Admissions

Thanks for checking out Ridgewater College!  Our wide variety of programs and courses are sure to fit your needs, whether starting your journey toward a 4-year degree or training for a specific trade and getting out into the workforce.
 
Once you find what you're looking for, getting started is easy! There are just 6 simple steps to enroll: 
 
  1. Apply for Admission (see instructions below)
  2. Apply for Financial Aid
  3. Take the Accuplacer Assessment Test unless you have scored a 22 or above in Math, 18 or above in English and 21 or above in reading subtest on the ACT (ACT is not required by Ridgewater)
  4. Attend an OAR Day (Orientation-Advising-Registration)
  5. Register for Classes
  6. Pay Tuition and Get Your Books!


Apply to Ridgewater

Applications are being taken for the following start dates:
Spring Semester 2015 (begins January 12, 2015)
Summer Semester 2015 (begins May 26, 2015)
Fall Semester 2015 (begins August 24, 2015)
Spring Semester 2016 (begins January 11, 2016)

Application Deadlines The online application for each semester will be available until the first day of that semester.

Acceptance to the college does not automatically guarantee your admission into a specific program.  Some career/occupational programs utilize a waiting list and/or selection process.

How to Apply

Access the online applicationIf you do not wish to apply online, you may print out the paper Application for Admission. If you have difficulty completing the online application, please contact the Admissions Office at 800-722-1151.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you apply online you will be automatically charged the $20 application fee and the fee is nonrefundable.

Follow all instructions for completion and submission. We will contact you to notify you if you've been accepted to the college and/or if there is additional information that we need.

Visiting Students

Registration as Visiting Student – Admitted to another MNSCU College or University Ridgewater College allows students who are currently admitted at another system college or university to enroll as a visiting student. A visiting student shall not be required to submit an application for admission to Ridgewater College, and is not a candidate for a degree, diploma or certificate at Ridgewater College. A visiting student may enroll for a maximum of 18 credits per semester at Ridgewater College, provided that the student’s total number of enrolled credits at all system colleges and universities shall not exceed 22 in any semester per MNSCU policy. Financial Aid is not available to visiting students, but may be available at the college or university at which the student is accepted.

Registration as Visiting Student – Not Admitted to another MNSCU College or University Ridgewater College allows students who are not currently admitted as a student at any system college or university to enroll for a maximum of 18 credits per semester at Ridgewater College without submitting an application for admission. A visiting student is not a candidate for a degree, diploma or certificate at Ridgewater College. A visiting student is not eligible to receive financial aid.

Visiting student provisions
• Visiting students shall satisfy Ridgewater College course prerequisites.
• Visiting students who have an enrollment hold due to conduct or satisfactory academic progress must submit an appeal following the Ridgewater College Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
• Students who have an enrollment hold from another system college or university due to outstanding financial obligations will be denied enrollment at Ridgewater College
• Visiting Student registration window will be published online at www.ridgewater.edu.
• Ridgewater College may limit enrollment of visiting students in high demand courses.





Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.