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NorthWest Arkansas Community College Overview

NorthWest Arkansas Community College is a public institution situated in Bentonville, Arkansas. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is NorthWest Arkansas Community College Known For?

1,591 Undergraduate Awards
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the associate's degree is the highest award a student can attain at NWACC.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 33% of the faculty were full-time.

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NorthWest Arkansas Community College Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

NWACC has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#60 Most Popular Online Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#149 Most Popular Online Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#293 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#295 Most Popular Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at NWACC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value General Business/Commerce Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Hospitality Management Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Value Entrepreneurial Studies Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Value General Sales & Marketing Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Value Health Sciences & Services Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Liberal Arts General Studies Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Value Business Administration & Management Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#82 Best Value Health Professions Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is NorthWest Arkansas Community College?

Location of NorthWest Arkansas Community College

Contact details for NWACC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One College Drive, Bentonville, AR 72712-5091
Phone: 479-986-4000

How Do I Get Into NWACC?

You can apply to NWACC online at:

NorthWest Arkansas Community College has an open admissions policy, so you don't have to worry about getting into the school if you have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Can I Afford NorthWest Arkansas Community College?

13% Take Out Loans
13.8% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At NWACC, approximately 13% of students took out student loans averaging $3,924 a year. That adds up to $15,696 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NWACC is 13.8%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,475 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,383 undergraduate students at NWACC, with 2,475 being full-time and 5,908 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  NWACC

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,475 full-time undergraduates at NWACC, 42% are male and 58% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  NWACC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of NorthWest Arkansas Community College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of NWACC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 77
Black or African American 50
Hispanic or Latino 650
White 1,440
International Students 66
Other Races/Ethnicities 192

Over 40 countries are represented at NWACC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and China.

Online Learning at NorthWest Arkansas Community College

1,334 Took All Classes Online
3,552 Took At Least One Class Online
7.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 3,552 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at NWACC has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 6th most popular in Arkansas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of NWACC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at NorthWest Arkansas Community College was 7.0%. This is the #1,519 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at NWACC regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of NWACC majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Engineering Technologies 24%
General Business/Commerce 18%
Health Professions 13%
Health Sciences & Services 18%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 19%
Liberal Arts General Studies 19%
Natural Resources & Conservation 50%
Natural Resources Conservation 50%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at NWACC ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at NWACC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants #9
Environmental Control Technology #15
Natural Resources Conservation #18
Natural Resources & Conservation #23
Engineering Technologies #95
General Business/Commerce #113
Criminal Justice & Corrections #255
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #291
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #316
Liberal Arts General Studies #316

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 585 158 743
Health Sciences & Services 80 0 85 165
Business Administration & Management 0 119 0 119
Nursing 0 75 0 75
Culinary Arts 25 26 21 72
Dental Support Services 33 0 12 45
General Business/Commerce 0 31 8 39
Allied Health Professions 5 23 6 34
Human Development & Family Studies 28 0 2 30
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 30 0 0 30
Criminal Justice & Corrections 18 7 5 30
Construction Engineering Technology 9 10 10 29
Design & Applied Arts 13 9 4 26
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 3 13 7 23
Computer Information Systems 0 18 0 18
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 17 0 17
General Agriculture 0 15 0 15
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 7 7 14
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 8 5 13
Legal Support Services 0 11 0 11
Fire Protection 4 5 0 9
Electronics Engineering Technology 2 6 0 8
Environmental Control Technology 1 6 0 7
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 4 0 4
General Sales & Marketing 0 0 3 3
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 3 0 0 3
Plant Sciences 2 0 0 2
Accounting 0 0 2 2
Hospitality Management 1 0 1 2
Natural Resources Conservation 1 0 1 2
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 1 1
Other Agriculture 0 0 0 0
Taxation 0 0 0 0
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 0 0 0 0
Plumbing & Water Supply 0 0 0 0
Teaching Assistants 0 0 0 0
Other Homeland Security 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 258 995 338 1,591


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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