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).

Top Placements

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

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 102 teachers has stayed relatively flat 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
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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 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 stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment3,182 students1,302 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio31:130:1
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# Full-Time Students1,153 students768 students
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# Part-Time Students2,029 students534 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
-124
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
3%
5%
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% Hispanic
6%
5%
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% Black
4%
9%
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% White
80%
73%
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% Two or more races
2%
3%
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% Unknown races
3%
4%
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Diversity Score0.350.45
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College Completion Rate
50%
30%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$35,400$35,400
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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
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Out-State Tuition Fees$10,807$7,515
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid93%90%
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Median Debt for Graduates$12,000$15,511
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Median Debt for Dropouts$7,714$7,600
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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.

Nearby Schools

  • 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 80%. 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 Globe University-Minneapolis. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.