Inver Hills Community College
Inver Hills: The Right Direction
- Ten minutes south of downtown St. Paul and 10 minutes east of the Mall of America, the Inver Hills campus is one of the most scenic in the Twin Cities.
- More than 50 degree and certificate will prepare you for entering the workforce right after you graduate, or give you the foundation you need for transferring to a four-year college or university.
- You can earn an Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis and gain the deeper knowledge you need for pursuing a specific major at a four-year institution.
- Transfer agreements with state universities and many private colleges and universities as well as a comprehensive selection of liberal arts and general education courses allow you to complete the first two years of most bachelor’s degree programs.
- Nationally recognized for Adult Success through Accelerated Learning (ASAP), Inver Hills was the first two-year college in the nation to be designated an Adult Friendly Learning Institution by the Council for Adult Experiential Learning.
- Inver Hills is ranked number six in the nation and first in Minnesota for two-year colleges on the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 rankings.
- Inver Hills is ranked #3 in the nation on Online College Plan’s Top 20 Best 2-Year Colleges for Veterans. Inver Hills was the only college in Minnesota to make the list.
- Washington Monthly, a bimonthly nonprofit magazine covering U.S. politics and government, ranked Inver Hills Community College #7 on its 2016 College Guide and Rankings: Best Colleges for Adult Learners—2-Year Colleges.
- Inver Hills is ranked #25 on Value College’s Top 50 Best Value Community Colleges of 2016, which determines rankings based on College Measures, a database supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Inver Hills Community College-Metropolitan State University Interdisciplinary Community Garden and Orchard is located on campus.
- Inver Hills Fine Art Gallery is located in the Fine Arts building.
- Learn more about the Inver Hills campus community by reading Inver Hills News, the college's official news blog.
Inver Hills offers many flexible options for busy students:
- Courses and complete degrees offered online
- Accelerated courses and degrees
- Several community-based class sites, including the South of the River Education Center in Burnsville.
Inver Hills participates in three Centers of Excellence:
- Access and Opportunity: Supports students in groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education
- Advance IT Minnesota: Center for strategic and information technology security
HealthForce Minnesota: Dedicated to transforming health care education
Student Enrollment and Demographics
- Total number of students served: 8,568
- Full-time students: 35%
- Part-time students: 65%
- Percent female: 58%
- Percent male: 41%
- Percent students of color: 29%
Transfer to a four-year college or university
Many students choose Inver Hills to complete their generals and earn an Associate in Arts degree before transferring to pursue a bachelor's degree at a four-year college or university, including:
- Minnesota State Universities
- University of Minnesota
- Minnesota private colleges
- Out-of-state universities
The A.A. degree is 60 credits earned in three parts.
- Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC): 40 credits
- Health & physical education coursework: 2 credits
- Electives, liberal arts and pre-major coursework: 18 credits
The A.A. with emphasis is designed to allow students to thoroughly prepare themselves for the major at corresponding baccalaureate programs at several public and private four-year colleges and universities. Students should work with an advisor or counselor to make thier transfer plans. Our nine emphasis areas are:
- Gender and Women Studies
- Political Science
Other students choose to follow our Major Programs, which prepare them for the workforce after graduating.
- Accounting (A.S.)
- Fine Art (A.F.A)
- Biology (A.S.)
- Contemporary Business (A.S.)
- Contemporary Business Practice (A.A.S.)
- International Business (A.S.)
- Chemistry (A.S.)
- Computer Programmer (A.A.S.)
- Construction Management (A.S.)
- Criminal Justice (A.S.)
- Emergency Medical Services (A.S.): Traditional Track Paramedic
- Community Paramedic Certificate
- Engineering Fundamentals (A.S.)
- Human Service Worker (A.S.)
- Individualized Professional Studies (A.S.)
- Information Technology Support (A.A.S.)
- Network Technology and Security (A.A.S.)
- Law Enforcement (A.S.)
- Legal Administrative Assistant (A.S.)
- Music (A.F.A.)
- MANE - Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education
- Bachelor in Nursing - Dual Enrollment
- Paralegal (A.S.)
- Exercise Science (A.S.)
- Physical Education (A.S.)
- Education Foundations (A.S.)
- Early Childhood Education (A.S.)
- Theatre (A.F.A.)
Inver Hills Community College
The Right Direction
Dedicated to the power and promise of education, we inspire students, build careers and strengthen communities.
We will be an innovator in education, creating a vigorous intellectual environment for emerging leaders, scholars, and professionals. Providing an affordable gateway into the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, we will enrich individual lives and support our diverse communities, locally and globally.
At Inver Hills Community College, we value:
- Student success and excellence in education
- Integrity, reflection, and innovation
- Caring responsibly for our environmental, human, and financial resources
- Our diverse community
- Relationships with our partners and stakeholders
Founded in 1970, Inver Hills is a comprehensive community college offering more than 20 degree options, including liberal education courses (Associate in Arts degree) that lead to transfer to four-year colleges, and career-related degrees (A.S., A.A.S.) in leading occupational areas such as nursing, computer technology, law enforcement, human services, business, emergency health care and much more.
The 90-acre campus features nine modern buildings designed to fit naturally into the surrounding wooded hills and wetlands. The campus is located just off Highway 52 at 80th Street in Inver Grove Heights.
Inver Hills students come from all over Minnesota and western Wisconsin (and a dozen foreign countries), but the most significant portion are from within a 20-mile radius of the campus, particularly Dakota and Washington counties and the city of St. Paul.
More than 1,200 course sections are scheduled each year in 50 academic disciplines. About half meet during evenings, late afternoons and weekends so that working people can attend. Traditionally, 50 percent of Inver Hills students are working adults and part-time learners.
With distinctive architecture and individual buildings, the campus has an engaging, small-college look and feel. The natural setting complements a student-centered philosophy based on delivering superb academic support and learning assistance as well as practical opportunities for personal and professional development.
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The following degrees are available from Inver Hills Community 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 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 www.fafsa.ed.gov 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 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. 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. Our outstanding student leadership programs feature more than 40 clubs and organizations on campus that sponsor events and activities year-round.
- Academic Planning
- Career Services
- Career Services
- Center for Accessibility and Inclusion
- Center for Equity and Inclusion
- College Center
- Counseling, Advising & Career Dev.
- Counseling, Advising & Career Dev.
- Disability Resources
- Financial Aid Office
- Fitness & Recreation
- Fresh Stop Cafe
- Health Service
- Inver Hills Bookstore
- Inver Hills Foundation
- Inver Hills Library
- Peer Tutoring, Math & Writing centers
- Security & Transportation
- Star Alert
- TRiO Student Support Services
- Technology Services
- Veterans Services
- Honor's Program/PTK
- Learning Communities
- Online Courses & Programs
- EMSSA - Emergency Medical Services Assoc
- VIBE - Volunteering
- Ethiopian Student Club
- Somali Student Club
- Spanish Club
- Phi Theta Kappa
- Student Ambassadors
- Student Org for Leadership Development
- Recreational Sports
- CRU - Christian Fellowship
- Muslim Student Association
- Student Activities Budgeting Committee
- Student Clubs & Government
2500 East 80th Street
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
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