Ridgewater College

Tel: (800)722-1151
3,753 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 3,753 students (55% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is lower than the state community college average of 33:1.
Minority enrollment is 9% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 25%.
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 138 teachers has declined by 41% over five years.
College Ridgewater College (MN) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 138 staff 51 staff
Ridgewater College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 3,753 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has increased from 17:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.17 is less than the state average of 0.42. The school's diversity has declined by 10% over five years.
Total Enrollment 3,753 students 1,083 students
Ridgewater College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 27:1 33:1
Ridgewater College Student Staff Ratio (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 2,063 students 667 students
Ridgewater College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 1,690 students 530 students
Ridgewater College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Ridgewater College Enrollment Breakdown MN All Enrollment Breakdown
% Hispanic
4%
4%
Ridgewater College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
2%
8%
Ridgewater College Black (2006-2014)
% White
91%
75%
Ridgewater College White (2006-2014)
% Two or more races
2%
3%
Ridgewater College More (2010-2014)
Ridgewater College Ethnicity Breakdown MN All Ethnic Groups 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 0.42
Ridgewater College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $5,375 is more than the state average of $5,355. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,375 is less than the state average of $5,522. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,375 $5,355
Ridgewater College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,375 $5,522
Ridgewater College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 84% 91%
Ridgewater College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (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 $5,355 per year for in-state students and $5,522 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,300 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 0.42, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Minnesota is Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.