South Central College

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South Central College (SCC) is a comprehensive community and technical college, with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato. SCC has more than 50 technical career and professional programs, with a variety of certificate, diploma and associate degree options. The college also offers a liberal arts and sciences curriculum that enables individuals to earn an Associate in Arts degree from SCC before transferring to complete a Bachelor's degree at a four-year college or university.

South Central College
1920 Lee Blvd.
North Mankato, MN 56003

Toll-Free: (800) 722-9359
Local: (507) 389-7220

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City: North Mankato
Population: 53,645

City: Faribault
Population: 23,436

School highlights

South Central College has two campuses, North Mankato and Faribault, offering 50 career and technical program options with industry-savvy instructors. Many programs have evening degree completion opportunities..

  • South Central College offers a liberal arts and sciences curriculum that enables individuals to earn an Associate in Arts degree from SCC before transferring to complete a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university.
  • South Central College offers a variety of online programs and courses.
  • Certificates, diploma and associate degrees can be completed in 4 months to 2 years.
  • South Central College emphasizes globalization and integrates an international perspective into the curriculum. Several international travel experiences are available to students.
  • South Central College enjoys established relationships with regional businesses and industries that provide great employment opportunities for students and graduates.
  • South Central College offers career counseling and academic support services including tutoring and ADA assistance.
  • South Central College's foundations provide more than $250,000 in student scholarships annually, including full-tuition Presidential Scholarships for seniors demonstrating leadership skills while maintaining a 3.75 or greater grade point average. Scholarship deadline is early March.
  • South Central College’s Center for Business and Industry (CBI) serves more than 15,000 individuals annually with education and training. The CBI helps business, non-profit and government organizations improve their performance to meet the challenges of both global and local economies.



Student enrollment and demographics

  • Total number of students served: 5,689
  • Full-time students: 49.5%
  • Part-time students: 50.5%
  • Percent female: 51.6%
  • Percent male: 45.9%
  • Percent students of color: 15.5%

Largest programs

Liberal Arts and Sciences; Nursing; Advanced Manufacturing; Agribusiness; Accounting; Computer Careers; Office Technology; Marketing Management

Unique programs

Agribusiness, Culinary Arts, Multimedia Technology, Biology (2+2), Civil Engineering Technology, Geographic Information Systems, Computer Integrated Machining, Community Social Services, Health Support Specialist, Intensive Care Paramedic Technician, Mechatronics, Small Business Management


Off-campus housing is available in the area.


Public bus transportation is available on SCC's North Mankato Campus.

  • Bus


Student parking is assessed on a per-credit basis, not to exceed $60 per academic year.

  • Off-street


Admissions requirements

South Central 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 South Central College and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


You’ll find an abundance of program choices, personal attention from faculty and staff and outstanding support services to help you succeed at South Central College and beyond.

Program TitleAward
Accounting AssistantDIP
Accounting TechnicianAAS
Accounting TechnicianDIP
Administration of Child CareAAS
Administration of Child Care ProgramsCERT
Administrative AssistantDIP
Administrative Office ManagementAS
Administrative Office SpecialistAAS
Administrative Office Specialist - Business Software CERT
Administrative Office Specialist - Client Relations SpecialistCERT
Administrative Office Specialist-LegalAAS
Advanced Construction Field SupervisionDIP
Advanced Farm Business ManagementATC
Ag Chemical Applicator TechnicianCERT
Agri-Business Office Specialist/ManagerAAS
Agribusiness ProductionAAS
Agribusiness ProductionDIP
Agribusiness Service and ManagementDIP
Agribusiness Service and ManagementAAS
Agribusiness Service TechnicianDIP
Agribusiness Service TechnicianAAS
Agribusiness TechnicianDIP
Agribusiness Technician's AideDIP
Agricultural Commodities MarketingCERT
Agriculture Education Technology PartnershipAS
Applications in Farm Business ManagementCERT
Architectural Drafting and DesignAAS
Architectural Drafting and DesignDIP
Auto Body and Collision TechnologyDIP
Auto Body and Collision TechnologyAAS
Automotive ServiceDIP
Automotive ServiceAAS
Basic Construction Field SupervisionCERT
Basic NursingCERT
Business ManagementDIP
Business ManagementAAS
Child Development CareersDIP
Child Development CareersAAS
Child Development CareersCERT
Child Development CareersAS
Civil Engineering TechnologyAAS
Community ParamedicCERT
Community Social ServiceAAS
Community Social ServiceCERT
Community Social ServiceDIP
Computer AssistantCERT
Computer Integrated MachiningDIP
Computer Integrated MachiningAAS
Computer Integrated MachiningCERT
Computer Integrated Machining FoundationsDIP
Construction SupervisionAAS
Culinary ArtsAAS
Culinary ArtsDIP
Dental AssistingDIP
Dental AssistingAAS
Drywall InstallationCERT
Electronic Commerce Management and MarketingCERT
Energy Technical SpecialistAAS
Engineering FoundationsAS
Essentials of Farm Business ManagementCERT
Farm Business ManagementDIP
Fundamentals of Mechatronics TechnologyCERT
Geographic Information SystemsCERT
Graphic CommunicationsAAS
Graphic CommunicationsDIP
Health Sciences Broad FieldAS
Health Support SpecialistCERT
Health Unit CoordinatorCERT
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R)CERT
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R)AAS
HVAC/R - AdvancedDIP
HVAC/R - FoundationDIP
Information SystemsDIP
Information SystemsAAS
Intensive Care Paramedic TechnicianAAS
Intensive Care Paramedic TechnicianDIP
Intermediate Mechatronics Engineering TechnologyDIP
Legal Administrative AssistantDIP
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Marketing ManagementAAS
Marketing ManagementDIP
Marketing ManagementCERT
Mechatronics Engineering TechnologyAAS
Mechatronics Industrial MaintenanceCERT
Medical AssistantAAS
Medical Laboratory TechnicianAAS
Multimedia TechnologyAS
Networking ServicesDIP
Networking ServicesAAS
Office Systems SpecialistAAS
Payroll ClerkCERT
Pharmacy TechnicianAAS
Practical NursingAAS
Practical NursingDIP
Refrigeration TechnologyCERT
Restaurant ManagementCERT
SBM Financial ManagementCERT
SBM Human ResourcesCERT
SBM MarketingCERT
SBM Record KeepingCERT
Small Business ManagementCERT
Small Business ManagementDIP
Visual ArtsAFA
Web ProgrammerCERT
Program TitleAward
Administration of Child Care ProgramsCERT
Administrative Office ManagementAS
Administrative Office SpecialistAAS
Administrative Office Specialist-LegalAAS
Child Development CareersCERT
Energy Technical SpecialistAAS
Legal Administrative AssistantDIP
Medical AssistantAAS
Medical Laboratory TechnicianAAS
Web ProgrammerCERT
The following degrees are available from this school:
  • Advanced Technical Certificate
  • 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): $5,378

FAFSA Code: 005537

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

South Central College is committed to individual success inside and outside the classroom. SCC has a wide variety of student organizations and activities, as well as support services. 


  • Academic Center
  • Bookstore
  • Career Services
  • Disability Services
  • 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
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
  • Business Professionals of America
  • Collegiate DECA
  • Future Maverick Transfer Program
  • Intercultural Student Organization
  • Skills USA
  • Speech and Debate Team (Forensics)
  • Student Nurses Association
  • UNO (Hispanic/Latino Club)
Arts and literature
  • Anime/Japanese Visual Culture
  • Film Club
  • Photography Club
Broadcasting and journalism
  • Spotlight (Student Newspaper)
Farming and agricultural
  • Post Secondary Agriculture
Gender and sexuality
Honorary societies
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Society for Leadership and Success
Military and veterans
  • Vets Club
Nature and environment
  • Environmental Action Group
Religious and spiritual
  • Campus Crusade
Social organizations
  • Campus Activies Board
Student government
  • Student Senate