Riverland Community College

1900 8th Ave NW
Austin, MN 55912-1473
Tel: (507)433-0600
School Highlights
  • Riverland Community College serves 3,243 students (38% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 32:1 is higher than the state community college average of 30:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 14% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 27%.
  • Riverland Community College is the only community colleges within Mower County, MN.
  • The nearest community college is North Iowa Area Community College (35.90 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 101 teachers has declined by 29% over five years.
Riverland Community College(MN) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty101 staff51 staff
Riverland Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 3,243 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 32:1 has increased from 25:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.25 is less than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment3,243 students1,302 students
Riverland Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio32:130:1
Riverland Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,242 students768 students
Riverland Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students2,001 students534 students
Riverland Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Riverland Community College Enrollment Breakdown MN All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Riverland Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2008-2016)
% Asian
Riverland Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Riverland Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Riverland Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Riverland Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Riverland Community College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Riverland Community College Non Resident (2007-2013)
Riverland Community 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.0.250.45
Riverland Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Riverland Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,400$35,800
Riverland Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,522 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 $5,522 is less than the state average of $7,514. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,522$6,979
Riverland Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,522$7,514
Riverland Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid86%89%
Riverland Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$6,125$15,511
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,500$7,600
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Our locations in Albert Lea, Austin, and at the Owatonna College & University Center provide easy access to more than 50 career programs or the first two years of a bachelor's degree. Our partnerships with other colleges and universities also allow our students to earn bachelor's degrees without having to leave southern Minnesota. Our support services help students improve study skills, locate resources, resolve personal issues, make strong career decisions, pay for college, or arrange the details of a smooth college transfer. The college offers more than 55 career programs or 32 transfer programs. These include technical programs that train students for great jobs in as little as nine months and liberal arts degrees that easily transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Students may select from a variety of programs and earn associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. The Austin Campus of Riverland Community College includes the Austin East and West Buildings and College Park Student Housing. On this campus, students pursue career and liberal arts majors in a small-town collegiate atmosphere. Austin is a community of more than 20,000 with extensive parks, shopping and recreation opportunities for students. Opportunities in theatre, music, clubs, intercollegiate sports, and student government provide an easy way to meet new friends, share talents, develop leadership skills, and make dreams happen. In every program, our students have access to state-of-the-art technologies. Interactive television and online classes make learning accessible despite the challenges of time and location. The college is accredited by 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.