Rochester Community and Technical College
Over 100 Years of Student Success
- Founded in 1915 on a motion by Dr. Charles Mayo to the Rochester School Board, RCTC has been providing students higher education opportunities in Rochester for over 100 years.
- RCTC is Minnesota's oldest, public two-year college and one of the nation's oldest original community colleges
- The College serves approximately 8,000 students in credit-based courses and 5,000 students in noncredit courses
- Rochester consistently lands near or at the top of the nation's "Most Livable Cities" lists
- Rochester is Minnesota's third-largest city and home to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic and IBM Rochester
- The College offers more than 300 different online classes and 70 credit-based programs with more than 130 credential options in the areas of liberal arts, allied health, business, services and technical career pathways
- RCTC is part of a learning alliance with Winona State University. This long-term collaboration offers certificate through master's degree programs.
Student Enrollment and Demographics
- Total number of students served: 7,515
- Full-time students: 47%
- Part-time students: 52%
- Percent female: 60%
- Percent male: 38%
- Percent students of color: 23%
Get started today! Rochester Community and Technical College is an open door institution, which means all applicants who have earned a high school diploma or GED will be admitted. Applicants who do not meet this criteria may still be admitted by appeal. Contact our Welcome Center at 507.285.7557 for more information on the appeal process.
Lack of English skills should not be a barrier to admission or participation. In order to eliminate barriers, RCTC takes appropriate measures to assess each student's ability to participate and benefit through placement testing and counseling. Based on the placement testing and counseling, students are then provided with campus services or a referral to community services to be better prepared for successful participation.
Qualtity, affordable and accessible education for over 100 years! RCTC offers more than 70 technical and transfer programs and 130 degree options. More than 300 online classes are offered. Want the best of both worlds? Hybrid classes which combine online and on campus learning are another popular choice. RCTC's service learning opportunities are extensive. RCTC offers a broad variety of learning opportunities and student support services including credit for prior learning, concurrent enrollment, PSEOP, distance learning, and study abroad options. RCTC reaches out to its communities through collaborative programming, partnerships, and articulation agreements.
The following degrees are available from Rochester Community and Technical College
- Associate of Applied Science
- Associate of Arts
- Associate of Fine Arts
- Associate of Science
Tuition & finance
Affordable Excellence at RCTC !
How to apply for financial aid
Your key to receiving financial aid to help pay your college costs is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Many students don’t realize they can qualify for grant money and federally guaranteed loans. It is important to find out if you qualify by completing the FAFSA form. Each student's aid package is different and is based on income of the student and/or parents.
Complete the FAFSA after January 1. Find the form online at www.fafsa.gov. Your high school counselor may have a FAFSA worksheet available that can be used to organize the information needed to complete your application online. For help with completing the form, go to your high school counselor or contact the financial aid office at RCTC. RCTC's federal code for the FAFSA is 002373.
The FAFSA determines your eligibility for one or more of the following types of financial aid:
You may be eligible to receive federal and state grants. You do not need to repay these funds unless you fail to complete your courses.
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.
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 types of Financial Aid assistance that may be available to you:
State Financial Aid programs
Minnesota offers several options for Financial Aid (grants, work study and student loans) which complement other resources available for you. Check out the Minnesota Office of Higher Education's website at www.ohe.state.mn.us/ for more information!
Contact RCTC's Foundation office at www.rctc.edu/foundation or 507-285-7770.
Reduced out-of-state tuition
If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Manitoba, Canada, you may be eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents.
Some college students also benefit from federal tax credit programs commonly known as the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning tax credit. These may apply to you or your family, depending on your financial circumstances.
If you’ve served in the armed forces, you might be eligible for help with paying for college. Stop by the on-campus veteran's center for information, support and assistance. Check with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education at www.ohe.state.mn.us/ for more information about the Minnesota GI Bill. For additional funding options, also consider reviewing information available at www.mymilitaryeducation.org or www.benefits.va.gov/benefits/.
Get Involved at RCTC !
As the home to Minnesota's oldest state college student government, RCTC is proud of its 100 year old heritage of effective, engaged student leadership and advocacy within the College, community, state and nation. The RCTC Student Senate also proudly administers one of Minnesota's largest and most inclusive Student Life programs. RCTC Student Life provides world-class co- and extra-curricular opportunities to its students.
Look beyond the classroom to discover and develop your strengths, interests, relationships and talents. Student leadership, multicultural and diversity programs, volunteer opportunities, performing arts, sports and fitness, student clubs and organizations provide RCTC students with every option you would expect from Minnesota's oldest comprehensive community and technical college. RCTC also offers nationally ranked men's and women's athletics. RCTC is large enough to provide countless opportunities for students to take their college experience beyond the traditional classroom, but small enough for students to immediately engage and become actively involved.
- Child Care Resources
- Counseling Center
- Counseling Office
- Disability Services
- Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
- Emergency Contact System
- Financial Aid
- Fitness Center
- Food Service/Dining Services
- Health Services
- International Student Services
- Learning Center
- Scholarship Foundation
- Student Advising
- Student Employment Services
- Student Success Office
- TRIO Student Support Services
- Technology Center
- Transfer Assistance
- Tutoring/Writing Services
- Veterans Services
- Animal Health Tecnology Club
- Art Club
- Automotive Technology Club
- Building Utilities Mechanic
- Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Technology
- Design Club
- Equestrian Club
- Gold Course Superintendents' Association
- Horticulture Club
- Music Technology Club
- ECHO Student Newspaper
- Student Nursing Forum
- Lions Club
- Asian Student Organization
- Muslim Student Association
- Gay-Straight Alliance
- Disc Golf Club
- Table Tennis
- Phi Theta Kappa
- International Club
- Law Enforcement Club
- Armed Forces and Veterans Club
- Ecology Club
- Yellowjacket Volunteers
- Rochester Collegiate Navigators
- Engineering and Physics Club
- Campus Activities Board (CAB)
- Yellowjacket Passport
- Student Senate
- Drama Club
- Mens Golf
851 30th Ave. SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Toll-Free: (800) 247-1296
Local: (507) 258-7210
TTY: (800) 627-3529