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Western Nevada College Overview

Located in Carson City, Nevada, Western Nevada College is a public institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Western Nevada College Known For?

1,315 Undergraduate Awards
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the bachelor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at WNC.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.

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Western Nevada College Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Ethnic, Culture & Gender Studies Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Ethnic Studies Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Most Popular American Sign Language Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Most Popular Ethnic Studies Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Most Popular General Physical Sciences Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Most Popular Physical Sciences Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Most Popular Foreign Languages & Linguistics Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Most Popular Ethnic, Culture & Gender Studies Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

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

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Deaf Studies Associate Degree Schools College Factual
#1 Best Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Associate Degree Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#1 Best Ethnic Studies Associate Degree Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#24 Best Value Colleges for Ethnic Studies College Factual
#25 Best Value Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies College Factual
#26 Best Value Colleges for Physical Sciences College Factual

Where Is Western Nevada College?

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Contact details for WNC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2201 West College Parkway, Carson City, NV 89703-7399
Phone: 775-445-3000

How Do I Get Into WNC?

You can apply to WNC online at: https://wnc.edu/wnc-application/

Since Western Nevada 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 Western Nevada College?

2% Take Out Loans
21.3% 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 WNC, approximately 2% of students took out student loans averaging $3,789 a year. That adds up to $15,156 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WNC is 21.3%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

Western Nevada College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,175 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,495 undergraduate students at WNC, with 1,175 being full-time and 2,320 being part-time.

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Gender Diversity

Of the 1,175 full-time undergraduates at WNC, 38% are male and 62% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Western Nevada College students is as follows.

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 24
Black or African American 11
Hispanic or Latino 325
White 654
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 161

Geographic Diversity

Nevada students aren't the only ones who study at Western Nevada College. At this time, 2 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 4 countries are represented at WNC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Australia, Brazil, and United Kingdom.

Online Learning at Western Nevada College

1,562 Took All Classes Online
2,548 Took At Least One Class Online
42.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 2,548 students took at least one online class at the school.

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

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This school is the 3rd most popular in Nevada for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of WNC

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Western Nevada College was $3,548 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $11,025. The following table shows how WNC is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Business, Management & Marketing #22 #56
Business Administration & Management #22 #64

Online Growth Rankings of WNC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Western Nevada College was 42.0%. This is the #746 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at WNC regardless of major.

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

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 29%
American Sign Language 50%
Business Administration & Management 39%
Business, Management & Marketing 40%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 8%
Design & Applied Arts 13%
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 50%
General Business/Commerce 63%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 8%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 1%
Liberal Arts General Studies 1%
Real Estate 36%
Visual & Performing Arts 13%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at WNC 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 WNC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
American Sign Language #4
General Sales & Marketing #14
Design & Applied Arts #14
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #28
Visual & Performing Arts #34
General Business/Commerce #87
Information Technology #104
Accounting #175
Criminal Justice & Corrections #213
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #232
Liberal Arts General Studies #232
Computer & Information Sciences #282
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #283
Business Administration & Management #500

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%.

Western Nevada College Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 386 0 0 386
Construction 228 0 0 0 228
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 134 0 0 0 134
General Physical Sciences 0 112 0 0 112
Allied Health Professions 110 0 0 0 110
Precision Metal Working 87 5 3 0 95
Nursing 0 53 0 0 53
Industrial Production Technology 25 7 1 0 33
Business Administration & Management 0 28 0 0 28
Real Estate 22 0 0 0 22
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 15 2 2 0 19
Ethnic Studies 0 13 0 0 13
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 13 0 0 13
American Sign Language 1 0 11 0 12
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 10 0 0 0 10
General Business/Commerce 0 5 3 0 8
Design & Applied Arts 0 6 2 0 8
Accounting 0 3 4 0 7
Computer Information Systems 0 7 0 0 7
Computer Systems Networking 4 0 3 0 7
Building Management & Inspection 0 0 0 5 5
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 4 0 4
Special Education 0 1 0 0 1
General Sales & Marketing 0 0 0 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 0 0 0
Carpentry 0 0 0 0 0
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 0 0 0 0 0
Other Construction 0 0 0 0 0
Plumbing & Water Supply 0 0 0 0 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 0 0 0
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanics & Repairers 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 636 641 33 5 1,315

References

*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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