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Riverland Community College

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Riverland is a community college inspiring personal success through education. Campuses in Albert Lea, Austin and Owatonna make it convenient to earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree or complete one of more than 50 career program options in accounting, business, business and office technology, construction, computer technology, health, management, manufacturing, service and transportation.

School Highlights

Riverland is a comprehensive community college that inspires personal success through education. Our vision is to achieve Best in Class status in programs through excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.

  • Campuses in Albert Lea, Austin and Owatonna make it convenient to earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree or complete one of more than 50 career program options in accounting, business, business and office technology, construction, computer technology, health, management, manufacturing, service and transportation.
  • Support services are available to help students improve study skills, locate resources, address personal issues, make strong career decisions or arrange the details of a smooth college transfer.
  • More than 350 Riverland courses are offered entirely/partially online. Riverland has a growing number of online courses with or seeking Quality Matters certification, a peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses. Currently, Riverland awards 12 degrees, diplomas and certificates via distance learning (online and interactive TV).
  • Discover the River day is for high school students to experience Riverland. Offered in November, February and April, participants tour campus, hear about student life and meet faculty.
  • Riverland offers career options in renewable energy, including degrees in wind turbine technician and solar installation.
  • The college features a best in class health science education simulation center for nurses, radiographers and lab technicians.
  • Riverland is among a small group of community colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system that offer an Associate in Fine Arts degree.

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 4,412
  • Full-time students: 40%
  • Part-time students: 60%
  • Percent female: 56%
  • Percent male: 44%
  • Percent students of color: 17%

Largest Programs

Liberal arts and sciences, nursing, human services, business, supervisory management, law enforcement, computer technology, accounting, business and office technology

Unique Programs

Associate in Arts degree global studies, music or theater emphasis; production technician; wind turbine technician; solar installer; supervisory management online


• On Campus
Riverland's student housing offers an opportunity for 84 students to live on the Austin campus.


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• Off Street


Admission requirements

Riverland 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 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 Riverland Community College and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


Opportunity, choice, excellence
You’ll find more than 50 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 Title Award
Mechanical and Electrical Technician CERT
Accounting AAS
Accounting DIP
Accounting Clerk DIP
Administrative Assistant AAS
Advanced Farm Business Management ATC
Advanced Office Specialist DIP
Agribusiness CERT
Agricultural Commodities Marketing CERT
Agricultural Sciences AS
Applied Technology AAS
Automation Technologies CERT
Automotive Service Technology AAS
Automotive Service Technology DIP
Biotechnology AS
Business AS
Business CERT
Cisco Network Associate CERT
Coaching CERT
Collision Repair Technology DIP
Computed Tomography CERT
Computer Applications CERT
Computer Technology AAS
Construction Electrician DIP
Cosmetology DIP
Criminal Justice - Corrections AS
Criminal Justice - Corrections DIP
Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement AS
Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Non-POST AS
Customer Relations CERT
Desktop Publishing CERT
Diesel Technology DIP
Document Specialist CERT
Electrical Maintenance Technician DIP
Emergency Medical Care Services CERT
Farm Business Management DIP
Fire Science Technology AAS
Fire Services CERT
Food Science CERT
Food Science Technology AS
Fundamentals of Network Security CERT
Fundamentals of Voice Over IP CERT
Global Studies CERT
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point CERT
Health Unit Coordinator CERT
Home Health Aide CERT
Human Resource Development CERT
Human Services AS
Industrial Maintenance and Mechanics DIP
Liberal Arts and Sciences AA
Machine Technologist CERT
Machining CERT
Magnetic Resonance Imaging CERT
Massage Therapist DIP
Medical Administrative Assistant AAS
Medical Administrative Assistant DIP
Medical Assistant DIP
Medical Receptionist CERT
Medical Secretary DIP
Microsoft Systems Engineer CERT
Natural Resources Conservation CERT
Network Security AAS
Non-Structural Technician CERT
Nursing (MANE) AS
Nursing Assistant CERT
Office Assistant CERT
Office Information Specialist CERT
Office Specialist DIP
Patient Care Associate CERT
Phlebotomy Technician CERT
Practical Nursing DIP
Precision Agriculture CERT
Production Technologies CERT
Quality CERT
Radiography AAS
Refinishing Technician CERT
Residential Carpentry DIP
Social Media Marketing CERT
Solar Installer CERT
Structural Frame Technician CERT
Supervisory Management AS
Supervisory Management AAS
Supervisory Management CERT
Truck Driving CERT
Web Developer AAS
Web Developer DIP
Web Developer: Game Design CERT
Web Page Design CERT
Welding CERT
Welding Technology CERT
Wind Turbine Technician DIP

The following degrees are available from Riverland Community College

  • Advanced Technical Certificate
  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Associate of Fine Arts
  • Certificate
  • Diploma

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees $5,539.00
FAFSA Code:002335

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
  • Child Care Resources
  • Counseling Center
  • Disability Services
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
  • 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
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
  • Enrollment Checklist
Arts and literature
  • Accent-A Literary Magazine
  • Left Ear-Art Club
Career and professional
  • Home Builders Association
  • Radiography Club
  • Riverland Nursing Forum
  • Skills USA
Community and human services
  • Human Services Club
Gender and sexuality
  • Gay/Straight Alliance
Honorary societies
  • Phi Theta Kappa
International students
  • International Club
Law enforcement and safety
  • Criminal Justice Society
Politics and society
  • Amnesty International
Religious and spiritual
  • Christian Fellowship
Social organizations
  • Gaming Club
  • Riverland Student Ambassadors
Student government
  • Student Senate
Theater, dance, music
  • Music-College Choir & Frequency
  • Theatre
  • Baseball
  • Basketball, Mens
  • Soccer, Mens
  • Basketball, Womens
  • Soccer, Womens
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
Albert Lea
Riverland Community College
Riverland Community College
1900 8th Ave. N.W.
Austin, MN 55912
Toll-Free: (800) 247-5039
Local: (507) 433-0820
TTY: (800) 627-3529