Northwest Indian College

Northwest Indian College

Northwest Indian College, NWIC, was founded as the Lummi Indian School of Aquaculture in 1973. It was chartered as the Lummi Community College in 1983, but came to be known as Northwest Indian College on January 20, 1989. The main campus of NWIC is located on the Lummi Indian Reservation in Bellingham, Washington. The college also operates a number of outreach campuses in Washington, and Idaho.

Northwest Indian College offers associate's degree programs in arts, science, and technical arts. Bachelor's degrees are also awarded in native environmental science. In addition, NWIC provides certificate programs and distance learning opportunities.

The athletics department of NWIC fields teams in various intramural and club sports like cross country, basketball, volleyball, softball, bowling, and football. Students also publish a newsletter called the "NWIC Monthly". Apart from this, Northwest Indian College is home to several student organizations like the American Indian Business Leaders, AISES, Language and Culture Club, Art Club, Phi Theta Kappa-Beta Theta Beta Chapter, and the Associated Students of Northwest Indian College Executive Board.

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Contacting Northwest Indian College

Northwest Indian College
2522 Kwina Rd
Bellingham , WA 98226-9217
General Phone: (360) 676-2772

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Northwest Indian College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts46Native American studies, liberal arts and humanities, interdisciplinary studies
Therapy and Counseling2substance abuse counseling
Mechanics and Repair2computer repair
Science0physical sciences
Education and Teaching0early childhood education

Number of programs and degrees for Northwest Indian College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years15
Associate's degree497
Award of less than 1 academic year01

Northwest Indian College Student Body

Northwest Indian College is a tribal college.

In 2007-2008, Northwest Indian College had a total enrollment of 584 students (586 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 9%
Black 1%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 83%
Unknown 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 10%
20-21 9%
22-24 10%
25-29 14%
30-34 10%
35-39 11%
40-49 17%
50-64 15%
65+ 3%

Northwest Indian College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 41 %
Part-Time 33 %

Northwest Indian College Room and Board (2007)

Northwest Indian College offers campus housing for 60 of its 586 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Bellingham, Washington for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Washington Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Northwest Indian College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,646
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 2,646
Room and board $ 8,550
Books and supplies $ 896
Other expenses $ 3,650

Financial Aid:
Northwest Indian College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 2180000)

Northwest Indian College Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track148

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year14$32,2628$32,408
All faculty totalacademic year14$32,2628$32,408

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Northwest Indian College Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports011

Northwest Indian College Degree Programs (2007)

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching

Liberal Arts
American Indian/Native American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Mechanics And Repair
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician

Physical Sciences

Therapy And Counseling
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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