Rochester Community and Technical College

Rochester Community and Technical College

RCTC was founded in 1915 making it Minnesota's oldest original community college. Located in the state's third-largest city, the college offers more than 70 credit-based programs. RCTC is part of a learning alliance with Winona State University. This alliance offers programs from certificates through master's degrees in Rochester. RCTC also offers one of the largest student life programs in the state; theater and music opportunities; and nationally ranked men's and women's athletics.

Rochester Community and Technical College
851 30th Ave. S.E.
Rochester, MN 55904

Toll-Free: (800) 247-1296
Local: (507) 285-7265

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City: Rochester
Population: 108,814

School highlights

Expect More at RCTC !

  • Rochester Community and Technical College was founded in 1915 on a motion by Dr. Charles Mayo to the Rochester School Board and is celebrating 100 years of higher education opportunities in Rochester, Minnesota.
  • Rochester is Minnesota’s oldest original community college and one of the nation’s oldest original community colleges. 
  • The college serves approximately 8,200 students in credit-based courses and 3,000 students in noncredit courses.
  • Rochester consistently lands near or at the top of the nation’s “Most Livable Cities” lists.
  • Rochester is Minnesota’s third-largest city and home to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic and IBM.
  • The college offers more than 300 different online classes and 70 credit-based programs with more than 130 credential options in the areas of liberal arts, allied health, business, services and technical career pathways.
  • Rochester Community and Technical College is part of a learning alliance with Winona State University. This long-term collaboration offers certificate programs through master’s degrees, all delivered on the Rochester campus.
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  • RCTC is consistently ranked nationally in many of its varsity athletic programs.  Men's athletics include football, baseball, basketball, golf and wrestling.  Women's athletics include basketball, golf, soccer, softball and volleyball.

Student enrollment and demographics

  • Total number of students served: 8,374
  • Full-time students: 45%
  • Part-time students: 55%
  • Percent female: 60.7%
  • Percent male: 38.7%
  • Percent students of color: 20%

Largest programs

Liberal arts, nursing, health information technology, law enforcement and veterinary technology.

Unique programs

Dental hygiene, environmental science, equine science, horticulture technology, music education, sport management and veterinary technology.


An apartment complex is located on campus and is available for student housing. Additional privately owned apartments are available throughout Rochester and surrounding communities.


Rochester city bus lines pick up on campus several times daily.

  • Bus


Ample parking is provided on RCTC's 500+ acre campus. A parking permit is not required if parking in a designated student lot.

  • Off-street


Admissions requirements

Expect Opportunity at RCTC !  Rochester Community and Technical College is an open door institution, which means all applicants who have earned a high school diploma or GED will be admitted.  Applicants who do not meet this criteria may still be admitted by appeal. Contact our Welcome Center at 507.285.7557 for more information on the appeal process.

Lack of English skills should not be a barrier to admission or participation.  In order to eliminate barriers, RCTC takes appropriate measures to assess each student's ability to participate and benefit through placement testing and counseling.  Based on the placement testing and counseling, students are then provided with campus services or a referral to community services to be better prepared for successful participation.

Apply online

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


Expect Excellence at RCTC !    RCTC offers more than 70 technical and transfer programs and 130 degree options.  More than 300 online classes are offered.  Want the best of both worlds?  Hybrid classes which combine online and on campus learning are another popular choice.  RCTC's service learning opportunities are extensive. RCTC offers a broad variety of learning opportunities and student support services including credit for prior learning, concurrent enrollment, PSEOP, distance learning, and study abroad options.  RCTC reaches out to its communities through collaborative programming, partnerships, and articulation agreements.

Program TitleAward
Accounting ClerkDIP
Administrative AssistantAS
Administrative AssistantDIP
Administrative AssistantCERT
Administrative AssistantAAS
Administrative Assistant - LegalCERT
Administrative Assistant RefresherCERT
Administrative Clinic AssistantDIP
Advanced Hospital Nursing AssistantCERT
Alcohol and Drug CounselingCERT
Alcohol and Drug CounselingAS
Automobile MechanicDIP
Bioinformatics FoundationsAS
Building Utilities MechanicDIP
Building Utilities MechanicAAS
Business AdministrationAS
Business AdministrationCERT
Business AnalysisCERT
Business ManagementAAS
Business ManagementCERT
CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) TechnologyAAS
CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) TechnologyDIP
CAD SpecialistCERT
CAD TechnicianCERT
Chemical Health AssistantCERT
Child DevelopmentCERT
Child DevelopmentDIP
Child, Youth, and Family StudiesAAS
Clinical Neurophysiology TechnologyAAS
Clinical Research CoordinationDIP
Clinical Research CoordinationAAS
Coding SpecialistDIP
Communication StudiesCERT
Computer Information SystemsAS
Computer ScienceAS
Computer SkillsCERT
Criminal JusticeAS
Customer Service Administrative SpecialistDIP
Customer Service Office AssistantCERT
Dental AssistantAAS
Dental AssistantDIP
Dental Assistant Expanded FunctionsCERT
Dental HygieneAAS
Developmental Disability AssistantCERT
Digital ArtCERT
Digital Arts - Music TechnologyCERT
Digital Arts--Music TechnologyAS
Emergency Medical TechnologyCERT
Emergency Medicine ParamedicAS
Environmental ScienceAS
Equine Business ManagementAS
Equine Science Horse HusbandryCERT
Equine Science Riding/TrainingAAS
Equine Science Riding/TrainingDIP
Graphic DesignAS
Green Energy ManagementCERT
Group Fitness InstructorDIP
Group Fitness InstructorCERT
Health Information TechnologyAAS
Health Sciences Broad FieldAS
Health Unit CoordinatorCERT
Healthcare InformaticsCERT
Histology TechnicianAS
Horticulture - Floriculture/Garden Center TechnologyDIP
Horticulture - Landscape, Golf Course and Grounds MaintenanceDIP
Horticulture ScienceAS
Horticulture TechnologyAAS
Human Resource DevelopmentCERT
Human Services SpecialistAS
Human Services TechnicianDIP
Individualized StudiesAS
Interaction DesignAS
Laboratory ScienceAS
Law EnforcementCERT
Law EnforcementAS
Law EnforcementAAS
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Manufacturing Technical Specialist - CADCERT
Medical SecretaryAS
Medical SecretaryAAS
Medical TranscriptionCERT
Medical TranscriptionistDIP
Mental Health AssistantCERT
Mobile Application DevelopmentCERT
Motion GraphicsCERT
Music Education Instrumental/General K-12AFA
Music Education Vocal/General K-12AFA
Music IndustryAFA
Natural ScienceAS
Personal TrainerDIP
Personal TrainerCERT
Practical NursingDIP
Precision Manufacturing TechnologyDIP
Protective AgentCERT
Quality/Continuous Improvement & ProductivityCERT
Software Applications SpecialistCERT
Sport ManagementDIP
Sport ManagementAAS
Supervisory LeadershipCERT
Supervisory ManagementAAS
Surgical TechnologyAAS
Veterinary TechnicianAAS
Welding TechnologyCERT
Workplace CommunicationCERT
Youth WorkCERT
Program TitleAward
Administrative AssistantAS
Administrative AssistantDIP
Administrative AssistantCERT
Administrative AssistantAAS
Administrative Assistant - LegalCERT
Administrative Assistant RefresherCERT
Coding SpecialistDIP
Customer Service Administrative SpecialistDIP
Customer Service Office AssistantCERT
Health Information TechnologyAAS
Healthcare InformaticsCERT
Medical SecretaryAS
Medical SecretaryAAS
Medical TranscriptionCERT
Medical TranscriptionistDIP
Mobile Application DevelopmentCERT
Motion GraphicsCERT
Software Applications SpecialistCERT
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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courseEquivalencyUrl Course equivalency
noncreditUrl Non-credit courses


Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,623

FAFSA Code: 002373

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

Expect Community at RCTC !

As the home to Minnesota's oldest state college student government, RCTC is proud of its nearly 100 year old heritage of effective, engaged student leadership and advocacy within the College, community, state and nation. The RCTC Student Senate also proudly administers one of  Minnesota's largest and most inclusive Student Life programs.  RCTC Student Life provides world-class co- and extra-curricular opportunities to its students. 

Look beyond the classroom to discover and develop your strengths, interests, relationships and talents.  Student leadership, multicultural and diversity programs, volunteer opportunities, performing arts, sports and fitness, student clubs and organizations provide RCTC students with every option you would expect from Minnesota's oldest comprehensive community and technical college. RCTC also offers nationally ranked men's and women's athletics.  RCTC is large enough to provide countless opportunities for students to take their college experience beyond the traditional classroom, but small enough for students to immediately engage and become actively involved.  

  • Bookstore
  • Child Care Resources
  • Counseling Center
  • Counseling Office
  • Disability Services
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • Health Services
  • International Student Services
  • Learning Center
  • 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
  • Animal Health Tecnology Club
  • Art Club
  • Automotive Technology Club
  • Building Utilities Mechanic
  • Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Technology
  • Design Club
  • Equestrian Club
  • Gold Course Superintendents' Association
  • Horticulture Club
  • Music Technology Club
Broadcasting and journalism
  • ECHO Student Newspaper
Career and professional
  • Student Nursing Forum
Community and human services
  • Loins Club
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Asian Student Organization
  • Muslim Student Association
Gender and sexuality
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
Health and fitness
  • Disc Golf Club
  • Table Tennis
Honorary societies
  • Phi Theta Kappa
International students
  • International Club
Law enforcement and safety
  • Law Enforcement Club
Military and veterans
  • Armed Forces and Veterans Club
Nature and environment
  • Ecology Club
Personal development
  • Yellowjacket Volunteers
Religious and spiritual
  • Rochester Collegiate Navigators
Science and technology
  • Engineering and Physics Club
Social organizations
  • Campus Activities Board (CAB)
  • Yellowjacket Passport
Student government
  • Student Senate
Theater, dance, music
  • Drama Club
  • Music
  • Theater
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Mens Golf
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball