Riverland Community College, located in Austin, Minnesota was founded in 1940 and was originally known as Austin Junior College. The school has over the years gone through many name changes and iterations, expanding its service area and refining its mission. Today the school is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System and provides programs and services to over 4000 services annually. The school also maintains two additional campuses in Albert Lea and Owatonna to better provide coverage for its service area.
RCC is a comprehensive community college that offers a number of career training and academic transfer programs, allowing students to pursue the course of study that best suits their needs. Career training programs offer an education in specific, typically high demand industries or fields and allow the student to enter the workforce as a qualified professional in the chosen area upon completion. Such programs typically take between one and two years to complete and result in an associate degree or certificate upon completion. Academic transfer programs allow students to complete the first two years of a four year education at RCC followed by transfer to a four year college or university to continue one's education, completing their final two years and earning a bachelor's degree.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
RCC admits any individual that wished to enroll through its open enrollment policy. Interested individuals may do so through the submission of a completed application for admission and payment all associated fees. Students are asked to supply all previous transcripts and standardized test scores as well, and may be required to take a placement exam prior to registration to determine the level of general education courses to be taken. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Aid is awarded based on need as determined by the information provided in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the applicant. Aid must be applied for prior to each academic year.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $9,500. 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 $4,900-$5,900 for both state residents and nonresidents
- For part-time students, charges are between $180-$220 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||87%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||70%||$4,143|
|Receiving Student Loans||54%||$5,286|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and recent graduates, Riverland Community College may offer services to students like those listed below:
- Online classes
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial courses
- Career path counseling
- Work study style employment
- Employment search assistance
- Child care
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges often offer both career training programs and options for students to transfer-out to four year institutions, which is why the table below is so important, it compares this school against community colleges in Minnesota.
|Riverland Community College||Mower County||Minnesota|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- 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)
- 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 1990)
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 Riverland 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
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Public Administration and Social Services
Security and Protective Services
Transportation and Materials Moving
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Riverland Community College.
- North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, IA (37 miles away)
- Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, MN (37 miles away)
- South Central College in North Mankato, MN (62 miles away)
- Northeast Iowa Community College - Calmar in Calmar, IA (67 miles away)
- Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical in Winona, MN (73 miles away)