Ridgewater College has two campuses, Hutchison and Willmar, offering more than 40 degree programs
- Technical programs – Learn a trade and get a great job in two years or less. The college’s high career placement rate is evidence that employers love the graduates from the college’s more than 40 degree programs.
- First two of four – Complete an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree at Ridgewater and you’ll be well on your way to a bachelor’s degree in virtually any major.
- Online learning – Ridgewater now offers three completely online associate degrees: liberal arts, computer-aided drafting and design, and law enforcement-peace officer or corrections, along with dozens of stand-alone courses on the way to your degree.
- Extraordinary value – Paying for college isn’t easy, and you deserve a lot for your dollar. At Ridgewater, your investment in education is taken seriously, and student needs take top priority.
- Great people – Students and alumni note the caring and helpful nature of staff and faculty as one of Ridgewater’s most impressive traits.
- Outstanding location – Enjoy the recreation and pace of life in central Minnesota while keeping a short commute to the metro area.
- Your success matters – Many outstanding support services are available at Ridgewater, including on-campus academic support centers, online tutoring, TRIO Student Support Services and regular student success workshops.
Student Enrollment and Demographics
- Total number of students served: 5,185
- Full-time students: 56%
- Part-time students: 43%
- Percent female: 52%
- Percent male: 47%
- Percent students of color: 13%
Ridgewater 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 to 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.
Creating Opportunities. Changing Lives
Whether your ultimate goal is a bachelor's degree or career training, Ridgewater is your place. Enroll at Ridgewater to get started on a four-year degree in virtually any major. You'll get a quality education with the personal attention from instructors who love to teach, and you will save thousands of dollars versus going directly to a university as a freshman. Hands-on training for a specific career sound more appealing to you? With dozens of options in the area of career and technical training, you can build the knowledge and skills you need in two years or less. Either way, Ridgewater will create opportunities for you, and change your life!
The following degrees are available from Ridgewater College
- Advanced Technical Certificate
- Associate in Applied Science
- Associate in Arts
- Associate in Science
Tuition & finance
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.
- Student Government
- Co-Curricular Clubs
- Phi Theta Kappa honor society
- Multi-Cultural Club
- Academic Support Center
- Career Counseling
- Career Services
- Disability Services
- Fitness Center
- Food Service/Dining Services
- Multicultural Affairs
- Ridgewater College Foundation
- Student Employment Services
- Student Services
- Student Services
- Student Services
- Student Success Office
- TRIO Student Support Services
- Technology Center
- Tutoring/Writing Services
- Veterans Resource Center
- Study Abroad
- Audio Production
- Auto Body Club
- Auto Tech Club
- Business Professionals of America
- Carpentry Club
- Computer Systems Technology Club
- Cosmetology Club
- Delta Epsilon Chi
- Electrician Club
- Electronics Club
- Health Information Management Club
- Helping Hands Club
- Intl Assn of Administrative Professional
- Medical Assistant Club
- Multimedia Club
- Nondestructive Testing Club
- Nursing Club
- Occupational Skills
- Photography Club
- Veterinary Technology Association
- Multicultural Club
- Postsecondary Ag Student Organization
- Pride Respect Individuality Sup Movement
- Phi Theta Kappa
- Criminal Justice Association
- Veteran's Center
- Beliefs, Ideas & Opinions (BIO) Club
- Republican Club
- Intramural Sports
- Christian Students in Action
- Anime Club
- Chess Club
- Student Government
2101 15th Ave NW
Willmar, MN 56201
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