Itasca Community College
The scenic Itasca Community College campus, just 180 miles north of Minneapolis and St. Paul, is surrounded by majestic pines and more than 1,000 lakes. Itasca has two residence halls on campus. Students enroll at Itasca because they can get the big college experience on a smaller and more personal scale.The college is part of the Northeast Higher Education District, a consortium of five state colleges: Hibbing, Itasca, Mesabi Range, Rainy River and Vermilion.
CampusesCity: Grand Rapids
Itasca is the best place to start.
- Itasca's affordable cost, saves you money on your education.
- More than $150,000 in scholarships are awarded to students annually.
- Minnesota northwoods location is perfect for outdoor activities.
- Itasca's instructors will take time to listen and help you succeed.
- Itasca has on-campus housing. A list of available housing in the community is also available.
- Women's volleyball, basketball, softball; men's football, basketball, wrestling, baseball.
- Itasca is known as a learning community college where students will learn from the faculty, each other and by having an experience that will relate to their chosen field. This may include a practicum, attending a national conference or a class related project.
Student enrollment and demographics
- Total number of students served: 1,562
- Full-time students: 71%
- Part-time students: 29%
- Percent female: 48.1%
- Percent male: 51.6%
- Percent students of color: 13.1%
Liberal Arts; Engineering; Natural Resources; Wildland Firefighting; Practical Nursing; Psychology/Human Services; Business; American Indian Studies; Geography/Geographic Info Systems; Strategic Security Studies
Class Act (for students interested in education); engineering; psychology; wildland firefighting; natural resources, power generation, pulp and paper, geographic information systems, strategic security studies
Two residence halls available on campus. Itasca Hall is made up of six-person suites comprised of triple, double and single bedrooms within each suite. All suites have a kitchen area, along with bathroom and bedroom space. Housing in Wenger Hall is on the third floor of the Engineering Center. Each room houses three students with a private bedroom. There is a community area with kitchen on one end of the building.
The AEOA bus that operates in Grand Rapids will transport students to and from campus for a minimal cost.
Student living or commuting to campus can park in one of the 4 parking lots on campus.
Itasca Community College has an open admissions policy. This means:
- You can enroll if you have a high school diploma or a GED.
- 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. The placement test does not determine acceptance. It is used for course placement. It 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 during your senior year of high school
Opportunity, choice, excellence
You’ll get a top-quality education at an affordable cost in a scenic location. Personal attention from faculty and staff, small class sizes, real-world experiences and outstanding student support services all focus on helping you succeed. Be inspired and challenged as you prepare for your future career.
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- Associate in Applied Science
- Associate in Arts
- Associate in Science
Tuition & finance
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,323
FAFSA Code: 002356
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.
It is easy to become involved at Itasca.
- Student activities include academic and career-related clubs, Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Student Ambassadors, and student government
- Student services include career planning, free tutoring, TRIO Student Support Services, and services for students with disabilities.
- Football, basketball, wrestling and baseball for men and volleyball, basketball and softball for women
- Intramural sports include volleyball, basketball, dodgeball and flag football
- There is a nine-hole frisbee golf course on campus
- If you want to visit Europe, Itasca has an international exchange program with a college in Denmark along with the opportunity for an international travel experience each May.
- Academic Center
- Career Services
- Counseling Center
- Disability Services
- Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
- Emergency Contact System
- Financial Aid
- Food Service/Dining Services
- Scholarship Foundation
- Student Advising
- Student Employment Services
- Transfer Assistance
- TRIO Student Support Services
- Tutoring/Writing Services
- Veterans Services
- Engineering Club
- Nursing Club
- Psychology Club
- Circle K
- Global Education
- O-Gitch-I-Dah Club
- Gay Straight Alliance
- Phi Theta Kappa
- Natural Resources Club
- Flag Football
- Frisbee Golf
- Intramural Basketball
- Intramural Softball
- Intramural Volleyball
- Weightlifting Club
- Campus Crusade for Christ
- Philosophy Club
- Secular Student Alliance
- Student Ambassadors
- Student Government