Minnesota West Community and Technical College

  • 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 3,421 students (32% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 20:1 is higher than the state community college average of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 29% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 37%.

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

The teacher population of 171 teachers has grown by 5% over five years.
Minnesota West Community and Technical College(MN) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-High NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty171 staff153 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Minnesota West Community and Technical College has grown by 7% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 20:1 has decreased from 31:1 over five years.
The Minnesota West Community and Technical College diversity score of 0.48 is less than the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment3,421 students2,525 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio20:117:1
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# Full-Time Students1,099 students1,109 students
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# Part-Time Students2,322 students1,416 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
16112
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
3%
6%
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% Hispanic
10%
7%
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% Black
6%
13%
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% White
71%
63%
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% Two or more races
2%
4%
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% Non Resident races
1%
1%
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% Unknown races
6%
5%
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Diversity Score0.480.57
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College Completion Rate
46%
33%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$35,400$36,900
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Tuition Cost 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 Aid92%84%
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Median Debt for Graduates$10,444$12,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,125$7,309
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Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Minnesota West Community and Technical College is Ridgewater College (33.2 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 3,255 students | 33.20 Mi2101 15th Ave NW
    Willmar, MN 56201
    (800) 722-1151
    33.203,255
  • 3,640 students | 74.20 Mi1601 Jefferson Streeet
    Alexandria, MN 56308
    (320) 762-0221
    74.203,640
  • 2,228 students | 75.30 Mi1201 Arrow Avenue
    Watertown, SD 57201
    (605) 882-5284
    75.302,228
  • Rasmussen College-Minnesota
    Private for-profit
    3,971 students | 83.50 Mi226 Park Avenue South
    St. Cloud, MN 56301
    (320) 251-5600
    83.503,971
  • 4,134 students | 86.10 Mi1540 Northway Drive
    Saint Cloud, MN 56303
    (320) 308-5000
    86.104,134
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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.