Normandale Community College, located in Bloomington, Minnesota, was founded in 1968 in order to provide educational opportunities for residents of its service regions. The school was originally known as Normandale State Junior College and had an initial enrollment of 1,358 students. Today the school enrolls over 10,000 students annually and maintains a large campus equipped with modern equipment and facilities in order to best meet the needs of modern and future students. The school is one of the institutions that comprise the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. The school maintains ties to local businesses and organizations as part of its goal to assist in cultural and economic development.
Normandale Community College is a comprehensive community college offers a large variety of programs aimed at academic transfer or career training. The school's goal is to provide an atmosphere of growth and assistance for students.
Academic transfer is accomplished through the completion of the first two years of a four year education, followed by the applying to college and universities in order to continue that education and complete the final two years, earning a bachelor's degree. Students may choose to seek graduate level study or enter the workforce with an undergraduate degree upon completion. Individuals seeking transfer will find that admissions requirements are eased for those applying to public Minnesota institutions through pre-existing agreements between the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System schools. Transfer to private or out of state schools will be more difficult due to varying admissions requirements, and interested students should meet with a counselor to develop the appropriate curriculum.
Career training programs provide interested students with an education in a specific area of study and expertise, assisting in the development of the skills and abilities necessary to enter the workforce as a qualified professional. A program will be divided between traditional classroom courses and practical courses designed to simulate real world environments that help perfect skills and methods specific to one's chosen field. Programs take between one and two years to complete and result in a certificate or degree that demonstrates competency in the area of study, which is useful for seeking employment at the entry level.
Programs offered include:
The school also offers programs aimed at assisting high school students develop academic skills such as research, writing, analyses and others prior to entry to a college or university. These programs are aimed at removing the gap often encountered by high school graduates when first entering a post secondary institution.
Admissions and Financial Aid
Normandale Community College is an open enrollment institution that allows any individuals interested in attending to enroll by submitting an application and paying all fees. Students must be eighteen years of age or older, or have a high school diploma or equivalent. Students must also supply transcripts and test scores if available and may be required to take a placements exam prior to registration. Participation in new student orientation is recommended to familiarize oneself with the campus and rules, as well as meet with a counselor to discuss goals, program enrollment and curriculum.
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 from which will be used by the school to determine the extent of a student's need and aid program eligibility when developing the financial aid packet. Financial aid must be reapplied for prior to the start of each academic year. Students may also be chosen at random to supply additional tax and financial information to confirm the accuracy of their FAFSA as part of recent changes in federal regulation regarding the disbursement of aid funds.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $12,300. 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 $210 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||74%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||56%||$4,634|
|Receiving Student Loans||36%||$5,388|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and recent graduates, Normandale Community College may offer services to students including:
- Online classes
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Day care for children
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 this school compares against other community colleges in Hennepin County and the community colleges in Minnesota as a whole.
|Normandale Community College||Hennepin County||Minnesota|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Art and Design Program
- Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation (since 2010)
- Dental Hygienist Program
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1971)
- Dietetic Technician Program
- Accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (since 1975)
- Music Program
- Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation (since 2003)
- 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 1975)
- See a list of all associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs in Minnesota
- Theatre Program
- Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation (since 2009)
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 Normandale 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,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Personal and Culinary Services
Philosophy and Religious Studies
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 Normandale Community College.
- Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, MN (14 miles away)
- North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, MN (19 miles away)
- Anoka - Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, MN (24 miles away)
- Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, MN (165 miles away)
- Sisseton Wahpeton College in Sisseton, SD (190 miles away)