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.
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.
- 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.
- Visit Rochester Community and Technical College on YouTube or facebook.com/MyRCTC.
- 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%
Liberal arts, nursing, health information technology, law enforcement and veterinary technology.
Dental hygiene, environmental science, equine science, horticulture technology, music education, sport management and veterinary technology.
An apartment complex is located on college property 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.
Ample parking is provided on RCTC's 500+ acre campus. A parking permit is not required if parking in a designated student lot.
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. Contact our Welcome Center at 507.285.7557 for more information.
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.
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. Students have studied the unique crop and agricultural industry in Hawaii; toured and worked in a living ecosystem laboratory in Costa Rica; learned and interacted with the indigenous Mayan people in Guatemala; and identifed plants that local tribes use for food and medicine in the Amazon. RCTC students and faculty also travel across several regions of Cambodia to learn the basic tenets and precepts of Intercultural Commutation. RCTC's Cambodia service learning program has been recognized by the U.S. State Department for its excellence.
- Associate in Applied Science
- Associate in Arts
- Associate in Science
- Associate of Fine Arts
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 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.
Expect Community at RCTC !
RCTC offers one of the largest Student Life programs in the state. Look beyond the classroom to discover and develop your strengths, interests, relationships and talents. Performing arts, sports and fitness, student clubs and organizations provide RCTC students with more options than you would expect at a two-year college. RCTC is large enough to provide countless opportunities for students to take their college experience beyond the traditional classroom. RCTC is also small enough for students to immediately engage and become actively involved.
- 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
- Scholarship Foundation
- Student Advising
- Student Employment Services
- 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
- ECHO Student Newspaper
- Student Nursing Forum
- Loins Club
- Asian Student Organization
- Muslim Student Association
- Gay-Straight Alliance
- Disc Golf Club
- Table Tennis
- Phi Theta Kappa
- International Club
- Law Enforcement Club
- Armed Forces and Veterans Club
- Ecology Club
- Yellowjacket Volunteers
- Rochester Collegiate Navigators
- Engineering and Physics Club
- Campus Activities Board (CAB)
- Yellowjacket Passport
- Student Senate
- Drama Club
- Mens Golf