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Saint Paul College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research Saint Paul College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Learn about its admission requirements, degree programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About Saint Paul College

Saint Paul College is a public community and technical college located in the Minnesota capital city of St. Paul. The school was formed in 1910, and became a part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System in 1995. It has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1983. In 2010, the school was ranked the number one community college in the nation by Washington Monthly Magazine.


The college operates seven divisions: health and service, liberal arts and sciences, computer, transportation, construction and building, manufacturing and technology, business, and language. Through these divisions, the school offers about 70 certificate and associate's degree programs.

In addition to traditional, on-campus programs, the school offers online programs and classes. Some of these classes and programs are offered entirely online, while others are delivered through a hybrid of online and in-person instruction.

The school's on-campus library houses more than 29,000 texts, 158 periodicals and about 750 videos. Division libraries located throughout the campus house a total of an additional 5,000 texts.


Saint Paul College follows an open admissions policy, and allows students to apply for admission online for free. Applicants must usually provide a high school diploma or GED certificate for admission. Although the school does not require submission of ACT or SAT scores, it may require that applicants take placement exams upon enrollment.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the spring 2013 semester, tuition for on-campus classes ranged from about $161-$261 per credit hour for both in-state and out-of-state students. During that same period of time, tuition for online classes was approximately $181 per credit hour.

The school offers students the ability to pay tuition through payment plans. It also offers grants, work study opportunities and scholarships. The college's alumni foundation, Friends of Saint Paul College, awards scholarships between $100 and $2,500 to several students prior to the start of each fall and spring semester.

School Type 2 year, public*
Degrees Offered Associate degrees**
Academic Calendar Semesters***
Religious Affiliation None*
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 6,322 in fall 2011*
Student Housing None available*
Divisions and Programs Seven divisions offering 42 associate degrees, 24 diploma programs and 56 certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 24 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Associate Degrees: liberal arts and sciences (115)*
Diplomas: pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter (66)*
Certificates: health unit coordinator (44)*
Graduation Rates 19%*
Admission Rate Open admissions**
Entering Class Size 1,262 in fall 2011****
First-Year Retention Rates 51% of full-time and 33% of part-time students*
Average ACT or SAT Scores of Admitted Students Not required for admission; information unavailable*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions***
Decision Date Applications are usually processed within 72 hours***
Tuition Spring 2013: $161-$261 per credit hour***
Examples of Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of students receiving It) In 2010-2011:
Grant or scholarship aid (62%)*
Federal student loans (47%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 91% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, ***Saint Paul College, ****IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Enrollment Services, Saint Paul College, Room 1300, 235 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102
  • Phone: (651) 846-1600
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