North Lake College


Established in 1977, North Lake College is a Dallas Community College District Community College, located in Las Colinas, Irving, Texas. With around 8,000 enrolled credit students and 4,000 continuing education students, this lively campus has grown considerably since it first opened its doors. The campus sits on 276 acres along N. MacArthur Boulevard. Campus features include a performance hall, college library, gymnasium, an Olympic-sized covered natatorium, three satellite campuses, and a 10,000 square foot workforce development center. Campuses include the North Campus for freshman and sophomore academic transfer courses, the West Campus on the grounds of the DFW International Airport in a joint educational enterprise with NLC and the Construction Education Foundation, and the South Campus where students pursue two-year associate degrees, certificates, GEDs, and career and cultural activities and programs.

Students at North Lake College may elect form 24 degrees, and 50 certificates in career educational programs. North Lake College students may be awarded associate in arts, associate in sciences and associate in applied sciences degrees. Students may elect to study in one of the teaching and learning centers areas of specialization, including business & information technology, construction technology, liberal arts, math sciences & sport sciences, nursing, and visual & performing arts. Additionally, North Lake offers students a core curriculum of courses which are guaranteed transfer acceptance by all public colleges and universities in the state of Texas. Exciting degree and certificate granting programs include logistics technology, real estate, computer science, video game development, hospitality management, construction management and technology, plumbing and pipefitting, electrical technology, foreign languages, teacher preparation, social sciences, natural sciences, nursing, physical education, nursing, computer graphics, and journalism. North Lake College offers busy students a range of study options, not only regularly scheduled classroom courses.

Students may elect to participate in distance learning, where television, computer, telephone, and internet technology is used by students and instructors. Some courses may include a minor amount of on-campus instruction. Field studies students have the opportunity to travel in learn in places like Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Hawaii as they participate in real life experiential programs. NLC Learning Communities give students the chance to form life connections between subjects in a collaborative classroom environment, and offer course titles like ancient voices, exploring new frontiers in modern American history and literature, the psychology of politics and how to make your life a good read.

North Lake College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees.

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Information Summary

Ranks 155th in Texas and 2730th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 54.4
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $3,770
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 17 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 62% / 51%
Enrollment Total (all students) 11,512


North Lake College maintains an open door admissions policy. Students must be over 18, or have a high school diploma or GED certificate. Prospective students must first fill out the application for admission, international students are welcome to apply. Required documents include high school transcripts, a copy of a diploma or GED certificate, and any applicable transcripts from other colleges or universities. Evidence of residency status may be asked for upon application, and will make a difference in the price of student tuition payments.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to North Lake students in the form of grants, scholarships, work-study programs and student loans. Students may qualify for Texas Public Education Grants of up to $500 if enrolled in career or occupation-related courses. All students interested in receiving financial aid should begin by filling out the FAFSA online. Currently students may apply for the Dallas County Community Colleges Foundation, Inc. Rising Star Scholarship Program by visiting the financial aid office, where the students qualifications will be analyzed, and if eligible, a scholarship application distributed. Students may also be interested in private scholarships including but not limited to the Hogar de Dallas scholarship, the Peters Scholarship Fund, and the College for All Texans scholarships.

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Students at North Lake participate in over 25 student campus clubs. The art gallery at NLC features a new exhibit each month, and the campus holds many theatre and dance programs and special activities throughout the year. The Student Life Center helps gets students involved in campus life with opportunities to see and meet artists, musicians, writers, performers, an motivational speakers. Activities build educational, social, recreational and cultural awareness, like International Day, Hispanic Heritage Day, Lunar New Year celebration, Field day activities, talent night, and Student Leadership workshops.

Student clubs and organizations also help students get involved on campus. Clubs and organizations include but are not limited to the NLC ice skating club, the rising star club, the photography club, the speech club, the universal knowledge club, the student nurses association, the student Muslim association, and the jazz club. Students may also choose to participate in campus and community service learning activities, or in the North Lake College Student Government Association.

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The North Lake College blue & white Blazers compete within the Metro Athletic Conference under NCJAA Division III. North Lake College Athletics fields sports teams in men’s baseball and basketball, and women’s volleyball and soccer.

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