The new $5.5 million building will connect to an existing building on campus and provide a nursing lab, additional classroom and office space and a new home for the college’s Custom Training Solutions program.

The Custom Training Solutions program partners with local business to provide training specifically intended for the skill sets those particular businesses need.

A new wind turbine was also recently installed on campus to support the school’s new alternative energy degree program.

Special Programs

For students who want to pursue bachelor’s and graduate degrees but would have difficulty attending a four-year college due to work or family obligations, Northwest State Community College offers several programs that allow students to complete four-year and graduate programs on the NSCC campus. Students can pursue bachelor’s degrees in Applied Science in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, Organizational Management, and an MBA on the NSCC campus thanks to agreements the college has worked out with four-year schools.

The college also has programs that allow high school students to take courses at NSCC for both high school and college credit, helping them get a head start on their post-secondary education.

Accreditation

The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The association also accredits schools for the Navajo Nation.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Northwest State Community College has an open admissions policy, meaning that any student with a high school diploma or GED will be accepted. Some programs in the college, such as the nursing programs may have other requirements, including an interview.

Students may be asked to take a COMPASS placement test to determine whether they will need to take remedial courses. The school has a rolling admissons deadline, but students applying for financial aid should turn in their documentation by June 1. Students should complete the FAFSA and turn in high school transcripts as well as test score and other relevant information.

As of Sept. 2011, the college has a $20 application fee.

Financial Aid

Students applying to Northwest State Community College are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of Ohio, the college itself, and other outside organizations for which students may qualify. The college’s website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and other programs, such as short-term loans, that students can use to attend class at NSCC.

The college’s office of financial aid stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for. About 73 percent of Northwest State Community College students receive financial aid of some type.

The college’s foundation recently received a $2.97 million bequest from the Fackler estate that will be used to provide scholarships for Henry County residents. The college also offers a discount for students who schedule three-hour credit classes on Fridays. The annual savings to NSCC students from this discount program is estimated to be in excess of $400,000.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5972nd for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Northwest State Community College enrolls more than 6,700 students. The college is majority white, but has a significant number of African-American students on campus. The student body is predominately male (54 percent) a rarity among college and university campuses. The average student age is 28 and 45 percent of students are over the age of 25.

Northwest State Community College’s main campus is on 77 acres of land in Archbold. The school also has satellite campuses in Bryan, Metamora, Defiance, Paulding, Scott Park and Van Wert.

The college offers a handful of student activities and clubs, including academic and professional groups and recreation organizations. The college has a fitness center with exercise equipment and basketball and volleyball courts and a horseshoe pit outside.

Campus Services

For students who are parents, the college has a child care center that accepts children from ages 3-5 and provides them with a curriculum intended to prepare them for kindergarten. Center hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The school’s student success center provides students with individual and group tutoring and classes on overcoming test anxiety.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Athletics

Northwest State Community College offers intramural sports including men’s and women’s non-tackle football, basketball, softball, bowling, table tennis and volleyball.

Northwest State Community College teams are called the Pacers.

Traditions

The college sponsors an annual chili cookout, a popular event for both NSCC staff and students and the local community.

Bibliography

  • “Northwest State Community College.” Northwest State Community College. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Oct. 2011. <http://www.northweststate.edu
  • The College Board College Handbook, 2010 . 47th ed. New York: College Board, 2009. Print.
  • McGrath, Anne. Ultimate college guide 2010 . 7th ed. Naperville, Ill.: Sourcebooks Inc., 2009. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 117th in Ohio and 3079th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Archbold, OH 43502-9542
Surrounding communityDistant rural area (between 5 to 25 mi. away from an urban area)
Total Population7,107 (4,082 urban / 3,025 rural)
Households2,647 (2.65 people per house)
Median Household Income$45,688
Families1,944 (3.17 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
UndergraduateAssociates
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingSmall two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3905

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 4158th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,360 $3,360 $6,720
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $214 $214 $214
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $146 $146 $286
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,774 $4,774 $8,134
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,574 $16,574 $19,934
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,974 $10,974 $14,334

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,334 $3,478 $3,334 $3,478 $6,454 $6,742
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,700 $5,500
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,100 $6,200
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,100 $6,200

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 3 35 2 1 451 17 517
Accounting 1 1 17 1 20
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 4 5
Accounting and Related Services, Other 3 3
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 15 15
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician
Banking and Financial Support Services 3 3
Business Administration and Management, General 1 1 21 23
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 11 11
Cabinetmaking and Millwork
Child Care and Support Services Management 1 1
Child Development
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Computer Engineering, General 11 11
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 20 7 30
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 4 4
Corrections
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 1 1
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Police Science 1 12 1 14
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 9 10
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician 3 3
Design and Visual Communications, General 8 8
Education, General
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 5 5
Electrician 6 6
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 1 11 1 13
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other
Engineering, Other
Engineering/Industrial Management 1 1
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 5 6
Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians, Other
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 1 2 3
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician 3 3
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technologies, Other
History, General
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician 7 7
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 1 3 4
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 1
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching 7 7
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 8 8
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 6 28 1 37
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 5 1 61 1 70
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 3 3
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 3 3
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 6 6
Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 2 17 19
Medical/Clinical Assistant 1 3 21 1 26
Network and System Administration/Administrator 14 14
Office Management and Supervision
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 3 19 24
Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician 1 3 4
Precision Metal Working, Other 1 1
Quality Control Technology/Technician 2 13 15
Real Estate 1 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 41 4 46
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking
Social Work 2 12 14
Teacher Assistant/Aide 1 1 2
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
Tool and Die Technology/Technician
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 2 3
Welding Technology/Welder 3 3

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2762nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $56,220 ($53,857 male / $56,586 female)
Number of FT Faculty 42 (18 male / 24 female)
Number of PT Faculty 225
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $1,883,410

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