Northern Wyoming's quality of life is a big reason people move here and natives stay.
- Excellent local and regional health care services
- Superb K-12 public schools
- Fresh air that's clean and clear
- Lots of sunshine (avg. 300 days/year)
- Feast-for-the-eyes sunsets
- Spectacular mountain and desert landscapes
- Courteous, friendly citizens with a strong work ethic
Travel 30 minutes or less for
- Heart Mountain Relocation Center
- Yellowstone Regional Airport with daily commercial flights
- Buffalo Bill Historical Center's world-class museums
- Foundation for North American Wild Sheep
- Cody Nite Rodeo and Old Trail Town
- Homesteader Museum
- Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area
- Buffalo Bill Reservoir
- Fishing, hiking, scenic drives, rafting, hunting, biking, golfing, camping, tennis & MORE
When it's time to really get out of town, visit...
- Billings, Montana, (pop.105,636), 90 minutes away
- Yellowstone National Park, 70 miles
- Denver and Salt Lake City, 1 hour by plane
- Three ski locations within an hour's drive
Are you excited yet? There's more.
- Medicine Wheel Monument
- Absaroka, Beartooth, Big Horn, and Pryor Mountains
- Wild mustang herds
- Dinosaur tracks and fossils
Programs & services
Northwest is a comprehensive community college with a historical emphasis on diverse transfer programs, select technical programs featuring strong general education components, and total-student development services. General and developmental education are institutional strengths. Top quality education and exceptional student services — Northwest hallmarks — are delivered by a devoted faculty (81 full time, 1 permanent part time, 82 adjunct) and support staff (108 full time, 56 part time).
The Northwest experience features personal attention from faculty in small class settings (17:1 student-to-faculty ratio) and extraordinary learning opportunities outside the traditional classroom — international study/travel; student produced literary art magazine, print/online newspaper, webcast, NWC-TV, and KNWT-Radio; numerous internships; and independent study options. Solid residential life, student development programs, a large international student population and planned intercultural center, competitive intercollegiate athletics with six NJCAA Division I and two NIRA teams, and more than 60 clubs and organizations close the circle for a lively, truly collegiate atmosphere.
Northwest's state-mandated service area comprises three rural counties in Wyoming's beautiful Big Horn Basin where about 49,000 people live in 16 communities. The college delivers credit, adult education, workforce training, and continuing education classes at the main campus in Powell, centers in Cody and Worland, and extended campus communities. Delivery methods are on-site, Internet, and interactive television.
Annual enrollment at Northwest*
- 2,145 credit students (1,984 FTE)
- 59% study full time
- 70% in transfer programs
- 16% in technical programs
- 14% undecided or non-degree seeking
- 75% from Wyoming
- 22% from other U.S. states
- 3% from other countries
- 665 students live in campus housing
- 213 adult education students
- 1,000 workforce training and continuing education students
* FALL 2011 STATISTICS
Our students successfully transfer across the nation to continue their educations, enter the workforce, or return to their jobs with improved skills.
Wyoming's financial environment
1st - Best Business Tax Climate (Business Facilities Magazine, 2012)
5th - U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2012 "Top 10 Next Boom States"
Low property taxes and low unemployment rate
No state income tax
$500 million endowed, merit-based higher ed scholarship fund
- $5.4 billion Permanent Mineral Trust Fund
- $1.5 billion Legislative Stabilization Reserve Account