Northeast Iowa Community College and ISU announce Admissions Partnership Program

AMES and CALMAR, Iowa -- Iowa State University and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) have joined forces to make it more convenient for Northeast Iowa students who want to earn an associate degree and transfer to Iowa State to earn their four-year degree. Northeast Iowa Community College President Penelope Wills and ISU President Gregory Geoffroy announced the joint admission program at a news conference today at NICC's Calmar campus.

Through the Admissions Partnership Program, Northeast Iowa Community College students who plan to pursue bachelor's degrees at Iowa State will receive special benefits to help pave the way for academic success at both schools. Students accepted into the Admissions Partnership Program will receive the following benefits while still enrolled at NICC:

  • Advising and guidance from NICC and Iowa State
  • Receipt of transfer credit evaluation (each semester in the Admissions Partnership Program) and ISU degree evaluation for intended program of study at Iowa State.
  • Student services
  • Career fairs and career services
  • Library facilities
  • Extracurricular activities and opportunities
  • Recreational facilities and programs
  • Athletic events and entertainment events at student prices
  • Exhibits and cultural events
  • Opportunities to live in ISU housing

This new relationship with NICC expands Iowa State's outreach with the state's community college students. ISU piloted its Admissions Partnership Program with Des Moines Area Community College in 2006. This academic year, the university will continue to establish partnership agreements with all community colleges in Iowa.

"Our Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa's community colleges has been very successful in giving Iowa students more educational benefits and options, and we are delighted to expand this innovative program with the students, faculty and staff of Northeast Iowa Community College," said Iowa State University President Gregory L. Geoffroy. "Iowa's community colleges play an important role in educating Iowa students, and we look forward to welcoming many NICC students into this program, and, in the future, as students at Iowa State."

"This program assists us in fulfilling our student driven mission to provide quality, accessible educational opportunities for our residents," said Northeast Iowa Community College President Penelope Wills. "We are thrilled to provide this option for our students and look forward to working more closely with Iowa State."

Students who want to be a part of the Admissions Partnership Program must enroll at Northeast Iowa Community College as a degree-seeking student in a program appropriate for transfer. Following admission to NICC, students will work with their NICC advisers to complete and submit an Admissions Partnership Program application form. A student who is accepted into the program by Iowa State:

1. Meets with his or her NICC adviser prior to registration as required;

2. Consults with an assigned ISU academic adviser to develop a transfer plan and to make any changes to that plan;

3. Follows a course of study at NICC that will meet ISU entrance requirements and fulfill college and program requirements for his or her intended major;

4. Submits an ISU Undergraduate Application for Admission form and pays an application fee to ISU, one semester prior to transferring to Iowa State.

Additional information about the Admissions Partnership Program is available online at, through a Northeast Iowa Community College adviser or through an ISU transfer admissions counselor (800-262-3810). Applications are available now at NICC.