Program Overview

Ridgewater College offers a Liberal Arts Associate's Degree perfect for the student who is looking to get a good start on their Bachelor’s degree.  The two-year program prepares students to transfer to colleges and universities in pursuit of practically any major.  Students can complete the first two years of their Bachelor’s degree while getting a high quality education from instructors who love to teach and can grant more individualized attention to the student.  Students interested in this degree can share their long-term goals, including their major and intended university, with the Ridgewater admissions representatives and they can prepare a comprehensive course specific to the student’s plans and interests.  Ridgewater will then assist the student in creating a smooth transfer to their intended university.

There are several benefits of pursuing an online Associate's degree.  Students can explore their particular field of interest as well as checking off general classes requirements needed for many Bachelor’s degrees, and thanks to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, transferring to their chosen university is easy.  Students also save money by avoiding starting directly at their chosen university, and the transfer from high school to college is made easier through the online setting.  

All students pursuing a degree in Liberal Arts will use the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum as their guide for core requirements.  Students pursuing the Liberal Arts AA Degree also have the opportunity to attain a Global Studies Certificate.  This certificate gives the student a more globalized perspective on their chosen disciplines and helps them broaden their world-view.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Requirements

    A high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate.

    School Overview

    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 mission of Ridgewater is “to provide 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.

    Ridgewater College offers associate's degree programs and certificates, including many programs that are offered in completely online formats.

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