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North Idaho College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About North Idaho College

North Idaho College is a public, 2-year community college located in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, not far from Lake Coeur d'Alene. Founded in 1933, the school was originally known as Coeur d'Alene Junior College, eventually becoming North Idaho Junior College before adopting its current name of North Idaho College in 1971.

Serving five counties covering over 7,000 square miles, North Idaho College is one of only three community colleges in the state of Idaho. It partners closely with 4-year state institutions such as the University of Idaho and Boise State University to facilitate the transferring process for students.


North Idaho College offers associate's degree and certificate programs in 10 academic divisions, covering areas of study such as business, communication and natural sciences. The most popular area of study is in general studies and humanities, although health professions has proven to be a favorite as well. NIC offers an average class size of 18 and features a variety of professional-technical programs along with dual enrollment opportunities for area high school students. Many programs provide the opportunity for eventual transfer to a 4-year institution, both in and out of state.

NIC offers students e-learning options through the Blackboard online learning management system. This system can be accessed by both students and faculty, and is used for Internet, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses. Over 6,000 individuals per year take advantage of non-credit courses offered at the Workforce Training Center through NIC, with programs ranging from commercial truck driving training to real estate pre-licensing.


NIC operates under an open-door admissions policy, which allows all eligible students the opportunity to receive a post-secondary education at the school. New students are required to submit a high school transcript or GED scores along with a one-time $25 application fee, while transfer students must provide official transcripts from any and all colleges attended. NIC participates in the Advanced Placement Program as well as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Prospective students can acquire more information about these credit opportunities through the NIC Admissions Office.

As of the fall 2011 semester, females represented 61% of the student population, while full-time students comprised just over half of the overall student body, at 51%. Students attending NIC from the state of Idaho comprised 89.6% of the school, while students from the neighboring state of Washington represented 5.5%. The percentage of students aged 24 or younger was 56%, with 32% of students being 19 or younger.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 academic year are varied based on individual student circumstances. Estimated tuition and fees for a resident of Idaho based on a full-time credit hour schedule (12-16 credits) is $1,423 per semester. For Washington state residents the total is $2,422, while the amount for non-resident students is $3,767. Various student fees are built into these totals, including fees for instructional technology and enrollment services. Additional books and supplies are estimated at $1,250, depending on the particular program of study.

NIC offers students the opportunity to earn scholarships based on previous achievement. NIC Foundation Scholarships are available through numerous sources and can be earned by both current and prospective students. The North Idaho College Presidential Scholarship is a 1-year award available exclusively to incoming students, with eligibility requirements subject to a variety of academic criteria.

On-campus housing is available through the NIC Residence Hall, which offers accommodations for 198 students. There are both 3-person and 4-person suites available, with many modern amenities included. Housing contracts are offered for the full academic year, with three single room options and three double room options available upon request.

School Type Public, 2-year**
Degrees Offered Associate's, certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 6,751 students, all undergraduate in 2011*
Student Housing Accommodations available on-campus for up to 198 students*
Schools (and/or) Programs 10 divisions, 88 degree and certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 17 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Less than 1-Year Certificate: Health Information Technician (27)
1- to 2-Year Certificate: Diesel Mechanics Technology (31)
Associate's: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities (330)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 12% in two years, 22% in three years**
First-Year Retention Rates 59% for full-time and 35% for part-time students**
Application Due Date Applications are due August 9th for fall semester and December 6th for spring semester*
Tuition (Semester) For 2012-2013 tuition and fees: $1,423 for ID residents, $2,422 for WA residents and $3,767 for non-residents*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Grant or scholarship aid (80%), Pell grants (60%), federal student loans (55%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 85% of full-time beginning undergraduate students in 2010-2011**

Sources: *North Idaho College, **National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: 1000 W. Idaho Garden Ave. Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
  • Phone: (208) 769-3311
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