Alexandria Technical and Community College
Alexandria Technical and Community College has a rich history of academic excellence and exceptional faculty and staff. The college is located in central Minnesota and is surrounded by a beautiful community that provides engaging activities year around.
- Job placement rates have averaged more than 90 percent for several decades.
- The college is recognized as a national leader in advanced technical skills and transfer education.
- Most programs include hands-on, student-centered, experiential learning.
- Students receive outstanding personal attention.
- Highest graduation and retention rate of all Minnesota public two-year colleges.
- A rich history includes exceptional instruction, high academic expectations and extensive partnerships with local, state, national and international businesses and industries.
Associate in Science, Associate in Arts, and many of the Associate in Applied Science degrees transfer toward completion of bachelor’s degrees at many universities.
Student enrollment and demographics
- Total number of students served: 4,095
- Full-time students: 51.3%
- Part-time students: 48.7%
- Percent female: 50.1%
- Percent male: 49.6%
- Percent students of color: 6.1%
Associate in arts, communication art and design, diesel mechanic, law enforcement, marine and small engine mechanic, welding technology
Business management with emphasis in fashion, finance, or marketing; communication art and design; computer and voice networking; health and fitness specialist, and mechatronics (combines mechanical, electronic and networking systems)
Student housing is adjacent to the campus, and many community rental options are within walking distance of the campus. Visit www.alextech.edu/housing to explore these options.
The community and surrounding area has both bus and taxi services.
Student parking lots surround the campus. Parking fees are charged per credit. Limited on-street parking is available.
Alexandria Technical and Community College has an open admissions policy to the college.
- You don’t have to take a standardized test to be admitted to the college, and your high school grades and class rank are not considered.
- After you are admitted, you will take a placement test, which will tell you if you need to take remedial or developmental courses.
- Some programs have specific criteria that must be met before acceptance into the program.
You can complete your studies in less time if you come well prepared for college-level work.
Apply early! This increases your chances of being admitted to the program you want. Several of the college's technical programs fill early and have waiting lists.
Excellence in Education
You’ll find a diverse mix of program choices and top-quality transfer and technical education in a welcoming and supportive environment. Personal attention from faculty and staff, real-world experiences, and outstanding student support services help you succeed.
- Advanced Technical Certificate
- Associate in Applied Science
- Associate in Arts
- Associate in Science
Tuition & finance
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,378
FAFSA Code: 005544
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 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.
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.
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.
Student life is more than textbooks, classes, and studying. While participation and involvement in student activities is not required of students at Alexandria Technical and Community College, it is the philosophy of the college that this is an important part of the educational experience. Student participation in co-curricular or extracurricular activities is encouraged.
Get to know your fellow students, the college faculty and staff, and the surrounding communities. It's a great place to call home, even if it's only for a couple of years.
- Creative Writing Club
- American Society of Interior Designers
- Business Professionals of America (BPA)
- Child Development Club
- Delta Epsilon Chi (DECA/DEX)
- Diesel Club
- International Interior Design Assn
- Law Enforcement Club
- National Kitchen and Bath Association
- Special Interest and Program Clubs
- Student Ambassadors
- Vocational Industrial Clubs of America
- Intercultural Club
- Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society
- Veteran's Center
- Student Senate
- Intramural Sports
- Anime Club
- G.A.T. Gamers of ATCC