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 of 2017 is 395,391.
Today, NCC serves nearly 30,000 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 107 degree and certificate programs and more than 2,500 noncredit classes. More than 10 fully online degree programs and eight others that are blended (partially delivered online) are also options at the College. In addition, the Office of Online Learning offers more than 300 sections each semester and over 160 courses online. We are the only community college in Pennsylvania to provide on-campus housing. Over 600 students live on the Bethlehem Campus. The college is also one of the largest employers in the Lehigh Valley.
About Our Students
Northampton Community College has the 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 1 out of 4 high school graduates in Northampton County as well as 1 out of 6 in Monroe County come to continue their studies.
Approximately 400 students are dual-enrolled from high schools around the region.
The student to faculty ratio at NCC is 21/1.
Seventy-seven percent of students work each week. Twenty-eight percent of students work 30 hours or more.
In recent years NCC has been:
Named a "Leader College" in the national student success initiative "Achieving the Dream" three times
Ranked among the top 10 large community colleges in the nation for advances in the use of technology
Recognized as the top large employer in the Lehigh Valley in an independent study of workplace culture
Home to three of the past seven Pennsylvania Professors of the Year
Home to three of the top 70 community college student leaders and scholars
The first college in the country showcased as a model of sustainability by the U.S. Department of Education
Awarded highly competitive national grants by the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities
The lead college in a $10 million project to provide new and redesigned training programs for high-demand jobs in healthcare, advanced manufacturing and logistics/transportation in northeastern Pennsylvania
One of 150 community colleges out of 1,200 nationwide nominated for the highly prestigious Aspen Prize that recognizes community colleges that achieve exceptional levels of student success