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Norwalk Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the Norwalk Community College of Norwalk, Connecticut. Learn about its admission requirements, degree programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About the Norwalk Community College

Founded in 1961 as Connecticut's first public, two-year institution, Norwalk Community College today serves the 10-town, coastal region of Fairfield County. In 2000, the Norwalk Technical-Community College dropped the 'technical' part of its name to better reflect its commitment to community. As a member of the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the school operates a Service Learning program combining academic content with community service opportunities.

Though the school officially enrolls roughly 7,000 regular undergraduates, nearly 9,000 more participate in its non-credit programs. The college's Lifetime Learners Institute provides more than 40 continuing education courses to those 50 or older. The Co-operative Education program connects students with area employers for a 15-week internship, with 85% of those paid interns receiving job offers from their internship sponsors. Norwalk Community College was among 15 colleges to receive a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant, valued at over $700,000, to boost the academic success rates of minority and low-income students.


Norwalk Community College offers more than 40 associate's degree and 23 certificate programs through 10 academic departments, giving students the opportunity to study in diverse areas including humanities, design, nursing, and computer science. At the two-year level, students can earn Associate in Science, Associate in Arts and Associate in Applied Science degrees.

In addition to traditional class schedules, Norwalk also offers a comprehensive selection of distance education courses. Pure online courses never require in-class meetings, but the school warns that time management is still important to succeed in the classes. Hybrid courses teach mostly online, but require a few on-campus meeting. Meetings in hybrid courses range from as little as two times a semester to as much as once a week.

Norwalk Community College also works to help promising students achieve a degree from a four-year college or university. The L.E.A.P. Transfer program provides guidance and mentoring to graduating students with a 3.5 GPA or higher, who have been admitted to a four-year college.


Admission to the Norwalk Community College is open, but certain programs are competitive. Most of the competitive programs are medical in nature, including the medical assistant and nursing programs. The legal assistant program, for example, requires students be high school graduates, pre-screened through an interview with the program coordinator, and eligible for ENG 101 according to placement tests.

Placement tests are a necessary part of every application. Placement tests can be waived if the applicant has completed college-level English and math courses at another institution, or submits high enough SAT scores. All applicants to certificate and degree programs must be high school graduates or GED recipients.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition at NCC is among the lowest in the state, costing a little over $3,000 per academic year for full-time, resident students. Non-residents pay roughly three times that amount. Non-resident students meeting the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) requirements may qualify for a tuition break which brings the annual tuition cost down to just under $5,000. Additional College Services and Student Activity fees are also assessed.

To help cover these costs, the Norwalk Community College administers a number of financial opportunities. Tuition is waived for a number of public servants, including active members of Connecticut's Air National Guard or Army, veterans of certain foreign conflicts, or the children of police or firefighters killed in the line of duty. Connecticut residents over 62 receive free tuition on a space-available basis.

Norwalk Community College can also connect students with programs designed for those with financial need. These include the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit and the Connecticut Aid for Public College Students (CAP). These are in addition to federal grants and loans available through the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA).

School Type Two-year, public*
Degrees Offered Less-than-one-year certificate*
Associate's degree*
Religious Affiliation Not applicable*
Academic Calendar Fall, spring semesters**
Three summer sessions**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 6,807 undergraduate, fall 2011***
Student Housing Not available*
Schools (and/or) Programs More than 43 associate's, 23 certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1 in 2011*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) Less-than-one-year certificate: Administrative Assistant (17)*
Associate's: General Studies (114), completions in 2010-2011*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 10% Overall*
26% Transfer-out, students beginning fall 2008*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 1,207 in fall 2011****
First-Year Retention Rates 65% Full-time*
48% Part-time, students beginning fall 2010 and returning fall 2011*
Tuition (2012-2013) $3,192 per year, in-state**
$9,567 per year, out-of-state**
$4,788 per year, NEBHE**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) Federal grants (37%)*
State/local government grant or scholarship (14%)*
Institutional grants or scholarships (16%)*
Federal student loans (0%)*
Other student loans (0%) in 2010-2011*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 46% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **Norwalk Community College, ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics ****Bigfuture by The College Board.

School Contact Info

  • Address: 188 Richards Ave., Norwalk, CT 06854
  • Phone: (203) 857-7060
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