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Why NCC?

Why NCC?

During the past 50 years, Northampton Community College has become an institution of extraordinary distinction, earning accolades at the state and national levels for its innovative programs, outstanding faculty and impressive student achievements. It counts among its successful alumni a 4-time Pulitzer Prize winner and an Academy Award winning director as well as many CEOs, presidents, and leaders of business and industry.  

But NCC is equally proud of its graduates who have gone on the be successful at all levels in a breadth of fields that range from automotive technology, welding, and funeral services to hotel management, public safety and computer technology.  

Such career success has emerged as a key part of NCC's attraction. In fact, nine in 10 recent NCC graduates are employed in the field or position of their choice. It has also become the top college for high school students in Northampton County who are seeking a career path, with 25% or 1 of every 4 choosing to continue their education at NCC!


NCC offers the largest private scholarship program of any community college in the Commonwealth, and provides more than $46 million of total aid annually. More than 53 percent of NCC students receive some form of aid. The college awards nearly 600 scholarships annually from its 175 scholarship funds.

For Northampton County residents, NCC is the most affordable college in Pennsylvania. Students can save up to $25,000 each year on tuition costs when compared to other area colleges and universities.

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Personal attention & faculty excellence

With a 21/1 student faculty ratio, NCC students get personal attention from faculty members, many of whom draw on their real-world experience to teach their students. Faculty members at NCC are widely respected with three of the last seven Pennsylvania Professors of the Year teaching at the college.

Alumni satisfaction

Ninety-nine percent of NCC alumni would recommend the college to others! Ninety-seven percent of NCC alumni rate the quality of their learning experience good to excellent. Ninety percent of NCC career program alumni find jobs in their field or another positon of their choice within a year of graduation.  

Transfer agreements

NCC has transfer agreements with more than 100 colleges and universities across the state and Mid-Atlantic region that makes transferring credits to these four-year institutions seamless and easy. Our top transfer schools include East Stroudsburg and Kutztown as well as Lehigh, Lafayette, DeSales, Moravian, Penn State and Cedar Crest.  

Bachelor degree programs

NCC offers 4-year degree programs delivered at its main campus through partnerships with Bloomsburg University (bachelor's degree in technical leadership,) and East Stroudsburg University (bachelor's degree in business administration; bachelor of science in nursing).

Career Programs

NCC offers a broad array of career training programs in technical and industry trades including hospitality (lodging & restaurant), health care careers (certified electronic health record specialist, community health worker, dental assisting, dialysis technician, emergency medicine EMT, nurse aid, personal care home administrator, pharmacy technician training)  utility line working, HVAC, Industrial Maintenance & Mechanical Systems, Electrical Construction & Maintenance, truck driver training, automotive inspection training, RV technician training, corporate & public safety.

Online programs

NCC offers more than 10 fully on line degree programs and eight others that are blended (partially delivered on line). In addition, the Office of Online Learning offers more than 300 sections each semester and over 160 courses online. Specialized diplomas and certificates are offered online in seven fields. NCC was ranked #4 among 117 Pennsylvania colleges and universities with online programs by the website OnlineColleges. The Community for Accredited Online Schools named NCC as one of the nation's best colleges and universities with online degree programs for teacher training in 2017.   


With its main campus in Bethlehem, NCC is suited on a sprawling 208-acre site that is home to academic and administrative buildings as well as student residence halls, Lipkin Theatre, the Student Enrollment Center, Alumni Hall, Gates Center, Hampton Winds - NCC's student run restaurant and the Arthur L. Scott Spartan Center.

The Fowler Center, located in Bethlehem's historic South Side in the former Bethlehem Steel World Headquarters complex, is a community hub offering a wide range of educational opportunities including the Hospitality, Leadership, and Executive Development Institutes as well as programs in public safety, healthcare, adult literacy and workforce training.

The Monroe campus is located on a scenic 84-acre campus in the heart of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains. Situated in Tannersville, the campus features three expansive halls to accommodate academic programs, student services, athletics and recreation programs.

Study abroad

Each year dozens of NCC students participate in study abroad programs at more than 40 locations that include Egypt, Athens, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris, China, Greece, Italy, Peru and Spain.

Preparing for a global workplace

Northampton is a community college that remains committed to engaging students in the broader world, both by bringing international students to its campus and by sending its U.S. students to into the world through innovative programs. With students hailing from 48 countries and 25 states, NCC cherishes the ethnic and religious diversity of its student body and believe such richness is critical to preparing all its students to become engaged global citizens who appreciate and value cultures beyond their own.