First Time College Student | NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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First Time College Students


Apply to NWACC

NWACC has a general admission policy, which means you can apply year-round.  However, it is best to apply early to get the best choices for classes.  Complete the online application.

Complete Your Application

Apply for Financial Aid (if applicable)

If you have not done so yet, complete your FAFSA and add NWACC to your FAFSA to begin the financial aid process.  NWACC's code is 030633.

How to Complete Your FAFSA

Set up your My NWACC

Once you have been accepted to NWACC, you will receive an email with your NWACC username and password.  Set up your My NWACC immediately in order to complete the process.

Set Up Your Account

Additional documents to submit

To protect the privacy of your information and to comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations, we can no longer accept documents by email. You can submit them one of three ways:
  • Upload the document to: https://api.nwacc.edu/lss/finaid/filedropbox/
    • You must have a My NWACC Connection login to use this option.
  • Bring the document to the Enrollment Support Center located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center.
  • Mail the document to NWACC, Student Records, One College Dr., Bentonville, AR 72712
  • Test scores for ACT, Accuplacer, or COMPASS (scores should be no more than 5 years old).  If you need to take the Accuplacer exam, visit our Testing Center (you must pay a $10 fee prior to taking the exam). *
  • Previous Transcripts - If you have graduated from an Arkansas high school, we will retrieve your transcripts through a state database.  We will contact you if we are unable to retrieve the transcript.  Outside of the state of Arkansas, submit your high school transcript
  • Proof of 2 Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) immunizations for all applicants born after January 1, 1957.  Some foreign-born students may be required to submit tuberculosis screening.  For Arkansas residents, NWACC will attempt to retrieve immunization records from a state-wide database. 
* All students who have not yet completed a college level math course and whose ACT Math score of 17 or below, will need to take the math portion of the Accuplacer. Students testing below 19 on the Reading and/or Writing portions of the ACT are encouraged to retake the Accuplacer test to see if their score has changed or can be improved.

Submit Documents

Sign up for Orientation

Orientation:

  1. Make sure you have submitted an admissions application and you are able to log into your MyNWACC. If you are having trouble logging in, contact the IT Help Desk at 479-619-4376.
  2. Make sure you have taken a Placement Exam (ACT or Accuplacer) and submit those scores. If you are unsure, proceed to step 3 and you will receive notification if you are missing placement test scores.
  3. Vist our event sign up website to schedule your Advising and Registration session. Select a date and sign up.

 

For other questions related to New Student Orientation, please contact the Enrollment Support Center at 479-986-4000 or EnrollmentSupport@nwacc.edu

A few more steps

Complete prior to the start of the semester: 

Obtain your student ID and parking hangtag at two convenient locations:

  • Bentonville location - Becky Paneitz Student Center, Student Information, located on the first floor
  • Washington County location

Purchase your textbooks and class supplies at the Campus Bookstore - Barnes and Noble, located on the first floor in the Becky Paneitz Student Center.