South Central College
Discover the Choices, Value and Opportunities at South Central College:
- Liberal Arts & Sciences programs enable students to earn a two-year associate degree at South Central College and transfer those credits to a four-year university to pursue a Bachelor's degree.
- Technical & Professional programs prepare students for a variety of careers in the following areas: Advanced Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Allied Health & Nursing, Automotive, Building & Design and Business Careers.
- Programs are added to meet student and employer demand, including two new offerings in fall 2015 - Carpentry and Associate of Fine Arts.
- Courses are available at two campuses in Faribault and North Mankato, as well as online.
- Smaller class sizes and individualized attention provide the perfect environment for student success.
- Abundant academic support services including tutoring and ADA assistance ensure all students thrive.
- $300,000+ in scholarships are awarded annually by South Central College's Foundations.
- Extensive relationships between the college and businesses throughout the region provide opportunities for student internships, apprenticeships and permanent employment.
- International perspectives are integrated into the curriculum, with several international travel experiences available to students.
- Partnerships with educational institutions within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and beyond provide a smooth transition to the next stage of your education.
- Customized training and workforce education options are available through South Central's Center for Business and Industry.
Student Enrollment and Demographics
- Total number of students served: 5,481
- Full-time students: 49%
- Part-time students: 51%
- Percent female: 50%
- Percent male: 48%
- Percent students of color: 16%
South Central 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.
Choices. Value. Opportunities!
South Central College offers Choices with abundant programs to prepare you to start your career or transfer to a four year institution. South Central College is also a tremendous Value, with lower tuition, multiple funding sources and a quality education. And South Central College's business and education partnerships result in Opportunities for you now and in the future.
The following degrees are available from South Central 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 availableT for students with special interests and backgrounds. South Central College provides over $250,000 in scholarships annually including full-tuition Presidential Scholarships to high school seniors with demonstrated leadership skills while maintaining a GPA of 3.75 or greater.
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.
South Central College is committed to individual success inside and outside the classroom. SCC has a wide variety of student organizations and activities, as well as support services.
- Academic Center
- Career Services
- Disability Services
- Emergency Contact System
- Financial Aid
- Fitness Center
- Food Service/Dining Services
- International Student Services
- Scholarship Foundation
- Student Advising
- Student Employment Services
- Student Success Office
- TRIO Student Support Services
- Technology Center
- Transfer Assistance
- Tutoring/Writing Services
- Veterans Services
- Business Professionals of America
- Collegiate DECA
- Future Maverick Transfer Program
- Skills USA
- Speech and Debate Team (Forensics)
- Student Nurses Association
- Anime/Japanese Visual Culture
- Film Club
- Photography Club
- Spotlight (Student Newspaper)
- Post Secondary Agriculture
- Phi Theta Kappa
- Society for Leadership and Success
- Vets Club
- Environmental Action Group
- Campus Crusade
- Campus Activies Board
- Student Senate
1920 Lee Blvd.
North Mankato, MN 56003
Toll-Free: (800) 722-9359
Local: (507) 389-7220
TTY: (507) 389-7200