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Community Colleges in Minnesota

Minnesota is the 22nd most populous state in the country that has adopted the slogan the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Approximately, sixty percent of the total population in Minnesota live in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area. Educationally, the state is home to over 150 accredited colleges and universities. Approximately thirty of those schools are community colleges that are peppered across the state. Community colleges can be found in the Twin Cities, Brooklyn Park, Ely, Duluth, Austin, and Granite Falls to name a few.

Why Attend a Community College in Minnesota?

The diversity in schools provide ample opportunity for students to find degree programs of interest. Community colleges in Minnesota provide a guaranteed admissions policy and a lower tuition for students. The combination of both result in a higher education institution that provides an opportunity for students to earn a formal degree or certificate in a value-oriented environment. Students can either utilize a community college to jump right into the workforce or parlay an associate’s degree into an additional degree. More specifically, a direct-entry degree program provides students with the essential skills and knowledge to launch a career in a specific area of study. On the other hand, a degree program can help students earn an entry-level position or continue their academics to earn a bachelor’s degree in an adjacent field of study. In either case, the work you put into earning your degree or certificate at a community college in Minnesota can help you move your career in a positive direction.

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Metro Area Links for Community Colleges in Minnesota

Community Colleges in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington

We have ranked the community colleges in the Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Bloomington area by the percent of students who either completed their degree or transferred to a 4-year institution. Anoka - Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, MN ranked as the #1 community college in this area. Visit their official website at http://www.anokaramsey.edu/

Anoka - Ramsey Community College Highlights

  • Serving students from Coon Rapids and surrounding areas
  • 55% of students either graduated or transferred to a 4-year college/university
  • Tuition & fees are $5,300 per year

Top Community Colleges in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Bloomington

Rate Institution Name Location Enrollment
55%Anoka - Ramsey Community CollegeCoon Rapids, MN9,000
55%Normandale Community CollegeBloomington, MN10,000
52%Dakota County Technical CollegeRosemount, MN3,000
48%Inver Hills Community CollegeInver Grove Heights, MN6,000
42%North Hennepin Community CollegeBrooklyn Park, MN7,000
42%Hennepin Technical CollegeBrooklyn Park, MN6,000
40%Anoka Technical CollegeAnoka, MN2,000
40%Century CollegeWhite Bear Lake, MN9,000
39%Saint Paul College - A Community and Technical CollegeSaint Paul, MN6,000
36%Minneapolis Community and Technical CollegeMinneapolis, MN9,000

Community Colleges in Duluth

We have ranked the community colleges in the Duluth area by the percent of students who either completed their degree or transferred to a 4-year institution. Vermilion Community College in Ely, MN ranked as the #1 community college in this area. Visit their official website at http://vcc.edu/

Vermilion Community College Highlights

  • Serving students from Ely and surrounding areas
  • 66% of students either graduated or transferred to a 4-year college/university
  • Tuition & fees are about $5,600 per year for state residents ($6,800 for out of state)

Top Community Colleges in Duluth

Rate Institution Name Location Enrollment
66%Vermilion Community CollegeEly, MN1,000
59%Mesabi Range Community and Technical CollegeVirginia, MN1,000
51%Lake Superior CollegeDuluth, MN5,000
50%Hibbing Community College - A Technical and Community CollegeHibbing, MN1,000
39%Fond du Lac Tribal and Community CollegeCloquet, MN2,000

Other Community Colleges in Minnesota

The table below lists all the other community colleges in Minnesota that do not belong to any large metropolitan or urban concentrated area. The table also displays the "Rate" column, which is the percent of students completing course work.

Rate Institution Name Location Enrollment
69%Alexandria Technical & Community CollegeAlexandria, MN3,000
61%Itasca Community CollegeGrand Rapids, MN1,000
59%Minnesota West Community and Technical CollegeGranite Falls, MN3,000
57%Ridgewater CollegeWillmar, MN4,000
56%Rainy River Community CollegeInternational Falls, MN-
50%St Cloud Technical and Community CollegeSaint Cloud, MN5,000
50%Riverland Community CollegeAustin, MN3,000
50%Northland Community and Technical CollegeThief River Falls, MN4,000
49%Central Lakes College - BrainerdBrainerd, MN4,000
48%Minnesota State Community and Technical CollegeFergus Falls, MN6,000
47%Pine Technical CollegePine City, MN1,000
47%Rochester Community and Technical CollegeRochester, MN6,000
47%Northwest Technical CollegeBemidji, MN1,000
44%Minnesota State College - Southeast TechnicalWinona, MN2,000
42%South Central CollegeNorth Mankato, MN3,000

Notes: Tuition & fee amounts are for both Minnesota in-state residents and out of state students, unless noted otherwise. The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.