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Impact Report 2020/2021

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2021/2022 NCC Fact Sheet

NCC Fact Sheet 2021/2022

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  • 93% of NCC graduates are either in a career or continuing their education.
  • 63% of students are first generation college students.
  • Students come from 58 counties, 40 countries and 28 states.
  • 54% of students are involved in transfer programs and 36% are involved in career programs.
  • 50% of students reside in Northampton County and 21% in Monroe County.
  • 12,025 students are enrolled in credit programs.
  • 54% of students receive financial aid.
  • #1 - NCC is the largest, most diverse college in the region.



Since its establishment in 1967, Northampton Community College is where area residents turn to earn a degree, access workforce training, learn new leisure activities and bring their children for enrichment. The total number of students served from August 1967 through August 2021 is 418,791.

Today, NCC serves more than 20,000 students a year in credit and non-credit programs, which provide students with the education they need to enter the workforce or to continue their studies.

NCC offers more than 142 degree, certificate and specialized diploma programs and more than 890 noncredit classes. More than 30 fully online degree programs and 19 others that are blended (partially delivered online) are also options at the college. In addition, the Office of Online Learning offers more than 660 sections each semester and over 230 courses online. We are the only community college in Pennsylvania to provide on-campus housing with accommodations for up to 600 students. The college is also one of the largest employers in the Lehigh Valley.



  • Northampton Community College has the largest and most diverse student body of all the colleges and universities in the region in terms of age, race, ethnicity and academic interest.
  • NCC is where nearly one in four high school graduates in Northampton County as well as almost one in five in Monroe County come to continue their studies.
  • Approximately 1,053 NCC students a year are dual-enrolled from high schools around the region.
  • The student to faculty ratio at NCC is 16/1.
  • Seventy-nine percent of NCC students work each week. 
  • Twenty-nine percent of NCC students work 30 hours or more.



  • Employers of NCC graduates include: ABEC, Inc., Barry Isett & Associates, Inc., Bosch Rexroth Corporation, Buzzi Unicem, Cornerstone Consulting Engineers & Architectural Inc., Crayola, DLP Real Estate Capital, Evonik Corporation, Flexicon, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, Lehigh Valley Health Network, MegaPhase, Mack Trucks, Inc., PPL Electric Utilities, Company, St. Luke’s University Health Network, Sanofi Pasteur, and Victaulic, among many others.
  • Top 10 transfer schools are: East Stroudsburg University, Kutztown University, DeSales University, Penn State University, Temple University, Moravian University, West Chester University, Cedar Crest College, Bloomsburg University, and Drexel University.
  • 90% of recent NCC grads are working locally or regionally in the Poconos, Lehigh Valley or other parts of PA.
  • 59% of NCC students continued their education at public supported colleges in PA; 24% at private institutions in PA.



NCC offers 4-year degree programs delivered at its Bethlehem Campus through partnerships with Bloomsburg University (bachelor’s degree in technical leadership) and East Stroudsburg University (bachelor’s degree in business administration; bachelor’s degree in nursing).

The Center for Business & Industry provides workforce development training to over 10,600 individuals from 188 companies each year.



  • Enhancing student access
  • Inspiring academic excellence
  • Fostering diversity & global engagement
  • Engaging with our communities
  • Advancing excellence in technology
  • Increasing student retention, completion and transfer



  • The U.S. Department of Education announced NCC as the grand-prize winner in its Rethink Adult Ed Challenge, a $750,000 competition to advance pre-apprenticeships.
  • NCC is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • The college’s cybersecurity program has joined an elite group of two-year, four-year, and graduate-level institutions with its 2021 designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.
  • NCC’s nursing program took first place in the Top 10 Best Nursing Schools in PA offering associate nursing degrees by nursingprocess.org. The program was also ranked in the top 15 out of 536 nursing schools in the northeast.
  • Pocono Record and Lehigh Valley Style readers both named NCC #1 in continuing education.
  • Higher education data and analytics company College Factual ranked NCC’s criminal justice associate degree program in the top 10% of all schools in the nation in their 2022 Best Colleges Ranking. In addition, three NCC degree programs scored #1 in the state of Pennsylvania: criminal justice, hospitality management, and emergency management.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a $151,661 award to NCC to fund education and training programs to help workers and employers recognize infectious diseases, including coronavirus health hazards, and identify preventive measures for a safe workplace.
  • The NCC Foundation provided $840,065 in scholarships and student aid for the academic year.
  • PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center ranked NCC in the top tier nationwide for obtaining at least 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.
  • NCC was ranked number one in the state of PA and number 15 in the nation for its associate degree in accounting by bestvalueschools.org.
  • The college’s Fab Lab won the Community Partner Award from the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce.
  • Northampton’s associate degree program in communications was ranked first in the state of PA and 18 in the nation by BestValueSchools.org.
  • The college’s Emerging Technology Applications Center (ETAC) has been awarded a $100,000 grant over two years from the United States Department of Agriculture to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses across Pennsylvania receive energy assessments aimed at reducing their energy costs.
  • NCC was ranked number 10 in the top schools in the nation for online education paraprofessionals programs by Learn.org.



NCC is one of the most affordable colleges in Pennsylvania. Students save more than $25,000 each year on tuition costs when compared to other area colleges and universities. The institution has evolved during the past 54 years into the region’s largest, most diverse college that is not only recognized within the state but around the country for the excellence of its programs and people. NCC prides itself on its expansive breadth of programs and commitment to student success and access. It offers a highly engaging, collaborative and entrepreneurial environment to learn and develop. NCC continues to grow to meet the needs of the community. The addition of the Follett Family Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Fowler Family Southside Center has expanded NCC’s ability to provide excellent and accessible learning experiences to people in the community and ensures the college’s position as a workforce pipeline for area industries for the near future.