Ridgewater College is a public, 2-year institution that was founded in 1996 and is one of the newer 2-year, public institutions in the state of Minnesota.
Located in Willmar, Minnesota, the total enrollment is around 4,068 with a student body ratio of 53% female and 47% male. There are 59% full-time students and 41% part-time. Ridgewater College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the Higher Learning Commission. The nursing programs at Ridgewater are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
The mission of Ridgewater is “Ridgewater provides quality educational opportunities for diverse student learners in an inclusive, supportive, and accessible environment.” Ridgewater College aims to build and strengthen its ties with the community by partnering with regional businesses and industries. This helps to help keep the college’s professional programs up to date on trends and relevant business opportunities. Ridgewater also participates in the Academic Quality Improvement Program, which is part of the Higher Learning Commission’s endeavor to “infuse the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into the culture of colleges and universities by providing an alternative process through which an already-accredited institution can maintain its accreditation…”
RC offers over 100 different degree programs and majors. The following degree programs are available at RC: Advanced Technical Certificate, Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Certificate, and Diploma. There are many general education courses that lead to an Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. These programs are designed for those students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution to continue for a higher degree level. The areas of study for these degree programs include Liberal Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Early Childhood Education, Agriculture Education, Professional Nursing, and Law Enforcement/Corrections. There are also certificate programs offered which include the following subjects: Global Studies, Chemical Dependency Counseling, and Physical Education Teaching & Coaching.
DISTANCE AND ONLINE LEARNING
In addition, students can take advantage of a variety of career and technical programs. RC has a placement rate of 97% over the past five years in the career and technical programs. For the non-traditional student, there are online and distance learning education courses and programs. These include: Association of Arts in Liberal Arts, Associate of Applied Sciences in Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Associate of Applied Sciences in Law Enforcement, and the Basic Activity Program Certificate. There are intercollegiate sports offered, as well as many other student services for students to take advantage of in addition to their academic pursuits.
COSTS AND FINANCIAL AID
There is a basic 6-step process to admission. First applicants must fill out the admission form. Then, if needed, applicants must apply for financial aid. Then, take the Accuplacer Assessment Test, attend the day of orientation, advising, and registration. Finally, a student may register for classes and pay the tuition and fees. Tuition is based off credit hours. With a credit load of around 16 credits per semester, the tuition would be around $5,375 per year. Online courses are around $200 per credit hour. Financial aid is available for those students who qualify. Qualification is determined from the FAFSA that applicants are required to fill out. Aid can be received either through scholarships, loans, grants and work-study opportunities.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:At least 2, but les than 4 academic years
Adult Age Enrollments:1,546
Percent Admitted:Open Admissions
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