NIC Overview

General Information

Aerial view of NIC campus.Founded in 1933, North Idaho College is a comprehensive community college located on the beautiful shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene. NIC offers degrees and certificates in a wide spectrum of academic transfer, professional-technical, and general education programs. Approximately 6,000 students are enrolled in credit classes and more than 4,400 participate annually in non-credit courses offered by the Workforce Training Center in Post Falls.

The college serves a five-county region through regional centers in Bonners Ferry, Kellogg, and Sandpoint, as well as through an extensive array of Internet and interactive video conferencing courses. NIC also plays a key role in the region's economic development by preparing competent, trained employees for area businesses, industries, and governmental agencies.

NIC's campus is located in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, a lakeside city with a growing population of 46,000 residents. Metropolitan amenities are close by with Spokane, Washington, a city of approximately 210,000 just 30 minutes away.

NIC offers associate of arts and associate of science degrees in various college transfer programs, and associate of applied science degrees and technical certificates in its professional-technical programs.

Students obtaining an associate of arts or associate of science degree can transfer with junior standing to all other Idaho public colleges and universities.

As one of three community colleges in the state (the other two being College of Southern Idaho and College of Western Idaho), North Idaho College works closely with its sister colleges and universities. NIC is partnering with the University of Idaho, Lewis-Clark State College, and Idaho State University to enhance the higher education opportunities available in North Idaho.

Coeur d'Alene is the proud host of the annual Ironman race, numerous arts festivals, antique car shows, boat shows, and sailing competitions. It's just minutes away from Silverwood Theme Park, four ski resorts (Schweitzer, Silver Mountain, Lookout Pass, and Mt. Spokane), and numerous state parks and national forests. Downtown Coeur d'Alene is home to numerous art galleries, a monthly ArtWalk, and a bustling array of upscale restaurants and shops.


North Idaho College was first known as Coeur d'Alene Junior College, a private school that was started in 1933 and operated for six years. The state legislature passed the Junior College Act in January 1939, which permitted qualified areas to establish junior college districts by a vote of eligible electors. Coeur d'Alene Junior College became North Idaho Junior College in June of 1939. On July 31, 1971, the college changed its name to North Idaho College. NIC's service area is the Idaho Panhandle, which includes Kootenai, Benewah, Bonner, Shoshone, and Boundary Counties.

Open-Door Policy

NIC subscribes to the philosophy of the comprehensive community college, including an "open-door" admissions policy. To truly reflect its role as a community college, NIC accepts the fundamental responsibility to meet the varying needs of individuals with widely divergent interests and abilities. At the same time, NIC seeks to respond to the needs of area businesses, industries, and governmental agencies by preparing competent, trained employees.

The commitment to an open-door admissions policy is defined as providing all eligible students with access to appropriate educational offerings at the college. NIC enrolls students seeking a post-secondary education, but reserves the right to guide students into the courses and programs that will enhance their opportunities for success.

Certain designated courses of study have special requirements for admission. The college tests and evaluates entering students to place them in the appropriate level courses.