Riverland Community College
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%
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.
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.
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
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.
- Academic Center
- 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
- Scholarship Foundation
- Student Advising
- Student Employment Services
- Student Success Office
- Technology Center
- Transfer Assistance
- Tutoring/Writing Services
- Veterans Services
- Enrollment Checklist
- Accent-A Literary Magazine
- Left Ear-Art Club
- Home Builders Association
- Radiography Club
- Riverland Nursing Forum
- Skills USA
- Human Services Club
- Gay/Straight Alliance
- Phi Theta Kappa
- International Club
- Criminal Justice Society
- Amnesty International
- Christian Fellowship
- Gaming Club
- Riverland Student Ambassadors
- Student Senate
- Music-College Choir & Frequency
- Basketball, Mens
- Soccer, Mens
- Basketball, Womens
- Soccer, Womens
1900 8th Ave. N.W.
Austin, MN 55912
Toll-Free: (800) 247-5039
Local: (507) 433-0820
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