Ridgewater College

2101 15th Ave NW
Willmar, MN 56201-0000
Tel: (800)722-1151
  • 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 3,753 students (55% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is lower than the state community college average of 30:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 9% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 27%.
  • Ridgewater College is the only community colleges within Kandiyohi County, MN.
  • The nearest community college is Minnesota West Community and Technical College (33.00 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 138 teachers has declined by 41% over five years.
Ridgewater College(MN) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty138 staff51 staff
Ridgewater College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 3,753 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has increased from 17:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.17 is less than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has declined by 10% over five years.
Total Enrollment3,753 students1,302 students
Ridgewater College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio27:130:1
Ridgewater College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,063 students768 students
Ridgewater College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,690 students534 students
Ridgewater College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Ridgewater College Enrollment Breakdown MN All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
-
1%
Ridgewater College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2010)
% Asian
-
5%
Ridgewater College Asian (2007-2012)
% Hispanic
4%
5%
Ridgewater College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
2%
8%
Ridgewater College Black (2007-2016)
% White
91%
73%
Ridgewater College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
2%
3%
Ridgewater College More (2011-2016)
Ridgewater College Ethnicity Breakdown MN All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.0.170.45
Ridgewater College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
42%
30%
Ridgewater College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$35,300$35,800
Ridgewater College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,400 is less than the state average of $6,979. 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 $7,514. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,400$6,979
Ridgewater College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,400$7,514
Ridgewater College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid84%89%
Ridgewater College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$12,000$15,511
Ridgewater College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,042$7,600
Ridgewater College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (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.

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Did You Know?
For Minnesota public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,979 per year for in-state students and $7,514 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,283 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 scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.45, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Minnesota is Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.