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Norwalk, CT 06854
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Norwalk Community College

Norwalk Community College Rating: 4.6/5 (9 votes)

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Formed in 1992 following the merger of Norwalk State Technical College and Norwalk Community-Technical College, Norwalk Community College (NCC) is located in Norwalk, Connecticut. It is the second largest of the states twelve official state community colleges. The school comprises a 30-acre campus and two principal, large academic buildings.


Norwalk Community College is broken down into the following principal academic departments: Art, Architecture and Design; Business; Computer Science; Developmental Studies; English; English as a Second Language; Humanities; Mathematics; Nursing and Allied Health; Science; and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The school’s academic strong points fall in the areas of engineering, family and social work, business and management, law, and hospitality, which are not surprisingly among the most popular programs pursued by students at NCC. One of the school’s most outstanding academic achievements has come in the form of the top-rate William H. Schwab Center for Information Technology, where students are prepared to enter careers in advanced technology and similar fields.

NCC offers various different kinds of academic advancement opportunities in addition to the traditional associate degrees (in science, applied science and the arts) and certificates. For one, the school offers a unique internship-based “Co-operative Education” program whereby an employer hires a student on either a full-time or part-time basis for a period of one year. During this time, academic credits are earned and students have the benefit of gaining real job market experience and may even have a fixed job in their chosen career field before graduation. The program has a very high level of students being offered jobs following completion of the internship, a testament to the success of this education modality.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Norwalk Community College, as most community colleges, has an open admissions policy whereby all qualified students are accepted. Depending on the program that students wish to pursue, it may be necessary for certain minimal testing requirements to be met, though applying students with previous college level math and English credits are likely to be exempt from these testing requirements. A high school diploma or GED is necessary for all students applying for admission to a degree or certificate program at Norwalk Community College, as well as for those students seeking financial aid at the school.


As is frequently the case for community colleges in highly populated areas (as is the case here), NCC boasts a high proportion of mature/adult students (well into their 30s and 40s) and furthermore has a fairly good diversity record in comparison with most Connecticut state schools.

Norwalk Community College is home to a variety of student clubs and organizations that offer a wonderful complement to classroom based learning experiences. Among the many student organizations operating on and off the campus, it is worth pointing out the Legal Assistant Society, the Medical Assistant Club, the Multicultural Club, the Nursing Club, the Philosophy Club, and the Phi Theta Kappa honors society.

Students will find many opportunities to stay engaged in the clubs mentioned above as well as with the school’s popular newspaper, “The Voice,” and the active student government organization, the NCC Student Senate.

On-campus, academic and other facilities are split into the “East Campus Building” and the “West Campus Building,” both of which face each other on opposite sides of the main street that dissects the school’s 30-acre campus. The “East Campus Building” is noted for the PepsiCo Theater (seating 298 spectators in total) where a variety of student-developed performances are put on, as well as a student-run broadcast TV studio and a popular art gallery. The “West Campus Building” is distinguished by the William H. Schwab Center for Information Technology mentioned earlier, the Culinary Arts Laboratory, the school gym, fitness center and cafeteria, as well as the Developmental Studies Center.

There is no on-campus housing available at NCC, and therefore all of the school’s 10,000+ students commute to class (or, alternatively, participate in online and correspondence learning programs).

Student Enrollment Demographics


While Norwalk Community College does not have any official intramural sports programs available, the student population has put together a handful of sports clubs such as the softball club, the soccer club, and the basketball club, furnishing a non-competitive environment for students to get in the physical exercise that they need.

Information Summary

Ranks 27th in Connecticut and 2316th 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 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 1 0.01

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 218 0.25
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.00
Forcible Rape 15 0.02
Robbery 90 0.10
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 297 0.35
Larceny 1,443 1.68
Vehicle theft 174 0.20

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6563rd for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Norwalk, CT 06854
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population27,977 (27,974 urban / 3 rural)
Households10,530 (2.64 people per house)
Median Household Income$47,171
Families6,787 (3.21 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 District904

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3324th 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 $10,080
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $406 $406 $1,218
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $140 $140 $420
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 $5,186 $5,186 $12,718
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,341 $19,341 $26,873
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,043 $9,043 $16,575

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,490 $3,598 $3,490 $3,598 $10,430 $10,754
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,600(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 $8,500 $8,755
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,770 $5,400
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,670 $3,857

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

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 47 69 159 34 297 62 673
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 3 8 3 14 2 31
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 1 2
Archeology 3 3
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 1 3 1 4 9
Business Administration and Management, General 1 5 1 6 3 16
Business/Commerce, General 8 1 14 3 11 3 40
Child Care Provider/Assistant
Child Care and Support Services Management 1 1
Commercial and Advertising Art 2 2
Computer Programming, Other
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science 1 2 1 4
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 1
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 1 5 1 7
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 1 3
Criminal Justice/Police Science 2 15 15 1 33
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 2 2 1 4 9
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 9 17 1 26 7 62
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 1 1 4 6
Engineering Science 1 5 2 5 13
Engineering Technology, General
Financial Planning and Services 1 1 2 1 5
General Studies 5 18 39 10 48 8 130
Gerontology 1 3 4
Graphic Design 1 6 1 5 13
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other 2 1 1 4
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 4 3 2 9
Information Science/Studies
Interior Design 1 2 1 6 2 12
Journalism, Other
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 2 2 1 3 13 2 23
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 4 6 17 2 26 5 60
Management Information Systems, General 1 1
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 1 4 4 10 4 23
Medical Office Management/Administration 2 3 1 2 8
Medical/Clinical Assistant 4 3 6 2 16
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 4 4
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 1 1 2 10 15
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 1 3 5 5 2 16
Radio and Television
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3 6 3 3 41 8 65
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager 3 2 3 1 9
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 1 6 1 10
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 1 1 1 4

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1080th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $73,772 ($74,019 male / $70,961 female)
Number of FT Faculty 103 (44 male / 59 female)
Number of PT Faculty 378
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $6,211,602

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