Minnesota State Community and Technical College
At Minnesota State Community and Technical College, you can choose from four unique campus experiences, an array of student life activities and dozens of career and educational programs.
- Choose from on-campus, online, blended or evening courses. Twenty-five of our programs can be completed entirely online.
- Our tuition is low, and our financial aid options and special programs have made it possible for thousands of students to attend M State tuition-free. Our campus foundations award more than $200,000 in scholarships each year.
- Prepare for transfer to a four-year college or university, or choose from 70 career programs. Nearly half of all M State students come seeking a University Transfer degree, which is offered on all campuses and online. M State is the top transfer institution for students attending MSUM, NDSU, UND and Concordia.
- Our students get quality instruction from highly credentialed instructors. We’re student-centered, offering small class sizes, personal instruction and hands-on learning.
- We assist our learners with a number of outstanding services including advising, career counseling, disability accommodations, financial aid, job placement, student life, transfer advising, tutoring and veterans’ support.
- Nearly 750 industry partners work with M State to ensure our graduates learn the skills they’ll need on the job and to initiate programs needed to meet regional needs, including our new programs in Surgical Technology, Cardiovascular Technology and Gas Utility Construction and Service. Our industry partners were crucial in funding our renovated and state-of-the-art Diesel/Automotive Transportation Center.
- Our nursing and radiologic technology students have a pass rate of 91 percent on their licensure exams.
Student Enrollment and Demographics
- Total number of students served: 8,422
- Full-time students: 41%
- Part-time students: 58%
- Percent female: 59%
- Percent male: 39%
- Percent students of color: 16%
Minnesota State Community and Technical 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 may be asked to 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 to M State and for financial aid early in your senior year of high school. Many of our programs have a selective admission process or fill on a first-come, first-admitted basis.
It's all about choices.
Ready to start or advance your career in two years or less? Want to complete the first two years of your four-year degree? Looking for the flexibility of online courses? M State has options to fit your life!
Explore our programs at http://minnesota.edu/degrees/.
The following degrees are available from Minnesota State Community and Technical College
- Associate of Applied Science
- Associate of Arts
- Associate of Fine Arts
- Associate of Science
Tuition & finance
How to apply for financial aid
Your key to receiving financial aid to help you pay your college costs is to fill 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 FAFSA form.
Complete the FAFSA after October 1 of your senior year. You can complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or pick up the form at your school counselor’s office. For help with completing the FAFSA, 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 Pell and state grants of $100 to more than $7,000 per year. You do not need to pay these back.
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 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.
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 www.mymilitaryeducation.org.
College is more than textbooks, classes, labs and studying. Getting involved in student life activities pays off in big ways. College students who join campus activities do better both in college courses and in careers. Employers increasingly look at college involvement when making hiring decisions. By joining a club or team, you’ll have a chance to expand your interests, learn to work as part of a group, polish your leadership skills and serve your campus and community. Most important, you’ll have fun! There are a variety of opportunities at M State including student organizations, clubs, fine arts, collegiate and intramural sports. The options vary a bit by campus so be sure to inquire when you visit us.
- Career Counseling
- Career Services
- Child Care Resources
- Disability Services
- Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
- Emergency Contact System
- Financial Aid
- Fitness Center
- Food Service/Dining Services
- International Student Services
- Scholarship Foundation
- Spartan Center
- Student Advising
- Student Employment Services
- Student Success Office
- Technology Center
- Transfer Assistance
- Tutoring/Writing Services
- Veterans Services
- Art (FF)
- ADN Nursing Organization (FF)
- Architectural Tech Student Assc (DL)
- Automotive Club (M)
- Business Professionals of America (M)
- Construction Mgmt Student Org (M)
- Cosmetology Club (W)
- Criminal Justice Association (M)
- Dental Assisting Association (M)
- Diesel Club (M)
- Electrical Line Workers Org (W)
- Equine Science Organization (FF)
- F2CO Chemistry Org (FF)
- Powersports Technology Club (DL)
- Skills USA (DL, M)
- Student Dental Hygienist Assoc (M)
- Student Human Resources Org (M)
- Student Nursing Organization (M)
- Technology, Gaming, and Robotics (M)
- Christian Bible Fellowship (M)
- College Ambassador Club (FF)
- CRU Campus Crusade for Christ (FF)
- Multiculture Student Assc (M)
- Mu Alpha Theta - Math Honor Society (FF)
- PTK Honors Organization (DL, FF, M)
- Gaming Club (FF)
- Intramural Sports (FF, M)
- Varsity Athletics (FF)
- Student Government- All Campuses
- Choir (FF)
- Concert Band (FF)
- Jazz Band (FF)
- Pep Band (FF)
- Theater (FF)
- Baseball (FF)
- Football (FF)
- Golf (FF)
- Men's Basketball (FF)
- Softball (FF)
- Volleyball (FF)
- Women's Basketball (FF)
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