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.)
All application materials are to be submitted to the Admissions Office, North Iowa Area Community College, 500 College Drive, Mason City, Iowa 50401. You may also fill out an online application.*
1. Carefully complete the NIACC Application for Admission. Note that your social security number and intended major are required on the application. Once you are accepted, you will receive a student identification number. This ID number will be on your acceptance letter.
2. Submit your high school transcript. Upon graduation you should submit a final transcript. If you obtained your GED, please forward your scores in place of a high school transcript. (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 go to the following web site for more information - http://www.niacc.edu/learningsupport/ged.html. A student will be allowed to take courses for one semester while obtaining the GED. The student will not be eligible for financial aid during the semester he/she is completing the GED.
3. 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, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores or a Compass Assessment. Compass Assessment is offered free to students who will be enrolling at NIACC. Contact the Admissions Office for assessment times.
4. If you have earned credits at another college, have your
transcript(s) forwarded to NIACC.
Note: Students applying for the Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, LPN to ADN or Physical Therapist Assistant programs need to review the college catalog for additional program requirements. www.niacc.edu/catalog/
High school students may enroll in
Career Link college credit classes
provided their high school has knowledge of this concurrent enrollment.
Students who desire college classes should meet with their high school
counselor first then complete the course registration forms for NIACC. Postsecondary Enrollment Options
(PSEO) classes are another option for high school juniors and seniors
(ask your high school counselor for more information).
When your admissions folder is complete,
the College will send you an official letter of acceptance.
Print an application to mail or deliver. [pdf file]
North Iowa Area Community College, 500
College Drive, Mason City, IA 50401
641-423-1264 or 1-888-GO NIACC