Central Lakes College-Brainerd

  • 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 3,890 students (43% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 35:1 is higher than the state community college average of 30:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 9% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the state average of 27%.
  • Central Lakes College-Brainerd is the only community colleges within Crow Wing County, MN.
  • The nearest community college to Central Lakes College-Brainerd is St Cloud Technical and Community College (53.1 miles away).

Top Placements

Central Lakes College-Brainerd places among the top 20% of community colleges in Minnesota for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 112 teachers has declined by 40% over five years.
Central Lakes College-Brainerd(MN) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty112 staff56 staff
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Central Lakes College-Brainerd has declined by 10% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 35:1 has decreased from 37:1 over five years.
  • The Central Lakes College-Brainerd diversity score of 0.17 is less than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has grown by 47% over five years.
Total Enrollment3,890 students1,302 students
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio35:130:1
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,684 students768 students
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students2,436 students534 students
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Enrollment Breakdown MN All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Central Lakes College-Brainerd American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Asian (2007-2011)
% Hispanic
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Black (2007-2016)
% White
Central Lakes College-Brainerd White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Central Lakes College-Brainerd More (2011-2016)
% Unknown races
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Ethnicity Breakdown MN All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.170.45
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,800$35,800
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,493 is less than the state average of $6,980. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,493 is less than the state average of $7,515. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,493$6,980
Central Lakes College-Brainerd In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,493$7,515
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid89%89%
Central Lakes College-Brainerd % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2013)
Median Debt for Graduates$11,410$15,511
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,825$7,600
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)


Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Softball, VolleyballBaseball, Basketball,
Softball, Volleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.30 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Accounting Club, Art Club, Astronomy Club, Civic Engagement Club, CLC Computer Club, CLC Lions Club, Creative Imaging Club, Diesel Technicians Club, Diversity Club, Equality Coalition, Fishing Club, Global Connectsion Club, Heavy Equipment Club, Horticulture Club, Marine and Powersports, Marine Trades Club, Medical Assistants Club, Natural Resources Club, Nursing Club, Phi Theta Kappa, PN Nursing Club, PSeO Club, Psychology Club, Right Brain Media Club, Robotics Club, Sociability and Friends, Welding Club

Arts and Music Programs:

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Intramural Basketball, Trap Shooting Clu
Source: 2016 (or 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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