• Vermilion is a two-year residential college located in Ely, Minnesota on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Our 700 students come from across the country to study in this beautiful setting—the perfect place to get the hands-on and applied learning experiences offered by our environmental programs.

School Highlights

Vermilion Community College serves 637 students (69% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is lower than the state community college average of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 22% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 37%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 637 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,323
  • Out-state tuition: $6,505
  • Student:teacher ratio: 12:1
  • Minority enrollment: 22%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 54 teachers has grown by 28% over five years.
Vermilion Community College
(MN) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
54 staff
153 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Vermilion Community College has declined by 10% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has decreased from 30:1 over five years.
The Vermilion Community College diversity score of 0.38 is less than the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
637 students
2,525 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
12:1
17:1
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# Full-Time Students
438 students
1,109 students
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# Part-Time Students
199 students
1,416 students
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This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Vermilion Community College.
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
593 students
348 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
438 students
1,099 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
32 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
199 students
1,062 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
17 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
304 students
112 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
1%
6%
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% Hispanic
3%
7%
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% Black
10%
12%
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% White
78%
63%
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% Two or more races
4%
4%
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% Non Resident races
1%
1%
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% Unknown races
2%
6%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in MN.
Diversity Score
0.38
0.57
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
1.18%
2.61%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
0.97%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$36,200
$36,900
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $5,323 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 $6,505 is more than the state average of $6,082. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$5,323
$5,427
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,505
$6,082
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
92%
84%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$12,000
$12,264
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$6,747
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
80%
SAT Reading
n/a
625
SAT Math
n/a
600
SAT Writing
n/a
565
ACT Composite
n/a
24
ACT English
n/a
24
ACT Math
n/a
23
ACT Writing
n/a
8
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

School Notes

  • Vermilion offers a personal learning environment. Our 20:1 student/teacher ratio enables our instructors to know you on a first-name basis. Students can also participate in the many athletic, intramural, outdoor and student life activities offered by our faculty and staff. Vermilion offers a variety of two-year degree and one-year certificate programs. Vermilion programs prepare graduates through in-depth instruction which stresses hands-on applications. Vermilion's faculty profile has a rich mix of college instructors who bring their academic backgrounds and experience to the classroom.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Vermilion Community College cost?

Vermilion Community College's tuition is approximately $5,323 for In-State students and $6,505 for Out-State students.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 637 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,323
  • Out-state tuition: $6,505
  • Student:teacher ratio: 12:1
  • Minority enrollment: 22%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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For St. Louis County, MN public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,272 per year for in-state students and $7,101 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

St. Louis County, MN community colleges have a diversity score of 0.29, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in St. Louis County, MN is Mesabi Range College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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