Saint Paul College

Saint Paul College campus.

Saint Paul College recently was ranked the No. 1 community college in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine for the second time in 2013, for student engagement in active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction and support for learning. The college offers 46 associate degree programs, including the Associate in Arts degree, and 78 career certificate and diploma programs. For more than 100 years, Saint Paul College has been helping students succeed in high-demand careers.

Saint Paul College
235 Marshall Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Toll-Free: (800) 227-6029
Local: (651) 846-1600

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City: St Paul
Population: 289,270

School highlights

Saint Paul College recently was ranked the No. 1 community college in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine for student engagement in active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction and support for learning. The college offers 44 associate degree programs, including the Associate in Arts degree, and 70 career certificate and diploma programs.

  • For more than 100 years, Saint Paul College has been helping students succeed in high-demand careers.
  • Transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities provide pathways for students to transfer and continue their higher education. The college also works with more than 500 business, industry and labor representatives to provide employment opportunities for graduates.
  • Advanced technology enhances curriculum and the learning experience. Classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, and free WiFi access is available campuswide.
  • The campus is student-oriented, with support services that include academic support and free tutoring, computer labs, academic success services, transfer services, career services and access to free online job postings.
  • The Power of You scholarship program provides qualified students graduating from Minneapolis or St. Paul public schools the opportunity to attend Saint Paul College tuition-free.
  • “Start Here” tour and information sessions are every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. Go to

Student enrollment and demographics

  • Total number of students served: 9,830
  • Full-time students: 40.7%
  • Part-time students: 59.3%
  • Percent female: 54.5%
  • Percent male: 45.5%
  • Percent students of color: 60.6%

Largest programs

Liberal arts and sciences, practical nursing, business and computer science, American Sign Language interpreter, construction trades

Unique programs

Health information technology, American Sign Language interpreter and transliterator, land surveying, sheet metal, global trade, culinary arts, personal trainer, computer graphics and programming, medical laboratory technology, esthetics, chemical technology, biomdial engineering technology


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  • Train


The campus has a parking lot and parking ramp. Parking can be paid daily, or a parking card can be obtained on campus.

  • Off-street


Admissions requirements

Saint Paul 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 Saint Paul 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
Accounting TechnicianDIP
Advanced Esthetics for CosmetologistsCERT
Advanced Esthetics-Medical SettingCERT
American Sign Language StudiesCERT
Auto Body RepairAAS
Auto Body RepairDIP
Automation TechnologiesCERT
Automotive Service TechnicianDIP
Automotive Service TechnicianAAS
Baking and DecoratingCERT
Biomedical Engineering TechnologyAS
Business Administrative ProfessionalAAS
Business Applications SpecialistCERT
Business Information TechnologyCERT
Business Information TechnologyAAS
Business ManagementAS
Chemical TechnologyCERT
Chemical TechnologyAS
Child Development AdministrationCERT
Child Development CareersCERT
Child Development CareersAAS
Child Development CareersDIP
Child Development CareersAS
Child Development Careers ASLAS
Clinical Sports MassageAAS
Clinical Sports MassageCERT
CNC ToolmakingDIP
Computer AnimationCERT
Computer Graphics and VisualizationAS
Computer Network EngineeringAAS
Computer ProgrammingAAS
Computer ScienceAS
Culinary ArtsAAS
Culinary ArtsDIP
Culinary BasicsCERT
Culinary FoundationsCERT
Electrical TechnologyDIP
Electromechanical SystemsDIP
Electromechanical SystemsCERT
Esthetician (CIDESCO Readiness)CERT
Esthetician (Medical Setting)AAS
Esthetician (Spa)AAS
Event and Meeting ManagementCERT
Global Trade ProfessionalCERT
Global Trade SpecialistAAS
Health Information TechnologyAAS
Health Sciences Broad FieldAS
Health Unit CoordinatorCERT
Healthcare InformaticsAAS
Hospitality ManagementAAS
Human Resource SpecialistCERT
Human ResourcesAAS
Human Resources ProfessionalCERT
Java ProgrammingCERT
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Machine Operator (Right Skills Now)CERT
Machine TechnologyCERT
Management Information SystemsAS
Massage TherapyCERT
Medical CodingDIP
Medical Laboratory TechnicianAAS
Medical OfficeCERT
Medical Office ProfessionalAAS
Medical Records ClerkCERT
Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation Specialist CERT
Micro Mechanical TechnologyDIP
Mobile DevelopmentCERT
Music BusinessAAS
Nail Care TechnicianCERT
Network AdministrationCERT
Nursing Assistant/Home Health AideCERT
Nursing Station TechnicianCERT
Personal TrainerDIP
Personal TrainerCERT
Personal TrainerAAS
Pharmacy TechnicianAAS
Pharmacy TechnicianDIP
Pipefitting Apprenticeship Building TradesDIP
Pipefitting Apprenticeship ServiceDIP
Practical NursingDIP
Production TechnologiesCERT
Professional Culinary ApplicationsCERT
Project ManagementCERT
Project ManagementAAS
Registered Yoga TeacherCERT
Respiratory Therapist - Respiratory Care PractitionerAAS
Restaurant ManagementCERT
Robotic WeldingCERT
Sheet Metal & HVAC Ducts & FittingsDIP
Sheet Metal & HVAC Ducts & FittingsAAS
Short Order CookingCERT
Sign Language Interpreter/TransliteratorAAS
Social Media MarketingCERT
Supply Chain LogisticsAAS
Supply Chain LogisticsCERT
Truck TechnicianDIP
Visualization TechnologyAAS
Visualization TechnologyCERT
Web DesignCERT
Web DevelopmentCERT
Welding TechnologyAAS
Welding TechnologyDIP
Welding TechnologyCERT
Wine and Artisan FoodsCERT
Wine ProfessionalCERT
Wood Finishing TechniquesCERT
Yoga Instructor Training - Level 2CERT
Program TitleAward
Automation TechnologiesCERT
Business ManagementAS
Human Resources ProfessionalCERT
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Machine TechnologyCERT
Production TechnologiesCERT
Welding TechnologyCERT
The following degrees are available from this school:
  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Certificate
  • Diploma
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Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,478

FAFSA Code: 005533

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.

  • Career Center
  • Child Care Center
  • City View Cafe
  • Disability Services
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation
  • IT Services
  • Library
  • Office of Academic Success
  • Public Safety
  • Saint Paul College Bookstore
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • Student Success Office
  • Transfer Center
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Tutoring Services & Writing Center
  • Veterans Center
  • Science Club
Career and professional
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Respiratory Care Club
  • Skills USA
Community and human services
  • Student Ambassadors
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • African American Association
  • El Futuro
  • Somaili Student Association
Gender and sexuality
  • PRISM Campus Alliance
Honorary societies
  • Kappa Deta Delta
  • Phi Theta Kappa
Military and veterans
  • Veteran Center
Religious and spiritual
  • Muslim Student Association
Special interest
  • Environmental Action Society
Student government
  • Saint Paul College Student Senate
Theater, dance, music
  • Scitamard Society