Ridgewater College

  • Ridgewater College is a comprehensive community and technical college offering education designed for transfer to a university as well as technical programs intended for direct entry into the workforce. Located in central Minnesota, Ridgewater has campuses in Hutchinson and Willmar. We are one of outstate Minnesota's largest public colleges, and are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.Ridgewater College provides quality learning opportunities for students in accessible, affordable, and supportive settings.

School Highlights

Ridgewater College serves 3,255 students (58% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is lower than the state community college average of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 19% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 37%.

School Overview

The teacher population of 230 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Ridgewater College(MN) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/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 Faculty230 staff153 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Ridgewater College has declined by 13% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 14:1 has decreased from 27:1 over five years.
The Ridgewater College diversity score of 0.33 is less than the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment3,255 students2,525 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio14:117:1
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# Full-Time Students1,895 students1,109 students
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# Part-Time Students1,360 students1,416 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
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1%
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% Asian
1%
6%
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% Hispanic
9%
7%
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% Black
4%
13%
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% White
81%
63%
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% Two or more races
3%
4%
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% Unknown races
2%
5%
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Diversity Score0.330.57
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College Completion Rate
46%
33%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$35,300$36,900
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $5,400 is less than the state average of $5,427. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,400 is less than the state average of $6,082. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,400$5,427
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Out-State Tuition Fees$5,400$6,082
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid86%84%
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Median Debt for Graduates$12,000$12,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,397$7,309
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Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Ridgewater College is a community and technical college that offers more than 100 educational programs in Transfer Education, transfer options, and technical education. Ridgewater College serves more than 5500 students on its campuses in the growing communities of Willmar and Hutchinson, Minnesota. Ridgewater College also offers some programs that are unique in the state of Minnesota and nationally. Small class sizes, up-to-date technology, and access to many student activities and organizations (including intercollegiate sports, choir, theater, and Student Senate) give students the opportunity to enjoy a positive college experience. Ridgewater College is proud of its scholarship foundation, and excellent graduation and job placement rates. Ridgewater College is recognized as an educational leader that exemplifies innovation and excellence within a student-centered learning environment, and is dedicated to providing an accessible, affordable, and supportive setting for all students. At Ridgewater College, students are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of activities including: arts, athletics, student government, theater, music, clubs, and organizations (offerings differ by campus). Ridgewater College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Ridgewater College is Minnesota West Community and Technical College (33.2 miles away).
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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.