Northeast Iowa Community College


Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) is a public, tax supported, two year educational institution serving the residents of Allamakee, Dubuque, Chickasaw, Delaware, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek counties and sections of Bremer, Buchanan, Jones, Jackson, and Mitchell counties. The history of the college dates back to the year 1966 when the State Board of Education approved the establishment of the Area One Vocational-Technical School district, headquartered at Calmar. In 1967, construction started for classroom facilities of the college on an area of 210 acres on the south edge of Calmar. In 1979, the second campus of the college was set up at Peosta.

Presently, the college has a total enrollment of 5,000 students and the campus features facilities such as the Wilder Learning Resource Center, Darwin L. Schrage Administration, Max Clark Hall, Student Union, Industrial Technologies, Farm Implement/Welding, and the Northeast Iowa Community-based Dairy Center.

Northeast Iowa Community College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Information Summary

Ranks 38th in Iowa and 2493rd overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 57.0
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $7,220
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 12 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 61% / 43%
Enrollment Total (all students) 4,449


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

Transfer Programs

Northeast Iowa Community College offers the Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.) 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 Business Administration, Communication, Criminal Justice, Human Services, Psychology, Early Childhood, and Law Enforcement. The Associate in Science degree students can opt for numerous areas of specialization such as Agriculture, Animal Science, Dairy Science, Industrial Tech Teacher Education, and Pre-Vet Medicine.

Career and Technical Education

Northeast Iowa Community College also offers the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program 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 Specialist, Administrative Assistant, Associate Degree Nursing, Automotive Technology, Business Specialist, Dairy Science Technology, Entrepreneurial Cosmetology, Industrial Electrician, and Viticulture Technology.

Northeast Iowa Community College also 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 certificate programs and diplomas are offered include Carpentry – Cabinet Making, Dairy Science Technology – Dairy Breeding Specialist, Enology, Paraeducator Certification, Agriculture Business-Animal Science, Accounting Clerk, Commercial-Residential Electrician, Massage Therapy, and Agriculture Business – Crop Advisor.

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Northeast Iowa Community College admits any student who can benefit from a program of study. Students are required to fill the admission application form and appear for the ACCUPLACER placement test for evaluation of reading, comprehension, essay writing, and mathematics skills. Students who can produce their ACT scores or have prior college experience are exempt from taking the placement test. Students are required to submit their official high school transcripts/college records. Once these requirements have been evaluated by the Admissions office, a letter of acceptance is sent to the student.

International Applicants

International applicants seeking admission in Northeast Iowa Community College are required to submit the admission form, official academic credentials, certified secondary school transcripts, 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

Northeast Iowa 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. Northeast Iowa 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 Scholarships, Dollars For Scholars Iowa-Illinois Mensa Education Research Foundation Scholarships, CHS Foundation Scholarship, Allamakee-Clayton REC Hauschild Memorial Scholarship, and Great Clips Alice Madden Barton Scholarship. 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 Northeast Iowa Community College, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education.

Student Financial Aid Details

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The student life at Northeast Iowa Community College offers various opportunities to ensure that learning occurs both within and outside the classrooms. The Academic Advising office provides valuable guidance to students and clarifies doubts regarding assessment testing, course selection, academic goals, transferring, and career options. The Career Services center helps students make the right career decisions and provides assistance with job searching. The Learning Center provides individual and group assistance for the students in areas such as general education, health occupations, business, and technology. The center also makes arrangements for peer tutoring.

Northeast Iowa Community College library has a collection of 40,000 print and non-print items including academic databases, e-Books, and selected internet resources. Northeast Iowa Community College bookstore houses new and used text books, school supplies, gift items, greeting cards, and other merchandise. The office of the Student Life makes arrangements for numerous activities for getting involved in the campus life. Some of the popular activities arranged on a regular basis include Theater Trips, Musical Entertainment, Family Activities, BBQ’s, Flag Football, Disc Golf, and Service Opportunities.

Northeast Iowa Community College does not provide on campus housing but compiles a list of housing options in different communities within proximity to the college. Dining facilities are available for the students at the cafeteria that serves breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

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Additional School Information

Northeast Iowa Community College campus features the NICC Child Development Center licensed by the State of Iowa, through the Department of Human Services. The Center provides childcare facilities for student parents, faculty, and staff of Northeast Iowa Community College.


  • Northeast Iowa Community College. About NICC. Web. 24 December 2011.
  • Northeast Iowa Community College. Programs of Study. Web. 24 December 2011.
  • Northeast Iowa Community College. College Catalog 2011-2012. 2011. Print.

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