Rainy River Community College

Enjoy the Rainy Experience!

Enjoy the Rainy Experience...where life and learning meet! Live in our apartment-style on-campus housing, continue to play the sport you love, get involved in student organizations, and make friendships that will last a lifetime! Our students tell us how much they appreciate the small class sizes and individual attention they get from our instructors and staff.

Rainy River Community College
1501 Highway 71
International Falls, MN 56649

Toll-Free: (800) 456-3996
Local: (218) 285-7722

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City: International Falls
Population: 6,396

School highlights

Located just five minutes from Voyageur’s National Park and the Canadian border, Rainy River Community College offers a great education with small class sizes, affordable tuition, and faculty and staff dedicated to your success!

  • More than 90% of RRCC students receive some form of financial aid and we award over $100,000 in Scholarships every year! [scholarship application]
  • Transfer-ready and career-direct programs
  • Continue to play the sport you love! Athletics include: NJCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball; Men’s Basketball and Baseball; ACHA Division II Women’s Club Hockey
  • Get involved with Student Senate, Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Black Association of Students, Anishinaabe Student Coalition, and other activity-based organizations
  • Rainy Hall on-campus housing features two-bedroom apartments with full kitchen, bathroom, living and dining area. On-site recreational facilities include a volleyball court, basketball court, bicycle trail, lighted cross-country ski trail, disc golf course, and more!

Student enrollment and demographics

  • Total number of students served: 486
  • Full-time students: 76.2%
  • Part-time students: 23.8%
  • Percent female: 60.5%
  • Percent male: 39.3%
  • Percent students of color: 27%

Largest programs

Liberal Arts and Sciences; Science Education; Math Education; Health Science; Industrial Maintenance

Unique programs

Science Education; Math Education


No living in a cubicle and running down the hall to shower or use the bathroom! At Rainy River Community College you will enjoy a secure, furnished apartment with two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, and living/dining area. On-site recreational facilities include a volleyball court, basketball court, bicycle trail, one-mile lighted cross-country ski tral, and disc golf course!


Falls International Airport (INL) offers daily flights to/from Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Bus transportation is available within the International Falls area.

  • Other


  • Off-street


Admissions requirements

Rainy River 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.

RRCC Admission and Registration Information

Apply online

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


Enjoy the Rainy Experience...

At Rainy River Community College, you will enjoy an education second to none. In fact, The Aspen Institute has identified RRCC as one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact has named RRCC as the most effective two-year college in the state of Minnesota! At Rainy River Community College, you will find a high quality, low-cost education, with the personal attention you deserve.

The Rainy Experience...where life and learning meet!

Program TitleAward
Commercial Truck DrivingCERT
Fitness SpecialistCERT
Health Sciences Broad FieldAS
Indigenous StudiesCERT
Industrial MaintenanceAAS
Industrial MaintenanceCERT
Industrial MaintenanceDIP
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Nursing AssistantCERT
Program TitleAward
The following degrees are available from this school:
  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Certificate
  • Diploma
advancedCoursesearchUrl Credit courses
courseEquivalencyUrl Course equivalency
noncreditUrl Non-credit courses


Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,323

FAFSA Code: 006775

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
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 www.mymilitaryeducation.org.

Campus life

College is more than textbooks, classes, labs and studying! At Rainy River Community College there are plenty of clubs and program-related organizations, sports, and recreational activities to help you meet new friends, develop leadership and team skills, stay fit, and share the fun of working together on projects.



  • Bookstore
  • Cafeteria | Food Service
  • Career Services
  • Computer | Technology Services
  • Disability Services
  • Emergency Information | Star Alert
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Library
  • MN Workforce Center
  • Multicultural Services
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Student Advising
  • Transfer Assistance
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Tutoring | Writing Center
  • Veterans Services
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Anishinaabe Student Coalition
  • Black Association of Students
Honorary societies
  • Phi Theta Kappa
Special interest
  • Science and Math Club
  • Student Ambassadors
Student government
  • Student Senate
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Club Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Club Hockey
  • Softball
  • Volleyball