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The mission of NorthWest Arkansas Community College, which is located at One College Drive, Bentonville, Arkansas, is to provide continuing education opportunities to students of all ages, ethnic and educational backgrounds, and interests. The school strives to promote leadership, camaraderie, and excellence among its close-knit students. Among the notable points of the school are state-of-the-art computer facilities, modern building equipment, and various support services. Founded in 1989, the school opened its doors to 1,200 students in 1990, compared with around 7,000 today. This public, two-year school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


NorthWest Arkansas Community College offers a variety of academic programs and divisions, which include business, health professions, math and science, languages, history, and legal studies. These programs feature small classes with the possibility of a lot of one-on-one time with the teacher, invited speakers, and the possibility for travel. Early College Education, Adult Education, GED, ESL, and Computer Literacy are just a few of the educational opportunities available at NorthWest Arkansas.

Some of the Associate of Arts degrees available are:

  • Teaching Middle School Math/Science
  • Teaching Middle School Language Arts/Social Studies
  • Teaching P-4 Education Track
  • Some of the Associate of Science degrees available are:

  • Agriculture, Food, and Life Sciences
  • Business (University of Arkansas WCOB Transfer)
  • Business (General Transfer)
  • Some of the Associate of Applied Science degrees available are:

  • Accounting Technology
  • Banking and Finance
  • General Business
  • Retail Option
  • Retail Option with Marketing Analysis Certification
  • Logistics Management
  • Culinary Arts
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Information Management and Applications
  • Computer Networking
  • Computer Programming
  • Criminal Justice
  • Electronics Technology
  • Environmental and Regulatory Science
  • Fire Science Administration and Technology
  • Nursing
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Paralegal Degree
  • Some of the certificates available are in:

  • Accounting Technology
  • Business Management
  • General Business
  • Logistics Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Retail Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Baking
  • Culinary Arts
  • Criminal Justice
  • Crime Prevention and Corrections
  • Law Enforcement
  • Environmental and Regulatory Science
  • Most Popular Fields of Study


    Admission to NorthWest Arkansas Community College is reserved for students who have graduated from a high school in the United States with the equivalency of the Arkansas General Diploma or who pass the General Educational Development Test and satisfy language and computation competencies. Depending on the area of study, students may need to complete skills courses, English as a Second Language, prerequisites, GED and/or Adult Basic Skills courses. There are different requirements based on the type of student, which may include international students, high school students, freshmen, transfers, special admission students, and permanent residents.

    Financial Aid

    The Office of Financial Aid at NorthWest Arkansas Community College proudly offers students the opportunity to follow updates and information on Twitter.

    Federal Aid Programs include:

    The Federal Stafford Student Loan, which can either be subsidized (for students with demonstrated financial need), or unsubsidized (for students without demonstrated financial need). Up to $3,500 for freshman year and $4,500 for sophomore year is available provided the student makes satisfactory academic progress.

    The Work Study Program, which employs students on a part-time basis in jobs on or off-campus in order to help them defray the cost of attending. Positions are limited, and students may only work up to twenty hours per week.

    The Supplement Educational Opportunity Grant, which provides aid for students demonstrating that they qualify for a Federal Pell Grant and have exceptional financial need.

    The Federal Pell Grant, which is available for undergraduate students showing financial need.

    State aid programs include:

    The Minority Teachers Scholars Program, which offers forgivable loans to Asian-American, African-American, Native American, and Hispanic students working towards a teaching degree.

    The Second Effort Scholarship, which awards up to $1,000 each year to people with the top 10 GED scores in the state the previous year.

    The Academic Challenge Scholarship, made possible through the support of the Arkansas Lottery, is available to high school seniors and non-traditional students.

    The Governor’s Scholars Program, which awards up to $4,000 each year to graduating high school seniors showing high academic performance, excellent test scores, and leadership.

    Student Financial Aid Details

    Ranks 3975th for the average student loan amount.
    Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Arkansas.


    The school’s size is approximately four thousand, seven hundred and fifty-three degree-seeking undergrads and nine hundred and five first-time degree-seeking freshmen. Further, it is part of an Suburban setting, Large town (10,000 – 49,999) and Commuter campus. Additionally, the student body consists of forty-three percent part-time students, fifty-six percent women and forty-four percent men. The university is a Public, Community College, Two-year, Coed, where 100 percent of the applicants were admitted and Regionally accredited. Northwest Arkansas Community College offers Associate degrees.

    Definitely, the school is located 30 miles from Fayetteville.This school features the Suburban setting, Large town (10,000 – 49,999) and Commuter campus.

    Student Enrollment Demographics


    The following sports can be found here:

    • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Basketball
    • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Golf
    • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Soccer
    • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Softball
    • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Table_tennis
    • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Volleyball

    Local Community

    The local community in Bentonville, Arkansas is approximately 34,000 strong. Major employers in the area include The Whistler Group and Wal-Mart Stores, which has headquarters there. Notable attractions include the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the monument to James H. Berry, the Confederacy, and the Southern Soldier, and sports events held at the 9,500-seat Arkansas Sports and Entertainment Complex.

    Information Summary

    Ranks 37th in Arkansas and 3010th 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 1 0.01
    Robbery N/A N/A
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary N/A N/A
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft 3 0.04
    Arrest N/A N/A

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 67 0.19
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Forcible Rape 17 0.05
    Robbery 1 0.00
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 135 0.38
    Larceny 612 1.72
    Vehicle theft 21 0.06

    Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

    Reported area around or near Bentonville, AR 72712-5091
    Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
    Total Population24,555 (18,677 urban / 5,878 rural)
    Households9,211 (2.62 people per house)
    Median Household Income$39,442
    Families6,678 (3.11 people per family)

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
    Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
    EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
    Size & SettingMedium 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 District503

    Special Learning Opportunities

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

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees

    Ranks 4334th for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,250 $3,675 $5,250
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $748 $748 $748
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $75 $123 $175
    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 $4,198 $5,623 $7,198
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,302 $18,727 $20,302
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,105 $8,530 $10,105

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $2,748 $2,915 $4,098 $4,340 $5,598 $5,915
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $1,250 $1,200
    On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
    On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,700 $9,855
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $7,500 $3,249
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,000 $2,769

    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
    Formal competency demoN/A
    Admission test scoresN/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

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 2606th for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $57,238 ($56,631 male / $52,899 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 147 (58 male / 89 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 455
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
    Total Benefits $4,146,231

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    One College Drive
    Bentonville, AR 72712-5091
    p. 479-636-9222
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