Saint Paul College
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 39 associate degree programs, including the Associate in Arts degree, and 60 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
CampusesCity: St Paul
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 www.saintpaul.edu/StartHere.
Student enrollment and demographics
- Total number of students served: 9,855
- Full-time students: 39.1%
- Part-time students: 60.9%
- Percent female: 54.5%
- Percent male: 45.2%
- Percent students of color: 58.7%
Liberal arts and sciences, practical nursing, business and computer science, American Sign Language interpreter, construction trades
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, photography entrepreneur
The campus has a parking lot and parking ramp. Parking can be paid daily, or a parking card can be obtained on campus.
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.
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.
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- Associate in Applied Science
- Associate in Arts
- Associate in Science
Tuition & finance
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,198
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 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.
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
- 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
- Association for Computing Machinery
- Respiratory Care Club
- Skills USA
- Student Ambassadors
- Phi Theta Kappa
- Muslim Student Association
- Environmental Action Society
- Saint Paul College Student Senate
- Scitamard Society