Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs, IA

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Iowa Western Community College offers 165-degree programs and 39 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1. 1 high safety campus. 45.6% are women, and 54.4% are men. 3% percents of international students. Iowa Western Community College is a member of 2 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Iowa Western Community College is 10392$, that is at the level of national average. Total price of living is between $9634 and $17238 per year. 18% of full-time Iowa Western Community College students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $32,500, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Iowa Western Community College is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Iowa Western Community College students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$8,539
$30,001 - $48,000$8,647
$48,001 - $75,000$10,983
$75,001 - $110,000$12,897



  • Typical room charge for academic year: -

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: 8140


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


3378 of Iowa Western Community College undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 52 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Iowa Western Community College number 27 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Iowa.

Students at Iowa Western Community College awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a federal, state, local or institutional grant aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Iowa Western Community College.


ROTC - Army

ROTC - Air Force

Weekend/evening college

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)

Graduation Rate


Iowa Western Community College graduation rate is below the national average.

18% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Iowa Western Community College completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare institutions.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Iowa Western Community College is 17:1, that means that for every 17 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Iowa Western Community College the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Iowa Western Community College and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Iowa.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 2700 College Rd Box 4C address in Council Bluffs, Iowa.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Iowa Western Community College with 0.9% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, aggravated assault, and robbery.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Iowa Western Community College offers 165 programs in total: 87 are for Associate's degree, 39 - for less than 1-year certificate programs, and 39 are 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 92 universities in Iowa state. Iowa Western Community College is one of the few institutions in Iowa that offers a less than 1-year certificate program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 39 distance education programs that are provided in the Iowa Western Community College: 24 are for Associate's degree, 9 - for 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs and 6 are less than 1-year certificate programs.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Iowa state average data to help you compare.


Iowa Western Community College provides coursework for undergraduate students оnly.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 4958 students with 148736 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Iowa Western Community College

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I was an international exchange student at IWCC in january 1998 trough june 1999, It was a wonderful place to stay, good teachers and nice people ... Thanks for everything Iowans

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I have very mixed feelings about this school. I am currently attending and have had made several changes to my academic program attempting to find what i like.With that being said; about 50% of the teachers are only part time teachers which ended up with 50% of my classes being cancelled, 75% of the time the teachers were late, unprepared, and uneducated on the online portion of the class (which was REQUIRED). I frequently taught myself the content and received little help when i did need to ask for it.Every time i was interested in changing my major, i would talk to the main adviser in the student center to make sure classes would help me and not hurt and make sure i was set up WEEKS in advance. Towards the end of the FALL 2018 semester i was made aware that a class i recently took would no longer help me and i would need to take the higher level of it. So i signed up for the winter classes to get it over with. Then received an email two days AFTER the deadline to get tuition back that i really don't need that class at all. It took my professor and new adviser 7 days to return two separate emails and a voice mail to only be told i was told to contact the wrong person and now must wait until winter break is over to even try and get in contact with someone who MIGHT help me.There are some great teachers there who deserve an award but you can tell the school is most focused on you graduating with a degree from there. Most people are attending here to transfer to a university so here is my advice for those : CONTACT YOUR UNIVERSITY BEFORE YOU ATTEND HERE MOST OF THE CLASSES YOU NEED TO GRADUATE FROM IWCC WILL END UP MEANING NOTHING WHEN YOU TRANSFER TO A LARGER COLLEGE!

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Nice and caring faculty, pretty big campus. So far so good, let's see you keep it up...

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I was a student here in 2013/2014. after being assaulted at another college I decided to move on and re attend a new college. I alerted the staff at Iowa western about the assaults and etc. but they dismissed the reports and a semester or two later the students who assaulted me and possibly raped me were able to attended and move into the same dorm's as I was staying in.The college placed about a $3000 Bill on my account after being injured and being forced to move out for medical reasons. I have a compressed spine and possible hip damage.I would like to have this college pay for all the medical and damages which is well over $100,000 now in medical costs. I have tried working with the staff at this college over this bill with no obvious discharge of the Bill.I would consider this college a real Sanctuary city, not Illegal Immigrant wise, the other kind who allow students with Obvious criminal Backgrounds to attend and live on campus.

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Good teachers that care, but I had to send and resend papers to prove my divorce and I enrolled in classes knowing I was approved for financial aid. But they didn't do their part so it was never applied and I even kept emailing finaciql aid office for her to tell me again I had to send papers for my divorce which I did and It shows them on file but they never did anything with my student loans. So therefore I never got my books so I dropped classes before the deadline now they are trying to tell me I owe them 2000 dollars. Which I emailed about a week ago and they haven't returned my email. So lame.

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Location & Website

Address: 2700 College Rd

Place: Associate's--Public Suburban-serving Multicampus

Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +7123253200

Institution is active in current year: 1

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