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North Idaho College

North Idaho College
North Idaho College Logo
Motto Changing Lives Every Day
Established August 10, 1933 as
Coeur d’Alene Junior College
Type 2-year community college
President Joe Dunlap, Ed.D.
Administrative staff
Students 7,800
Undergraduates 6,300
Other students
Location Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, U.S.
Colors Maroon & Gray            
Sports Basketball, Cheerleading, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Wrestling
Mascot Cardinal
Affiliations Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Scenic West Athletic Conference

North Idaho College (NIC) is a community college in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States, with an enrollment exceeding 6,000. It is situated at the north end of Lake Coeur d'Alene, at the east bank of the outflowing Spokane River. [1]


  • History 1
  • Academics 2
  • Notable alumni 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The school was established during the Great Depression in 1933 as "Coeur d'Alene Junior College," with classes held at City Hall. It moved to its present campus in 1939, at the site of the old Fort Sherman (1878–1900), and the name was changed to "North Idaho Junior College;" the present name came in 1971.[2][3]


North Idaho College offers Associate's degrees, including transfer degrees and the Associate of Applied Science degree.[4]

Notable alumni

  • Alejandro Olmos, goalkeeper from the Mens Soccer team which now plays at Waldorf is an alumnus of the Cardinals.
  • Sarah Palin, former Alaska Governor and 2008 Vice Presidential candidate, attended North Idaho College during the Spring 1983 semester before transferring to the University of Idaho.[9]
  • Mike Whitehead (attended), three-time All-American wrestler; current professional MMA fighter.[14]


  1. ^ "North Idaho College". Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "History & Tradition". North Idaho College. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ Davis, Jan (April 19, 1971). "Name change pleases all at college". Spokane Daily Chronicle. p. 5. 
  4. ^ "Degrees Offered". Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "North Idaho College Athletics - Go Cardinals!". Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Bryan Caraway UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014. 
  7. ^ "Kelvin Gastelum UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014. 
  8. ^ Montana State Representative Rick Jore Profile
  9. ^ "Sarah Palin's college daze.". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "STEVE PARKER". Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Trevor Prangley MMA Bio". Retrieved 2014. 
  12. ^ MiddleEasy @MiddleEasy. "Rawesome Fight and MMA News -". Rawesome Fight and MMA News - Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "Josh Thomson UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014. 
  14. ^ "Mike Whitehead UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014. 

External links

  • Official website
  • U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: North Idaho College
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