Northland Community and Technical College
Northland Community and Technical College is a comprehensive college offering many state-of-the-art, nationally renowned technical programs designed for those looking to quickly join the work force. More than 100 different career programs and degree options are available. Campuses are located in East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls. Northland also has a liberal arts program that offers students the first two years of a bachelor's degree.
Northland Community and Technical College
1101 Highway 1 E.
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
Toll-Free: (800) 959-6282
Local: (218) 683-8552
CampusesCity: East Grand Forks
City: Thief River Falls
- Northland has campuses in East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls.
- More than 100 different career programs and degree options are available.
- Northland has one of the largest liberal arts programs of two-year colleges in northern Minnesota.
- Flexible scheduling gives students a variety of enrollment options. Students are able to attend full time or part time, and Northland offers hundreds of online classes each year.
- The average class size is 22 students.
- Numerous student resources are available, including career counselors and advisors, libraries, learning services and information technology.
- Students on both campuses are invited to participate in Pioneer intercollegiate athletics, intramurals and student life activities.
- Northland is the home of Pioneer 90.1, a 24-kilowatt FM radio station operated by new media production, students and community volunteers.
- Northland Aerospace offers 86,000 square feet of climate controlled aerospace training at the Thief River Falls airport.
- Named a "Military Friendly School".
- Northland offers 7 intercollegiate sports for men and women.
- Northland offers Unmanned Aerial Systems Maintenance Training and Imagery Analysis, the FIRST programs of their kind in America.
Student enrollment and demographics
- Total number of students served: 5,328
- Full-time students: 44.5%
- Part-time students: 55.5%
- Percent female: 58%
- Percent male: 41.7%
- Percent students of color: 16.1%
Practical nursing; liberal arts; sales, marketing and management; aviation maintenance technology; associate degree mobility nursing; criminal justice and law enforcement
Northland offers many exciting programs that lead to great careers. Our Unmanned Aerial Systems and Imagery Analysis programs are the first of their kind in the entire nation! We also are proud to be able to say that we were ranked third in America in Practical Nursing degrees produced. We also have many niche programs like cardiovascular technology, surgical tech,firefighter-paramedic, aviation maintenance, and in-demand careers like welding and commercial vehicle operator training.
Numerous rental units are available in East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls. Both campuses maintain lists of housing. The Thief River Falls campus has apartment-style housing complexes on campus, although the college does not own the campus housing.
Northland offers ample parking in close proximity to each campus.
Northland 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.
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. Train in our customized labs and learn from our instructors with real world experience who understand what future employers are looking for. Be inspired and challenged as you prepare for your future career.
- Advanced Technical Certificate
- Associate in Applied Science
- Associate in Arts
- Associate in Science
Tuition & finance
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,502
FAFSA Code: 002385
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, music, and recreational activities help you meet new friends, develop leadership and team skills, stay fit and share the fun of working together on projects. Part of college is meeting new people and making lifelong friends and connections. There's no better way of doing this than getting involved in our many campus clubs and oranizations.
- Academic Center
- Career Services
- Counseling Center
- Disability Services
- Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
- Emergency Contact System
- Financial Aid
- Fitness Center
- Food Service/Dining Services
- International Student Services
- Scholarship Foundation
- Student Advising
- Student Employment Services
- Student Success Office
- Technology Center
- Transfer Assistance
- Tutoring/Writing Services
- Veterans Services
- PHI THETA KAPPA
- Pioneer 90.1 Radio
- Intramural Athletics
- Student Senate
- Community Band
- Jazz Band