Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Minnesota West Community and Technical College has five campuses and two learning centers in beautiful southwest Minnesota. The college offers more than 60 majors in technical and liberal arts areas.
- Five southwest Minnesota campus locations: Canby, Granite Falls, Jackson, Pipestone and Worthington. Learning centers in Luverne and Marshall.
- State leader in online, distance delivery and technology
- We serve 19 counties/21,000 square miles, distinguishing Minnesota West from all other colleges in Minnesota
- #1 Community College in Minnesota 2017 by bestcolleges.com
- #3 Best Online Community College nationally 2017 by bestcolleges.com
- On campus wind tower used for both learning and power generation
- We award $75K in scholarships annually
- State of the art welding lab for hands-on learning
- Leader in allied health programming with learning opportunities in former hospital setting
- Named top 150 colleges in the country by the Aspen Institute (3 times)
- Military Friendly School since 2014
- Digital Survey Winner - 9 times
- Students can earn an A.A. Degree 100% online
- Hybrid courses available
- Agriculture program is online during harvest season
- The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
- 83% of our graduates live, work, and contribute to a Minnesota community
- Small class sizes allow for personal assistance with instructors and opportunities for getting to know your classmates.
- Numerous transfer agreements with state and private colleges and universities allow for easy transition to the next step.
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Student Enrollment and Demographics
- Total number of students served: 5,002
- Full-time students: 36%
- Part-time students: 63%
- Percent female: 55%
- Percent male: 44%
- Percent students of color: 16%
Minnesota West 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 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.
Learn with Purpose
At Minnesota West Community & Technical College, we have made it our mission to help students develop the skills and education they will need as their individual futures begin to take shape. To help them Learn with Purpose.
When you Learn with Purpose, you prepare yourself for a career and a life beyond graduation. It's hands-on education. It's establishing a foundation on which you can build a future.
No matter where you are in life, an education at Minnesota West Community & Technical College is the first step toward a promising, purposeful future. With opportunities to earn an associate degree, diploma or certificate in more than 60 disciplines, plus convenient campus locations throughout southwest Minnesota as well as online learning opportunities, Minnesota West is well-suited to meet you where you’re at.
We offer small class sizes, personalized attention and focused, hands-on learning. Our technical programs provide students with the practical skills to begin successful careers in a variety of industries immediately upon graduation. Liberal arts programs at Minnesota West are a great starting point for careers or further study in numerous fields. Credits earned in our associate of arts and associate of science programs are designed for seamless transfer to other Minnesota State institutions. Whatever you choose to study, our instructors build programs that lead to student success year after year.
The following degrees are available from Minnesota West Community and Technical College
- Advanced Technical Certificate
- Associate of Applied Science
- Associate of Arts
- Associate of Science
Tuition & finance
Paying for an education is a major concern for future students. Rest assured, an education at Minnesota West is a great value. Not only do we work hard to keep our tuition affordable (tuition is trending down since the 2012-2013 academic year), but we offer small class sizes, personalized attention, and a focus on hands-on learning you won’t find at larger, more expensive schools.
Don’t let financial concerns prevent you from achieving your dreams. Students who complete a technical program or transferable associate of arts degree at Minnesota West will achieve substantial savings when compared to students who pursue a traditional track at a four-year institution. We also offer a variety of financial aid, scholarships, and payment plans to students who qualify. See our website for scholarship opportunities.
How to apply for financial aid
Follow these steps:
Apply for admission. New students must apply to the College and be admitted before financial aid can be awarded.
Gather your Social Security number, your Income Tax Return, and your parent’s Income Tax Return (if you are under 24 and not married).
You (and your parents if you are a dependent student) will need to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. This will be your electronic signature on your FAFSA. Go to the Federal Student Aid website to create your FSA ID.
Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You will be required to create a password just in case you have to save and close your application at any time. The school code for all Minnesota West campuses is 005263.
Your financial aid will be processed by the FAFSA Central Processor which could take up to two weeks depending on the time of year. During this time, the Financial Aid Office will contact you via email (your Minnesota West email account if you have one) if further information or verification is needed. Complete your FAFSA for fall enrollment by July 15 to ensure your aid is processed before fall term begins.
You will receive notification of your Award Letter which details the types and amounts of aid for which you are eligible. At this time, you can access your award through your Minnesota West e-Services Student Account. Your login information is on your college acceptance letter.
Evaluate the Financial Aid that you have been offered to decide which sources you will use. To view your cost of attendance, go to Bills and Tuition option on your e-Services Student Account.
Grants - This is gift aid that you don’t have to pay back (Pell Grant, Minnesota State Grant, etc).
Subsidized Loans - This aid has to be paid back, but no interest accrues while you are in school.
Unsubsidized Loans - This aid has to be paid back and interest accrues while you are in school.
Work Study - This is on-campus employment. Contact a Resource Specialist to see if you qualify.
To request your loans, go to your e_Services Student Account, select Financial Aid and then Loans. Go to each tab across the top of the screen to complete all of the loan application steps. You can also use this site to check on the status of your loan application at any time.
Text books may be purchased using a book voucher if you have submitted a valid FAFSA to Minnesota West. Check the bookstore for dates that book vouchers are available.
Your financial aid is applied towards your college account at the Business Office after the start of the term. You can receive any overage money by either direct deposit (into your bank account) or by a check. Paper checks will be mailed to the permanent address on your student record. Direct deposit is the preferred method for student overage disbursement..
Minnesota West believes providing opportunities for students to interact and grow outside the classroom is an important aspect of delivering a well-rounded education. To that end, each of our campuses offers opportunities to encourage an active and social lifestyle while attending college. These include participating in student senate, numerous clubs, music ensembles, theater productions, and organizations, such as Business Professionals of America and Phi Theta Kappa.
Athletics are also an important part of student life at Minnesota West. We are a member of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Our intercollegiate teams compete in a variety of sports, including baseball, basketball, football, golf, softball, volleyball, and wrestling. We also offer a number of intramural athletic opportunities, including men's and women's club soccer, which begin for the first time in fall 2016.
- 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
- Student Advising
- Student Employment Services
- Student Success Office
- Technology Center
- Transfer Assistance
- Tutoring/Writing Services
- Veterans Services
- Honor Society
- Art Club
- Uncover Magazine
- Business Professionals of America
- Cosmetology Club
- Skills USA
- Student Ambassadors
- Cultural Diversity Club
- Postsecondary Agricultural Student Org
- Phi Theta Kappa
- Law Enforcement Club
- Mens Soccer
- Womens Soccer
- Student Government
- Music Club
- Theater Club
- Mens Basketball
- Womens Basketball
Worthington, MN 56187
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