At Century College, you'll find a multitude of opportunities - whether you're beginning your degree or returning to college. Affordable, convenient, flexible and student-focused, Century strives to provide a high-quality, affordable education for a variety of students. If you're a high school senior looking for post high school education or an adult looking for advancement or a career change, Century College has more than 60 different degrees and programs for you.
CampusesCity: White Bear Lake
Century College has a beautiful Student Center with a stage and game room, and a new Science and Library Building that features built-in window seats for studying and lounging, laptop computer checkout, wireless capacity, a fireplace and more than 45,000 books. Other features include state-of-the-art classrooms and nine science labs.
As both a community college and a technical college, Century also offers:
- GPS LifePlan, an electronic tool to connect educational goals to future career plans.
- Award-winning faculty members.
- Excellent programs in areas such as emergency medical services, law enforcement, computers, interior design, horticulture and dental hygiene.
- A Phi Theta Kappa honor society named one of the top 100 chapters in the nation.
- An Associate in Fine Arts in music degree.
- Nearly 40 student clubs, men’s and women’s soccer teams, intramural activities, new fitness center, and music and theater programs.
- A renowned service learning program.
- The Wood Duck Trail for walking and running.
- A multicultural center where international students from more than 45 countries meet to plan activities, socialize and study.
- The Fab Lab, where students use fabrication tools and software to build just about anything.
- A vibrant arts scene with orchestra, choir and theater programs.
A veterans center for current military and returning veterans.
Student enrollment and demographics
- Total number of students served: 14,968
- Full-time students: 42.8%
- Part-time students: 57.2%
- Percent female: 55.3%
- Percent male: 44.6%
- Percent students of color: 35.3%
Courses such as English and mathematics that transfer to a four-year college, English for Speakers of Other Languages, nursing, emergency medical services and paramedics, computer science and technology
Orthotics/prosthetics, women and gender studies, pre-engineering, visual communications technologies, kitchen and bath design, sports facilities management, paraeducator
Century 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. Be inspired and challenged as you prepare for your future career.
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|Health Support Specialist||CERT|
|Intelligence and Crime Analysis||CERT|
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- Associate in Applied Science
- Associate in Arts
- Associate in Science
- Associate of Fine Arts
Tuition & finance
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,357
FAFSA Code: 010546
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.
- Academic Center
- Career Services
- Child Care Resources
- Counseling Center
- Disability Services
- Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
- Emergency Contact System
- Financial Aid
- Fitness Center
- Food Service/Dining Services
- Health Services
- International Student Services
- Scholarship Foundation
- Student Advising
- Student Employment Services
- Student Success Office
- Technology Center
- Transfer Assistance
- TRIO Student Support Services
- Tutoring/Writing Services
- Veterans Services
- Creative Arts Alliance
- Newspaper - Century Times
- Dehackers - Computer Forensics Club
- Dental Assistant Club
- Dental Hygiene Club
- Education Club
- Engineering Club
- Information Telecommunications Club
- Interior Design Club
- Law Enforcement Club
- Math Club E=mc2
- Nursing Club
- Orthotic & Prosthetic Student Assn
- Radiology Club
- Rock It Science Club
- Video Club
- Arabic Club
- Asian Student Association
- Black Student Organization
- Intercultural Club
- Spanish Club
- Q&S - The Queer and the Straight Club
- PTK - Phi Theta Kappa
- Law Enforcement Club
- Veterans Club
- Veterans Dependents
- Flag Football Intramurals
- Recreational Club Sports, Intramurals
- Table Tennis Club
- Alpha Omega Christian Club
- DeHackers Computer Forensics Club
- Rock It Science Club
- Information Telecommunications Club
- Student Senate
- Sign Language Club
- Theater Club
- Baseball NJCAA Div. 3
- Men's Soccer NJCAA Div. 3
- Softball NJCAA Div. 3
- Women's Soccer NJCAA Div. 3