North Hennepin Community College

Three North Hennepin Community College students walk down a corridor towards NHCC

Conveniently located on a beautiful campus bustling with activity and rich with diversity in the northwest metropolitan area, North Hennepin Community College offers a variety of programs with flexible scheduling options, small class sizes, and affordable tuition. Faculty and staff are dedicated to helping students achieve educational and career goals.

North Hennepin Community College
7411 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Toll-Free: (800) 818-0395
Local: (763) 424-0702

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City: Brooklyn Park
Population: 75,781

School highlights

Conveniently located in the northwest metropolitan area, NHCC is proud to be one of the most diverse and welcoming campuses in the state.
Offering  a variety of affordable two-year degrees, certificates, and classes that can easily transfer to four-year universities and prepare students for their chosen professions, NHCC also offers four-year degree programs at its Brooklyn Park campus, select programs at a satellite location at Buffalo High School, as well as continuing education and training programs that can take place at NHCC or the workplace.

Coupled with highly-credentialed faculty and friendly and knowledgeable staff, NHCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has specialized accreditation or approval by national and/or international organizations for its business, histotechnology, medical laboratory technician, nursing, online, paralegal, and peer tutor programs.

NHCC’s state-of-the art facilities at its Brooklyn Park campus include its recently expanded Center for Business and Technology with the latest in multimedia technology, computer lab equipment, and live-streaming classrooms. A new Bioscience and Health Careers Center, anticipated to open in fall 2014, will feature STEM labs and high-tech spaces for its growing biology, chemistry, nursing, and medical lab technician programs, as well as support its acclaimed undergraduate research programs. 

Students are also encouraged to explore the array of Student Life opportunities, campus events, and resources, designed to enhance their college experience. Campus tours are offered any Monday or Friday at 10am and 3pm, or Tuesday at 5:30pm.


Student enrollment and demographics

  • Total number of students served: 10,671
  • Full-time students: 29.2%
  • Part-time students: 70.8%
  • Percent female: 56.7%
  • Percent male: 43%
  • Percent students of color: 39.6%

Largest programs

Liberal arts and general studies, business, computer science, law enforcement and criminal justice, nursing, paralegal

Unique programs

Histotechnology, medical lab technology, and undergraduate research; construction and pre-engineering; entrepreneurship; individualized studies; creative writing; studio arts; web graphic design and programming and e-commerce; music; theatre, film, and stage combat; American Sign Language; honors program; TRIO; tutoring; veterans resource center; continuing education and customized training for business; four year degree partnerships at NHCC’s campus.


Metro Transit routes 723 and 724 services Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, and downtown Minneapolis. NHCC students may purchase discounted bus passes for unlimited ridership each semester at the NHCC Bookstore. The Bottineau Transitway could soon be another means of transportation for NHCC students.

  • Bus


NHCC has two entrances with large parking lots -- on the east off 85th Avenue North and the west off West Broadway.

  • Off-street


Admissions requirements

North Hennepin Community College has an open admissions policy. You can enroll if you have a high school diploma or GED. You don't need to take a standardized test to be admitted, and your high school grades and class rank are not considered for general admission.

Simply complete the online application, pay the $20 non-refundable application fee, provide your high school transcript or GED certificate, and supply any official transcripts from previously attended non-MnSCU institutions. Transcripts from MnSCU institutions are automatically retrieved for your convenience.

Some programs have additional admissions requirements, such as nursing, histotechnology, and medical laboratory technology. Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) and international students also have specific admissions processes.

Please check for complete details.


Apply online

Using the e-application, you may apply to North Hennepin Community College and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


North Hennepin Community College offers Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), and Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees as well as credit and non-credit certificates. Many students choose North Hennepin for the first two years of their four-year degree, taking advantage of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum that makes transfer of credits easy.

Partnerships with four-year institutions make it possible for you to stay on the NHCC campus to earn your baccalaureate degree in business, business administration, biochemistry and biotechnology, construction management, operations management, medical laboratory science, and nursing.

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Academic English Language ProficiencyCERT
Accounting EssentialsCERT
Accounting TechnologyAAS
American Sign LanguageCERT
Application ProgrammingCERT
Building InspectionCERT
Business AdministrationAS
Business Communications EssentialsCERT
Business Computer Systems and ManagementAAS
Business Computer Systems and ManagementAS
Business PrinciplesCERT
Chemical Laboratory AssistantCERT
Computer ScienceAS
Construction ManagementCERT
Construction Management and SupervisionAS
Creative WritingAFA
Criminal JusticeAS
Desktop Publishing EssentialsCERT
E-Commerce EssentialsCERT
E-Commerce ProfessionalCERT
Finance and InvestmentsCERT
Finance ManagementAAS
Game ProgrammingCERT
General AccountingCERT
Graphic DesignAS
Individualized StudiesAS
Internet ProgrammingCERT
Law EnforcementAS
Leadership EssentialsCERT
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Marketing and SalesCERT
Medical Lab TechnologyAAS
Microsoft Office Administrative ProfessionalCERT
Microsoft Office EssentialsCERT
Microsoft Office FundamentalsCERT
Microsoft Office SpecialistCERT
Microsoft Office Technical ProfessionalCERT
Nursing (MANE)AS
Object-Oriented ProgrammingCERT
Personal TrainerCERT
Physical EducationAS
Public WorksCERT
Small Business AccountingCERT
Spanish LanguageCERT
Studio ArtsAFA
Web Graphic Design, Programming and e-CommerceCERT
Word Processing EssentialsCERT
Program TitleAward
.NET ProgrammingCERT
Accounting EssentialsCERT
Accounting TechnologyAAS
Application ProgrammingCERT
Building InspectionCERT
Business AdministrationAS
Business Communications EssentialsCERT
Business Computer Systems and ManagementAAS
Business Computer Systems and ManagementAS
Business PrinciplesCERT
Computer ScienceAS
Construction ManagementCERT
Desktop Publishing EssentialsCERT
E-Commerce EssentialsCERT
E-Commerce ProfessionalCERT
Finance and InvestmentsCERT
Finance ManagementAAS
Game ProgrammingCERT
General AccountingCERT
Internet ProgrammingCERT
Leadership EssentialsCERT
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Marketing and SalesCERT
Microsoft Office Administrative ProfessionalCERT
Microsoft Office EssentialsCERT
Microsoft Office FundamentalsCERT
Microsoft Office SpecialistCERT
Microsoft Office Technical ProfessionalCERT
Object-Oriented ProgrammingCERT
Small Business AccountingCERT
Word Processing EssentialsCERT
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): $5,447

FAFSA Code: 002370

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

Whether you're interested in student government, multicultural groups, sports or theater, NHCC has a club or organization to fit your world view. Exhibit your work in our art gallery. Sing with concert, community, or chamber choirs or perform in with a jazz ensemble. Get involved with award-winning literary and arts magazine Under Construction, or the non-fiction collection of student cultural narratives Realities. Participate in recreational activities.

There are always new and exciting opportunities to become involved in Student Life and enhance your college experience!

  • Bookstore
  • Career Services
  • Counseling Center
  • Disability Services
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • International Student Services
  • Library
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Security
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • Student Success Office
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
  • Building Inspection Technology Assn
  • Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Club
  • Paralegal Student Association
Arts and literature
  • Art and Design
  • Literary & Arts Magazine
  • Non-Fiction Magazine Realities
  • Student Art Exhibitions
Health and fitness
  • Open Gym/Weight Room
Honorary societies
  • Honors Society
  • Phi Theta Kappa
Recreational and club sports
  • 5K Race
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Club Flag Football
  • Club Hockey
  • Club Soccer
  • Club Volleyball
  • Dodgeball
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Recreational Activities
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Social organizations
  • African and African American Student Org
  • Anthropology Club
  • Christian Student Organization
  • Collegiate DECA
  • Creative Writers Club
  • Environmental Association
  • Future Health & Fitness Professionals
  • GLBTA Alliance
  • Hmong Students Club
  • Multicultural Student Club
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Science Unification Realization Growth
  • Spanish Club
  • Student Anime & Game Club
  • Student Nurses Association
  • Student Organizations
  • Student Volunteer Club
  • Students for Peace
  • Study Break Dance Club
  • Veterans Student Association
Student government
  • Student Senate
Theater, dance, music
  • Chamber Singers
  • Community Choir
  • Concert Choir
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Music/Choir
  • Orchestra
  • Theatre