Minnesota State Community and Technical College

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Minnesota State Community and Technical College offers more than 120 career and liberal arts programs at locations in the heart of Minnesota lakes country and the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area. With campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena, the college also offers 25 online majors and hundreds of online courses.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College
1414 College Way
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Toll-Free: (877) 450-3322
Local: (877) 450-3322

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Campuses

City: Fergus Falls
Population: 13,228

City: Detroit Lakes
Population: 8,763

City: Moorhead
Population: 38,889

City: Wadena
Population: 4,088

School highlights

Minnesota State Community and Technical College offers more than 120 career and liberal arts programs at locations in the heart of Minnesota’s beautiful lakes country and the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area.

  • Options – Twenty-five online majors and hundreds of online courses lead to degrees, diplomas and certificates. The Associate of Arts degree is offered on all campuses and online and transfers easily toward a bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience – Students enjoy a rich college experience through a wide array of student life activities and travel abroad programs, an opportunity often available only on four-year campuses.
  • Support – The college ranks among the top three two-year Minnesota colleges in fundraising and has awarded $207,000 in scholarships for 2011-2012.
  • Focus – Student-centered education, with small class sizes, personal instruction and hands-on learning.
  • Partnerships – Community partnerships provide on-the-job experience so students see career options early in their college life, rather than in the final years of a degree program.
  • Connections – Nearly 750 industry and business representatives serve on advisory boards, ensuring curriculum meets industry standards.
  • Innovation – Business and Entrepreneurial Services assists new or aspiring business owners.
     
 

Student enrollment and demographics

  • Total number of students served: 8,798
  • Full-time students: 48.5%
  • Part-time students: 51.5%
  • Percent female: 59.2%
  • Percent male: 40.3%
  • Percent students of color: 15.2%


Largest programs

Liberal Arts; Nursing; Business degrees; Electrical Lineworker; Dental Hygiene


Unique programs

Electrical line worker, equine science, nanoscience technology, power sports technology, American Sign Language, entrepreneurship, medical laboratory technician

Housing

All four campus communities have off-campus rental units available. Fergus Falls has apartment-style campus housing with meal plan options.

Transportation

Public transportation is available in each campus community and the Moorhead campus is located on a route of MATBUS, the public transportation system serving the communities of Fargo and West Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead and Dilworth, Minn.

  • Bus
  • Other

Parking

M State campuses are surrounded by large parking lots so ample parking for students is available. Students are required to obtain a parking pass once enrolled at the college.

  • Off-street

Admissions

Admissions requirements

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 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 Minnesota State Community and Technical College and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Academics

Opportunity, choice, excellence
You’ll find lots of program choices and the top-quality education you want at an affordable cost. Personal attention from faculty and staff, real-world experiences and outstanding student support services all focus on helping you succeed. Be inspired and challenged as you discover your future career.

Program TitleAward
AccountingDIP
AccountingAAS
AccountingAS
Accounting ClerkDIP
Administrative AssistantAAS
Administrative Management TechnologyAAS
Administrative SupportDIP
American Sign Language StudiesCERT
Architectural TechnologyAAS
Auto Body Collision TechnologyDIP
Auto Body Collision TechnologyAAS
Automotive Service TechnologyAAS
Automotive Service TechnologyDIP
Biological SciencesAS
BusinessAS
Business AdministrationCERT
Business AdministrationAAS
Business EntrepreneurshipAAS
Business Management/OwnershipDIP
Business: Management, Marketing and SalesAAS
Business: Marketing and SalesDIP
CarpentryDIP
CarpentryAAS
Carpentry - ResidentialDIP
Carpentry AssistingCERT
Carpentry ScienceDIP
ChemistryAS
Child Care and EducationCERT
Cisco NetworkingCERT
Civil Engineering TechnologyAAS
Computer ProgrammingAAS
Construction ManagementAAS
Correctional OfficerCERT
CosmetologyDIP
Criminal JusticeAS
Culinary ArtsDIP
Dental AssistingAAS
Dental AssistingDIP
Dental HygieneAAS
Diesel Equipment TechnologyAAS
Diesel Equipment TechnologyDIP
Digital Photography and ImagingCERT
Early Childhood and Paraprofessional EducationAS
Electrical Lineworker TechnologyAAS
Electrical Lineworker TechnologyDIP
Electrical Technology DIP
EngineeringAS
Entrepreneur EssentialsCERT
Environmental ScienceAS
Equine ScienceAAS
Equine ScienceDIP
EsthetistCERT
Fire Department Company OfficerCERT
Fire Service PreparationCERT
Gas Utility Construction and Service DIP
Golf ManagementDIP
Graphic Design TechnologyAAS
Graphic Design TechnologyCERT
Health Information - Technology SpecialistCERT
Health Information Technology/CodingAAS
Human ResourcesAS
Human ResourcesAAS
HVAC - Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning TechnologyDIP
Individualized StudiesAAS
Industrial MaintenanceDIP
Information TechnologyAAS
Information TechnologyAS
Information TechnologyDIP
IT Systems SupportCERT
IT Systems SupportDIP
IT Systems SupportAAS
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Management Information SystemsAS
ManicuristCERT
Marine Engine TechnologyCERT
Marine Engine TechnologyDIP
Marine Engine TechnologyAAS
Massage TherapyDIP
Mechanical Drafting and DesignDIP
Mechanical Drafting and DesignAAS
Medical Administrative AssistantAAS
Medical Coding and InsuranceDIP
Medical Laboratory TechnologyAS
Medical Office AssistantDIP
Medical ReceptionistDIP
Medical TranscriptionDIP
MusicAFA
Network Administration and SecurityAAS
Network SecurityCERT
Network Technology AdministrationDIP
NursingAS
ParalegalAAS
Payroll SpecialistDIP
Pharmacy TechnologyDIP
Pharmacy TechnologyAAS
Phlebotomy TechnicianCERT
Plumbing TechnologyAAS
Plumbing TechnologyDIP
PowerSports TechnologyDIP
Practical NursingAAS
Practical NursingDIP
Radiologic TechnologyAAS
Refrigeration and Air ConditioningDIP
Sign Language Interpreter PreparationAAS
Surgical TechnologyAAS
Theatre ArtsAFA
Virtual Office ProfessionalCERT
Visual ArtAFA
Voice and Video Over Internet ProtocolCERT
Web DevelopmentCERT
Web DevelopmentAAS
Web DevelopmentDIP
Program TitleAward
AccountingDIP
AccountingAAS
AccountingAS
Accounting ClerkDIP
BusinessAS
Business EntrepreneurshipAAS
Business Management/OwnershipDIP
Business: Management, Marketing and SalesAAS
Business: Marketing and SalesDIP
Cisco NetworkingCERT
Computer ProgrammingAAS
Entrepreneur EssentialsCERT
Fire Department Company OfficerCERT
Health Information - Technology SpecialistCERT
Health Information Technology/CodingAAS
Human ResourcesAS
Human ResourcesAAS
Individualized StudiesAAS
Information TechnologyAAS
IT Systems SupportCERT
IT Systems SupportAAS
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Medical Administrative AssistantAAS
Medical Coding and InsuranceDIP
Medical Office AssistantDIP
Medical ReceptionistDIP
Medical TranscriptionDIP
Network Administration and SecurityAAS
Network SecurityCERT
Network Technology AdministrationDIP
ParalegalAAS
Payroll SpecialistDIP
Pharmacy TechnologyDIP
Pharmacy TechnologyAAS
Radiologic TechnologyAAS
Virtual Office ProfessionalCERT
Web DevelopmentCERT
Web DevelopmentAAS
Web DevelopmentDIP
The following degrees are available from this school:
  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Associate of Fine Arts
  • Certificate
  • Diploma
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courseEquivalencyUrl Course equivalency
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Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,360

FAFSA Code: 005541

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
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.

Grants
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
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.

Campus life

College is more than textbooks, classes, labs and studying. Getting involved in student life activities pays off in so many ways. College students who join campus activities do better both in their college courses and in their careers. Employers increasingly look at a student’s college involvement when they’re making hiring decisions. By joining a club or team, you’ll have a chance to expand your skills and 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, collegeiate and intramural sports. The options vary a bit by campus so be sure to inquire when you visit one of M State's four campuses.

Academic
  • Travel Abroad-Fergus Falls & Moorhead
Arts and literature
  • Art-Fergus Falls campus
Career and professional
  • Business Professionals of America-DL/Mhd
  • Students in Free Enterprise-Fergus Falls
Community and human services
  • Circle K-Fergus Falls campus
  • College Ambassador Club - FF & Mhd
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Cultural Activities can Touch Us-FF&Mhd
Honorary societies
  • Mu Alpha Theta - Math Honor Society-FF
  • PTK Honors Organization-FF, DL, & Mhd
Recreational and club sports
  • Intramural sports-All MSCTC campuses
  • Varsity Athletics-Fergus Falls campus
Student government
  • Student Senate-All M State campuses
Theater, dance, music
  • Choir-Fergus Falls campus
  • Concert Band-Fergus Falls campus
  • Jazz Band-Fergus Falls campus
  • Pep Band-Fergus Falls campus
  • Theater-Fergus Falls campus
Men's
  • Baseball-Fergus Falls campus
  • Football-Fergus Falls campus
  • Golf-Fergus Falls campus
  • Mens Basketball-Fergus Falls campus
Women's
  • Softball-Fergus Falls campus
  • Volleyball-Fergus Falls campus
  • Womens Basketball-Fergus Falls campus