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Northampton County Area Community College

Northampton County Area Community College Rating: 3.3/5 (3 votes)

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Northampton County Area Community College (NCC) serves more than 35,000 students each year through credit programs, workforce training, adult literacy classes, and youth programs. In addition to its main campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, NCC operates a branch campus in Tannersville and more than 50 satellite sites throughout the surrounding four counties. NCC offers associate degrees in arts, science, and applied science. It also offers a number of transfer programs and certifications in more than 100 tracks within its available industries. The college specializes in offering career programs and services to help students find meaningful jobs after graduation.


NCC opened in 1967 with a class of 846 students and 21 staff members. Its first students could choose from eight career tracks, five transfer opportunities, and one personal development program. The college gained accreditation in 1970 and began awarding degrees.

The campus continued to expand, adding buildings for engineering, business technologies, radiology, and funeral services. Student residences were added in the 1980s and in the 1990s, NCC built a 35,000 square foot Technology Hall with technical laboratories, facilities for the Center for Business, and the National Training Center for Microelectronics. More recently, a Student Enrollment Center was added to the campus and renovation work has continued.


NCC offers a wide variety of practical and career-oriented degrees and training programs. In addition to a number of associate degrees in arts, science, and applied science, NCC also awards certificates and specialized diplomas.

Students can pursue any one of NCC’s dozens of major programs. Degree programs at NCC have three parts: a core curriculum, major classes, and electives. The core curriculum is required for every student at the college. It includes a multidisciplinary set of classes in the arts, sciences, and social sciences designed to give students a strong academic foundation in many difference knowledge groups and skill sets.

Major programs at NCC offer very specialized study of different topics that relate to useful career paths. Students can earn degrees in computer maintenance and service technology, dental hygiene, electrical technology, history, liberal arts, small business management, and dozens more. Minors are similar topics that students can study in more concise detail.

Honors Program

The NCC Honors Program is developed specially for students who seek a challenging and advanced curriculum and want to transfer to a four-year university after their time at NCC. To be admitted into the Honors Program, a freshman must meet the placement minimums for English I and have a high school GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Alternatively, students who were in the top 20% of their high school class are also eligible. Students who don’t meet these requirements may petition for acceptance by providing a letter of recommendation. Honors Program students must take at least 12 credits of honors classes and maintain a minimum college GPA of 3.5. At the end of the program, students can transfer to Dickinson College with potential scholarship of $15,000 along with other grants and aid.

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NCC is an open admissions college, which means that any student with a high school diploma or a GED certificate who follows the College’s application procedures will be accepted and enrolled for the semester of their choice.

To apply, prospective students should fill out NCC’s standard application form, which can be completed online or on paper, and submit it along with an application fee. Special admissions students, or students pursuing particular degree programs, may need to submit additional materials. For example, the Allied Health Professions program requires incoming students to have taken chemistry and biology with a certain grade point average, and the theatre program requires an audition.

Once everything has been submitted, students will need to take placement tests for English and math and meet with an academic advisor to review the placement test scores and develop a curriculum. Students then register for classes, pay their tuition, and buy their books at the NCC campus bookstore.

Financial Aid

Students seeking financial aid should begin by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online at fafsa.gov. This application determines a student’s eligibility for different types of government funding, including grants, loans, and work-study programs. The FAFSA is frequently required for many third-party loan and scholarship applications. In addition to this application, students should also fill out the NCC Financial Aid Information Form, which is available through the Financial Aid Application Process page on the NCC website.

Other sources of funding may include merit-based scholarships and grants from third-party sponsors or from NCC itself. NCC offers many scholarships that have been funded by different sponsors. In most cases, students are automatically considered for these scholarships once they’ve completed NCC’s standard financial aid application process. There is one online form for access to most of these opportunities. Science, math, and technology majors should also consider the National Science Foundation’s SMaRT Scholars Scholarship Opportunity, which offers a full scholarship to a limited number of students in these fields. More information about these and other award opportunities can be found on NCC’s Financial Aid page.

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NCC is unique among community colleges in that it offers on-campus housing. Students can apply for housing in traditional-style residence halls and apartment complexes that are located right on the main campus. Residences include a game room, kitchen, study room, laundry facilities, and special access to on-campus dining. Students who live on campus can easily walk to classes, attend lectures, eat at dining halls, or meet up with friends. It’s a great way to get involved without even leaving the dormitory.

However, all students can participate in the NCC campus life by joining one of the many clubs, which include groups for social activities, sports, special interests, and professional organizations. Specific topics can range from outdoor appreciation and anime to the political science club and the Muslim Student Association. Some groups sponsor events or activities away from the campus, including trips to areas around the country for seminars and conventions. There are also a number of college activities and events throughout the year that are open to the full student body.

Student Enrollment Demographics


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  • Northampton Community College Home. Web. 28 Sept. 2011.

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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 N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 5 0.04

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 102 0.14
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.00
Forcible Rape 17 0.02
Robbery 97 0.13
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 371 0.49
Larceny 1,405 1.87
Vehicle theft 86 0.11

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Bethlehem, PA 18020-7599
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population18,680 (17,931 urban / 749 rural)
Households6,641 (2.71 people per house)
Median Household Income$60,496
Families5,151 (3.11 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge 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 District4217

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1566th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,640 $5,280 $7,920
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,050 $2,820 $4,080
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $123 $270 $400
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 $17,138 $21,548 $25,448
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,986 $22,396 $26,296
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,190 $13,600 $17,500

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,420 $3,570 $7,500 $7,830 $11,130 $11,610
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,400(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,404 $7,676
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,775 $4,000
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,160 $8,648
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,775 $4,000
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,775 $4,000

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 Capacity264
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,556
Board Fee$3,392

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 27 122 218 39 6 1,307 45 1,775
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 5 5 3 31 1 45
Acting 4 4
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 2 2
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 1 3 2 7 13
Athletic Training/Trainer 2 2
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 1 1 33 36
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician 1 1
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 3 21 2 27
Biotechnology 2 6 8
Business Administration and Management, General 1 4 1 25 31
Business/Commerce, General 6 7 13 7 55 1 90
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 2 6 9
Chemistry, General 2 6 8
Child Care Provider/Assistant 14 40 1 135 8 198
Child Care and Support Services Management 2 14 18
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 2 4 6
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 1 1 2 5
Computer Science 4 4
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 1 14 1 17
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 1 1 2 16 1 21
Construction Management 1 1
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 17 16 1 96 5 135
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 2 3 4 41 1 52
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 2 2 1 25 30
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 9 9
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 3 5 46 1 55
Electrician 2 3 1 6
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology 7 7
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 1 2
Engineering, General 1 4 5
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 1
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1 7 10
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 2 2
Fire Services Administration 1 3 4
Food Service, Waiter/Waitress, and Dining Room Management/Manager 1 1
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General 2 2 13 1 18
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 3 1 4
General Studies 2 10 16 3 1 113 2 149
Graphic Design 8 32 1 41
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 1 7 8
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 1 6 7
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician 1 1 5 7
Interior Design 1 2 9 12
Journalism 5 5
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 1 5 6
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary 1 2 3
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1 4 25 30
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 1 2 1 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 11 8 2 68 4 94
Library and Archives Assisting 2 3 5
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 11 6 2 30 49
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 2 3
Mathematics, General 1 1 2 4
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 2 8 36 1 47
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 5 18 1 66 1 92
Medical/Clinical Assistant 5 18 23
Physics, General 2 2
Quality Control Technology/Technician 1 1
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician 1 1 24 27
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 1 1 1 20 1 24
Real Estate
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3 1 10 3 46 3 66
Resort Management 2 1 3
Restaurant/Food Services Management 1 1 7 9
Secondary Education and Teaching 14 14
Social Work 1 4 7 2 17 3 34
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 4 6 1 30 42
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 1 1 14 2 20
Surgical Technology/Technologist 1 1 6 8
Teacher Assistant/Aide 2 2 7 11
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 1 9 1 11
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 2 2 9 13
Welding Technology/Welder 1 13 14

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1964th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,115 ($64,196 male / $60,541 female)
Number of FT Faculty 122 (52 male / 70 female)
Number of PT Faculty 980
FT Faculty Ratio 0.1 : 1
Total Benefits $5,497,984

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