Western Nevada College

Western Nevada College

Western Nevada College is a public community college, which was originally known as the Western Nevada Community College. It was established in 1971, and after being granted approval by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents, the name was changed to Western Nevada College in July of 2007. The college's campuses are located in:

  • Carson City
  • Fallon
  • Minden

Apart from these 3 campuses, WNC also has centers in:

  • Fernley
  • Hawthorne
  • Lovelock
  • Smith Valley
  • Yerington

WNC offers a number of associate degrees and certificate programs in areas of study like business and computer technology, communications and fine arts, technology, nursing and allied health, science, mathematics, engineering, social science, education, humanities and public service.

Western Nevada College's athletics teams are known as the Wildcats. They participate in sports like baseball and softball. Its baseball team has won a number of conference and district championships.

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Western Nevada College
2201 West College Parkway
Carson City , NV 89703-7399
General Phone: (775) 445-3000

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Western Nevada College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts229American Sign Language, liberal arts and sciences, general studies
Business and Management63business, business management, accounting, accounting technology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine50registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Security and Law Enforcement18corrections, criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and police, corrections and criminal justice
Medical Support and Technology13surgical tech
Computer Science and Engineering10computer and info science, computer programming, computer networking
Education and Teaching7education of hearing impaired
Construction Trades7building inspection and management, construction trades
Law7legal assistant
Family and Social Work6child care provider
Science6biophysics, geology, physics
Science and Laboratory Technician5science tech
Art Studies3art studies
Production Trades3machinist, welding
Real Estate and Construction Management3real estate
Mechanics and Repair2automobile mechanics
Photography and Commercial Art2commercial art
Medical Administration2medical records tech
Engineering Technician2electronics tech, drafting
Music1various music studies

Number of programs and degrees for Western Nevada College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree41831
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years4317

Western Nevada College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Western Nevada College had a total enrollment of 4,820 students (2,437 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 70%
Black 2%
Hispanic 10%
Asian 3%
American Indian 3%
Unknown 12%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 7%
18-19 18%
20-21 11%
22-24 11%
25-29 12%
30-34 9%
35-39 7%
40-49 14%
50-64 9%
65+ 2%

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

(International Students)2%

Western Nevada College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 63 %
Part-Time 35 %

Western Nevada College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

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

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Western Nevada College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 1,920
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 7,628
Books and supplies $ 1,100

Financial Aid:
Western Nevada College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 1036300)

Western Nevada College Faculty

Western Nevada College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track78
Non-tenured and not on tenure track22

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year26$77,84721$75,455
Instructoracademic year9$60,80810$59,834
All faculty totalacademic year35$73,46531$70,416

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

Western Nevada College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

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

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Construction Trades
Building/Construction Finishing, Management, & Inspection, Other
Construction Trades, Other

Education And Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Hearing Impairments

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Care Provider/Assistant

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
American Sign Language (ASL)
General Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician

Medical Support And Technology
Surgical Technology/Technologist

Music, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Production Trades
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist
Welding Technology/Welder

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Science And Laboratory Technician
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other

Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

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What Sets Western Nevada College Apart:

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% of degrees in mathematics
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Top 16%Western Nevada College % of degrees in mathematics
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Top 16%Western Nevada College % of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 16%Western Nevada College Number of degree programs

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