Inver Hills Community College

Two students laughing and talking in the College Center building.

Inver Hills Community College has nine modern buildings designed to fit naturally into the surrounding wooded hills and wetlands and give a small-college look and feel. The setting complements the college's student-centered philosophy and emphasis on academic support, learning assistance and personal development. More than 50 degree and certificate options prepare students for employment upon graduation or permit them to continue their education through transfer to a four-year institution.

Inver Hills Community College
2500 80th St. E.
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

Local: (651) 450-3000

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City: Inver Grove Heights
Population: 33,880

City: Inver Grove Heights
Population: 0

School highlights

  • Conveniently located 10 minutes south of downtown St. Paul and 10 minutes east of the Mall of America, the campus is one of the most scenic college campuses in the Twin Cities.
  • More than 50 two-year degree options prepare students for employment upon graduation or permit them to continue their education through transfer to a four-year institution.
  • Students may pursue an Associate in Arts degree with an emphasis, which allows for greater breadth of knowledge in a particular subject area to prepare for a specific major at a four-year college or university.
  • Transfer agreements with state universities and many private colleges and universities, and a comprehensive selection of liberal arts and general education courses allow students to complete the first two years of most bachelor’s degree programs.
  • Nationally recognized for its adult accelerated degree programs, Inver Hills was the first two-year college in the nation to be designated an Adult Friendly Learning Institution by the Council for Adult Experiential Learning.
  • Many flexible options are available with several courses and even complete degrees offered online, accelerated courses and degrees, and several community-based class sites.
  • Inver Hills participates in three Centers of Excellence: Access and Opportunity, which supports students in groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education; Advance IT Minnesota, the center for strategic and information technology security; and HealthForce Minnesota, dedicated to transforming health care education.

Student enrollment and demographics

  • Total number of students served: 9,030
  • Full-time students: 35.1%
  • Part-time students: 64.9%
  • Percent female: 59.2%
  • Percent male: 40%
  • Percent students of color: 27.7%

Largest programs

Associate in Arts (transfer curriculum), nursing, law enforcement, contemporary business, paralegal, human services, emergency medical services (paramedic).

Unique programs

Network technology and security, emergency medical services (paramedic), online Associate in Arts degree, adult accelerated degree programs, anthropology, gender and women studies, engineering fundamentals, exercise science, learning communities, Associate in Arts with nine emphasis options


  • Bus


Ample parking is available to students and visitors in five campus parking lots.

  • Off-street


Admissions requirements

Inver Hills 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 Inver Hills 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
Advanced Network SecurityCERT
Advanced Network TechnologyCERT
Building Inspection Technology CORECERT
Child Care TeacherCERT
China StudiesCERT
Community Health WorkerCERT
Community ParamedicCERT
Computer ProgrammerAAS
Computer ScienceAS
Construction ManagementCERT
Construction ManagementAS
Contemporary BusinessAS
Contemporary Business PracticeAAS
Criminal JusticeAS
Customer ServiceCERT
Education FoundationsAS
Emergency Medical ServicesAS
Engineering FundamentalsAS
Exercise ScienceAS
Human Resource ManagementCERT
Human Service WorkerAS
Human Services AssistantCERT
I.T. Help DeskCERT
Individualized Professional StudiesAS
Information Technology SupportAAS
Innovative Technology and InstructionCERT
International BusinessAS
IP TelephonyCERT
Law EnforcementAS
Legal Administrative AssistantCERT
Legal Administrative AssistantAS
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Marketing and SalesCERT
Microsoft IT ProfessionalCERT
Network SecurityCERT
Network Technology and SecurityAAS
Nursing (MANE)AS
Nursing AssistantCERT
Office TechnologyCERT
Physical EducationAS
Professional WritingCERT
Project ManagementCERT
Small Business DevelopmentCERT
Program TitleAward
Building Inspection Technology CORECERT
Contemporary BusinessAS
Customer ServiceCERT
Human Resource ManagementCERT
Innovative Technology and InstructionCERT
International BusinessAS
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Marketing and SalesCERT
Professional WritingCERT
Project ManagementCERT
Small Business DevelopmentCERT
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): $5,272

FAFSA Code: 006935

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. Our outstanding student leadership programs include more than 40 clubs and organizations on campus, sponsoring events and activities year-round.

  • Honor's Program/PTK
  • Learning Communities
  • Online Courses & Programs
  • Scholarships
Career and professional
  • EMSSA - Emergency Medical Services Assoc
Community and human services
  • VIBE - Volunteering
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Ethiopian Student Club
  • Somali Student Club
  • Spanish Club
Honorary societies
  • Phi Theta Kappa
Personal development
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Student Org for Leadership Development
Recreational and club sports
  • Recreational Sports
Religious and spiritual
  • CRU - Christian Fellowship
  • Muslim Student Association
Student government
  • Student Activities Budgeting Committee
  • Student Clubs & Government