Anoka-Ramsey Community College, located in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, began operations in 1965 to an enrollment of 600 students. The school originally operated through the Centennial High School but moved to its Coon Rapids Campus in 1967. The school has grown very large over the years, requiring the addition of a second campus in 1978 and new buildings at both locations throughout the years. The school currently serves nearly 13,000 students annually, providing them a quality education and services as mandated to members schools of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.
Anoka-Ramsey Community College offers a large number of programs that allows students to pursue academic transfer or career training opportunities. Students will be able to pursue the track that best reflects their needs and goals. Academic transfer programs allows students to complete the first two years of a four year education at a much lower cost followed by an application to four year institutions in order to transfer one's credits and earn a bachelor's degree. As a member college of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, transfer to a four year school within the system will be made easier through transfer agreements between member schools. Students wishing to transfer to out of state or private institutions will have to meet the varying requirements for transfer of those schools, as such it is recommended they meet with a counselor to develop a curriculum that best meets the student's desired school or schools requirements.
Career training programs provide students with the skills and abilities necessary to enter the workforce in their desired field of study and expertise. Students will take a combination of classroom, theoretical and practical courses that allow for the development and application of methods and ideas in simulated and controlled settings in order to gain experience and training for real world applications. Students will earn a degree or certificate that demonstrates competency and is earned after one to two years of study depending on the program. Graduates of such programs may seek employment at the entry level as qualified individuals.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in enrollment at Anoka-Ramsey Community College may do so by meeting the minimum requirements for admission, supplying a completed application and paying all associated fees. Students should also submit transcripts and test scores and may be required to take a placement exam prior to registration. Students are also encouraged to participate in new student orientation to familiarize themselves with the campus and to meet with a counselor to develop a curriculum and help in the choice of program enrollment.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. Individuals in need of financial assistance must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which will be used by the school's financial aid department to determine aid program eligibility and financial need, expressed through the financial packet put together and provided to the student. Students may be chosen at random to provide additional financial information used to compare to the FAFSA to verify its accuracy as per new federal regulations. All aid must be reapplied for prior to each academic year due the possibility of changing financial circumstances for the student from year to year.
Clubs and Organizations
Anoka-Ramsey Community College is home to a number of clubs and organizations that allow students to participate in a variety of social, cultural, academic or personal interests as desired. They are sponsored by the school and each has its own schedule for meetings and events. Students are encouraged to participate in one or more clubs that allow for the development of older interests or the growth and exploration of newer ones. Clubs and Organizations are also a good forum for socializing, allowing like minded individuals to meet and form bonds outside of a classroom setting.
Clubs and organizations include:
- Drama Club
- Creative Writing Club
- History Club
- Math Club
- Swing Dancing Club
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $11,000. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. 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 is estimated to range between $4,300-$5,200 for both in-state and out-of-state students
- For part-time students, charges are between $150-$170 per unit
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||79%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||56%||$3,916|
|Receiving Student Loans||45%||$5,197|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and recent graduates, Anoka – Ramsey Community College may offer services to students like those listed below:
- Distance learning
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Remedial courses
- Career path counseling
- Work study style employment
- Assistance to find work
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how ARCC compares against other community colleges in Anoka County and community colleges in Minnesota as a whole.
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Music Program
- Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation (since 2011)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1976)
- See a list of all associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs in Minnesota
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 Anoka – Ramsey Community 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,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Natural Resources and Conservation
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Anoka – Ramsey Community College.
- North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, MN (5 miles away)
- Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, MN (28 miles away)
- Sisseton Wahpeton College in Sisseton, SD (182 miles away)
- Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, IA (183 miles away)
- Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College in Baraga, MI (258 miles away)