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Northwest College

Address: 231 W 6th St, Powell, WY 82435, USA

Description Northwest College

  • Founded at Northwest College: in 1946
  • Location Northwest College: Powell, Wyoming, USA
  • Age of students: 18 years
  • Number of students: 1719 (more than 27% are foreign students)
  • Programs:
    • Degree of associate in humanitarian specialties;
    • Degree of associate in applied sciences;
    • Educational certificates.
  • Type of training: mixed
  • Accommodation type: residence, apartments
  • English language.

Northwest College begins its history in 1946: at that time no more than 100 students were involved in the school, under the guidance of only three teachers. Initially, the college was called the Northwestern Center of the University of Wyoming, because it was established by agreement between the university and school district number 1. However, in 1950 the university ceased cooperation and ceased to support the educational institution.

Three years later, the institution became known as the Northwest College, and since 1968 its tax base has expanded so much that all school districts are part of the educational institution. In 1989 the name of the institution was changed again. During these years, the college grew and developed, increasing the level of the proposed education, the expansion of the school campus and many other transformations.

Today, the Northwest College, located in Wyoming, is accredited by the North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission. The NWC curriculum offers its students an extensive selection of training courses: 54 programs in the humanities, 19 applied sciences and 34 professional certification programs.

NWC takes care of its students, so all conditions are created for the successful implementation of academic activities, international trips are organized, work is carried out with pressing social issues and much more. The motto of Northwest College reads: "Your future is our attention", and the management of the institution does everything to match it.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Northwest College

Program name
from 16 188 $ / year

Quick overview:

  • Age: From 18 years old;
  • Dates: September-June;
  • Duration of the program: 2 years.

About the educational program: By attending NWC, international students receive an associate degree - an intermediate stage between secondary education and a complete higher education, usually lasting 2 years. After passing such a program, you can go to college, complete your second two years there and get a bachelor's degree.

In the Northwest College, students can obtain several degrees of associate in the humanities:

  • Degree of Arts;
  • An academic degree or liberal research.

The educational program is suitable for those who have not yet decided on their professional orientation and what specialization they would like to continue studying at the university. The curriculum for the associate degree of liberal research duplicates the degree program with one exception: here, to complete the course, international students need to obtain 11 more credits related to learning subjects in different languages. This is an important degree, as many universities and colleges indicate certain requirements for foreign languages ​​in obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree. The degree is also suitable for transfer to the undergraduate program, so the program on it is the closest to the training course at a four-year institution.

In general, to obtain the degree of each type, a student needs a minimum of 60 credit hours during the training period, however, the standards may vary depending on the specific program. In total in the field of humanitarian specialties, Northwest College offers its students 54 programs of associate degree.

Another type of educational program in Northwestern College is the degree of Associate of Applied Science Degree or AAS. This includes almost all technical specialties, training on which gives the student the opportunity to get a job immediately after graduation. Students can also continue their studies on the 4-year program.

To obtain the degree of Associate of Applied Sciences, a college student also needs to receive 60 credits or more, depending on the program of a particular specialty. In total, NWC has 19 curriculum-oriented technical programs.

Brief information:

  • Age: From 18 years old;
  • Dates: September-June;
  • Duration of the program: 2 years.

In addition to the degree of associate at Northwest College, international students can receive an educational certificate. Such a document confirms that the student has completed the training course in a certain direction (including 60 credits), but did not fulfill the requirements necessary for obtaining one of the associate degrees.

Educational documents of this type can also be of several types:

  • The Northwest College Certificate;
  • The Northwest College Skills certificate;
  • The Comprehensive Skills Certificates;
  • The Skills Certificates.

To obtain such an educational document, international student must have from 6 to 30 credits depending on the type.

Accommodation, housing and food

On the campus of the North-West College for students' residence are offered 5 residences and 2 apartment complexes, which can accommodate about 900 people and families. All of the hostel buildings are within walking distance of the main campus premises. Thus, college students can choose for themselves one accommodation option, which they consider most appropriate:

  • Ashley Hall -One of the most popular buildings, offering guests accommodation in standard 2-bed rooms with all the necessary furniture;
  • Cody Hall - For the current 2017-18 school year, this residence will be closed for repairs. In the days when the corps is open, this is the biggest hostel in the college, where up to 148 people can live;
  • Colter Hall - This building is located closest to the main buildings of the campus NWC, and is also considered the smallest - the total capacity of living rooms is 88 people. The rooms here are the same as in Ashley Hall, double rooms, however they have a different layout;
  • Lewis & Clark Hall - This is the only residence where single rooms are offered for living. True, they are not so many, and the vast majority of rooms are still designed for two people. Also in this building there are several rooms for leisure activities - an art studio, a ceramics workshop and a computer lab;
  • Simpson Hall - In this building, guests are offered cozy apartments to accommodate up to 4 people. In each room there are separate sleeping places, a common living room, a bathroom and a small kitchen.

Each of the residences also has a number of the following amenities:

  • Security area;
  • Modern fire safety system;
  • Free parking for students and teachers;
  • High speed internet access;
  • Cable TV in every room;
  • Laundry and kitchen;
  • Common living rooms with HD-TVs and games rooms;
  • Vending machines in the lobby;
  • Computer classes;
  • Classrooms;
  • Residences also have resident assistants, who can always be contacted for help.

In addition to the residences on the campus NWC, there are two apartment complexes:

  • The residential complex Trapper Village Main, where for living are offered five fully furnished apartments with all amenities (bathroom, telephone, kitchen with appliances, bedrooms, Wi-Fi);
  • The residential complex Trapper Village West is located slightly further away from the main college building, however the offered amenities compensate this moment. Here, international students can choose to live two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments with a garage for one car. The apartments of the complex also have everything you need for a comfortable stay: appliances, furnished rooms, a kitchen, at least one bathroom or shower, a park area, a lawn with a playground and not only.

At the Northwestern College of Wyoming, students also have their own food system. Prior to arrival, students choose for themselves a meal plan that suits them - each includes a certain number of passes to the campus. Students can use available meals through their individual card. 

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : Accounting, A.S., Advanced Welding S.C., AERONAUTICS, Agriculture, Agriculture - Farm and Ranch Management, Agriculture - Production, Agriculture - Range Management, Agriculture Business, Agriculture Education, Agroecology, Allied Health, Animal Science, anthropology, applied Science, Archaeological Technician, Archaeology Technology, art, Athletic Training, biology, business, chemistry, Coach - Assistant, Coach - Head, communications, Computer science, Criminal Justice, Drafting Technology, Early Childhood Education, Education Studies - English Studies BA, Elementary Education, engineering, Equine Business Management, Equine Care & Basic Riding, Equine Riding, Equine Training, General Studies, graphic arts, graphic design, history, Horse-breeding business, humanitarian sciences, International Studies, Mathematics, Medical Assistant Certificate, music, Music technology, Natural Resource Biology, Nursing Assistant (CNA), Nursing: Practical Nurse (LPN), Nursing: Registered Nurse, Outdoor Education & Recreation Leadership, Outdoor Recreation Leadership, Photographic & Digital Preservation Specialist, Photographic Communications, Physical Education, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Professional Sciences, psychology, Robotics Technology, Secondary Education, Social Sciences BA, Sociology, Spanish, Veterinary Assistant, Welding - Gas Metal Arc Welding, Welding - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, welding technologies, Welding Technology,  administration

Events Northwest College

As in many educational institutions abroad, a significant part of the student's time is dedicated to sports at Northwestern College. The campus has everything you need for the following types of physical activity:

  • Basketball (3-on-3 or 5-for-5);
  • Football;
  • Golf;
  • Softball;
  • Volleyball;
  • Ice hockey;
  • Frisbee;
  • Rock climbing;
  • Rugby and others.

In addition, the Johnson campus on the campus of NWC has an excellent fitness center, where you can improve your health and overall physical fitness and weight control on a daily basis. In addition, students can use sports equipment and CO-OP equipment at no extra charge.

During the school year, the students of the college also have a rich leisure program Student Activities Northwest, which includes various activities in the college, sightseeing trips, as well as classes in thematic circles and studios:

  • Humorous club;
  • Community of hypnotists;
  • Dance studio;
  • Visit to the Albert Bair Theater at a reduced cost;
  • Dance evenings;
  • Vocal competition in karaoke;
  • Talent show;
  • Ski walks (in season);
  • Bowling;
  • Bingo game;
  • Rodeo;
  • Rocketball;
  • Laser tag;
  • Society of Arts;
  • Baptist club;
  • Catholic club;
  • "The Voice of the Campus";
  • Student media;
  • Photo section;
  • Health club;
  • Negotiation club and many others.

On the territory of the college there is a student center DeWitt - you can say that this is the "heart of the campus". Here, students meet with friends at dinner, work together on different projects. In the center there are several eateries and a bookshop.

NWC also actively implements the student self-government program: the college has its own Council with relevant posts - the president of the Student Council, the vice-president and so on. All students who are not indifferent to the life of the college and who are ready to contribute to it can get here. Thanks to this activity, students can fully discover their creative and leadership potential, as well as make many acquaintances, among which may be useful in the future.

In addition to all the above things, students at Northwest College can get a small amount of extra work during their studies, both on campus and outside. You can see the possible options on the services of the Powell Tribune or Wyoming Workforce Services. Also for NWC students there are unpaid internships in real companies that help them acquire practical experience in the specialty being studied.

Equipment Northwest College

The Northwestern College campus is 124 acres in the Powell settlement with a total population of just over 6,000. Despite its small size, this place is a real example of the effective use of natural gifts - oil products, agriculture and agriculture are actively used here, and the sphere of tourism is very developed.

Thanks to this location, NWC students can get practical skills in their professions on various sites located very close to the educational building: it is a racetrack, an arena for a rodeo, an observatory, an agricultural pavilion and many others. To the west is the college's mountain station, which is surrounded by forests and magnificent natural species - the city itself is located in the valley of the Shoshon River.

The campus of the college is a small town of 58 buildings of various functions from hostels to academic buildings. On the territory of the college there is a library, a fitness center, a canteen, a medical center, computer classes, studios for various kinds of creativity, a student center and much more.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

Tuition fee already includes:

  • Educational program;
  • Accommodation and meals;
  • Study materials;
  • Medical insurance;
  • Service charge.

Some services are paid additionally to tuition fee:

  • Registration fee (not refundable);
  • Air tickets in both directions;
  • Transfer to university campus;
  • Visa service and consular fee.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Foreign students for admission to Northwest College must reach the age of 18, fill out an online application on the college website and provide the following documents:

  • Photocopy of passport and study visa;
  • An extract from the bank about the availability of the necessary amount for payment of training (indicating the paid person);
  • Results of English language proficiency tests (TOEFL, IELTS or SAT).

In addition to certificates on the day of arrival, all students undergo an official testing of the ACCUPLACER College, which shows the language level of the student and his knowledge of mathematics:

  • Certificate of secondary education, translated into English;
  • Diplomas, certificates, as well as assessments for courses that were passed at the time of schooling;
  • A medical certificate on the availability of necessary vaccinations (against measles / mumps / rubella);
  • Motivational essay for 500 words, which describes the educational, personal and career goals of the student.

Scholarships Northwest College

In the Northwest College for students, several programs are being implemented for financial support:

  • NWC Trapper Scholarship - this bonus can be obtained by students who will have high scores on the average score in the certificate, final exams, etc. In case of successful passing of the competition, a college student can receive one of 4 types of scholarships - research, for achievements, for excellent studies or presidential. In addition, the Traper Foundation scholarship is available to international students (International Trapper);
  • Academic scholarship - it can get a student program AA, AS and AAS, which has a high level of academic achievement. Pre-student must apply (in the period from October to February), then go through a personal interview;
  • Scholarship for achievements in activist or creative activity - if you are a member of the following NWC thematic clubs and want to receive such a scholarship, you need to clarify the conditions for coaches / managers of such clubs as: business, equestrian, cattle, music, journalism, Spanish, Japanese or club debates. Pre-student must apply (in the period from October to February), then go through a personal interview;
  • Sports scholarship - to receive this type of scholarship can participants of sports clubs, which operate on the territory of Northwest College. Details can also be learned from club coaches. In addition, the sports bonus can be summed up with academic and creative. Pre-student must apply (in the period from October to February), then go through a personal interview;
  • Hathaway Scholarships - Applicants for the Hathaway scholarship will automatically become all applicants who, upon enrollment, indicate that they have completed one of the schools in Wyoming. Candidates for scholarships are determined on a competitive basis. Such a scholarship can cover the cost of training for 8 semesters. Also available for applicants are 4 scholarships, assessing their academic merit and associated with the selected educational program.

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