Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Students exiting the gymnasium building at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

Students from all walks of life attend Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Whether you're looking for a two- or four-year degree, a certificate, a credit or noncredit program, a class or two to help you change careers or to advance in the one you are already in, this college is your full-service provider. The college is committed to responding to your needs and the needs of changing communities. Anoka-Ramsey is aligned with Anoka Technical College.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College
11200 Mississippi Blvd. N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Toll-Free: (866) 433-5590
Local: (763) 433-1300

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City: Coon Rapids
Population: 61,850

City: Cambridge
Population: 8,236

School highlights

Anoka-Ramsey Community College offers unique campuses on the Rum River in Cambridge and the Mississippi River in Coon Rapids. Call 763-433-1300 or visit for a tour.

Anoka-Ramsey offers:

  • Among the most affordable tuition and fees among Minnesota state colleges and universities, with free tutoring, personal attention, small class sizes, and dedicated faculty and staff. Ask about scholarships and financial aid packages.
  • Advanced degrees through other system institutions on its campuses, including bachelor’s degrees in business administration, FasTrack license for secondary teacher certification, nursing, special education, teacher education K-8 license, DLiTE program (undergraduate major in teaching).
  • More than 100 online courses and complete online programs: Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Science degrees in accounting and business; certificates in business computer applications and business generalist.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is aligned with Anoka Technical College.


Student enrollment and demographics

  • Total number of students served: 12,552
  • Full-time students: 33.9%
  • Part-time students: 66.1%
  • Percent female: 61.6%
  • Percent male: 37.9%
  • Percent students of color: 19%

Largest programs

Liberal Arts and Sciences; Nursing; Business; Engineering; Accounting; Health Sciences.

Unique programs

Biological Sciences; Biomedical Technology; Creative Writing; Communication Studies; Engineering; Environmental Science; Exercise Science; Fine Arts (art, music and theater); Glass-blowing; Integrative Health and Healing; Physical Therapist Assistant;Chinese Language study abroad; American Sign Language


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Admissions requirements

Anoka-Ramsey Community 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 Anoka-Ramsey Community College and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


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 prepare for your future career.

Program TitleAward
Accounting PractitionerAAS
Administrative SpecialistCERT
Applied Engineering Technology - Biomedical Design and ManufacturingAS
Associate of Fine Arts in Creative WritingAFA
Athletic CoachingCERT
Biological SciencesAS
Biomedical CoreCERT
Biomedical TechnicianCERT
Biomedical TechnologyAS
Business CommunicationCERT
Business Computer ApplicationsCERT
Business GeneralistCERT
Business, Industry and TechnologyAS
Clinical Research ProfessionalCERT
Community HealthAS
Computer Help Desk SpecialistCERT
Computer Network SecurityCERT
Computer Networking and TelecommunicationsAS
Computer ProgrammingCERT
Computer ScienceAS
Documentation/Configuration Management for Biomedical IndustryCERT
Environmental ScienceAS
Fitness SpecialistCERT
Health Sciences (Broad Field)AS
Human Resources AssociateAS
Integrative Health and HealingCERT
Integrative Health and HealingAS
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Network AdministrationAAS
Network Support and AdministrationCERT
Nursing (MANE)AS
Pharmacy TechnicianAS
Pharmacy TechnicianCERT
Physical Therapist AssistantAAS
Quality Systems for Biomedical IndustryCERT
Retail ManagementCERT
Sales ManagementAS
Small Business AccountingCERT
System AdministrationAAS
Program TitleAward
Associate of Fine Arts in Creative WritingAFA
Business Computer ApplicationsCERT
Business GeneralistCERT
Health Sciences (Broad Field)AS
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
The following degrees are available from this school:
  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Associate of Fine Arts
  • Certificate
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Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,003

FAFSA Code: 002332

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 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
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 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

Campus life

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.

  • Academic Center
  • Bookstore
  • Career Services
  • Counseling Center
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • Library
  • Office for Students with Disabilities
  • Public Safety
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
  • Astronomy Club (CR)
  • Biology Club (CR)
  • Chemistry Club (CR)
  • Complementary & Alternative Medicine(CR)
  • Computer Science Club (CR)
  • Engineering & Physics Club(CR)
  • History Club (CR)
  • Math Club (CR)
  • Math Team (CR)
  • Phys Therapist Asst Prog Club (CR)
  • Pre-Veterinary & Pre-Medicine Club(CR
  • Psychology Club (CC & CR)
  • Student Nurses Association (CC &CR)
  • Theatre Tech (CC & CR)
Arts and literature
  • Art Club (CC & CR)
  • Ceramic Guild (CR)
  • Chamber Ensemble (CC)
  • Chamber Singers (CR)
  • Concert Band (CR)
  • Concert Choir (CC & CR)
  • Drama Club (CC)
  • Guitar Ensemble (CC & CR)
  • Jazz Ensemble (CR)
  • Musical Theatre Ensemble (CR)
  • String Ensemble (CR)
  • Theatre Acting (CC & CR)
  • Theatre Club (CC & CR)
Broadcasting and journalism
  • Creative Writing Club (CC & CR)
  • Inkspot (CC Campus newspaper)
  • Salmagundi (CR Campus newspaper)
  • The Campus Eye (CR)
  • The Rampage (CR student newspaper)
Career and professional
  • Fashion Design (CR)
  • HOSA Health Occup Students of America CC
Cheerleading and dance teams
  • Dance Team (basketball season) (CR)
Community and human services
  • Communication Club (CR)
  • Literacy Club (CC)
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • African Student Association (CR)
  • Black Student Union (CR)
  • Multicultural Club (CR)
  • Muslim Student Association (CR)
Farming and agricultural
  • Environmental Club (CC)
Gender and sexuality
  • Gay-Straight Alliance (CR)
Honorary societies
  • PSI Beta (Psychology Honors Club) (CR)
  • Phi Theta Kappa (CC & CR)
Military and veterans
  • Veterans Club (CC & CR)
Nature and environment
  • New Leaf Club (CR)
  • Outdoor Adventures Club (CR)
Personal development
  • Adult Learning Club (CR)
  • Green Dot Club (CR)
  • Nontraditional Student Guild (CR)
  • Student Government (CC & CR)
Politics and society
  • Campus Democrats & Progressives (CR)
  • Campus Republicans and Conservatives (CR
  • Political Science Club (CC)
Recreational and club sports
  • Badminton (CR)
  • Basketball (CR)
  • Bowling (CR)
  • Boxing Club (CR)
  • Club Hockey (CR)
  • Dodgeball (CR)
  • Flag Football (CR)
  • Fun Run/Walk (CR)
  • Golf (CR)
  • Running Club (CR)
  • Soccer (CR)
  • Softball (CR)
  • Softball (CR)
  • Tennis (CR)
  • Volleyball (CR)
Religious and spiritual
  • CRU Christian Club (CR)
  • Hearts Ablaze Christian Club (CC)
  • Nurses Christian Fellowship (CR)
  • Pray A.R. Club (CR)
Science and technology
  • BizTech (CC & CR)
  • STEM Chicks (CR)
Social organizations
  • Billiards Club (CR)
  • Campus Activities Board (CC)
Special interest
  • Lego Club (CR)
  • Magic: The Gathering Club (CR)
  • Pro-Life Club (CR)
  • Society for Creative Anachronism (CR)
  • Student Life Comm-Camp Prog Bd (CC&CR)
  • Students Taking Action - Road Safety(CR)
  • Swing Dance Club (CR)
  • Baseball (CR)
  • Basketball (CR)
  • Soccer (CR)
  • Basketball (CR)
  • Fastpitch Softball (CC)
  • Volleyball (CR)
  • Women's Soccer (CR)