Riverland Community College

1900 8th Ave NW, Austin, MN 55912-1473

School Details

Riverland Community College is an institution located in Austin, Minnesota and is part of the larger Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.


RCC was founded in 1940 as Austin Junior College. The school later changed its name to Austin Area Vocational-Technical School to match the technology-oriented academics offered at the institution. The title Riverland Community College was established in 1996 because of its merge with different schools in the region. Today the public, two-year college maintains campuses in Albert Lea and Owatonna, in addition to the Austin site. Riverland Community College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.Riverland Community College promotes its mission as “a regional comprehensive community college inspiring learning for living through a personalized educational environment.”

In addition to academics, RCC offers a variety of extracurricular programs for students. There are over 20 different clubs and organizations, some of which include the Gaming Club, Criminal Justice Society, Student Senate, Theatre, SkillsUSA, Phi Theta Kappa, O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Learning Students), and more. Athletic programs include baseball, fastpitch softball, men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball.

Prospective students must submit an application along with the $20 admissions fee. Applicants can apply online or by mail, and will also need to submit high school transcripts/GED certificate. A standardized test score is not required for admittance.


College demographics include:

  • More than 3,500 students
  • A female student population of about 54 percent
  • Nearly 60 percent of students enrolled full-time
  • An estimated 18 percent minority student population
  • A 21:1 student-to-faculty ratio

Riverland Community College offers more than 50 majors including career technical training and associate’s degrees. Students can pursue an Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Arts, Associate in Fine Arts, Associate in Science, certificate and diploma programs. Popular career programs include studies in the liberal arts and sciences, farm business management, nursing, business, supervisory management, law enforcement, human services, computer technology, accounting, and industrial maintenance and mechanics. The college also features a world-class health science education simulation for nurses, radiographers and lab technicians.


More than 350 Riverland courses are offered online or through hybrid formatting, and twelve programs are offered completely online, some of which include an Interactive Television distance learning option. Online associate’s degrees include the Business Associate in Science, Business Emphasis Associate in Arts, and the Web Developer Associate in Applied Science (available online and via video) degrees. Students may also enroll in the online Accounting and Web Developer diploma programs (also available via video), and online certificate options include certificates in Business, Customer Relations, Supervisor Management (concentrations in Human Resource Development, Leadership, and Quality), Web Developer Game Design, and Web Page Design. The Web Developer Game Design Certificate and the Web Page Design Certificate can also be accessed through video coursework. Classes feature asynchronous lessons maintaining standards that mirror that of on-campus counterparts. The online classroom environment typically includes discussion boards, chatrooms, assignments, communication via email, and online testing. Distance education students will also have access to resources, such as Tutoring Services, Course Placement Assessment Services, and Disabled Student Services.


Tuition and fees vary per residency and program, and are calculated per credit hour. For example, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota residents pay an estimated $183.66 per credit hour in tuition and fees. Most programs with separate set tuition rates typically range from $183.66 per credit hour to $258.66 per credit hour. The average amount of tuition is around $5,522.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Grant programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Minnesota State Grant, Post Secondary Child Care funding (for Minnesota residents), and the Aliss Grant for adult students. In addition, Riverland sponsors Riverland Foundation Scholarships. Loan programs supported at Riverland include Federal Direct Stafford Loan, Federal Direct PLUS Loan, and Minnesota’s SELF Loan. Eligible veterans and military personnel may also access Veterans Affairs benefits, in addition to the Minnesota GI Bill.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    At least 2, but less than 4 academic years
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  • Percent Admitted:
    Open Admission Policy
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