Northern Wyoming's quality of life is a big reason people move here and natives stay...and there is no state sales tax!
Northwest is a comprehensive community college with a historical emphasis on diverse transfer programs, select technical programs featuring strong general education components, and total-student development services. General and developmental education are institutional strengths. Top quality education and exceptional student services — Northwest hallmarks — are delivered by a devoted faculty (77 full time, 69 adjunct) and 167 administrative, professional and classified staff.
The Northwest experience features personal attention from faculty in small class settings (12:1 student-to-faculty ratio) and extraordinary learning opportunities outside the traditional classroom — international study/travel; student produced literary art magazine, print/online newspaper, webcast, NWC-TV, and KNWT-Radio; numerous internships; and independent study options. Solid residential life, student development programs, a large international student population and planned intercultural center, competitive intercollegiate athletics with six NJCAA Division I and two NIRA teams, and more than 60 clubs and organizations close the circle for a lively, truly collegiate atmosphere.
Northwest's state-mandated service area comprises three rural counties in Wyoming's beautiful Big Horn Basin where about 49,000 people live in 16 communities. The college delivers credit, adult education, workforce training, and continuing education classes at the main campus in Powell, centers in Cody and Worland, and extended campus communities. Delivery methods are on-site, Internet, and interactive television.
Annual enrollment at Northwest*
- 1754 credit students
- 56% study full time
- 44% part time
- 77% from Wyoming
- 19% from other U.S. states
- 3% from other countries
* FALL 2015 STATISTICS
Our students successfully transfer across the nation to continue their educations, enter the workforce, or return to their jobs with improved skills.
1st - Best Business Tax Climate (Business Facilities Magazine, 2012)
5th - U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2012 "Top 10 Next Boom States"
Low property taxes and low unemployment rate
No state income tax
$500 million endowed, merit-based higher ed scholarship fund