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 3,182 students (36% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 31:1 is higher than the state community college average of 30:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 20% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 27%.
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College is the only community colleges within Yellow Medicine County, MN.
  • The nearest community college to Minnesota West Community and Technical College is Ridgewater College (33.0 miles away).

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School Overview

  • The teacher population of 102 teachers has declined by 35% over five years.
Minnesota West Community and Technical College(MN) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty102 staff56 staff
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Minnesota West Community and Technical College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 31:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Minnesota West Community and Technical College diversity score of 0.35 is less than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has grown by 37% over five years.
Total Enrollment3,182 students1,302 students
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio31:130:1
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,153 students768 students
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students2,029 students534 students
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Enrollment Breakdown MN All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
-124
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2015)
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
Minnesota West Community and Technical College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
3%
5%
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
6%
5%
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
4%
9%
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Black (2007-2016)
% White
80%
73%
Minnesota West Community and Technical College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
2%
3%
Minnesota West Community and Technical College More (2011-2016)
% Unknown races
3%
4%
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Ethnicity Breakdown MN All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.350.45
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
50%
30%
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$35,400$35,800
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,660 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 $10,807 is more than the state average of $7,515. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,660$6,980
Minnesota West Community and Technical College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$10,807$7,515
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid93%91%
Minnesota West Community and Technical College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$12,000$15,511
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$7,714$7,600
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (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.

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  • The nearest community college to Minnesota West Community and Technical College is Ridgewater College (33.0 miles away).
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Did You Know?
For Minnesota public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,980 per year for in-state students and $7,515 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,383 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 score of 0.45, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Minnesota is Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.