Founded: 1967

Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Degrees Granted: Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science

Academic Specialties: Career and transfer programs in more than 100 fields in arts and sciences, business and technology, education, health care, and social and leisure services

Most Popular Majors: General Studies, Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts, Business Administration, Early Childhood Education

Success of Graduates: 90% of graduates of career programs report finding employment in their field or another position of their choice within a year of graduation. 65% of graduates of transfer programs go on to further their education within that time period. The highest median salary, $76,440, was reported in the computer maintenance and service technology program. Statistics are based on an 83% response rate to the most recent graduate survey.

Enrollment: Northampton Community College is the college of choice for one in four graduates of high schools in Northampton County and one in six graduates of high schools in Monroe County. Personal attention is prized. The College has maintained a low student/faculty ratio of 21/1 while servingserving nearly 34,000 students a year at the Main Campus in Bethlehem, a branch campus in Tannersville, the Fowler Family Southside Center in south Bethlehem, and satellite sites in Northampton and Monroe counties. More than 15,000 students are enrolled in credit programs; another 19,000 are involved in workforce training, adult literacy classes or youth classes.

Faculty & Staff: The College is also one of the largest employers in the region with close to 1,700 full- and part-time employees. Based on employee feedback on the culture of the workplace, in 2013 the College was named the top large employer in the Lehigh Valley by The Morning Call.

Funding: The College's total budget for FY 2015 (including capital projects, but not including grants) is $81,954,173. Tuition and fees (currently $123 for in-county students) cover 57% of operating costs. This is supplemented by state appropriations which underwrite 24% of the operating budget; contributions from school districts which represent 7% of the total; and income from gifts and grants, investments and independent operations totaling 12%.

Sponsoring School Districts: Bangor, Bethlehem, Easton, Nazareth, Northampton, Pen Argyl, Saucon Valley, Wilson

Special Attributes:

  • Unwavering commitment to keeping education affordable and accessible
  • Most diverse student body in the region
  • Outstanding faculty, including two Pennsylvania Professors of the Year
  • Provider of more private scholarship aid than any community college in Pennsylvania
  • Major source of workforce training
  • A national leader in the student success initiative "Achieving the Dream"
  • Also recognized nationally or regionally for excellence in business administration, early childhood education, math education, community service, computer networking, microelectronics, pollution control and energy efficiency
  • Only community college in Pennsylvania with residence halls
  • Extensive online learning program
  • Recipient of major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Total number of students served Fall 1967 through August of 2013 (unduplicated head count): 371,658

Phone Numbers
General Information (Bethlehem) ................................................ 610.861.5300
General Information (Monroe) ................................................ 570.369.1800
Admissions Office (Bethlehem)................................................... 610.861.5500
Admissions Office (Monroe)................................................... 570.369.1801
Online Learning ...................................................... 610.332.6089
Non-Credit Classes .................................................. toll-free 1.877.543.0998
Center for Business & Industry ................................. toll-free 1.877.543.0998
Fowler Family Southside Center ................................ 610.332.8659
Hawley Site ...................................................... 570-251-9335

Northampton Community College is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity among its students, faculty and staff. Affirmative Action Officer Helene M. Whitaker, 610.861.5300 or TDD 610.861.5575.

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