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Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Cambridge and Coon Rapids Campus
Students from all walks of life attend Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Whether you're looking for a two- or four-year degree, a certificate, a credit or noncredit program, a class or two to help you change careers or to advance in the one you are already in, this college is your full-service provider. The college is committed to responding to your needs and the needs of changing communities. Anoka-Ramsey is aligned with Anoka Technical College.

School Highlights

Anoka-Ramsey Community College offers unique campuses on the Rum River in Cambridge and the Mississippi River in Coon Rapids. Call 763-433-1300 or visit for a tour.

  • The lowest cost tuition in Minnesota.
  • Serving 12,400+ students annually.
  • English instructor William Breen honored with the Teacher of Excellence Award.
  • Bachelor degrees can be earned on campus from several partnering universities.
  • Named one of the Top 10 Community Colleges in the nation by Aspen Institute.
  • Unique undergraduate research opportunities in several academic areas including biology, chemistry, communications studeies, philosophy, and sociology.
  • NEW! Exercise Science degree: two-year and four-year options.
  • Graduated 3,000+ Nursing students since 1967.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is aligned with Anoka Technical College.


Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 12,420
  • Full-time students: 38%
  • Part-time students: 61%
  • Percent female: 60%
  • Percent male: 40%
  • Percent students of color: 20%

Largest Programs

Liberal Arts and Sciences; Nursing; Business; Engineering; Accounting; Health Sciences.

Unique Programs

Biological Sciences; Biomedical Technology; Creative Writing; Communication Studies; Engineering; Environmental Science; Exercise Science; Fine Arts (art, creative writing, music and theater); Glass-blowing; Integrative Health and Healing; Pharmacy Technician; Physical Therapist Assistant; American Sign Language


The college has no on-campus student housing, but rental units are available within walking distance.


• Bus


• Off Street


Admission requirements

Anoka-Ramsey Community 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 determine 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 Anoka-Ramsey Community 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.

The following degrees are available from Anoka-Ramsey Community College

  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Associate of Fine Arts
  • Certificate

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees $4,976.00
FAFSA Code:002332

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.

  • Academic Center
  • Bookstore
  • Career Services
  • Counseling Center
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • Library
  • Office for Students with Disabilities
  • Public Safety
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
  • Astronomy Club (CR)
  • Biology Club (CR)
  • Chemistry Club (CR)
  • Complementary & Alt. Medicine Club (CR)
  • Computer Science Club (CR)
  • Engineering & Physics Club(CR)
  • Math Club (CR)
  • Math Team (CR)
  • Pre-Veterinary/Pre-Medicine Club(CR)
  • Psychology Club (CC & CR)
  • Student Nurses Association (CC &CR)
  • Theatre Tech (CC & CR)
Arts and literature
  • Art Club (CC & CR)
  • Ceramic Guild (CR)
  • Chamber Ensemble (CC)
  • Chamber Singers (CR)
  • Concert Band (CR)
  • Concert Choir (CC & CR)
  • Drama Club (CC)
  • Guitar Ensemble (CC & CR)
  • Jazz Ensemble (CR)
  • Musical Theatre Ensemble (CR)
  • String Orchestra Ensemble (CR)
  • Theatre Acting (CC & CR)
  • Theatre Club (CR)
Broadcasting and journalism
  • Creative Writing Club (CC & CR)
  • The Campus Eye newspaper (CC & CR)
Career and professional
  • HOSA Health Occup Students of America(CC
Community and human services
  • Communication Club (CR)
  • Literature Club (CC)
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Black Student Union (CR)
  • Diversity Club (CC)
  • Multicultural Club (CR)
  • Muslim Student Association (CR)
  • Spanish Club (CC)
Farming and agricultural
  • Environmental Club (CC)
Gender and sexuality
  • Gay-Straight Alliance (CC & CR)
Honorary societies
  • Phi Theta Kappa (CC & CR)
  • PSI Beta (Psychology Honors Club) (CR)
Military and veterans
  • Veterans Club (CR)
Personal development
  • Green Dot Club (CR)
  • Student Senate (CC & CR)
Politics and society
  • Capitalism Club (CC)
Recreational and club sports
  • Badminton - Recreational (CR)
  • Basketball - Recreational (CR)
  • Bowling - Recreational (CR)
  • Club Hockey (CR)
  • Dodgeball-Recreational (CR)
  • Flag Football - Recreational (CR)
  • Fun Run/Walk - Recreational (CR)
  • Golf - Recreational (CR)
  • Soccer - Recreational (CR)
  • Softball - Recreational (CR)
  • Tennis - Recreational (CR)
  • Volleyball - Recreational (CR)
Religious and spiritual
  • Campus Ministry Int'l (CR)
  • CRU Christian Club (CR)
  • Hearts Ablaze Christian Club (CC)
Science and technology
  • BizTech (CC & CR)
  • STEM Chicks Club(CR)
Social organizations
  • Adult Transition Club (CR)
  • Campus Activities Board (CC & CR))
Special interest
  • Anime Association (CR)
  • Gender Equal&Reproductive Rts League(CR)
  • Pro-Life Club (CR)
  • Society for Creative Anachronism (CR)
  • Swing Dance Club (CR)
  • World Drumming Ensemble (CR)
  • Baseball - Intercollegiate (CR)
  • Basketball - Intercollegiate (CR)
  • Soccer - Intercollegiate (CR)
  • Basketball - Intercollegiate (CR)
  • Fastpitch Softball - Intercollegiate(CC)
  • Volleyball - Intercollegiate (CR)
  • Women's Soccer - Intercollegiate (CR)
Coon Rapids
Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Anoka-Ramsey Community College
11200 Mississippi Blvd. N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
Toll-Free: (866) 433-5590
Local: (763) 433-1300