Jun 15, 2024  
NIACC Catalog 2023-2024 
NIACC Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


The Admissions Office is located in the Pierce Administration Building. Office hours are 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Friday; and by appointment. Summer hours are 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information, call 641-422-4245 or 1-888-466-4222, Ext. 4245, or visit the Admissions page.

Applying to the College

North Iowa Area Community College is an “open door” public two-year college. Generally, you will not encounter any problems in being admitted, but you must complete certain admissions steps. (Please note that admission to the College does not ensure admission to all programs offered.) Complete your application for admission at https://www.niacc.edu/apply-for-admission/

  1. Carefully complete the NIACC Application for Admission. Once you are accepted (typically 24-36 hours after submission), you will receive a student identification number. This ID number will be in your acceptance email and letter.
  2. Submit your high school transcript at the time of application. If you have not graduated from high school, send a transcript with the most recent semester grades. Upon graduation, you must submit a final transcript.
  3. If you obtained your High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED), please forward your scores in place of a high school transcript.
    • You can order your HSED scores from www.diplomasender.com if you tested in the state of Iowa. Students who tested and passed all subject area tests with HISET at NIACC do not need to request scores to be sent.
    • If you do not have your high school diploma or equivalent, contact the College to find out how we can help you earn one or visit Learning Support online. A student will be allowed to take courses for one semester while obtaining the HSED. The student will not be eligible for financial aid during the semester he/she is completing the HSED.
  4. An assessment of your skills and abilities is required as part of the registration process. You may either submit your American College Test (ACT) scores or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores. If a student has not taken the ACT or SAT, contact the Testing Center for assessment times. Accuplacer, ALEKS, and the NIACC Writing Assessment are offered free to students who will be enrolling at NIACC. 
  5. If your goal is to obtain an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree, you will be required to take the Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS®) math placement assessment to determine math readiness. ALEKS® is a web-based system designed to assist in determining which math courses a student is ready to begin. For more information and testing times, contact the Testing Center.
  6. If you have earned credits at another college, have your official transcript(s) forwarded to NIACC.

Note: Students applying for the Nursing (ADN), A.A.S. , Practical Nursing Diploma , ADN Option for Licensed Practical Nurses, A.A.S. , or Physical Therapist Assistant, A.A.S.  programs need to review the NIACC catalog for additional program requirements.

High school students may enroll in college credit classes with the approval of the high school administration. Students should first meet with their high school counselor to secure course approval and then work with an Enrollment Advisor to complete the registration process. Contact your high school counselor for more information.

International Students

International Students are required to follow steps below to be granted acceptance to North Iowa Area Community College.

  1. Submit an Application for Admission
  2. Submit a $150 (U.S.) nonrefundable application fee
  3. Provide a copy of your passport
  4. Complete the personal information form
  5. Provide an official copy of your high school transcript (sent directly from your high school). All transcripts must be translated and notarized if in other than the English language.
  6. Complete and submit an affidavit of support and send with bank statements. 
  7. Send a bank statement showing a balance with sufficient funds to cover the cost of attendance for two (2) semesters (not including scholarships) and/or other official financial documents that would show such funds and an affidavit of support completed by person(s) legally responsible for all payment. (Two (2) semesters equals one (1) academic year.) 
    • Please note: Starting Fall 2022, all international students are required to pay a $2000 deposit prior to enrolling in classes each semester. The $2000 deposit will be put towards your tuition and fees. The Fall semester deposit will be due on August 1; the Spring semester deposit will be due on January 1. A payment arrangement can be made for any remaining balance each semester, but must be paid in full prior to enrolling for following semester.                   
  8. Submit proof of English proficiency; only required if English is not your first language. English proficiency is determined by a standardized test. Please see the information on our international student website.
  9. Student Transfer form (completed ONLY by students transferring in to NIACC from another college/university in the U.S.)
  10. If your application is approved for Admission, then complete the NIACC housing application online. 

Contact the Admissions Office for an international student admissions packet, or visit our website.

International students who will be enrolled in online classes only at North Iowa Area Community College will not be required to complete the international student admissions packet, submit their TOEFL, SAKAE, IELTS, or GTEC score or pay the $100 application fee. Any international student who will be taking a combination of online and on-campus classes will need to follow the application process for on-campus international students.

New Student Registration

Registration information will be mailed in April to students who have indicated a Fall (August) start term on their application for admission; and students indicating a Spring (January) start will receive the information in November. This information is sent out in the order that applications for admissions are received. Scheduling a date for your registration can be made online once you receive your registration letter. On your scheduled registration day, you will learn about programs and services available, schedule classes, and arrange payment options.

Summer School Students

If the only term you plan to enroll in is the summer term, you will need to check our website for registration information and instructions.


All new and transfer students who are entering NIACC for the first time are required to attend a new student orientation. During orientation, students learn about NIACC policies and procedures, academic requirements, faculty expectations, and are given information about financing their education, student housing, and student activities. Students will also learn how to adapt to their new college environment.

College Essentials

All students are required to register for SDV - 199 College Essentials . The purpose of the course is to familiarize NIACC students with student systems like TrojanHome, Canvas, student email, and other campus resources. This class is a pass/no pass course. Students are expected to complete the course before midterm of the semester enrolled.