Century College

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Century College is located in White Bear Lake, MN and is the largest two-year community and technical college in Minnesota, serving over 14,000 students per year. A leader in the area of student success, Century College offers a warm, welcoming, vibrant learning community. With affordable tuition, and certificates, diplomas and degrees in over 40 areas of study which lead to employment or transfer to a four-year university, Century College provides exceptional value.

Century College
3300 Century Avenue North
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Toll-Free: (800) 228-1978
Local: (651) 773-1700

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City: White Bear Lake
Population: 24,074

School highlights

Century College is located in White Bear Lake, MN and is the largest two-year community and technical college in Minnesota, serving over 14,000 students per year. A leader in the area of student success, Century College offers a warm, welcoming, vibrant learning community. With affordable tuition, and certificates, diplomas and degrees in over 40 areas of study which lead to employment or transfer to a four-year university, Century College provides exceptional value.

  • 76 certificates, 21 diplomas and 47 degrees are offered and taught by expert faculty. Each year, 8 out of 10 Century College graduates gain employment in their related program of study and hundreds more transfer to four-year universities.
  • Students attend Century College from 38 states and 46 countries. The average age of Century College students is 26.
  • Century College is the only college in Minnesota to participate in the “Achieving the Dream” initiative, a national program focused on student success.
  • A variety of student services, including advising and counseling, free tutoring, career services, GPS LifePlan and much more support student success.
  • 30 student clubs and organizations, a beautiful Student Center, College intramurals and 4 NJCAA Division III athletic teams, give students the opportunity develop leadership skills, make new friends and have fun.
  • “Discover Century” information sessions and tours are the first Tuesday of each month at 1 pm and 5 pm for general education programs and the third Thursday of each month at 1 pm for technical programs. Go to www.century.edu/discovercentury.



Student enrollment and demographics

  • Total number of students served: 14,462
  • Full-time students: 39.6%
  • Part-time students: 60.4%
  • Percent female: 54.8%
  • Percent male: 45.1%
  • Percent students of color: 36.1%

Largest programs

Liberal Arts and Sciences; Nursing; Emergency Medical Technician; Accounting; Criminal Justice; Medical Assistant; Dental Dssistant, Medical Office Support; Law Enforcement; Information and Telecommunications; Radiologic Technology

Unique programs

Interior Design; Kitchen and Bath Design; Visual Communication Technologies; Sports Management; Orthotic Technology; Prosthetic Technology; Translating and Interpreting; Solar and Renewable Energy


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Admissions requirements

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.

Apply online

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


Programs that Lead to Success
Century College certificates, diplomas and degrees meet the demands of an evolving job market and transfer to four-year universities. Each year, 8 out of 10 Century College graduates gain employment in their related program of study and hundreds more transfer to four-year universities. At Century College, you'll experience a warm, welcoming and vibrant learning environment where you are taught by expert faculty.

Program TitleAward
Academic English ProficiencyCERT
Accounting ClerkCERT
Accounting TechnicianCERT
Administrative AssistantAAS
Advanced 3D AnimationCERT
Advanced Enterprise ComputingCERT
Advanced NetworkingCERT
Advanced Solar Photovoltaic Energy SystemsCERT
Advanced Solar Thermal Energy SystemsCERT
Auto Body TechnicianDIP
Automotive Services TechnicianDIP
Basic Automotive ServiceCERT
Business AdministrationAS
Business ManagementAAS
Chemical DependencyCERT
Chemical DependencyAS
Cisco Networking SupportCERT
Cloud Computing ArchitectureCERT
Cloud Security & Virtualization ForensicsCERT
Communication StudiesCERT
Community ParamedicCERT
Computed TomographyCERT
Computer Information SystemsAS
Computer ScienceAS
Computer SkillsCERT
Criminal JusticeAS
Cybersecurity Analysis and TechniquesCERT
Cybersecurity, Virtualization, and ForensicsAAS
Dental AssistantDIP
Dental AssistantAAS
Dental HygieneAAS
Dental Practice ManagementCERT
Digital Fabrication TechnologyCERT
Digital Forensics Analysis and TechniquesCERT
Emergency Medical ServicesCERT
Emergency Medical TechnicianCERT
Energy Technical SpecialistAAS
Engineering CAD TechnologyAAS
Enterprise Computing TechnicianDIP
Enterprise Computing TechnologyAAS
Enterprise Technical Support SpecialistCERT
Enterprise Virtualization SupportCERT
Facility Systems CommercialCERT
Facility Systems TechnicianDIP
Facility Systems TechnologyAAS
Fire ServicesCERT
Gender StudiesCERT
Global StudiesCERT
Golf Course ManagementCERT
Health Sciences Broad FieldAS
Health Support SpecialistCERT
Heating, Ventilating/Air Conditioning TechnologyAAS
High Pressure Boiler and Steam TurbineCERT
Home Furnishing SalesCERT
Horticulture - GreenhouseCERT
Horticulture - LandscapeCERT
Horticulture AssistantCERT
Horticulture ScienceAS
Horticulture Technician - GreenhouseDIP
Horticulture Technician - LandscapeDIP
Horticulture Technology - GreenhouseAAS
Horticulture Technology - LandscapeAAS
Human ServicesAS
Human Services TechnicianCERT
Human Services Technician WorkerCERT
Human Services VolunteerCERT
HVAC TechnicianDIP
Ice Arena ManagementCERT
Individualized StudiesAAS
Individualized StudiesAS
Individualized StudiesDIP
Information and Telecommunications TechnologyAAS
Information and Telecommunications TechnologyCERT
Information Security/AssuranceCERT
Intelligence and Crime AnalysisCERT
Interior DesignAAS
Interior Design AssociateDIP
Interior Design ConsultantCERT
Intrusion Detection and Incident HandlingCERT
IT Security and Audit ControlCERT
Kitchen and Bath DesignCERT
Law EnforcementAS
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Linux System AdministratorCERT
Marketing Communications TechnologyAAS
Marketing ManagementAAS
Marketing SpecialtyDIP
Medical Administrative SupportDIP
Medical AssistantDIP
Medical Office AssistantAAS
Medical Office SupportCERT
Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)CERT
Nail Care TechnicianCERT
Networking FundamentalsCERT
Nonstructural RepairCERT
Nursing (MANE)AS
Nursing AssistantCERT
Office AssistantCERT
Office SupportDIP
Orthotic and Prosthetic Clinical Applications DIP
Orthotic and Prosthetic FitterAAS
Orthotics TechnicianDIP
Orthotics TechnologyAAS
Paramedic DIP
Paramedic for Experienced EMTAAS
Paramedic for Experienced EMTDIP
Paramedic ScienceAAS
Private SecurityCERT
Prosthetic TechnologyAAS
Prosthetics TechnicianDIP
Public SafetyAAS
Public Safety LeadershipCERT
Radiologic TechnologyAAS
Renewable Energy Systems TechnologistCERT
Reverse Engineering Malware Analysis and TechniquesCERT
Social Media MarketingCERT
Software ApplicationsCERT
Solar AssessorCERT
Solar Photovoltaic Contractor TechnicianDIP
Solar Photovoltaic Contractor TechnologyAAS
Solar Thermal Contractor TechnicianDIP
Solar Thermal Contractor TechnologyAAS
Sports/Athletic ManagementCERT
Storage Area NetworkingCERT
Translation and InterpretingAAS
Translation and InterpretingCERT
Virtualization & End User ComputingCERT
Visual Communications AssistantCERT
Visual Communications TechnicianDIP
Visual Communications TechnologiesAAS
VoIP Infrastructure and ManagementCERT
Program TitleAward
Health Sciences Broad FieldAS
Health Support SpecialistCERT
Intelligence and Crime AnalysisCERT
Kitchen and Bath DesignCERT
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
The following degrees are available from this school:
  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Associate of Fine Arts
  • Certificate
  • Diploma
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Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,373

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
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 www.mymilitaryeducation.org.

Campus life

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
  • Bookstore
  • 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
  • Library
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Security
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • Student Success Office
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
Arts and literature
  • Creative Arts Alliance
Broadcasting and journalism
  • Newspaper - Century Times
Career and professional
  • Dehackers - Computer Forensics Club
  • Dental Assistant Club
  • Dental Hygiene Club
  • Education Club
  • Engineering Club
  • Hyper Media Video 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
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • African American Asscoc.
  • Arabic Club
  • Asian Student Association
  • Intercultural Club
  • Spanish Club
Gender and sexuality
  • Q&S - The Queer and the Straight Club
Honorary societies
  • PTK - Phi Theta Kappa
Law enforcement and safety
  • Law Enforcement Club
Military and veterans
  • Veterans Club
  • Veterans Dependents
Recreational and club sports
  • Flag Football Intramurals
  • Recreational Club Sports, Intramurals
  • Table Tennis Club
Religious and spiritual
  • Alpha Omega Christian Club
Science and technology
  • DeHackers Computer Forensics Club
  • Rock It Science Club
Social organizations
  • Information Telecommunications Club
Student government
  • Student Senate
Students with disabilities
  • Sign Language Club
Theater, dance, music
  • Choir
  • Theater Club
  • Baseball NJCAA Div. 3
  • Men's Soccer NJCAA Div. 3
  • Softball NJCAA Div. 3
  • Women's Soccer NJCAA Div. 3