Northland Community and Technical College

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Northland Community & Technical College is a comprehensive college offering many state-of-the-art, nationally renowned programs designed for those looking to quickly join the workforce. Over 100 different career programs and degree options are available on campus and online. Campuses are located in East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls with an aerospace site located at the Thief River Falls airport.

Northland Community and Technical College
1101 Highway 1 E
Thief River Falls, MN 56701

Toll-Free: (800) 959-6282
Local: (218) 683-8800

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City: East Grand Forks
Population: 8,581

City: Thief River Falls
Population: 8,636

School highlights you want to complete a degree, diploma or certificate in two years or less, or if you want to prepare for immediate entry-level employment.If you want to complete a degree, diploma or certificate in two years or less, or if you want to prepare for immediate entry-level employment.kfkNorthland has two campuses and an aerospace site in the beautiful northwestern portion of the state. Campuses are located in East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls with an aerospace site located at the Thief River Falls airport.  Northland's campuses offer more than 100 different career programs and degree options.

  • 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.
  • We have numerous articulation agreements with four-year instituitions so you can transfer seamlessly after you graduate from Northland.
  • Northland offers a shuttle bus service during the spring and fall semesters for students to ride between the campuses.
  • Numerous student resources are available, including career counselors and advisors, libraries, academic success centers, tutors, and information technology.
  • Students on both campuses are invited to participate in Pioneer intercollegiate athletics, intramurals and the many student life activities.
  • Northland is the home of Pioneer 90.1, a 24-kilowatt FM radio station, the only station on a two-year campus in Minnesota. Students are encouraged to seek opportunities at the station.
  • 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 Geospatial Intelligence/Imagery Analysis, the FIRST programs of their kind in America.
  • New in 2015, Northland will be offering the following programs: Precision Agriculture Equipment Technician, Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Field Technician, Dietetic Technician, Engineering and Computer Aided Design, and Patient Access Specialist.

Student enrollment and demographics

  • Total number of students served: 5,441
  • Full-time students: 45.2%
  • Part-time students: 54.8%
  • Percent female: 58%
  • Percent male: 41.9%
  • Percent students of color: 16.1%

Largest programs

Practical Nursing; Liberal Arts; Sales, Marketing and Management; Aviation Maintenance Technology; Mobility Nursing; Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, Firefighter/Paramedic.

Unique programs

Our Unmanned Aerial Systems, Geospatial Intelligence Analysis, and Imagery Analysis programs are the first of their kind in the entire nation! We also are proud to say that we were ranked third in America in the number of Practical Nursing degrees produced. Other niche programs include: Cardiovascular Technology, Surgical Tech, Firefighter/Paramedic, Aviation Maintenance, 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 near campus, although the college does not own the campus housing.


Free shuttle bus service between campuses in the morning and afternoon is available Monday through Friday during fall and spring semesters.

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Northland offers ample parking in close proximity to each campus.

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  • Off-street


Admissions requirements 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, 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.

Apply online

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

Academics Your Life North

When you "take your life north" to Northland Community & Technical College you will find campuses that offer an education that is centered on you. As a Northland Pioneer, you will receive personal attention from faculty and staff that teach based on real-world experiences and know you by name. Northland offers outstanding student support and learning services all focused on helping you succeed. Train in our customized labs that use the equipment you will see if your field and learn from instructors who understand what future employers are looking for. Northland offers a wide range of online education options so you can learn online, anytime. Be inspired and challenged as you prepare for your future career. 

Start today in any the following fields of study:

  • Liberal Arts & Transfer
  • Aerospace
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive and Transportation
  • Building Trades
  • Business Management & Marketing
  • Education
  • Health & Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law & Public Safety
  • Manufacturing & Industry

The best way to see if a college is right for you is to visit and tour the campus. We encourage to visit us so we can show you your program of interest and introduce you to the faculty, staff, and coaches that you would be interacting with. We look forward to seeing you!

Program TitleAward
Accounting Clerk - Microcomputer ApplicationsDIP
Administrative AssistantAAS
Administrative SupportDIP
Administrative Support Microcomputer SpecialistDIP
Administrative Support Software SpecialistAAS
Advanced Agricultural Commodity MarketingCERT
Advanced Farm Business ManagementATC
Advanced RescueCERT
Agricultural Commodities MarketingCERT
Applications in Farm Business ManagementCERT
Architectural Technology and DesignAAS
Architectural Technology and DesignDIP
Auto Body Collision TechnologyDIP
Auto Body Collision TechnologyAAS
Automation TechnologyCERT
Automotive Electronics and DrivabilityCERT
Automotive Engine Repair, Suspension and BrakesCERT
Automotive Service TechnologyAAS
Automotive Service TechnologyDIP
Aviation Maintenance TechnologyAAS
Aviation Maintenance TechnologyDIP
Cardiovascular Technology--InvasiveAAS
Cisco NetworkingCERT
Collision and Refinishing TechnicianCERT
Commercial Vehicle OperatorCERT
Computer and Network TechnologyAAS
Construction ElectricityDIP
Construction PlumbingDIP
Criminal Justice - Law EnforcementDIP
Criminal Justice - Law EnforcementAS
Criminal Justice - Law EnforcementCERT
Current Issues in Farm Business ManagementCERT
Customer ServiceCERT
Early Childhood and Paraprofessional EducationAS
Electronic Technology Marketing ICERT
Electronics Technology/Automated SystemsAAS
Essentials of Farm Business ManagementCERT
Farm Business ManagementDIP
Farm Operations and ManagementDIP
Fire Service PreparationCERT
Fire TechnologyAAS
Geospatial Intelligence AnalysisAAS
Health Sciences Broad FieldAS
Heating, Ventilation and Air ConditioningDIP
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Construction PlumbingAAS
Imagery AnalysisCERT
Intensive Care ParamedicAAS
Introduction to Architectural Technology and DesignDIP
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Machine TechnologyCERT
Manufacturing PrinciplesCERT
Manufacturing TechnologyAS
Medical Administrative AssistantAAS
Medical Coding SpecialistCERT
Medical Office SpecialistDIP
Medical Transcriptionist/EditorDIP
Nursing AssistantCERT
Occupational Therapy AssistantAAS
Pharmacy TechnologyDIP
Pharmacy TechnologyAAS
Physical Therapist AssistantAAS
Practical NursingDIP
Practical NursingAAS
Precision AgricultureCERT
Production TechnologiesCERT
Radiologic TechnologyAAS
Respiratory TherapistAAS
Sales, Marketing, and ManagementAAS
Sheet Metal TechnicianCERT
Supervisory LeadershipCERT
Surgical TechnologyAAS
Unmanned Aerial Systems Maintenance TechnicianCERT
Welding Process TechnologyDIP
Welding TechnologyDIP
Welding TechnologyCERT
Program TitleAward
Automation TechnologyCERT
Customer ServiceCERT
Early Childhood and Paraprofessional EducationAS
Health Sciences Broad FieldAS
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Machine TechnologyCERT
Medical Administrative AssistantAAS
Medical Coding SpecialistCERT
Medical Office SpecialistDIP
Medical Transcriptionist/EditorDIP
Practical NursingAAS
Production TechnologiesCERT
Supervisory LeadershipCERT
Unmanned Aerial Systems Maintenance TechnicianCERT
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
NEW PROGRAMS for 2015 at Northland: Aviation Maintenance Technology Plus, Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Field Service Technician, Precision Agriculture Equipment Technician, Dietetic Technician, Patient Access Specialist, Engineering & Computer-Aided Design.

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Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,517

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 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 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. Northland recognizes that part of college is meeting new people and making lifelong friends and connections and we strive to help you do that. There's no better way of doing this than getting involved in our many campus clubs and organizations. Learn all about student life at Northland by checking out, 

  • Academic Center
  • Bookstore
  • Career Services
  • Counseling Center
  • Disability Services
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • International Student Services
  • Library
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Security
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • Student Success Office
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
Broadcasting and journalism
  • Pioneer 90.1 Radio
Recreational and club sports
  • Intramural Athletics
Student government
  • Student Senate
Theater, dance, music
  • Chorus
  • Community Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball