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North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is a progressive, comprehensive community college serving the residents of Floyd, Cerro Gordo, Hancock, Franklin, Mitchell, and Winnebago and Worth counties and parts of Chickasaw, Butler, Wright and Kossuth counties. The college was established in 1918 as Mason City Junior College and was the first two year public college in Iowa. The first classes of Mason City Junior College were held from the top floor of the high school building with a total of 28 students. In 1966, the General Assembly of Iowa passed a legislation for creating two-year post secondary educational institutions known as Merged Area Schools. Subsequently, Mason City Junior College was rechristened as North Iowa Area Community College (Merged Area II). In 1970, the college was shifted to a 300-acre site on the east of Mason City.

Presently, the campus of North Iowa Area Community College is spread over an area of 500 acres and comprises facilities such as the Student Activity Center, Muse-Norris Conference Center, Recreation Center, and Murphy Manufacturing Technology Center, and lake side student apartments. The college has an enrollment of approximately 3,700 students and it offers nearly 40 academic programs.

North Iowa Area Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.


North Iowa Area Community College offers academic/transfer programs, technical, and life enrichment training programs for the students.

Transfer Programs

North Iowa Area Community College offers the Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), and Associate in Science-Business (A.S.B.) degree programs for students who eventually want to transfer to a four year university or college for pursuing the baccalaureate degrees. The college offers the Associate in Arts degree programs in areas such as Accounting, Biology, Computer Science, Human Services, Wellness, Exercise Science, and Leisure Services, Criminal Justice, Fire Science, Art, Early Childhood Education, and Liberal Arts. The Associate in Science degree students can opt for numerous areas of specialization such as Physics – Applied, Supervision and Management, Sport Management, Marketing and Sales, General Business, Banking, Insurance, and Financial Management, Graphic Media Design, and Business/Information Systems Technology.

Career and Technical Education

North Iowa Area Community College also offers the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree for students who want to take up a profession directly after completing their course. Students opting for the A.A.S degree can major in areas such as Accounting, Radiologic Technology, Wellness, Exercise Science, and Leisure Services, Automotive Service Technology, Climate Control, and Industrial Technology.

North Iowa Area Community College offers various career-oriented diplomas and certificates for students who want to prepare for specific occupations, and those who want to upgrade their skills. The areas in which various certificate programs are offered include Accounting, Information Technology, Software Applications Specialist, Software Applications Skills, Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Certificate, Medical Transcription, Human Services, and Pharmacy Technician.

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North Iowa Area Community College follows an open-door admissions policy and anyone who is 18 years or above or who is a high school graduate or has a GED can seek admission in the college. Students who are less than 18 years can also seek admission and their cases are considered on a course-by-course basis. Students are required to fill the admission application form and specify their social security number and intended majors. They are required to submit their official high school transcripts/college records and ACT/SAT/COMPASS assessment scores.

Special Requirements

Some programs such as the Health Professions programs including Nursing, Practical Nursing, LPN to ADN, or Physical Therapist Assistant have selective application procedures.

International Applicants

International applicants seeking admission in North Iowa Area Community College are required to submit their official academic credentials and evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL scores. They need to provide a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance the education expenses for a year.

Financial Aid

North Iowa Area Community College provides financial aid to students to help them meet their academic expenses. The financial aid office provides information on aid eligibility, types of aides, and policies for federal, state, and institutional programs. North Iowa Area Community College offers financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment.

Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

The need-based awards offered to eligible students are: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Iowa Vocational-Technical Grant, and Iowa Grant. Students can avail various loans such as Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and Federal Direct Parent PLUS loans. Students can apply for numerous scholarship programs such as NIACC Foundation Scholarship, Christopherson Medical Scholarship, Charles City Scholarship, and Private/Community Based Scholarships. Students can also apply for work-study programs wherein they can seek in-campus and off-campus work-study positions.


To apply for financial aid from North Iowa Area Community College, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. North Iowa Area Community College recommends a priority deadline of March 1 to apply for the financial aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

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The student life at North Iowa Area Community College offers various opportunities to ensure that learning occurs both within and outside the classrooms. The Student Access Office provides services such as early alert system for struggling students, mentoring programs for ensuring smooth transition from school to college, and tutoring services for students needing additional support. The college has a Counseling Center that provides guidance to the students in dealing with emotional problems, learning new skills, and working towards their goals.

North Iowa Area Community College library has a huge collection of books, media, and electronic books, subscriptions of national newspapers, North Iowa area newspapers, and periodicals. The NIACC Book Zone houses new and used text books, school supplies, gift items, greeting cards, and other merchandise.

Housing and Dining

North Iowa Area Community College offers housing facilities for 450 students. There is a residence hall located on the north end of the campus. The residence halls are coed and house men and women on alternating wings/floors. There are single and double occupancy rooms.

Dining facilities are available for the students at the Food Court and the food options include a choice of beverages, fresh from the bakery items, deli sandwiches, soup, salad and sandwich buffets, wraps, and pizzas.

Student Enrollment Demographics


North Iowa Area Community College is a member of the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The men’s athletic teams compete in cross country, basketball, soccer, wrestling, track and field, golf, and baseball. The women athletes compete in basketball, cross country, softball, volleyball, track and field, and golf.


  • North Iowa Area Community College. NIACC Facts. Web. 24 December 2011.
  • North Iowa Area Community College. Current NIACC Majors. Web. 24 December 2011.
  • North Iowa Area Community College. General Catalog and Student Handbook 2011-2012. 2011. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 27th in Iowa and 1594th 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 0.03
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.06
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 2 0.06

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 23 0.08
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 10 0.04
Robbery 9 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 314 1.11
Larceny 939 3.33
Vehicle theft 49 0.17

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Mason City, IA 50401
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population31,291 (28,330 urban / 2,961 rural)
Households13,181 (2.29 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,132
Families8,144 (2.91 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/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 SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1904

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2705th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,833 $3,833 $5,749
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $780 $780 $780
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $128 $128 $192
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 $13,541 $13,541 $15,457
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $13,782 $13,782 $15,698
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,942 $8,942 $10,858

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,405 $4,506 $4,405 $4,506 $6,238 $6,385
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $884 $911
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,198 $5,351
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,265 $2,333
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $4,607 $4,745
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,236 $3,333
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,236 $3,333

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 Capacity400
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$2,248
Board Fee$3,372

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2123rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $61,579 ($62,589 male / $54,989 female)
Number of FT Faculty 76 (47 male / 29 female)
Number of PT Faculty 156
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $2,572,308

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