Central Lakes College-Brainerd

501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
Tel: (218)855-8000
4,138 students
Public institution
Central Lakes College is a full-service, comprehensive community and technical college. We offer a mix of technical college and community college programs and courses from campuses in Brainerd and Staples. As a comprehensive two-year college, we promote success for our students, businesses, and communities. Our dedicated and competent employees provide opportunities for students to prepare for the future by learning the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for living and earning. Some graduates of Central Lakes College transfer to Minnesota state universities or other colleges to complete four-year degrees. Other students at our college take a career path from more than 60 professional programs leading immediately to rewarding employment. We are part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, which is a network of 32 two-year and four-year state colleges and universities serving over 374,000 students in credit & non-credit courses on 53 campuses in 46 communities across Minnesota.
School Highlights
Central Lakes College-Brainerd serves 4,138 students (52% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 37:1 is higher than the state community college average of 33:1.
Minority enrollment is 9% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the state average of 32%.
Central Lakes College-Brainerd is the only community colleges within Crow Wing County, MN.
The nearest community college is St Cloud Technical and Community College (53.10 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 112 teachers has declined by 35% over five years.
College Central Lakes College-Brainerd Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level Less than 2 yrs At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 112 staff
62 staff
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 4,138 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 37:1 has increased from 21:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.17 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 70% over five years.
Total Enrollment 4,138 students 1,371 students
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 37:1
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Student Staff (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 2,150 students
779 students
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 1,988 students
1,083 students
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Central Lakes College-Brainerd American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Black (2006-2014)
% White
Central Lakes College-Brainerd White (2006-2014)
% Two or more races
Central Lakes College-Brainerd More (2010-2014)
% Unknown races
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Unknown (2007-2014)
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.17 0.70
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $5,393 is less than the state average of $5,664. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,393 is less than the state average of $10,360. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,393 $5,664
Central Lakes College-Brainerd In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,393 $10,360
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • With a knowledgeable, caring faculty and modern, results-oriented programs in comfortable facilities, CLC is the college of choice for seekers of success. Our roots are deep in a tradition dating to 1938 in Brainerd and 1950 in Staples. Communities across central Minnesota are filled with our graduates. While maintaining quality in degrees (Associate in Arts, Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Science), CLC responds to student need by scheduling relevant courses at convenient times and locations. Access is crucial to provide the service students deserve. The college offers more than 70 degrees and career education programs recognized through industry standards. The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, following a site team evaluation in 2002, accredited CLC for 10 more years.

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Did You Know?
For Minnesota public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,611 per year for in-state students and $6,242 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,988 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Minnesota is 81%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Minnesota community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.52, which is equal to the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Minnesota is Globe University-Minneapolis. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.