Indian Hills Community College

Founded in 1966, Indian Hills Community College allows students to experience the true small-town feel of being in a safe community. The college’s beautiful campus encompasses modern facilities, on-campus housing and dining, 24-hour security, excellent instruction, and an affordable education.

Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) is a two-year post-secondary public institution located in Ottumwa, Iowa, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Founded in 1966, IHCC allows students to experience the true small-town feel of being in a safe community. The college’s beautiful campus encompasses modern facilities, on-campus housing and dining, 24-hour security, excellent instruction, and an affordable education. Over the years, hundreds of international students, including students from six of the world’s seven continents, have attended IHCC, earning a quality education, while experiencing the rich culture found in the heartland of the United States. With the wide variety of programs that we offer, we have something for everyone, including transfer agreements with many well-known institutions throughout the United States.


Ottumwa, a small yet exciting town of approximately 25,000 people, is home to the main campus of IHCC. Our close-knit community has many local events and activities to keep you busy and to allow you the true experience of being and living in small-town, USA! Our 140-acre campus is made up of 13 buildings, four beautiful ponds, and is surrounded by natural scenery and landscaping.

  • Student Population: 5,000
  • Public Parks
  • Athletic Facilities
  • Entertainment Complex
  • Water Park
  • Golf Courses
  • Local Festivals
  • Hiking & Biking Trails

Admissions – No TOEFL Required!

IHCC does not require the TOEFL for admission. Instead, incoming students are given a free English assessment test, which measures individual students’ English skills. Based on this information, students are either placed into ESL classes, enrolled directly into their field of study, or both. There is no application fee. Admission is simple. Please see admission details at www.indianhills.edu/internationalstudents. You must have completed the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma in order to be considered for admission.

Academic Programs

IHCC offers a wide variety of options for furthering your education, and we will assist in finding the option that is right for you. All of our programs are grouped by academic divisions within the college, which include: Arts and Sciences (including ESL), Advanced Technologies, and Health Sciences. Some of our top programs include:

  • Aviation
  • Business
  • Culinary Arts
  • Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Robotics/ Automation Technology
  • Laser/ Electro-Optics
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

Please visit www.indianhills.edu/courses for more information. IHCC also has many articulation agreements with various four-year institutions if you are interested in receiving your Bachelors degree. For more information, please visit www.indianhills.edu/transferagreements.

Indian Hills Community College

On-Campus Housing & Dining

IHCC offers a wide range of living options in its on-campus residence halls. There are traditional one-person and two-person rooms, as well as suites that can accommodate up to five people. We consider it apartment-style living without ever leaving campus! All rooms feature air conditioning, wireless internet access, and cable TV, as well as free laundry in the building. Living on-campus gives students a broader college experience.

IHCC offers a variety of convenient dining venues where students can choose to eat at The Hills Diner, Warrior Junction, or The Hills Café (our very own coffee and sandwich shop). We strive to serve a variety of quality food options in a comfortable atmosphere to make your dining experience eventful and enjoyable.

Affordable Cost

IHCC offers its students a state-of-the-art education at an affordable price. We are affordable because our core value is to educate our population, not to profit from them. You can start your education at IHCC to earn your Associate degree, and then transfer to a four-year institution if you choose. Please see our estimated costs below for a full academic year (3 terms or 9 months).

Tuition $6,975
Room/Board $4,710
Books/Supplies $800
Health Insurance $888
Personal Expenses $650
Total $14,023*

*Based on full-time enrollment of 10 credits per term for 3 terms. Tuition is charged on a per-credit-hour basis. Rates are set annually by the IHCC Board of Trustees and are subject to change.

Indian Hills Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded by the IHCC Foundation to eligible students based upon their academic qualification and other demonstrated qualities and needs. Over 500 scholarships are awarded each year, ranging from $600 to a full-ride for a single year. International students are encouraged to apply, as most scholarships are eligible to anyone (not just US Citizens). For more information, please visit www.indianhills.edu/foundationscholarships.

Safety & Security

At IHCC, the safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff is a top priority. In addition to support from local law enforcement authorities, the institution has its own on-campus security, which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Further, we have incorporated outdoor lighting and high-quality security locks as part of our ongoing efforts toward preventing crime, rather than just reacting to it.


$1,000—$5,000 Quarter

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