Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Minnesota West Community and Technical College has five campuses and four learning centers in beautiful southwest Minnesota. Thousands of wind turbines dot the landscape along the Buffalo Ridge, which runs through Minnesota West's service area. Minnesota West is a national leader in renewable and sustainable energy programs. The college offers more than 60 majors in technical and liberal arts areas.
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
1314 N. Hiawatha Ave.
Pipestone, MN 56164
Toll-Free: (800) 658-2330
Local: (507) 825-6800
City: Granite Falls
Minnesota West Community and Technical College has five campuses and four learning centers in beautiful southwest Minnesota. Thousands of wind turbines dot the landscape along the Buffalo Ridge, which runs through Minnesota West’s service area. Minnesota West is a national leader in renewable and sustainable energy programs. The college offers more than 60 majors in technical and liberal arts areas.
- Five southwest Minnesota campus locations: Canby, Granite Falls, Jackson, Pipestone and Worthington. Learning centers in Fairmont, Luverne, Marshall and Redwood Falls.
- State leader in online, distance delivery and technology.
- First of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to erect an on-campus wind tower used for both learning and power generation.
- Leader in allied health programming.
- The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
- Small class sizes allow for personal assistance with instructors and opportunities for getting to know your classmates.
- Numerous transfer agreements with state and private colleges and universities allow for easy transition to the next step.
Learn more about the college through Facebook at facebook.com/minnesotawest.
Student enrollment and demographics
- Total number of students served: 5,264
- Full-time students: 38%
- Part-time students: 62%
- Percent female: 54.6%
- Percent male: 41.8%
- Percent students of color: 12.2%
Liberal arts and sciences transfer, nursing, wind energy and renewable energy, administrative support careers.
Agriculture, biofuels technology, energy technical specialist, construction, allied health, power sports, wind energy technology, powerline technology, online Associate in Arts degree. National leader in renewable and sustainable energy programs. First of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to erect an on-campus wind tower used for both learning and power generation. Several allied health programs offered in a renovated hospital for hands-on learning.
Student housing is available at the Canby campus, and private apartment arrangements are available at all locations. The college provides students with a list of rental housing.
Each of our locations varies in transportation options, please contact the campus of your choice to learn more.
Minnesota West Community and Technical 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.
Learn with Purpose
Do you want to find meaning and fulfillment in what you are doing? Furthering your education at Minnesota West is the first step to a purposeful future.
Our student body encompasses all ages and ethnicities. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to serving you in an affordable, accessible, and supportive setting. Small class sizes, personalized attention, and focus on hands-on teaching and learning are strong attributes of our college.
Be a part of something great - come to Minnesota West and Learn with Purpose!
- Advanced Technical Certificate
- Associate in Applied Science
- Associate in Arts
- Associate in Science
With five campuses and four learning centers across beautiful southwest Minnesota, Minnesota West Community and Technical College has a diverse array of technical and liberal arts programs for a diverse population. The college offers more than 60 majors as well as a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including college athletics. State leader in online, distance delivery and technology. Small class sizes, which allow for personal assistance with instructors.
Tuition & finance
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,657
FAFSA Code: 005263
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.
Minnesota West believes that student clubs/organizations are an integral part of the total education program. A group is recognized as a club/organization if its composition and activities are such that the college deems itself responsible for the actions of the group. Students have the opportunity to serve on college committees that involve or affect student interests to assure that students participate in decisions made at the campus or college level.
- Child Care Resources
- Disability Services
- Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
- Emergency Contact System
- Financial Aid
- Fitness Center
- Food Service/Dining Services
- Scholarship Foundation
- Student Advising
- Technology Center
- Transfer Assistance
- Tutoring/Writing Services
- Veterans Services
- Law Enforcement Club
- Mens Golf
- Womens Golf
- Student Government
- Mens Basketball
- Womens Basketball