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Northwest Technical College Overview

Northwest Technical College is a public institution situated in Bemidji, Minnesota. The surrounding location of Bemidji is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

What Is Northwest Technical College Known For?

223 Undergraduate Awards
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the undergraduate certificate is the highest award a student can attain at NTC.
  • In 2017-2018, 42% of the faculty were full-time.

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Northwest Technical 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.

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best Value Health Sciences & Services Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Value Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Value Child Development & Family Studies Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Child Development & Family Studies Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Health Sciences & Services Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#49 Best Value Health Professions Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#87 Best Health/Medical Admin Services Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#96 Best Nursing Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#216 Best Health Professions Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards NTC has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#8 Best Value Colleges for Child development College Factual
#39 Best Value Colleges for Human Development & Family Studies College Factual
#41 Best Value Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences College Factual
#47 Best Value Colleges for General Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences College Factual
#52 Best Value Colleges for Health Sciences & Services College Factual
#56 Best Nursing Associate Degree Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is Northwest Technical College?


Contact details for NTC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 905 Grant Avenue Se, Bemidji, MN 56601-4907
Phone: 218-333-6600

How Do I Get Into NTC?

You can apply to NTC online at:

Since Northwest Technical College has an open admissions policy, you should not have any trouble getting into the school as long as you have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Can I Afford Northwest Technical College?

48% Take Out Loans
11.2% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At NTC, approximately 48% of students took out student loans averaging $6,673 a year. That adds up to $26,692 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NTC is 11.2%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Northwest Technical College Undergraduate Student Diversity

231 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 825 undergraduate students at NTC, with 231 being full-time and 594 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 231 full-time undergraduates at NTC, 48% are male and 52% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northwest Technical College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 4
White 191
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 35

Online Learning at Northwest Technical College

444 Took All Classes Online
597 Took At Least One Class Online
-6.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 597 students took at least one online class at the school.

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


This school is the 36th most popular in Minnesota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Growth Rankings of NTC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northwest Technical College was -6.2%. This is the #870 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at NTC regardless of major.

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

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
General Sales & Marketing 60%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 57%
Health Professions 9%
Nursing 8%
Precision Metal Working 33%
Precision Production 33%

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

Major Growth Rate Rank
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants #7
Precision Metal Working #7
Precision Production #10
Industrial Production Technology #21
Quality Control Technology #34
General Sales & Marketing #65
Computer Systems Networking #87
Health Sciences & Services #87
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #120
Business Support & Assistant Services #179
Engineering Technologies #184
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #283
Nursing #350

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 Technical College Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Nursing 0 48 0 48
Health & Medical Administrative Services 18 15 7 40
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 0 15 21 36
Dental Support Services 0 5 11 16
Plumbing & Water Supply 0 0 13 13
Accounting 2 6 2 10
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 0 10 10
Human Development & Family Studies 2 7 0 9
Mental & Social Health Services 9 0 0 9
General Sales & Marketing 1 4 0 5
Health Sciences & Services 0 5 0 5
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 0 0 4 4
Business Administration & Management 0 3 0 3
Human Resource Management 3 0 0 3
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 0 0 3 3
Precision Metal Working 0 0 3 3
Business Support & Assistant Services 0 2 0 2
Industrial Production Technology 1 1 0 2
Computer Systems Networking 0 1 0 1
Information Technology 1 0 0 1
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 0
Building Management & Inspection 0 0 0 0
Carpentry 0 0 0 0
Quality Control Technology 0 0 0 0
Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0
Forestry 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 37 112 74 223


*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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