Ridgewater College has two campuses, Hutchison and Willmar, offering more than 40 degree programs
Ridgewater College has an open admissions policy. This means:
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!
|Advanced Activity Director||CERT|
|Advanced Farm Business Management||ATC|
|Advanced Massage Therapy||CERT|
|Advanced Skin Care Certificate||CERT|
|Advanced Ultrasonic Testing Technology||DIP|
|Agricultural Commodities Marketing||CERT|
|Agricultural Science and Technology||AS|
|Assistant Activity Director||DIP|
|Audio Video Systems Technology||AAS|
|Audio Video Systems Technology||DIP|
|Auto Body Collision Technology||AAS|
|Auto Body Collision Technology||DIP|
|Auto Body Specialty Technician||CERT|
|Automated Systems Engineering Technology||CERT|
|Automation and Robotic Systems Technology||AAS|
|Automation and Robotic Systems Technology||DIP|
|Automotive Service Technology||AAS|
|Automotive Service Technology||DIP|
|Basic Activity Director||CERT|
|CNC Precision Manufacturing Technician||AAS|
|CNC Precision Manufacturing Technician||DIP|
|Calibration Engineering Technology||AAS|
|Calibration Engineering Technology||DIP|
|Calibration Engineering Technology||CERT|
|Chemical Dependency Counselor||CERT|
|Computer Aided Drafting and Design||AAS|
|Computer Aided Drafting and Design||DIP|
|Computer Numerical Control||CERT|
|Computer Support Technician||AAS|
|Computer Support Technician||DIP|
|Die Making Technician||AAS|
|Die Making Technician||DIP|
|Early Childhood Education||AS|
|Early Childhood Special Education||CERT|
|Education Paraprofessional, Title 1||AAS|
|Emergency Medical Services||CERT|
|Entry Level Welder||CERT|
|Farm Business Management||DIP|
|Farm Operation and Management||AAS|
|Farm Operation and Management||DIP|
|GPS/GIS Technology for Agriculture||AAS|
|GPS/GIS Technology for Agriculture||DIP|
|Health Information Technician||AAS|
|Health Sciences Broad Field||AS|
|Health Support Specialist||CERT|
|Healthcare Administrative Assistant||AAS|
|Healthcare Administrative Assistant||DIP|
|Human Resource Development||CERT|
|Insurance Claim Representative||DIP|
|Java Computer Programmer||CERT|
|Legal Administrative Assistant||AAS|
|Legal Administrative Assistant||DIP|
|Legal Administrative Assistant||CERT|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences||AA|
|Marketing and Design||AAS|
|Marketing and Sales Management||AAS|
|Marketing and Sales Management||DIP|
|Medical Coding Specialist||DIP|
|Microsoft Office Specialist||CERT|
|Mold Making Technician||AAS|
|Mold Making Technician||DIP|
|Multimedia Design Technology||AAS|
|Multimedia Design Technology||DIP|
|Nail Care Technology||CERT|
|Network Systems Administration||AAS|
|Network Systems Administration||DIP|
|Nondestructive Testing Technology||AAS|
|Nondestructive Testing Technology||DIP|
|Physical Education Teaching and Coaching||CERT|
|Process Controls Technician||DIP|
|Process Controls Technology||CERT|
|Professional Photography Technology||AAS|
|Professional Photography Technology||DIP|
|Sales and Management||CERT|
|Sales and Management Associate||DIP|
|Small Business Management||DIP|
|Universal Care Assistant||CERT|
|Wireless Communications Electronics||AAS|
|Wireless Communications Electronics||DIP|
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.