• Minnesota West Community and Technical College is dedicated to serving the varied educational needs of our diverse populations in affordable, accessible and supportive settings.

School Highlights

Minnesota West Community and Technical College serves 3,253 students (30% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 19:1 is higher than the state community college average of 16:1.
Minority enrollment is 30% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 32%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 3,253 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,660
  • Out-state tuition: $10,807
  • Student:teacher ratio: 19:1
  • Minority enrollment: 30%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Minnesota West Community and Technical College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Minnesota for:

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Attribute

School Overview

The teacher population of 171 teachers has grown by 67% over five years.
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
(MN) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
171 staff
153 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Minnesota West Community and Technical College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 19:1 has decreased from 20:1 over five years.
The Minnesota West Community and Technical College diversity score of 0.49 is less than the state average of 0.52. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
3,253 students
1,912 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
19:1
16:1
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# Full-Time Students
991 students
1,076 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,262 students
1,424 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
197 students
309 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
991 students
991 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
52 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
2,262 students
1,331 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
24 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
14 students
112 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
4%
6%
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% Hispanic
11%
7%
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% Black
9%
9%
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% White
70%
68%
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% Two or more races
3%
4%
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% Non Resident races
1%
1%
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% Unknown races
1%
4%
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Diversity Score
0.49
0.52
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
1.83%
2.61%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
0.97%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$35,400
$36,900
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $5,660 is more than the state average of $5,427. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $10,807 is more than the state average of $6,082. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$5,660
$5,427
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$10,807
$6,082
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
93%
94%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$10,900
$12,264
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$7,750
$6,747
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
91%
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
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

School Notes

  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College is a comprehensive community and technical college with five southwestern Minnesota campuses: Canby, Granite Falls, Jackson, Pipestone, and Worthington. Minnesota West provides students with the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree, Diploma, or Certificate. Minnesota West Community and Technical College is a consolidated community/technical college formed on January 1, 1997 when Southwestern Technical College and Worthington Community College merged. The four technical campuses, Canby, Granite Falls, Jackson, and Pipestone began as local area vocational schools in the 1960s. They officially merged to become Southwestern Technical College in 1985. The Granite Falls Campus of Minnesota West prides itself on a quality education with accessibility for many different types of students. Our campus meets the needs of the workforce and community by providing many online, technical, and liberal art courses. Whether a student wants to complete a few courses and transfer or earn a degree, the Granite Falls campus has variety of educational options. Minnesota West is a leader in the state and the upper Midwest in Renewable Energy and Computerized Manufacturing. Our safe, attractive and friendly city, set in the beautiful Minnesota River Valley, prides itself on a small town atmosphere, friendly residents, and scenic views. While in Granite Falls you will have the opportunity to experience fine shopping and excellent customer service in either our quaint downtown, located on the West bank of the Minnesota River or along Highway 212. Be sure to stop at the Kilowatt Community Center and Prairie's Edge Casino and Resort. Minnesota West Community and Technical College is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, which consists of 34 state universities, community and technical colleges. The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Minnesota West Community and Technical College cost?

Minnesota West Community and Technical College's tuition is approximately $5,660 for In-State students and $10,807 for Out-State students.

What is Minnesota West Community and Technical College's ranking?

Minnesota West Community and Technical College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Minnesota for: Least debt for graduating students.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 3,253 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,660
  • Out-state tuition: $10,807
  • Student:teacher ratio: 19:1
  • Minority enrollment: 30%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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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 87%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Minnesota community colleges have a diversity score of 0.52, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Minnesota is Globe University-Minneapolis. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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