South Central College
South Central College is a growing comprehensive community and technical college in two great college towns, Faribault and North Mankato. The college offers students more choices, better value and unlimited opportunities. The college provides an Associate in Arts degree in liberal arts and sciences that allows students to take the first two years of a bachelor's degree, in addition to more than 50 career and professional majors.
South Central College
1920 Lee Blvd.
North Mankato, MN 56003
Toll-Free: (800) 722-9359
Local: (507) 389-7220
CampusesCity: North Mankato
- South Central College is a growing comprehensive community and technical college in two great college towns – Faribault and North Mankato. The college offers students more choices, better value and unlimited opportunities.
- The college provides an Associate in Arts degree in liberal arts and sciences that allows students to take the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, in addition to more than 50 career and professional majors.
- South Central College has a growing online presence and offers fully accredited courses and majors that are taught by the college’s faculty.
- The college emphasizes globalization and integrates an international perspective into the curriculum. Several international travel experiences are available to students.
- South Central College enjoys established partnerships with regional businesses and industries. This provides great opportunities for student employment and internships.
- South Central College offers career counseling, advising services, TRIO student support services, veterans services and academic support services, including tutoring in math and science, and assistance for students with disabilities.
- The college 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.
Student enrollment and demographics
- Total number of students served: 6,152
- Full-time students: 45.2%
- Part-time students: 54.8%
- Percent female: 50.4%
- Percent male: 47.4%
- Percent students of color: 12.7%
Liberal arts and sciences, nursing, agribusiness, accounting, computer careers, office technology, marketing management
Agribusiness, biology, building design and energy technology, civil engineering technology, community social service, construction field supervision, culinary arts, engineering foundations, graphic communication, legal administrative assistant, mechatronics, medical laboratory technician
Off-campus housing is available in the area.
Public bus transportation is available on SCC's North Mankato Campus.
Student parking is assessed on a per-credit basis, not to exceed $60 per academic year.
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.
Choices. Value. Opportunities!
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.
- Advanced Technical Certificate
- Associate in Applied Science
- Associate in Arts
- Associate in Science
Tuition & finance
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,355
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 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.
- Business Professionals of America
- Collegiate DECA
- Intercultural Student Organization
- Skills USA
- Speech and Debate Team (Forensics)
- Student Nurses Association
- UNO (Hispanic/Latino Club)
- Anime/Japanese Visual Culture
- Film Club
- Photography Club
- Spotlight (Student Newspaper)
- Post Secondary Agriculture
- Phi Theta Kappa
- Society for Leadership and Success
- Vets Club
- Environmental Action Group
- Campus Crusade
- Campus Activies Board
- Student Senate