Iowa Western Community College, located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, was founded in 1967, though planning for the school began in 1964. The school was established to meet the growing educational needs of the community, and its founding was authorized by seven counties. When determining where campuses should be located, the addition of Clarinda Junior College, founded in 1923 and known for its liberal arts curriculum, to the new school was approved, serving as one of the campuses with a new one to be built in Council Bluffs. Since its establishment the school has expanded, offering additional centers to its service area to maximize its offerings and services. Currently the school offers over eighty programs of study to a student body of over 5,500 annually.
Iowa Western Community College offers a large variety of career and technical programs as well as liberal arts programs aimed at academic transfer. Career and technical programs allow students to learn the skills and abilities for a particular field, preparing them for entry into the workforce as a professional. These programs are designed for students looking to sustain long term careers, and as a result provide theoretical and practical education, allowing students to implement methodologies and techniques learned in the classroom to real world settings through controlled environments. Programs take between one and two years to complete resulting in a certificate or diploma and allow the student to pursue a career starting at the entry level after graduation.
Academic transfer is achieved by completing the first two years of a bachelor's degree at IWCC, followed by applying to a college or university to transfer earned credits and complete the final two years of study. Every school has its own requirements for transfer and as a result it is recommended that students wishing to follow this track to meet with a counselor to discuss goals and develop a curriculum that best meets the transfer requirements of the student's desired school or schools.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
IWCC is an open enrollment institution that allows any student that wished to enroll to do so by meeting the minimum requirements for admission, submitting a completed application and paying all associated fees. Students should also provide transcripts and standardized test scores, and the absence of one or both may require the student to take a placement exam prior to registration. New students are encouraged to participate in orientation in order to familiarize themselves with the campus and policies, as well as to meet with a counselor to discuss goals, program enrollment and curriculum.
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 from which will be used by the financial aid office to determine a student's financial needs and aid program eligibility. Aid must be applied for prior to the start of each academic year and students may be chosen at random to provide additional information regarding their finances to be compared to their FAFSA in order to ensure its accuracy. This is due to new regulations by the federal government regarding the disbursement and acceptance of financial aid.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $9,700. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition estimates per year:
- State Residents: $4,800-$5,700
- Out-of-State: $4,900-$5,914
- Charges for part-time students are:
- In-State: $160-$200 per unit
- Out-of-State: $170-$200 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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||93%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||93%||$4,378|
|Receiving Student Loans||83%||$5,535|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and alumni, Iowa Western Community College may provide services like:
- Online classes
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Remedial courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Day 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 Iowa Western Community College compared to community colleges in Iowa, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.
|Iowa Western Community College||Pottawattamie County||Iowa|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dental Assistant Program
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1967)
- Dental Hygienist Program
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1998)
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.
Get more information about the programs offered by Iowa Western Community College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Iowa Western Community College.
- Southwestern Community College in Creston, IA (75 miles away)
- Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, IA (88 miles away)
- Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, IA (117 miles away)
- Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, IA (132 miles away)
- Central Community College in Grand Island, NE (146 miles away)