Northwest College

About NWC

Northern Wyoming's quality of life is a big reason people move here and natives stay...and there is no state income tax!

  • Excellent local and regional health care services
  • Superb K-12 public schools-Powell, Cody
  • Fresh air that's clean and clear
  • Lots of sunshine (avg. 300 days/year)
  • Feast-for-the-eyes sunsets
  • Spectacular mountain and desert landscapes
  • Courteous, friendly citizens with a strong work ethic
  • Living in Powell
  • Living in Cody

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Programs & services

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 (59 full time, 51 adjunct) and 135 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, numerous internships, and independent study options. Solid residential life, student development programs, a large international student population and intercultural center, competitive intercollegiate athletics with six NJCAA Division I and two NIRA teams, and more than 40 clubs and organizations close the circle for a lively, truly collegiate atmosphere.

Our Students

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, a center in Cody, and extended campus communities. 

Annual enrollment at Northwest*
  • 1443 credit students
    • 48% study full time
    • 52% part time
    • 78% from Wyoming
    • 18% from other U.S. states
    • 3% from other countries


Our students successfully transfer across the nation to continue their educations, enter the workforce, or return to their jobs with improved skills.

Northwest College Foundation & Alumni

Northwest College Foundation secures and manages private gifts for NWC, supporting student opportunity and enhancing the College’s educational offerings. Through the Alumni Association, the office also facilitates connections with NWC's 24,000+ alumni around the world. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with assets exceeding $50 million. Visit for more.


Human Resources
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