St. Cloud Technical and Community College

SCTCC students on campus.

St. Cloud Technical & Community College is a regional treasure located in the heart of Central Minnesota. Our mission focuses on highly- skilled employment and life-long learning. Founded in 1948 as the second technical college in Minnesota, SCTCC is one of the fastest growing colleges in the MnSCU system. We offer more than 90 programs of study that lead directly to employment opportunities in our region or successful transfer to a 4-year university.

St. Cloud Technical and Community College
1540 Northway Drive
Saint Cloud, MN 56303

Toll-Free: (800) 222-1009
Local: (320) 308-5089

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City: St Cloud
Population: 65,801

School highlights

St. Cloud Technical & Community College is a regional treasure located in the heart of Central Minnesota and is the college of choice for quality career, technical and transferable education. Our mission focuses on highly-skilled employment and life-long learning opportunities. An Associate in Arts degree in liberal arts and sciences that provides the first two years of a four-year degree.

  • An Associate in Arts degree in liberal arts and sciences that provides the first two years of a four-year degree.
  • More than 90 career majors that can be completed in two years or less in business management, construction technology, health sciences, information technology, manufacturing, nursing, and transportation.
  • Graduates have had more than a 90 percent job placement rate in their fields of study over the last five years.
  • Seamless transfer options to a variety of four-year universities for continued study.
  • Cutting-edge simulation labs for dental assistant, dental hygiene, nursing, paramedicine, sonography, and surgical technology programs in our Health Sciences Building.
  • Pioneering programs in water environment technologies, nuclear energy, and nursing (focused on care for aging, rural populations).
  • Small class sizes. Flexible course options available online, on-site, in the evenings, and early mornings.
  • More than $150,000 scholarships awarded annually.
  • Child-care facility on campus.
  • Ample recreational and green spaces only a few steps from campus in local parks and on trails along the Mississippi River.
  • Nationally-ranked athletic teams - Go, Cyclones!

Student enrollment and demographics

  • Total number of students served: 6,397
  • Full-time students: 46.2%
  • Part-time students: 53.8%
  • Percent female: 53.4%
  • Percent male: 46.6%
  • Percent students of color: 15.6%

Largest programs

Liberal arts and sciences, business management, accounting, nursing

Unique programs

Biomedical technology equipment repair, reverse engineering and rapid prototyping, robotics and automation, sonography, cardiovascular technology, water environment technology, civil engineering, health information technology, energy renewal, nursing mobility, advertising communication and design.


St. Cloud Technical & Community College is conveniently located on the Metro Transit bus route. All SCTCC students can ride the Metro Transit Bus system for FREE with their Cyclone Student ID Card (minimum of 6 credits per semester required).

  • Bus


St. Cloud Technical & Community College offers on-campus parking permits; permit fees are based on student credit load. Daily parking passes also are available.

  • Off-street


Admissions requirements

St. Cloud Technical & Community College has an open admissions policy. This means, you:

  • Can enroll if you have a high school diploma or a GED.
  • Don’t have to take a standardized test to be admitted, and your high school grades and class rank are not considered.
  • Will take a placement test after you are admitted. This test will tell you if you need to take prep courses (which will not count toward a degree) before you can take college-level courses. These courses provide essential college preparation. 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.

All applicants pay a $20 application fee.

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 online

Using the e-application, you may apply to St. Cloud Technical and Community College and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


Hands on, High tech, & Affordable
St. Cloud Technical & Community College's programs of study offer cutting-edge education at an affordable cost. Personal attention from faculty and staff, real-world experiences, and outstanding student support services all focus on one thing: helping you succeed. Be inspired and challenged as you prepare for your future career in our hands-on, high-tech learning environment.

Program TitleAward
Accounting ClerkDIP
Administrative AssistantAAS
Advanced Farm Business ManagementATC
Advertising Communication and DesignDIP
Advertising Communication and DesignAAS
Advertising Web Design and DevelopmentDIP
Advertising Web Design and DevelopmentAAS
Architectural Construction TechnologyDIP
Architectural Construction TechnologyAAS
Auto Body Collision TechnicianAAS
Auto Body Collision TechnicianDIP
Automation TechnologyCERT
Automotive Service TechnicianDIP
Automotive Service TechnicianAAS
Biomedical Equipment TechnicianAAS
Business ManagementAS
Cardiovascular TechnologyAAS
Child and Adult Care and EducationDIP
Child and Adult Care and EducationAS
Child, Adult Care and Education/ParaAAS
Cisco Networking (Associate)CERT
Commercial Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration TechnologyDIP
Computer ProgrammerDIP
Computer ProgrammerAAS
Culinary ArtsAAS
Culinary ArtsDIP
Dental AssistantAAS
Dental AssistantDIP
Dental HygieneAAS
Diagnostic Medical Sonography - GeneralistAAS
Electrical Construction TechnologyDIP
Electrical Construction TechnologyAAS
Energy Technical SpecialistAAS
Energy Technical Specialist- NuclearAAS
Farm Business ManagementDIP
Finance and CreditDIP
Finance and CreditAAS
Health Care TechnicianCERT
Health Data SpecialistAAS
Health Information TechnologyAAS
Health Sciences Broad FieldAS
Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration TechnologyAAS
Instrumentation and Process Control TechnologyAAS
Instrumentation and Process Control TechnologyDIP
Land Surveying/Civil Engineering TechnologyDIP
Land Surveying/Civil Engineering TechnologyAAS
Legal Administrative AssistantAAS
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Machine OperatorDIP
Machine TechnologyCERT
Machine Tool TechnologyDIP
Machine Tool TechnologyAAS
Mechanical Design and Manufacturing TechnologyATC
Mechanical Design TechnologyAAS
Mechanical Design TechnologyDIP
Mechatronics TechnologyAAS
Mechatronics TechnologyCERT
Mechatronics TechnologyDIP
Medium/Heavy Truck TechnicianDIP
Medium/Heavy Truck TechnicianAAS
Network AdministrationAAS
Office Technology AssistantDIP
Office Technology Assistant - LegalDIP
Office Technology Assistant - MedicalDIP
Paraprofessional EducatorAAS
PC SpecialistDIP
Plumbing - Shop ManagementAAS
Practical NursingDIP
Residential Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration TechnologyDIP
Robotics and Automation TechnologyDIP
Robotics and Automation TechnologyAAS
Sales, Management, MarketingDIP
Sales, Management, MarketingAAS
Sales, Management, Marketing AssociateDIP
Surgical TechnologyAAS
Surgical TechnologyDIP
Water Environment TechnologiesDIP
Water Environment TechnologiesAAS
Water Environment Technology - Small Plant OperatorCERT
Welding TechnologyCERT
Program TitleAward
Automation TechnologyCERT
Business ManagementAS
Energy Technical SpecialistAAS
Energy Technical Specialist- NuclearAAS
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Machine TechnologyCERT
Welding TechnologyCERT
The following degrees are available from this school:
  • Advanced Technical Certificate
  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Certificate
  • Diploma

Program emphases
St. Cloud Technical & Community College is the college of choice for quality career, technical, and transferable education, focused on highly-skilled employment and life-long learning opportunities. Cutting-edge technology, hands-on application, critical thinking, and citizenship are the hallmarks of an SCTCC education.

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Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,308

FAFSA Code: 005534

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 healthy and participate in civic-minded activities. SCTCC is home to nationally-ranked athletic teams -- Go, Cyclones! And, we have more than 2 dozen clubs to fit your interests: Project Green environmental club, Creative Arts Club, Spanish Club, Skills-USA Clubs, and more.

  • Academic Advising Center
  • Academic Center
  • Career Services
  • Center for Academic Success
  • Counseling Center
  • Disability Services
  • Eastview Grill & Commons
  • Financial Aid
  • Free YMCA membership (pay joiner fee)
  • International Student Services
  • Library
  • Playhouse Childcare Center
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Security
  • Star Alert
  • The BookStop
  • Transfer Assistance
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Veterans Services
Arts and literature
  • Creative Arts Club
Career and professional
  • American Advertising Federation
  • American Dental Assisting Association
  • American Design and Drafting Association
  • Business Professionals of America
  • Central Minnesota Builders Association
  • Child/Adult Care Education
  • Distributive Education Clubs of America
  • Health Information Management Club
  • Instrumentation Society of America
  • MN Electrical Student Assoc.
  • Nursing Students Club
  • Skills USA
  • Sonography Student Club
  • Student American Dental Hygienists Assoc
  • Water Environment Technology Club
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • English as a Second Language
  • Somali Student Club
  • Spanish Club
Honorary societies
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Recreational and club sports
  • SCSU Intramural Sports
Student government
  • Student Senate
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Basketball
  • Fast Pitch Softball
  • Volleyball