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Northwest Indian College (external link)

School Name and Address

Contact for more information

Northwest Indian College
2522 Kwina Road
Bellingham, WA 98226
Main telephone 360.676.2772
Website https://www.nwic.edu/ (external link)
Other sites The college operates sites at several tribal locations in Washington and one in Idaho. See https://www.nwic.edu/nwic-sites/ (external link) for more information.

General Information

General information

Public or private Public
Type of school 2-year college
School also offers three bachelor's degree programs.
School classification Tribal Colleges and Universities
Date founded 1978
Degrees offered Certificate or diploma, Associate, Bachelor's
School accreditation Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
School mascot Eagle

School setting

Setting Small town-rural area (not within commuting distance of a large city)
Closest major metropolitan area Seattle
Population of city the school is in 80,055
Campus size 5 acres
County Whatcom

School visits

Contact to set up school visit Adam Lane, Recruiter; 360.255.4410; adaml@nwic.edu

Student Body


Total number of undergraduate students 609
Total enrollment 609

Out-of-state students

Percentage of students from out of state 17%

Age of students

Percentage of students 25 or older 54%

Costs (external link)

Annual costs for full-time undergraduate students
(Costs are for the 2019-2020 academic year. Full-time costs are based on 36 credits per year.)

In-state tuition $4,032
Out-of-state tuition $11,124
Books and supplies $1,032
Room and board (live on campus)* $3,325
* Room and board costs may vary by housing facility and number of meals in meal plan
Cost information website https://www.nwic.edu/life-on-campus/enrollment/ (external link)
Resident tuition rates apply only to students with tribal certification or non-resident students who meet the following criteria: demonstrated Indian ancestry and live on or near an Indian reservation; spouse or dependent of a resident student; employee of Northwest Indian College or tribal agency within the NWIC service area; and spouse or dependent of Northwest Indian College or tribal agency employee within the NWIC service area.

Tuition refund policy

Prorated based on date of withdrawal.

Tuition waivers available to

Hardship waivers (one time only and reviewed on a case-by-case basis)

Financial Aid (external link)

Contact for counseling or more information

Financial Aid
Financial aid office website https://www.nwic.edu/life-on-campus/financial-resources/ (external link)

Applying for financial aid

Submit these forms FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), school's financial aid form
Application deadline (for fall term) April 20

Financial aid programs at this school

Need-based scholarships and grants
Federal Pell Grants
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Privately-sponsored scholarships and grants
School-sponsored scholarships and grants
State-sponsored scholarships and grants
Student employment
Work study
Veteran's benefits
Veteran's benefits, such as the GI Bill, are honored

Admissions (external link)

Contact for more information

Office of Admissions
866.676.2772, ext. 4269 or ext. 4273
Admissions office website https://www.nwic.edu/life-on-campus/admissions/ (external link)
Electronic application website http://www.nwic.edu/content/admissions (external link)

Entrance difficulty

For incoming students Open (virtually all applicants are accepted)
Groups receiving preferential admission (first or special consideration) Native Americans

Application dates

Admission is available Summer quarter, fall quarter, winter quarter, and spring quarter
Fall* application deadline Continuous
Notification date for fall admission applicants Continuous
Fall transfer application deadline Continuous
Notification date for fall transfer applicants Continuous
* Application dates for winter, spring, or summer term admission are likely to be different.

Application requirements

Online application available http://www.nwic.edu/content/admissions (external link)
Application fee $10
Submit these items:
Application Required for all students
High school transcript or GED certificate Required for all students

Transfer student admissions

Admission requirements Students transferring courses from another Regionally Accredited institution must fill out a Transfer Evaluation Request and have an Official Transcript sent to the Admissions Office in a sealed envelope. Students must have received a grade no lower than a "C-" and the course must be college level (100 level or above). For any further questions, please contact Admissions.

Academics (external link) (PDF file)

Degrees offered

Certificate or diploma

School catalog

School catalog website https://www.nwic.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/CATALOG-2019-2021.pdf (external link) (PDF file)
Academic index website https://www.nwic.edu/life-on-campus/degrees-and-certificates/ (external link)

Faculty and instruction

Academic calendar Quarters
Student faculty ratio 13:1

Graduation requirements

Required number of credits for an associate degree 92 credits
All students must meet:
Core curriculum or school-wide requirements
Math or science requirement

Attendance options

On-line/distance learning
Part time
Summer school

Optional academic programs

Student-designed major

Off-campus study

Study abroad available

Alternative credit opportunities

Cooperative education
External degree program (earn credits through options that require little or no classroom attendance)
Service learning programs


Computers on campus for student use
Computer lab available to students
Computer network can be accessed from dorm rooms


Main library name Lummi Library
Number of books and documents in libraries 30,000

Sports (external link)

Intercollegiate and intramural sports available

Intercollegiate Intramural
Sport Men Women Men Women
Basketball Yes Yes
$ indicates scholarships offered. For intercollegiate sports, the division is given when that information is available. “Yes” is used if a sport is offered, but the school has not specified the division. “Club” indicates intercollegiate competition is at the club level. For intramural sports, “Yes” indicates a sport is available.

Athletic association membership

Sports website URL https://www.nwic.edu/life-on-campus/athletics/ (external link)

Student Life (external link)

Student activities

Choral groups
Drama or theater groups
Student government

Clubs and associations

Student clubs and associations website https://www.nwic.edu/life-on-campus/ (external link)

Housing (external link)

Contact for more information

Office of Residence Life
Housing office website https://www.nwic.edu/life-on-campus/student-housing/ (external link)

Campus housing

School owns or operates housing
Housing availability for first year students Priority for housing
Housing application deadline August 15th (fall quarter)
Application deposit $200; $175 is refundable
Drug test and background check are required within 15 days of occupancy.

Student Services

Academic services for all students

Academic advising
Remedial education courses

Health and legal services available on campus for all students

Psychological counseling

Other services for all students

Placement testing

Services for women and families

Early Learning Center
Child daycare available on campus Yes

Educational programs (external link)

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