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For credit degree programs, contact:

Admissions Office
Calmar: 800.728.2256, ext. 376
Peosta: 800.728.7367, ext. 259
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For career pathway certificate programs, contact:

Business and Community Solutions
Calmar Area

563.562.3263, ext. 399
800.728.2256, ext. 399

Business and Community Solutions
Dubuque Area

563.557.8271, ext. 380
888.642.2338, ext. 380

Liberal Arts and Transfer

The Liberal Arts and Transfer programs are designed to prepare students with their general education or liberal arts courses for transfer to a four-year college or university.

Completing and graduating with an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from Northeast Iowa Community College is equivalent to completing the first two-years of a bachelor’s program, only much more affordable!


Advantages of Liberal Arts and Transfer Programs

Cost Savings

Earning your associate degree prior to attending a four-year college or university can provide significant tuition savings! Tuition at NICC is $163 per credit hour, whereas the tuition at a college or university can cost you thousands each semester. Starting your bachelor's degree at a community college like NICC can help you keep your student loan debt low, meaning you'll have more money to spend when you graduate and start your chosen career.


When you earn your associate degree, most, if not all, of your credits will transfer to the four-year college of your choice. This allows you the time to explore your options while earning your two-year degree before committing to a particular program or major at the next level.


The traditional path from high school graduation to college doesn't fit everyone. Some students would prefer to work while earning their degree or have family or personal commitments which make it difficult to attend a four-year college or university right away. Earning an associates degree at NICC can provide a more flexible schedule usually closer to home than a traditional four-year degree, allowing students to focus on what's important while still pursuing their education and career goals. In addition, working students have the opportunity to earn their Associate of Arts with the flexible Degree After Five option, which consists of five-week classes, meeting once a week in the evening and frequent start dates.