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Century College, located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, was founded 1967 and was originally known as Lakewood Community College. The school merged with Northeast Metro Technical College in 1996, becoming Century Community and Technical College before changing its name to Century College. The school is the largest two year college in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. The school continually reviews facilities, services and programs to ensure they remain relevant and that the needs of current and future students are met.
Century College has a large number of programs and services aimed at meeting the needs of its current and future students. Academic transfer programs allow students to take a curriculum that mirrors the first two years of a four year program, followed by the applying to a bachelor degree granting institution in order to continue the education and earn a four year degree. Transfer to public Minnesota institutions is facilitated by agreements in place with the MnSCU System that ease requirements, though those individuals interested in transfer to private or out of state schools should meet with a counselor to discuss transfer and curriculum options.
Career training programs provide students with an education in a given field or industry that assists them entry into the workforce as a qualified professionals through training and skill development. Students will participate in traditional and practical courses as needed by the program, with practical courses providing training and development in a controlled environment under the supervision of experienced professionals. These programs take between one and two years to complete and give provide the student with an associate degree or certificate which demonstrates competency.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Any individual interested in attending Century College may do so if they are a high school graduate or 18 years of age or older. Individuals must complete the application for admissions and pay all associated fees. Students should also supply transcripts and test scores if available, and may be required to take a placement exam prior to registration. Students are also encouraged to participate in new student orientation and to meet with a counselor to discuss program enrollment and curriculum prior to the selection of courses.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information provided by which will be used by the school's financial aid department to determine the extent of a given student's need and their aid program eligibility when constructing his or her financial aid packet. Aid must be applied for prior to each academic year and it is recommended that the application be completed in a timely fashion.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $13,300. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $20 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are between $4,800-$5,800 for both state residents and nonresidents
- Per unit charges are around $200 for part time students
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||75%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||52%||$4,273|
|Receiving Student Loans||43%||$4,951|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2012 was around 14%.
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and recent graduates, Century College may offer services like:
- Online course work available
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial courses
- Career path counseling
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Assistance to find work
- Day care
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for this school, versus those community colleges in Minnesota, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dental Assistant Program (more info)
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1972)
- Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1994)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1977)
- Compare all associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs in Minnesota
- Radiology Technician Program
- Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1988)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Century College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Century College.
- Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, MN (15 miles away)
- Minneapolis Community and Technical College in Minneapolis, MN (15 miles away)
- Anoka - Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, MN (20 miles away)
- Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, MN (20 miles away)
- Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN (22 miles away)