Mesabi Range College

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With campuses in Eveleth and Virginia in the heart of beautiful northeastern Minnesota, Mesabi Range College has small class sizes that lead to personal attention and interaction with other students. The Virginia campus offers semi-furnished apartments on campus. The college is part of the Northeast Higher Education District, a consortium of five state colleges: Hibbing, Itasca, Mesabi Range, Rainy River and Vermilion.

Mesabi Range College
1001 W. Chestnut St.
Virginia, MN 55792

Toll-Free: (800) 657-3860
Local: (218) 749-0313

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City: Virginia
Population: 8,675

City: Eveleth
Population: 3,705

School highlights

Located in the heart of beautiful northeastern Minnesota, Mesabi Range has small class sizes that lead to personal attention and interaction with other students.

  • The college foundation awards $105,000 in scholarships annually.
  • Strong tradition of successful athletics, student government and student life.
  • Women’s volleyball, basketball, softball and golf; men’s football, basketball, baseball and golf;.
  • International study, student government, theater, Phi Theta Kappa honor society, career program clubs & a strong student life program.
  • Semi-furnished apartments on the Virginia campus.
  • Excellent placement rates and high paying jobs in many career programs.

Student enrollment and demographics

  • Total number of students served: 2,201
  • Full-time students: 59%
  • Part-time students: 41%
  • Percent female: 43.8%
  • Percent male: 56%
  • Percent students of color: 13.4%

Largest programs

Transfer programs, industrial mechanical technology, nursing and welding.

Unique programs

Human services, human services - chemical dependency specialist, masonry and graphic design media.


Semi-furnished apartments on the Virginia Campus: Alpine Village Apartments. Call 218-749-0314 for more information.


Taxi service available

  • Other


  • Off-street


Admissions requirements

Mesabi Range 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 Mesabi Range College and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


Opportunity, choice, excellence
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.

Program TitleAward
Advanced WeldingDIP
Cabinet and Counter Top InstallationCERT
Carpentry AssistantDIP
Chemical Dependency SpecialistCERT
Child Development CompetencyCERT
Computer ApplicationsCERT
Computer Integrated ManufacturingCERT
Computer ProficiencyCERT
Concrete FlatworkCERT
Construction ManagementAS
Construction Management & SupervisionCERT
Construction TradeDIP
Customer Service SpecialistCERT
Early Childhood Personal Care AttendantCERT
Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special EducationAAS
Electrical Controls and MaintenanceAAS
Emergency Medical ServicesCERT
Energy Technical SpecialistAAS
Entry Level WeldingDIP
Executive Office ManagementAAS
Executive Office ManagementDIP
Executive Office ManagementCERT
Fire Suppression TechnicianCERT
General BusinessDIP
Graphic Design MediaAAS
Graphic Design MediaDIP
Human Services GeneralistAAS
Human Services-Chemical Dependency SpecialistAAS
Industrial Mechanical TechnologyDIP
Industrial Mechanical TechnologyAAS
Industrial TechnologyAAS
Insulating and SheetrockingCERT
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Network Cabling TechnicianCERT
Nursing Assistant/Home Health AideCERT
Practical NursingDIP
Process Automation SystemsDIP
School Age Personal Care AttendantCERT
Service Support SpecialistDIP
Small Business AccountingCERT
Small Business ManagementDIP
Supervisory ManagementCERT
Teacher Assistant/Instructional Aide/ParaprofessionalAAS
Program TitleAward
Child Development CompetencyCERT
Construction Management & SupervisionCERT
Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special EducationAAS
The following degrees are available from this school:
  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Certificate
  • Diploma

Program emphases
Located in beautiful northeastern Minnesota, Mesabi Range College has small class sizes and a strong tradition of successful academics, intercollegiate athletics, student government and student life. Our Eveleth Campus is home to high wage, high-skilled technical programs with exceptional placement rates. The Virginia Campus features a wide variety of liberal arts courses that transfer to four-year institutions. The college foundation awards over $105,000 in scholarships annually.

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Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,293

FAFSA Code: 004009

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

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.  Students can get involved in:  Intercollegiate Athletics, Intramurals, Clubs & Organizations, Theatre, Fitness Center, Music, Special Events, Student Life Committee, Student Senate and much more.

  • Academic Center
  • Bookstore
  • Career Services
  • Counseling Center
  • Disability Services
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • Library
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • Student Success Office
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
Recreational and club sports
  • Intramural Hockey
  • Men's Baseball
  • Men's Basketball
  • Men's Football
  • Men's Golf
  • Women's Basketball
  • Women's Golf
  • Women's Softball
  • Women'sVolleyball