Explore the many ways Ridgewater provides affordable, flexible educational options for students.
Ridgewater Ranked #1 MN Community College
Ridgewater College received top honors among Minnesota’s best community colleges, according to a recent review, 2020 Best Community Colleges in Minnesota, published last week by www.niche.com.
In addition to top overall honors, Ridgewater received the #2 ranking for both the best value comparison and best academics. The best professors category was close behind at #3.
The statewide ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education, along with millions of reviews from students and alumni, states the www.niche.com website.
The evaluation considered nine key indicators for which it graded junior colleges, public technical schools, and all other public two-year colleges: academics, value, professors/faculty, campus facilities, diversity, student life, student experience surveys, local area, and safety.
Ridgewater Selected as an Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College
We’re excited to announce that Ridgewater College is an Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College! The Aspen Prize aims to identify and celebrate excellence among top-performing community colleges, as well as share strategies for improving student success. Our designation is based on strong and improving student outcomes, which includes learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings, and equity.
The 150 community colleges named were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide using publicly available data on student outcomes.
A high-quality education is a top priority at Ridgewater, and we have the accolades to prove it.
- Named by the Aspen Institute as one of the top 120 community colleges in the country, ranking us in the top 10% of all institutions
- Acknowledged as the 41st best community college out of 1,665 community colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine
- Named No. 1 Best Community College in Minnesota for Career Preparedness by ACT
- 95% job placement rate for graduates
- Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Affordable tuition combined with high-quality instruction delivers tremendous educational value. Save more than $4,000 taking the first two years of your four-year degree at Ridgewater versus going directly to a Minnesota public university. Save tens of thousands by starting at Ridgewater and transferring to a private college.
Ridgewater has averaged a placement rate of 95 percent over the past five years in our career and technical programs. Learn the skills you need to start a great paying career in two years or less.
Small class sizes offer personal attention. All classes are taught by college instructors, not teaching assistants. They don’t just teach from a textbook, they teach from experience.
Studies show that students who begin at a community college perform as well or better in their junior and senior year compared with students who start at the university as a freshman.
Taking general education at Ridgewater is a cost-effective way to explore various fields to determine what path is right for you. Choose from more than 100 educational opportunities in liberal arts transfer disciplines and career training. Online courses and programs are also available.
Take classes online or on campus, full time or part-time. Ridgewater is perfect for individuals who have family or work commitments that make a traditional schedule difficult. You can even complete an entire AA degree, as well as some technical programs, online.
Ridgewater AA degrees are based in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), a core group of credits guaranteed to transfer to any public university in Minnesota. Many technical programs also articulate to four-year universities.
Learning opportunities and lab experiences allow you to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom. If you like to learn by doing, this is the place for you.