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 33:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 9% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the state average of 26%.
  • 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 39% over five years.
Central Lakes College-Brainerd (MN) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution Level Less than 2 yrs Four or more years
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 112 staff 51 staff
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 3,890 has declined by 11% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 35:1 has increased from 23:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.17 is less than the state average of 0.44. The school's diversity has grown by 30% over five years.
Total Enrollment 3,890 students 1,302 students
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 35:1 33:1
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 1,684 students 768 students
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 2,436 students 534 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 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 0.44
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 $5,384 is less than the state average of $6,975. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,384 is less than the state average of $7,510. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,384 $6,975
Central Lakes College-Brainerd In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,384 $7,510
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 89% 91%
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 Offered 5 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Softball, VolleyballBaseball, Basketball,
Golf, Softball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Band, Choir Band, Choir, 
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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Did You Know?
For Minnesota public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,975 per year for in-state students and $7,510 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,390 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Minnesota is 83%. 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 0.44, which is lower than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in Minnesota is Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.