501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
Top Ranked (2022-23): View Rankings
  • 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 4,362 students (36% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 35:1 is higher than the state community college average of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 14% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 37%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 4,362 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,757
  • Out-state tuition: $5,757
  • Student:teacher ratio: 35:1
  • Minority enrollment: 14%
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Central Lakes College-Brainerd ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Minnesota for:

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School Overview

The teacher population of 126 teachers has declined by 32% over five years.
Central Lakes College-Brainerd
(MN) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution Level
Less than 2 yrs
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
126 staff
153 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Central Lakes College-Brainerd has grown by 5% 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 0.26 is less than the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
4,362 students
2,525 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
35:1
17:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,577 students
1,109 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,785 students
1,416 students
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This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Central Lakes College-Brainerd.
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Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
112 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
1%
6%
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% Hispanic
3%
7%
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% Black
2%
13%
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% White
86%
63%
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% Two or more races
3%
4%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
1%
% Unknown races
4%
5%
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Diversity Score
0.26
0.57
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College Completion Rate
48%
33%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$34,800
$36,900
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $5,757 is more than the state average of $5,427. The in-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,757 is less than the state average of $6,082. The out-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$5,757
$5,427
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$5,757
$6,082
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Tuition Notes
Based on a 15 credits per term for two terms.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
80%
84%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,513
$12,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$7,001
$7,309
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
80%
SAT Reading
n/a
625
SAT Math
n/a
600
SAT Writing
n/a
565
ACT Composite
n/a
24
ACT English
n/a
24
ACT Math
n/a
23
ACT Writing
n/a
8

Sports

Total Sports Offered
5 sports
Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Softball, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

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:
Choir

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Intramural Basketball, Trap Shooting Club
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

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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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 4,362 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,757
  • Out-state tuition: $5,757
  • Student:teacher ratio: 35:1
  • Minority enrollment: 14%
  • Source: Verified school update

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Did You Know?

For Minnesota public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,427 per year for in-state students and $6,082 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $17,208 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Minnesota is 85%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Minnesota community colleges have a diversity score of 0.57, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Minnesota is Saint Paul College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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