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Northampton County Area Community College

Also known as Northampton Community College

3835 Green Pond Rd, Bethlehem, PA

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About
Northampton Community College, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1967 and was originally known as Northampton County Area Community College. The school also maintains a second campus in Pocono Township as well as multiple satellite locations in Hawley, Bartonsville, and Mount Pocono. The school serves over 11,000 students annually, yer maintains a relatively low student to teacher ratio allowing for more direct attention and assistance from instructors. The school was establishment through the encouragement of local businesses and community leaders who desired workforce training opportunities and local post-secondary education options to be available for residents.

Academics
Northampton Community College offers a variety of programs and services in order to meet the needs of the residents of its service area. Academic transfer offer a curriculum that mirrors the first two years of a four year program, after which students may apply to a four year college or university in order to continue their education and earn a bachelor's degree. Transfer to four year institutions in Pennsylvania are facilitated through agreements in place that ease requirements for admission, though individuals wishing to transfer to private or out of state schools should meet with a counselor to discuss transfer and curriculum options due to varying requirements.

Career training programs offer students an education in a high demand field or industry with the purpose of assisting them with entry into the workforce as qualified professionals. Students will participate in traditional and practical courses as  defined by the program curriculum, with practical courses providing training and development in a controlled environment under the supervision of professionals. These programs take between one and two years to complete, and give the student an associate degree or certificate which demonstrates competency upon graduation.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Individuals interested in attending Northampton Community College may do so if they are a high school graduate or at least eighteen years of age.Completion of the application for admission and payment of associated fees is required for enrollment. Students are also asked to supply transcripts and test scores if available, and may be required to take a placement exam prior to registration. Participation in new student orientation and a meeting with a counselor to discuss program enrollment and curriculum prior to the selection of courses is also encouraged.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information provided by which will be used by the school's financial aid department to determine the extent of a given student's need and their aid program eligibility when constructing his or her financial aid packet. Aid must be applied for prior to each academic year and it is recommended that the application be completed in a timely fashion.

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Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,100. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $25 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $2,600-$3,100
    • Out-of-State: $7,700-$9,180
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • In-State: $120-$140 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $390-$460 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid65%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships53%$4,868
Receiving Student Loans25%$4,514

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 10%.

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Northampton County Area Community College may offer services to students like:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Child care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for this school compared to community colleges located in Pennsylvania, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.

 Northampton Community CollegeNorthampton CountyPennsylvania
Graduation Rate21.0%-20.6%
Transfer-out Rate23.2%-24.9%

Popular Transfer-Out Colleges & Universities

The list of colleges below are popular among students transferring out of Northampton County Area Community College. Visit the following school profiles to get admissions information, including admissions requirements and contact information:

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Funeral Service Education Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation (since 1980)
  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1971)
  • Radiology Technician Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1976)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
  • Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1979)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

  • Architectural Engineering Technology (A)
  • Cad Drafting (A)
  • Electromechanical Engineering and Technology (A, C)
  • Electrical and Communications Engineering Technology (A)
  • Quality Control Technology (A)

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

Legal Professions and Studies

  • Paralegal (A)
  • Legal Administrative Assistant (A)

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Library Science

  • Library Assistant (C)

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

Physical Sciences

Precision Production

Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Science Technology

  • Chemical Technology (A)
  • Biology Technician, Biotechnology Laboratory Technician (C)

Security and Protective Services

Visual and Performing Arts

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