Central Lakes College
Imagine the places you'll go...At many colleges and universities you have to give up a lot. At Central Lakes College an excellent education won't cost you a fortune. Central Lakes College has two exceptional state-of-the-art campuses, in Staples and Brainerd, right in the center of the beautiful lakes and forests of the Minnesota tourism area. With a knowledgeable, caring faculty and more than 70 transfer and career programs, Central Lakes College is the college of choice for seekers of success.
Central Lakes College
501 W. College Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
Toll-Free: (800) 933-0346
Local: (218) 855-8037
call toll-free: (800) 933-0346
TTY: (800) 627-3529
At many colleges and universities you're just another face in the crowd. At Central Lakes College your education is a personalized experience with small classes, supportive faculty and staff.
• Affordable – Financial aid and foundation scholarships of more than $10 million annually to 75 percent of students.
• Location – Central to outdoor activity and easily reached from anywhere in the state.
• Comfort – Campuses that are modern, safe and clean.
• Variety – More than 70 transfer and career programs to start you on a four-year degree or path to program-related employment.
• Friendly – Caring instructors and support staff keep students first.
• Support – Mentors, tutors, advisors and counselors, all working for you.
• Visionary – Leading the way for continuity of credits, from high school through postsecondary career paths.
• Partners – Agreements with school districts, municipalities and university partners for lifelong learning opportunities.
• Full college experience – Cultural arts, athletics, student government, nationally recognized civic engagement and business internships.
Student enrollment and demographics
- Total number of students served: 6,213
- Full-time students: 50.1%
- Part-time students: 49.9%
- Percent female: 56.6%
- Percent male: 43.3%
- Percent students of color: 8.7%
Liberal arts for transfer to a four-year school; nursing; heavy equipment operations and maintenance; law enforcement; computer technology; natural resources; business; media technologies, environmental, health and human services, manufacturing, transportation.
Honors Associate in Arts Degree, videography production, child development care and guidance, American Sign Language, robotics and automated systems, Associate in Fine Arts - theater performance, special education, emerging digital technologies, enology, and viticulture.
Student housing is adjacent to campus or within walking distance.
Brainerd & Crow Wing County Public Transit shuttle serves Brainerd campus
Central Lakes College offers spacious parking in lots surrounding the Brainerd and Staples locations. Convenient access from any CLC parking lot to the buildings.
Central Lakes 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.
Quality, innovation, support
Central Lakes College provides a top-quality, affordable education. Students at Central Lakes College choose from over 70 academic programs offered in a friendly, supportive environment by creative instructors who are well-qualified to challenge and nurture all who wish to learn. Personal attention from faculty and staff, real-world experiences and outstanding student support services focus on building your future.
Degrees offered: Associate in Arts, Associate in Arts Honors, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Associate of Fine Arts, diplomas, certificates.
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- Advanced Technical Certificate
- Associate in Applied Science
- Associate in Arts
- Associate in Science
- Associate of Fine Arts
Tuition & finance
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,382
FAFSA Code: 002339
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.
INTERCOLLEGIATE SPORTS -- NJCAA Division III -- Women's basketball, softball, volleyball; Men's baseball, basketball, football
STUDENT ACTIVITIES -- Choir, band, drama, visual and literary art observances, student government, international student club, diversity leadership council, green club, Phi Theta Kappa honor society, intramural sports, seasonal celebration weeks, more than 20 academic clubs
- Career Services
- Child Care Resources
- Computer Commons
- Counseling Center
- Disability Services
- Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
- Financial Aid
- Fitness Center
- Food Service/Dining Services
- Health Services
- International Student Services
- Learning Commons
- Scholarship Foundation
- Star Alert
- Student Advising
- Student Employment Services
- Transfer Assistance
- TRIO Student Support Services
- Veterans Services
- Campus Visit was made
- Student Senate