Normandale Community College

Students gathering and talking outside of a building at Normandale Community College.

Normandale Community College is located at 98th Street and France Avenue South in Bloomington on a wooded 90-acre site just 1.5 miles south of Interstate 494. The college prepares students for full participation in diverse communities, creates pathways to other college programs and builds community connections. Normandale offers accredited music, theater, art and business programs, rare among two-year colleges in Minnesota and elsewhere.

Normandale Community College
9700 France Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN 55431

Toll-Free: (866) 880-8740
Local: (952) 358-8201

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City: Bloomington
Population: 82,893

School highlights

Normandale Community College is located at 98th Street and France Avenue South in Bloomington on a wooded 90-acre site just 1.5 miles south of Interstate 494.

  • More than 15,000 students from diverse backgrounds attend classes at the college each year, making it one of Minnesota’s largest community colleges.
  • The college prepares students for full participation in diverse communities, creates pathways to other college programs and builds community connections. Normandale is committed to quality, affordability, student access and success.
  • Normandale offers accredited music, theater, art and business programs – rare among two-year colleges in Minnesota and elsewhere.
  • Joint programs with Minnesota State University, Mankato; Metropolitan State University; and the University of Minnesota provide students additional opportunities to reach their career goals.
  • Support services are provided for second language and developmental education students as well as students with disabilities.
  • The college provides a community dental clinic that accepts public assistance and offers dental services on a sliding scale for those living in southwest metro area.
  • The newly remodeled Kopp Student Center features vista views overlooking the college’s Japanese Garden, revamped food service facilities through Lancer Hospitality, a relocated campus store, a US Bank Branch and versatile spaces for meeting and gathering.
  • Set for completion spring semester 2013, the new Partnership Center includes classroom space, engineering labs, faculty offices and student gathering spaces to meet the increasing demand for community and academic programs. An important component is access to bachelor's and master's degree programs offered through partnering institutions on the Normandale campus.
 

Student enrollment and demographics

  • Total number of students served: 14,595
  • Full-time students: 43.3%
  • Part-time students: 56.7%
  • Percent female: 55.5%
  • Percent male: 44.1%
  • Percent students of color: 30.6%


Largest programs

Liberal arts transfer, business marketing and management, science and engineering, nursing, teacher education


Unique programs

Oral health practitioner collaboration with Metropolitan State University; Associate of Fine Arts degrees in music, theater, art and creative writing; vacuum and thin film technology; teacher education collaboration with Minnesota State University, Mankato; engineering foundations; health information for health care; dental hygiene

Transportation

Metro Transit, BE Line, and MVTA buses provide transportation directly to the college entrance. Major transfer hubs for students using buses are in Minneapolis, Mall of America, and Southdale. Normandale encourages use of mass transit by selling discount bus passes, available at the Kopp Central Information Desk. The most common routes are Route 539 and Route 631.

  • Bus

Parking

Opening August 2012, a 725-stall Parking Ramp offering additional parking for Normandale's growing student population.

  • Off-street

Admissions

Admissions requirements

Normandale 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. 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 Normandale Community 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 prepare for your future career.

Program TitleAward
AccountingAS
ArtAFA
BusinessAS
Business--Marketing and ManagementAAS
Business--Marketing and ManagementAS
Casino Operations and ManagementCERT
Community Health Worker and NavigatorCERT
Computer ScienceAS
Computer TechnologyCERT
Computer TechnologyAAS
Computers/Information ManagementCERT
Computers/Information ManagementAAS
Creative WritingCERT
Creative WritingAFA
Criminal JusticeAS
Dental HygieneAS
Dietetic TechnologyAAS
Elementary Education FoundationsAS
Engineering Broad FieldAS
Exercise ScienceAS
Exercise SpecialistCERT
Field ArcheologyCERT
Food and Beverage ManagementCERT
Food ScienceAS
General BusinessCERT
Global StudiesCERT
Golf Enterprise ManagementCERT
Healthcare Systems TechnologyAAS
Hospitality ManagementAAS
Hotel Marketing and SalesCERT
Hotel OperationsCERT
Human Resource ManagementCERT
Individualized StudiesAS
Information ManagementCERT
International BusinessCERT
Law EnforcementCERT
Law EnforcementAS
Liberal EducationAA
ManagementCERT
MarketingCERT
MusicAFA
NursingAS
Nursing AssistantCERT
Small Business ManagementCERT
Special Education FoundationsAS
Theatre PerformanceAFA
Theatre Production and DesignAFA
Tourism Operations and ManagementCERT
Vacuum and Thin Film TechnologyAAS
Vacuum Maintenance TechnicianCERT
Vacuum TechnologyCERT
Program TitleAward
BusinessAS
Business--Marketing and ManagementAAS
Business--Marketing and ManagementAS
General BusinessCERT
Human Resource ManagementCERT
International BusinessCERT
Liberal EducationAA
ManagementCERT
MarketingCERT
Small Business ManagementCERT
Vacuum TechnologyCERT
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): $5,484

FAFSA Code: 007954

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. 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
  • Anthropology Club
  • Archaeology Club
  • Math Club
Arts and literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Literary Magazine
  • Normandale Book Club
  • Pottery Club
Broadcasting and journalism
  • Lion's Roar Student Newspaper
Career and professional
  • Entrepreneur's Club
  • Future Educators Assn Club
  • Hospitality Management
  • Nursing Club
  • Pre-Professional Club
Community and human services
  • America Corps
  • Peer Mentors
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Asian Appreciation Society
  • Black Student Alliance
  • Club Latino
  • Ethiopian Student Union
  • French Club
  • Multicultural Center and Diversity Progr
  • Somali Student Association
Fraternities and sororities
  • Phi Theta Kappa
Gender and sexuality
  • Gay Straight Student Alliance
Health and fitness
  • Qigong Club
  • The Health Nuts Student Wellness Group
Honorary societies
  • Kappa Beta Delta Honor Society
Military and veterans
  • Veterans and Friends Club
Nature and environment
  • Outdoors Club
Personal development
  • Leadership! Program
  • Normandale Program Board
Recreational and club sports
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Disc Golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Fitness Aerobics
  • Fitness Boot Camp
  • Fitness Yoga
  • Fitness Zumba
  • Flag Football
  • Hiking
  • Ice Hockey
  • Kickball
  • Pickleball
  • Rafting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Religious and spiritual
  • Campus Crusade for Christ
  • Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
  • Latter Day Saints Student Association
  • Muslim Student Association
Science and technology
  • Alliance of Normandale STEM
  • Tae Kwon Do Club
Social organizations
  • Diversity Student Club
  • Testing for Liz Sabel
Special interest
  • Juggling Club
  • Soccer Club
  • Table Tennis Club
Student government
  • Normandale Student Senate
Theater, dance, music
  • Breakdance & Hip Hop Club
  • Dance Club