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Part of the 15-member Iowa community college system, Indian Hills CC covers 10 counties in the southeastern part of the state and was established in 1966. While these 10 counties supply the majority of students at Indian Hills Community College, there are a number of coeds from around the state and country at IHCC. The primary locations of IHCC are in Centerville and Ottumwa.

Accreditation for Indian Hills Community College is provided by the North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission to award associate degrees. The college also receives accreditation from the Iowa Dept. of Education. In addition to these overall accreditations, IHCC receives separate accreditation for the programs in Health Information Technology, Physical Therapy Assistant Coursework, Culinary Arts, Radiologic Tech, Automotive Tech and Aviation Maintenance Technology.

Indian Hills Community College students can receive three different types of degrees: the Associate of Arts, the Associate of Science and the Associate of Applied Science. The extensive roster of majors in the Arts & Sciences Department includes Accounting, Art and Design, Business, Chemistry, English, History, Journalism, Psychology and many others. The other major department is Health Occupations. Students can pursue degrees in Child Care Tech, Clinical Lab Assistant, Health Information Technology, Nursing, Massage and more. The Advanced Technologies Department will get students the most practical tools for their desired careers. Students can train to become an Admin Assistant, Automotive Technician, Computer Accountant, Aviation Technician, Ethanol Plant Technician, Viticulturist, Welder and Computer Programmer, among many other tech careers.

In addition to these degree and certificate programs, students of any ages and backgrounds can take classes in skill-building and continuing ed. IHCC is offering online classes to students who cannot make it to campus on a regular basis, as well as the opportunity for high school students to take courses before graduation for college credit.

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IHCC has a policy of open admissions, meaning any student who follows the directions for admissions will be accepted. For certain programs, there is no guarantee made by the college as to the possibility of acceptance. However, you can get started by filling out the online application or stopping by the Admissions Office in building 12 at 623 Indian Hills Drive. Students who wish to begin higher education curriculum at any institution must have completed high school coursework. Proof of completion can be in the form of a high school diploma, a registered copy of the diploma, a GED equivalence certificate, a home schooling certificate with appropriate coursework or a college transcript noting the date of your high school graduation.

International students are also encouraged to apply at IHCC. There is a checklist provided on the school website to make the process as simple as possible.

Financial Aid

While the tuition rates at IHCC are among the lowest in the entire state of Iowa, the financial aid program is as extensive as that of any other school. Students should register to fill out the FAFSA online and get the process started quickly. Federal and state grants may be awarded to students who demonstrate the need for assistance. Supplemental grants are also available. These grants do not require repayment. Beyond grants, scholarships are being awarded to students pursuing a degree. Check with the financial aid office and the state dept. of education website for more information. Student loans (and PLUS loans for students’ parents) can help students who do not qualify for direct assistance.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4711th for the average student loan amount.
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There is no shortage of activities available to students at IHCC, whether you want to support athletic teams, join the different cheer squads, play intramural sports or practice the arts. For the more artistically inclined, there are writer’s groups, a theater group and a number of different bands for musicians. Painters and photographers can take advantage of the IHCC Art Gallery, open to the public and students alike. Submissions to the literary magazine on-campus may lead to publication in the annual issues.

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The Athletics Program at IHCC is impressive for a state community college, with numerous options in both men’s and women’s sports. IHCC students compete in the NJCAA. Centerville’s Campus is home to the men’s baseball team, while the Ottumwa Campus is where the rest of the teams practice and play. Beyond baseball, men’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf and soccer. Women’s sports include cross country, soccer, softball and volleyball.

Information Summary

Ranks 38th in Iowa and 2514th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 1 0.02
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest 5 0.10

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 50 0.20
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.01
Forcible Rape 11 0.04
Robbery 9 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 199 0.79
Larceny 651 2.59
Vehicle theft 40 0.16

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Ottumwa, IA 52501
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population30,595 (25,218 urban / 5,377 rural)
Households12,565 (2.35 people per house)
Median Household Income$31,863
Families8,219 (2.88 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-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 SystemOther academic year
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1902

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2847th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,576 $3,576 $5,376
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $149 $149 $224
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 $13,128 $13,128 $14,928
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $14,688 $14,688 $16,488
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,968 $7,968 $9,768

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,120 $3,456 $3,120 $3,456 $4,944 $5,184
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,008 $936
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,688 $5,790
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,192 $4,602
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,768(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,736 $4,602
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,736 $4,602

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)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

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 Capacity567
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$2,160
Board Fee$4,350

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2115th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $61,642 ($62,609 male / $55,472 female)
Number of FT Faculty 139 (67 male / 72 female)
Number of PT Faculty 275
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $4,624,575

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525 Grandview Ave
Ottumwa, IA 52501
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