More than half of Northwest Indian College (NWIC) full-time student enrollments are members of federally recognized tribes throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Located on the Lummi Indian Reservation in Washington State, NWIC offers a offer a variety of bachelor’s, associate degrees and certificate programs in a curriculum which blends traditional Indian culture, college-level courses, basic skills enhancement, and technology at the main campus and at multiple learning centers.
Northwest Indian College was granted accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, effective 1993, and in 2010 became accredited at the baccalaureate level and now offers four bachelor’s degrees. The College’s educational programs have been approved by the U.S. Department of Education, Veteran’s Administration, and the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board for the administration of financial assistance for eligible student. Northwest Indian College is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, the American Association of Community Colleges, and the American Council on Education.
The student body is a diverse group at Northwest Indian College. The average student is a 29-year-old female with at least one dependent. However, the College’s growing Athletic Program is drawing increasing numbers of traditional college age students from high school. Over 75 percent of the students come from a federally-recognized Indian tribe and represent over 90 different tribal nations. The Northwest Indian College proudly serves over 1,200 students annually.