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Minneapolis Community and Technical College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Learn what degree, diploma, and certificate programs Minneapolis Community and Technical College offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) is a large 2-year school located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The school was created in 1996 by combining a technical school that had been in existence since 1914 with a community college that had been in existence since 1965. Today, MCTC is part of the larger Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) System and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

MCTC offers many services to its students, including health services provided with little or no cost at an on-campus health clinic, tutoring services and career counseling services.


Minneapolis Community and Technical College offers certificate, diploma and associate degree programs organized into 13 areas of study, including aviation, business, cinema, fine arts, health, informational technology, justice system, liberal arts, manufacturing and construction, math and science, media arts, public service, and the service industry. Some associate degree and certificate programs are offered entirely online. College readiness courses are available in computer literacy, study skills, English as a second language, and reading.

Many of MCTC's career programs are approved by industry accrediting organizations, such as the nursing program, which is accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission. Other accredited programs include the law enforcement, dental assistant, aviation technician, electroneurodiognostic technician (allied health worker who assists with neurological testing), and polysomnographic technician (allied health worker who studies sleep patterns) programs.


Minneapolis Community and Technical College has an open admissions policy, which means that the process is noncompetitive. Students apply online through the college's website or through the MnSCU website. There is a $20 processing fee as of 2012. Students generally show proof of a high school diploma or GED certificate, though there may be occasions when students are admitted without those credentials.

Students do not need to provide ACT, SAT, or other college entrance exam scores, but they must take an Accuplacer test upon enrollment, which helps determine students' academic level and coursework choices.

In 2012, the student body was made up of about 40% full-time and about 60% part-time students. MCTC is most ethnically diverse postsecondary school in the state, and 26% of students are among the first generation of their family to go to college.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 academic year, most credits at Minneapolis Community and Technical College were priced at $178.06 each, which included fees for technology, health services, and student activities. Tuition for online coursework, nursing coursework, and cinema coursework cost slightly more per credit.

Financial aid is available through the college in the form of federal grants, state grants, loans, work study opportunities, and scholarships. The Minneapolis Community and Technical College Foundation awards scholarship aid to students annually, and awarded $300,000 during the 2011-2012 academic year.

School Type Public, 2-year*
Degrees Offered Associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates**
Academic Calendar Semesters***
Religious Affiliation None*
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 10,233 undergraduate students in 2011**
Student Housing No on-campus housing available*
Programs Offered 45 associate degrees, 25 diploma programs, 58 certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 25 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients in 2010-2011) Certificates: Nursing and Patient Care Assistant (348)
Associate Degree: Liberal Arts and Sciences (225)*
Graduation Rates 6% on time
12% within 150% of normal time
15% within 200% of normal time*
Admission Rate Open admissions**
Entering Class Size 1,551 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 52% for full-time and 40% for part-time students*
Application Due Date Applications accepted until 2 weeks prior to the start of a semester***
Decision Notification Date About a week after application is received***
Tuition (2011-2012) About $6,392 per year for tuition, fees, books, and supplies*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of first-time students receiving it in 2010-2011) Federal grants (72%), state/local government grants or scholarships (31%), federal student loans (49%)*
Percent of First-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 84% in 2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, ***Minneapolis Community and Technical College

School Contact Information

  • Address: Admissions, Student Services Center (T2200), Minneapolis Community and Technical College, 1501 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • Phone: (612) 659-6200
  • Website: www.minneapolis.edu

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