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Century College

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Century College is located in White Bear Lake, MN and is one of the largest two-year community and technical colleges in Minnesota, serving over 14,000 students per year. A leader in the area of student success, Century College offers a warm, welcoming, vibrant learning community. With affordable tuition, and certificates, diplomas and degrees in over 40 areas of study which lead to employment or transfer to a four-year university, Century College provides exceptional value.

School Highlights

Century College is located in White Bear Lake, MN and is one of the largest two-year community and technical colleges in Minnesota, serving over 14,000 students per year. A leader in the area of student success, Century College offers a warm, welcoming, vibrant learning community. With affordable tuition, and certificates, diplomas and degrees in over 40 areas of study which lead to employment or transfer to a four-year university, Century College provides exceptional value.

  • 76 certificates, 21 diplomas and 47 degrees are offered and taught by expert faculty. Each year, 8 out of 10 Century College graduates gain employment in their related program of study and hundreds more transfer to four-year universities.
  • Students attend Century College from 38 states and 46 countries. The average age of Century College students is 26.
  • Century College is the only college in Minnesota to participate in the “Achieving the Dream” initiative, a national program focused on student success.
  • A variety of student services, including advising and counseling, free tutoring, career services, GPS LifePlan and much more support student success.
  • 30 student clubs and organizations, a beautiful Student Center, College intramurals and 4 NJCAA Division III athletic teams, give students the opportunity develop leadership skills, make new friends and have fun.
  • “Discover Century” information sessions and tours are the first Tuesday of each month at 1 pm and 5 pm for general education programs and the third Thursday of each month at 1 pm for technical programs. Go to



Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 12,395
  • Full-time students: 41%
  • Part-time students: 58%
  • Percent female: 55%
  • Percent male: 43%
  • Percent students of color: 38%

Largest Programs

Liberal Arts and Sciences; Nursing; Emergency Medical Technician; Accounting; Criminal Justice; Medical Assistant; Dental Assistant, Medical Office Support; Law Enforcement; Information and Telecommunications; Radiologic Technology

Unique Programs

Interior Design; Kitchen and Bath Design; Visual Communication Technologies; Sports Management; Orthotic Technology; Prosthetic Technology; Translating and Interpreting; Solar and Renewable Energy


The college has no on-campus housing, but rental units are within walking distance.


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Admission requirements

Century College has an open admissions policy. This means:

  • You can enroll if you have a high school diploma or a GED. Even without those, you may be admitted if you demonstrate potential for success in college.
  • You don’t have to take a standardized test to be admitted, and your high school grades and class rank are not considered.
  • After you are admitted, you will take a placement test. That will tell you if you need to take remedial or developmental courses, which will not count toward a degree, before you can take college-level courses. Many students need just one developmental course, often in math or English. If you have taken these subjects every year in high school, you are more likely to do well on the placement test.

You can complete your studies in less time and for less total cost if you come well prepared for college-level work, especially by taking math, English, science and social studies classes every year in high school. Also, some programs of study require more math and science, so your high school preparation makes a difference.

Apply early in 12th grade. That increases your chances of being admitted to the specific program you want when you enter college. Some programs are more popular than others and fill early.

Apply online

Using the e-application, you may apply to Century College and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


Programs that Lead to Success
Century College certificates, diplomas and degrees meet the demands of an evolving job market and transfer to four-year universities. Each year, 8 of 10 Century College graduates gain employment in their related program of study and hundreds more transfer to four-year universities. At Century College, you will be taught by expert faculty and experience a warm, welcoming and vibrant learning environment.

Program Title Award
3D Animation AAS
3D Animation DIP
Academic English Proficiency CERT
Accountant DIP
Accounting AAS
Accounting Clerk CERT
Accounting Technician CERT
Accounting Transfer Pathway AS
Addiction Counseling AS
Addiction Counseling CERT
Additive and Digital Manufacturing AAS
Administrative Assistant AAS
Advanced Enterprise Computing CERT
Advanced Solar Photovoltaic Energy Systems CERT
Advanced Solar Thermal Energy Systems CERT
Applied Big Data Analytics AAS
Auto Body Technician DIP
Auto Body Technology AAS
Automotive Services Technician DIP
Basic Automotive Service CERT
Basic Welding CERT
Biology Transfer Pathway AS
Business Management AAS
Business Transfer Pathway AS
Chemistry Transfer Pathway AS
Cloud Computing CERT
Cloud Computing & Virtualization Security AAS
Cloud Security & Virtualization Forensics CERT
Communication Studies CERT
Communication Studies Transfer Pathway AA
Community Paramedic CERT
Computer Information Systems AS
Computer Science AS
Computer Skills CERT
Cooling CERT
Corrections CERT
Cosmetology AAS
Cosmetology DIP
Creative Writing CERT
Criminal Justice AS
Cybersecurity Analysis and Techniques CERT
Cybersecurity, Virtualization, and Forensics AAS
Dental Assistant AAS
Dental Assistant DIP
Dental Hygiene AAS
Dental Practice Management CERT
Digital Fabrication Technology CERT
Digital Forensics Analysis and Techniques CERT
Earth Science AS
Education AS
Emergency Medical Services CERT
Emergency Medical Technician CERT
Energy Technical Specialist AAS
Engineering Broad Field AS
Engineering CAD Technology AAS
Enterprise Computing Technician DIP
Enterprise Computing Technology AAS
Enterprise Technical Support Specialist CERT
Entrepreneurial CERT
Facilities Maintenance Engineer AAS
Facilities Maintenance Engineer DIP
Facilities Maintenance Engineer CERT
Filmmaking and Video Production AAS
Filmmaking and Video Production DIP
Fire Services CERT
Gender Studies CERT
Global Studies CERT
Golf Course Management CERT
Graphic Design AAS
Graphic Design DIP
Health Sciences Broad Field AS
Health Support Specialist CERT
Heating CERT
Heating, Vent, Air Condition and Refrig Technician DIP
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology AAS
History Transfer Pathway AA
Home Furnishing Sales CERT
Horticulture Science AS
Horticulture Technology DIP
Horticulture Technology CERT
Horticulture Technology AAS
Human Services AS
Human Services Technician CERT
Human Services Volunteer CERT
IT Security and Audit Control CERT
Ice Arena Management CERT
Individualized Studies AAS
Individualized Studies AS
Individualized Studies DIP
Information Security/Assurance CERT
Information and Telecommunications Technology AAS
Intelligence and Crime Analysis CERT
Interior Design AAS
Interior Design Associate DIP
Internet Programming CERT
Intrusion Detection and Incident Handling CERT
Investigation CERT
Kitchen and Bath Design CERT
Law Enforcement AS
Liberal Arts and Sciences AA
Linux System Administrator CERT
Marketing CERT
Marketing Communications Technology AAS
Marketing Management AAS
Marketing Specialty DIP
Medical Administrative Support DIP
Medical Assistant DIP
Medical Office Assistant AAS
Medical Office Support CERT
Mental Health Behavioral Aide II CERT
Mental and Behavioral Health Worker CERT
Music AFA
Nail Care Technician CERT
Networking Fundamentals CERT
Nursing (MANE) AS
Nursing Assistant CERT
Office Assistant CERT
Office Support DIP
Orthotic and Prosthetic Clinical Applications DIP
Orthotic and Prosthetic Fitter AAS
Orthotics Technician DIP
Orthotics Technology AAS
Paraeducation CERT
Paramedic DIP
Paramedic Science AAS
Paramedic for Experienced EMT AAS
Paramedic for Experienced EMT DIP
Pedorthic CERT
Private Security CERT
Professional Photography AAS
Professional Photography DIP
Prosthetic Technology AAS
Prosthetics Technician DIP
Psychology Transfer Pathway AA
Public Safety AAS
Public Safety Leadership CERT
Radiologic Technology AAS
Reverse Engineering Malware Analysis and Techniques CERT
Social Media Marketing CERT
Software Applications CERT
Solar Assessor CERT
Solar Sales and Marketing CERT
Sports/Athletic Management CERT
Storage Area Networking CERT
Theatre Transfer Pathway AFA
Translation and Interpreting CERT
Visual Communications Assistant CERT
Web Design AAS
Web Design DIP

The following degrees are available from Century College

  • Associate of Applied Science
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Fine Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Certificate
  • Diploma

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees $5,418.00
FAFSA Code:010546

How to apply for financial aid
Your key to receiving financial aid to help pay your college costs is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form. Many students don’t realize they could qualify for grant money and federally guaranteed loans, so be sure to find out by filling out the form.

Complete the FAFSA after Jan. 1 of your senior year. Find the form online at or pick up the form at your school counselor’s office. For help with completing the form, go to your high school counselor or the financial aid office at the college or university you plan to attend.

The FAFSA determines your eligibility for one or more of the following types of financial aid:

Scholarships are a great source of aid, and you do not need to pay them back. Many scholarships are available for students with special interests and backgrounds. Talk to your guidance counselor about what kind of scholarships you can get.

You may be eligible to receive federal and state grants of $300 to more than $7,000 per year. You do not need to pay these back.

Work study
Work study programs give you the opportunity to work on campus or with approved off-campus employers to earn money to pay for college. Work study jobs are often very flexible, allowing you to work around your classes and personal schedules.

Student loans
You also may be eligible for student loans, which must be paid back. Student loans usually have a lower interest rate than other kinds of loans.

Other ways to save

Reduced out-of-state tuition
Students from other states don’t always have to pay higher tuition if they want to attend the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Manitoba, Canada, you’re eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents. And 26 of the state colleges and universities allow students from other states to pay the lower in-state rates, so ask a college or university about its tuition charges.

Tax credits
Some college students also benefit from two federal tax credit programs, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning tax credit. These may apply to you or your family, depending on your financial circumstances.

Veterans are welcomed at the state colleges and universities. If you’ve served in the armed forces, you might be eligible for help with paying for college. Stop by one of the on-campus veterans centers for information, support and assistance. Also, check with the campus financial aid office about benefits from the new Minnesota GI Bill. Or go to

Campus Life

College is more than textbooks, classes, labs and studying. Plenty of clubs and program-related organizations, sports and recreational activities help you meet new friends, develop leadership and team skills, stay fit and share the fun of working together on projects.

  • Academic Center
  • Bookstore
  • Career Services
  • Child Care Resources
  • Counseling Center
  • Disability Services
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • Health Services
  • International Student Services
  • Library
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Security
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • Student Success Office
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
Arts and literature
  • Anime Club
  • Art Club
Broadcasting and journalism
  • Newspaper - Century Times
Career and professional
  • American Society of Interior Designers
  • Business,Entrepreneur, Account, Managmt
  • Dental Assistant Community
  • Dental Hygiene Community
  • Education Club
  • Energy Club
  • Engineering Club
  • Film Club
  • Future Educators Club
  • Horticulture Club
  • Information & Telecommunication Associat
  • Nursing Club
  • Orthotic & Prosthetic Student Assn
  • Philosophy Community
  • Psychology Club
  • Radiology Technology Community
  • Student Women in Engineering
Community and human services
  • Social Change Community
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Asian Student Association
  • Black Student Association
  • K-pop
  • Movimiento Latino
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Spanish Club
Gender and sexuality
  • P.R.I.D.E.
Health and fitness
  • Love your Melon
  • Pumping Ducks Club
  • Spread the Lifeline Community
Honorary societies
  • PTK - Phi Theta Kappa
International students
  • International Student Association
Law enforcement and safety
  • Criminal Justice Community
Military and veterans
  • Veterans Club
Recreational and club sports
  • Elite Speed (Flag Football)
  • League of Legends
  • Planning Activities Committee
Religious and spiritual
  • Alpha to Omega
  • Epic Movement
  • Mountain of Fire Ministries Campus
Student government
  • Student Senate
Students with disabilities
  • American Sign Language Club
Theater, dance, music
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Music for a Cause
  • Orchestra
  • Theater
  • Baseball NJCAA Div. 3
  • Softball NJCAA Div. 3
Century College
Century College
3300 Century Avenue North
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Toll-Free: (800) 228-1978
Local: (651) 779-3300
TTY: (651) 779-3354