Ridgewater College

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General Information

Admission Office

2101 15th Avenue Northwest

Box 1097

Willmar, MN 56201

(320) 222-5976

(800) 722-1151

Fax: (320) 222-5216

Contact: Sally Kerfeld

Director of Admissions
Main Address

PO Box 1097

Willmar, MN 56201

(320) 222-5200


Total undergrads: 3,788

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 891

Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,676


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $4,818 $4,913 $5,045 $5,280 +4.66%
Books and Supplies $800 $900 $900 $900 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $5,618 $5,813 $5,945 $6,180 +3.95%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 620 79%
Grant or scholarship aid 435 55% $1,726,017 $3,968
• Federal grants 316 40% $1,176,500 $3,723
• Pell grants 303 39% $1,000,156 $3,301
• Other federal grants 87 11% $176,344 $2,027
State/local government grant or scholarships 375 48% $549,517 $1,465
Institutional grants or scholarships 0 0% $0
Student loan aid 482 61% $2,693,681 $5,589
• Federal student loans 478 61% $2,259,016 $4,726
• Other student loans 87 11% $434,665 $4,996

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS DOCTOR AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 524 594
Agriculture 18 90
Agribusiness/agricultural Business Operations 12 18
Agricultural Production Operations 4 30
Agronomy and Crop Science 4
Animal/livestock Husbandry and Production 2 20
Farm/farm and Ranch Management 18
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 2
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 2
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 29 59
Accounting 12 2
Accounting Technology/technician and Bookkeeping 3
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science Programs 7 6
Business/office Automation/technology/data Entry 10
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 3
Insurance 12
Retailing and Retail Operations 2
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations 10 7
Small Business Administration/management 14
Communication and Journalism Programs 1
Digital Communication and Media/multimedia 1
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 10 8
Computer Typography and Composition Equipment Operator 4
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production 6
Prepress/desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design 2
Recording Arts Technology/technician 6
Computing and Information Sciences 21 13
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 3 1
Computer Science 1 1
Computer Support Specialist 10 7
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 7 4
Construction Trades 30
Carpentry/carpenter 9
Electrician 21
Education 19 3
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 11
Educational/instructional Technology 2
Teacher Assistant/aide 8 1
Engineering Technology 26 28
Automation Engineer Technology/technician 3
Computer Technology/computer Systems Technology 1
Drafting and Design Technology/technician 10
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/technician 2 8
Instrumentation Technology/technician 1 2
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting Cad/cadd 3
Quality Control and Safety Technologies/technicians, Other 13
Quality Control Technology/technician 10
Telecommunications Technology/technician 1
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 173 235
Emergency Medical Technology/technician (emt Paramedic) 1 17
Health Aide 3
Health Information/medical Records Technology/technician 6
Licensed Practical/vocational Nurse Training 92
Massage Therapy/therapeutic Massage 22
Medical Administrative/executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 6 10
Medical Radiologic Technology/science – Radiation Therapist 7
Medical Transcription/transcriptionist 2
Medical/clinical Assistant 9 20
Nursing Assistant/aide and Patient Care Assistant/aide 69
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 96
Therapeutic Recreation/recreational Therapy 2
Veterinary/animal Health Technology/technician and Veterinary Assistant 46
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 11
Criminal Justice/police Science 11
Legal and Law Studies 3 5
Legal Administrative Assistant/secretary 3 5
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 189
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 189
Mechanics and Repairers 7 38
Autobody/collision and Repair Technology/technician 3 24
Automobile/automotive Mechanics Technology/technician 1 14
Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology 3
Personal and Culinary Services 2 28
Aesthetician/esthetician and Skin Care Specialist 5
Cosmetology/cosmetologist 2 21
Nail Technician/specialist and Manicurist 2
Physical Sciences 1
Chemistry 1
Precision Production Trades 5 30
Computer Numerically Controlled (cnc) Machinist Technology/cnc Machinist 3 7
Machine Shop Technology/assistant 6
Tool and Die Technology/technician 1
Welding Technology/welder 1 17
Visual and Performing Arts 7 9
Commercial Photography 7 9
Work and Family Studies 18
Housing and Human Environments, Other 18
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $20

Admissions Policies/Requirements

Special requirements for practical nursing, registered nursing, radiologic technology, chemical dependency counseling, veterinary technology, and post-secondary programs.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agribusiness Operations A
Agricultural Business A,C
Agricultural Economics A
Agricultural Mechanization C
Agricultural Production A,C
Agriculture – General A,C
Agronomy/Crop Science A,C
Dairy Science A,C
Farm/Ranch Management A,C
Poultry Science C

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General A
Commercial Photography A,C
Fine/Studio Arts A
Music – General A
Photography A,C

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology A
Conservation Biology A

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting A,C
Accounting Technology C
Administrative/Secretarial Services C
Business – General A
Fashion Merchandising C
Management Information Systems A
Marketing Management A
Office Clerical Services C
Retailing A
Sales and Distribution A,C

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric A
Digital Communications/Multimedia C
Journalism A
Mass Communications/Media Studies A
Publishing A,C

Communications Technologies

Desktop Publishing A,C

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Networking/Telecommunications A,C
Computer Programming – Specific Applications C
Computer Science A
Computer/Information Sciences – General A,C
Web/Multimedia Design A,C
Web/Multimedia Management A,C
Word Processing C

Construction Trades

Carpentry A,C
Electrician A,C


Art Teacher Education A
Business Teacher Education A
Education – General A
Elementary Education A
Health Teacher Education A
Instructional Media A
Junior High Education A
Mathematics Education A
Music Teacher Education A
Physical Education A
Science Teacher Education A
Secondary Education A
Special Education A
Teacher Assistance A
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels A

Engineering Technologies

CAD/CADD Drafting/Design A,C
Drafting and Design Technology A,C
Electrical Engineering Technologies A,C
Engineering Technology – General A,C
Instrumentation Technology A,C
Metallurgical Technology A
Nondestructive testing technology A

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General A
Speech/Rhetorical Studies A

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Care Service C
Human Development/Family Studies A

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Activity director A
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine A
Health System Administration A,C
Home Attendant C
Massage Therapy C
Medical Administrative Assistance A,C
Medical Assistance A,C
Medical Insurance Billing C
Medical Radiologic Technology A
Medical Records Technology A,C
Nursing (RN) A
Nursing – Practical C
Nursing Assistance C
Substance Abuse Counseling A
Veterinarian Assistance A


History – General A

Law & Legal Studies

Legal Administrative Assistance A,C
Prelaw A

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A


Mathematics – General A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Auto Body Repair A,C
Automotive Technology A,C

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Mathematics/Computer Science A

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness A
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General A

Personal & Culinary Services

Aesthetics/Skin Care C
Cosmetology A
Manicure/Nails C

Physical Sciences

Chemistry A
Geology A

Precision Production Trades

Machine Tool Technology A,C
Precision Production Trades – General C
Tool/Die Technology A,C
Welding Technology A,C


Psychology – General A

Public Administration & Services

Social Work A

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies A
Police Science A

Social Sciences

Criminology A
Economics A
Political Science/Government A
Social Sciences – General A
Sociology A
Urban Studies A

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Ridgewater College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(800) 722-1151
Type of School:2-year, Public
Apply Online:https://webproc.mnscu.edu/adm/public/studentWelcome?campusId=308
Address:2101 15th Ave NW, Willmar, MN 56201
Campus Housing:No

Students & Programs

Student Population:3,580
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:21 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:2,109 (59% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$5,370
Out-of-state Tuition:$5,370
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:82%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$4,666

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Ridgewater College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Ridgewater College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences56
Biological and Biomedical Sciences1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services104
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs11
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services32
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services53
Construction Trades31
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields86
Health Professions and Related Programs139
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Legal Professions and Studies21
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians32
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Personal and Culinary Services32
Physical Sciences1
Precision Production73
Science Technologies/Technicians11
Visual and Performing Arts11
Grand total7048

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Ridgewater College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields1
Health Professions and Related Programs1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Legal Professions and Studies1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Grand total53

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Ridgewater College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid46182%
Grant or scholarship aid32357%$4,666
Student loan aid28851%$4,965

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid2,18661%$3,937
Federal student loans1,48542%$5,735

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Ridgewater College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Ridgewater College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants000
Percent admitted%%%
Percent admitted who enrolled%%%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Ridgewater College Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment3,580
Undergraduate enrollment3,580
Graduate enrollment0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Ridgewater College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
    • Nursing (PNUR) - Practical nursing programs
    • Nursing (PNUR) - Practical nursing programs

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