Ridgewater College

Tel: (800)722-1151
3,619 students
Public institution
Ridgewater College is a comprehensive community and technical college offering education designed for transfer to a university as well as technical programs intended for direct entry into the workforce. Located in central Minnesota, Ridgewater has campuses in Hutchinson and Willmar. We are one of outstate Minnesota's largest public colleges, and are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Ridgewater College provides quality learning opportunities for students in accessible, affordable, and supportive settings.
School Highlights:
Ridgewater College serves 3,619 students (64% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is lower than the community college average of 33:1.
Minority enrollment is 14% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 32%.
Ridgewater College is the only community colleges within Kandiyohi County, MN.
The nearest community college is Minnesota West Community and Technical College (33.00 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 144 teachers has declined by 40% over five years.
College Ridgewater College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 144 staff
61 staff
Ridgewater College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 3,619 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has increased from 16:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.25 is less than the national average of 0.68. The school's diversity has grown by 108% over five years.
Total Enrollment 3,619 students 1,296 students
Ridgewater College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 25:1
21:1
Ridgewater College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 2,299 students
814 students
Ridgewater College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 1,320 students
1,040 students
Ridgewater College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Ridgewater College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
1%
5%
Ridgewater College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
6%
21%
Ridgewater College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
4%
15%
Ridgewater College Black (2006-2013)
% White
86%
51%
Ridgewater College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
3%
3%
Ridgewater College More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
1%
3%
Ridgewater College Unknown (2006-2013)
Ridgewater College 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. 0.25 0.68
Ridgewater College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $5,390 is less than the state average of $5,660. The in-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,390 is less than the state average of $10,250. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,390 $5,660
Ridgewater College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,390 $10,250
Ridgewater College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 85%
89%
Ridgewater College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

  • Ridgewater College is a community and technical college that offers more than 100 educational programs in Transfer Education, transfer options, and technical education. Ridgewater College serves more than 5500 students on its campuses in the growing communities of Willmar and Hutchinson, Minnesota. Ridgewater College also offers some programs that are unique in the state of Minnesota and nationally. Small class sizes, up-to-date technology, and access to many student activities and organizations (including intercollegiate sports, choir, theater, and Student Senate) give students the opportunity to enjoy a positive college experience. Ridgewater College is proud of its scholarship foundation, and excellent graduation and job placement rates. Ridgewater College is recognized as an educational leader that exemplifies innovation and excellence within a student-centered learning environment, and is dedicated to providing an accessible, affordable, and supportive setting for all students. At Ridgewater College, students are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of activities including: arts, athletics, student government, theater, music, clubs, and organizations (offerings differ by campus). Ridgewater College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Did You Know?
For Minnesota public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,340 per year for in-state students and $6,914 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,337 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Minnesota is 74%. 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 The Art Institutes International-Minnesota. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.