Northwest Shoals Community College Muscle Shoals

Northwest Shoals Community College Muscle Shoals

Northwest Shoals Community College is located in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, United States. It was established in the year 1993 with the merger of Shoals Community College and Northwest Alabama Community College. The college also offers classes in another campus in Phil Campbell, Alabama, United States. Northwest Shoals Community College enrolls more than 5,000 students on an annual basis. It provides degrees and certificate programs in various areas of study including electronics, mathematics, and computer information systems.

The athletic teams of Northwest Shoals Community College are known as the Patriots. They participate in sports such as basketball, baseball, softball, cross country, golf, tennis, and volleyball. There are also numerous on-campus clubs and organizations that students can join including Phi Theta Kappa, Circle K, Patriots for Christ, Student Government Association, and College Bowl Team.

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Northwest Shoals Community College-Muscle Shoals
800 George Wallace Blvd
Muscle Shoals , AL 35661
General Phone: (256) 331-5200

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NWSCC Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts138liberal arts and sciences, general studies, interdisciplinary studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine92EMT paramedic, registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Office and Administration29administrative assistant
Mechanics and Repair25industrial electronics tech, industrial mechanics, autobody repair, automobile mechanics
Production Trades25machine shop assistant, welding, cabinetmaking
Construction Trades22carpentry, electrician
Engineering Technician19HVAC tech, energy systems tech, water quality and recycling tech, environmental engineering tech, drafting
Computer Science and Engineering18computer and info science
Beauty and Cosmetology16cosmetology, personal grooming
Family and Social Work15child care management
Security and Law Enforcement14criminal justice and police, fire services administration
Business and Management4business management, accounting technology
Science and Laboratory Technician1radiologic tech, chemical tech

Number of programs and degrees for NWSCC in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year7117
Associate's degree28813
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years5912

NWSCC Student Body

In 2007-2008, NWSCC had a total enrollment of 3,678 students (2,833 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 85%
Black 11%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 9%
18-19 32%
20-21 19%
22-24 11%
25-29 9%
30-34 7%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown3%

NWSCC Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 57 %
Part-Time 35 %

NWSCC Room and Board (2007)

NWSCC offers campus housing for 76 of its 2,833 (full-time) students.

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

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

NWSCC Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,895
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 5,025
Room and board $ 1,675
Room charge $ 1,600
Books and supplies $ 1,190
Other expenses $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
NWSCC participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 569700)

NWSCC Faculty

NWSCC has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track119

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankacademic year45$55,07947$49,935
All faculty totalacademic year45$55,07947$49,935

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

NWSCC Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports84553

NWSCC Degree Programs (2007)

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Arts, Other
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Construction Trades

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
Heating/AC/Refrigeration Technology/Technician
Water Quality & Wastewater Treatment Mgmt & Recycling Tech

Family And Social Work
Child Care and Support Services Management

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Mechanics And Repair
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Production Trades
Cabinetmaking and Millwork/Millwright
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant
Welding Technology/Welder

Science And Laboratory Technician
Chemical Technology/Technician
Industrial Radiologic Technology/Technician

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Fire Services Administration

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NWSCC Highlights

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What Sets NWSCC Apart:

% students on athletic fin. aid
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 15%NWSCC % students on athletic fin. aid
% of degrees in office and administration
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 16%NWSCC % of degrees in office and administration
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 16%NWSCC Dorm rooms per full-time student
Number of degree programs
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 17%NWSCC Number of degree programs
% of degrees in beauty and cosmetology
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 17%NWSCC % of degrees in beauty and cosmetology
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%NWSCC Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Number of students
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Top 19%NWSCC Number of students
% of degrees in liberal arts
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%NWSCC % of degrees in liberal arts

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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