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Academic Profile

The Northeastern Academic Profile is an in-depth report on students attending Northeastern each Fall.

The report is produced in January after the completion of the fall semester and includes a three to five year comparison of various student demographics as well as other variables in an effort to aid interested stakeholders in gaining a better understanding of Northeastern students.

Academic Profile Fall 2018

Data Source:  Northeastern Banner/Cognos ODS and Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE).  

NOTE:  There will always be slight differences in numbers on this report and various official reporting dates.  This is due to data constantly changing and updating daily during the course of the semester and the academic year.


  • Students attending NJC came from 40 counties throughout Colorado, 23 states and 18 countries.
  • Forty five percent (45%) of New First Time students at NJC finished the semester with a GPA of 3.0 or above, while 70% finished the semester with a GPA of 2.0 or above.
  • Ninety percent (90%) of new full time students successfully completed the First Year Seminar course and of those, 76% receive a first semester GPA of 2.0 or above.
  • During the 2017-2018 school year, 344 Concurrent students earned 3,360 credits.
  • Student loan debt for NJC graduates decreased by $ 1,881 to $ 11,920 for 2017-2018

Student Demographics

Fall 2018 was comprised of 1,492 students which included 578 students (39%) from Logan County; 328 (22%) from Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma Counties; 419 (28%) students were from 40 counties throughout Colorado; 101 (7%) students were from 23 states with Nebraska and South Dakota having the most students attending NJC this year.  NJC welcomed 39 (3%) International students from 18 countries around the world including France and the United Kingdom.

Geographic Region - All Students

There were 851 (57%) full-time students and 641 (43%) part-time students.  The average age for full-time students was 21 while the average age for part-time students was 28.

Female full time students numbered 418 while male full time students numbered 433.  Female part time students outnumbered male part time students 425 to 216.

The following chart shows student population.  New first-time students accounted for 28% of the Fall 2018 population; 6% were students who transferred into NJC from another college; 46% were continuing students and 20% were high school concurrent.

Student Population

There were 381 (26%) students registered in Associate of Arts programs; 276 (18%) registered in Associate of Science programs; 335 (22%) registered in Associate of Applied Science programs; 108 (7%) registered in Associate of General Studies; and 254 (9%) registered in certificate programs.

Percentage of Students by Program

White Non-Hispanic students made up 71% of the student population while 21% made up minority ethnicities; minority students made up a slightly higher percentage of the full time students with 23%, while White Non-Hispanic students made up 68% with the race/ethnicity of minority full time students.

Of the 1,492 students’ attending NJC Fall 2018, 768 (51%) identified themselves as First Generation.  The unofficial definition of First Generation is that the student is the first one in their family to attend college.  Females make up the majority of first generation students at NJC with 458 (60%); while males represent 40% (310).

Student athletes made up 13.5% of the population for Fall 2018 with 202 athletes competing on 10 teams at NJC. 

New First Time and Transfer Students

New first time students numbered 416 in Fall 2018.  This includes 375 full time and 41 part time students.  All 416 were listed as degree seeking and 225 (54%) are first generation.  Twenty four percent (24%) or 99 listed themselves as minority ethnicities; 25% (103) were student athletes; 38% (159) were PELL eligible; and 25% (103) were referred to developmental education.  Thirty four percent (34%) or 140 were from the service area while 47% (197) were from other areas in Colorado.  The remainder were from out of state and international locations.

Of the 416 new first-time students that arrived at NJC Fall 2018, 265 (64%) provided their high school GPA.  Of those, 155 (58%) had a HS GPA of 3.0 or above.

Grade point average after the first semester for the 416 new first-time students:  45% (186) received a first semester GPA of 3.0 or above and 70% (293) received a first semester GPA of 2.0 and above.

GPA for students who transferred into NJC for Fall 2018:  Of the 83 students who transferred to NJC from another college, 43% of transfer students received a first semester GPA of 3.0 or above and 60% received a GPA of 2.0 or above.

High School Concurrent (also known as Dual Enrollment)

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 344 high school students completed 3,360 concurrent credit hours, serving 19 K12 school districts.  NJC services several other high schools beyond those that are within the five counties; students from these additional schools are primarily accessing online or hybrid courses, an example would be animal science.

One hundred ninety eight (198) high school seniors who completed concurrent enrollment courses at NJC graduated from high school in May 2018.  Of those, 64 registered at NJC as new first time college students’, which resulted in NJC retaining 32.3% of the graduating high school concurrent enrollment population.

Retention of Concurrent Students

For Fall 2018, 301 concurrent students attended and completed courses at NJC.  While the majority were part time students, 20 attended full time.  These 301 students earned 1,652 credits out of 1,697, which accounts for a pass rate of 97%.  The average GPA of these students was 3.13 as 74% (220) earned a GPA of 3.0 or above.  Fifty seven percent (57%) were female and 24% (70) were of minority race/ethnicity with Hispanic comprising 81% of those 70 minority students.

Student Loan Debt

 Student loan debt for NJC graduates decreased by $ 1,881 to $ 11,920 and the number of students graduating from NJC with no debt stayed at 42%.  According to the CDHE Fiscal Year Financial Aid Report, two of 13 CCCS colleges have a lower amount of student loan debt than NJC with Otero having the lowest amount at $ 10,157 and Northwestern having the highest amount at $ 16,550.  For those graduating with no loan debt, eight of 13 CCCS colleges have a higher percentage of students graduating with no debt.  Trinidad and Otero have the highest percentages with 62 and 56% respectively, while Front Range and Pueblo have the lowest percentages of 38 and 34%.

 In 2017-2018, 1,241 students received financial aid while attending NJC.  The total number of students receiving PELL grants was 690 and the total amount of grant aid awarded was $ 5,983,545.  The average amount of grant aid per person was $ 4,822, and the average loan amount per person was $ 4,554.

Average Grant/Loan aid

The percentage of students receiving PELL Grants decreased in 2017-2018 from 47% to 43%, while the percentage of students receiving state/local and institutional aid and federal loans increased slightly from 46% to 47%.

% of students receiving aid