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Dakota County Technical College Overview

Dakota County Technical College is a public institution situated in Rosemount, Minnesota. Students who love country life may enjoy the rural location of DCTC.

What Is Dakota County Technical College Known For?

786 Undergraduate Awards
  • The highest award offered at DCTC is the undergraduate certificate.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 46% of the faculty were full-time.

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Dakota County Technical College Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at DCTC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Nanotechnology Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Management Information Systems Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Child Development & Family Studies Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Heating, Ventilation, Air & Cooling Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Dental Support Services Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Business Administration & Management Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Best Precision Production Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#45 Best Accounting Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#80 Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards DCTC has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Best Medium/Heavy Vehicle & Truck Technology/Technician Schools College Factual
#9 Best Electrician Schools College Factual
#22 Best Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Schools College Factual
#29 Best Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Schools College Factual
#50 Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Schools College Factual
#78 Best Business Associate Degree Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is Dakota County Technical College?


Contact details for DCTC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1300 145Th Street East, Rosemount, MN 55068-2999
Phone: 651-423-8301

How Do I Get Into DCTC?

You can apply to DCTC online at:

Since Dakota County Technical College has an open admissions policy, you should not have any trouble getting into the school as long as you have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Can I Afford Dakota County Technical College?

39% Take Out Loans
10.9% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At DCTC, approximately 39% of students took out student loans averaging $5,842 a year. That adds up to $23,368 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at DCTC is 10.9%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

Dakota County Technical College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,328 Full-Time Undergraduates
37% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,319 undergraduate students at DCTC, with 1,328 being full-time and 991 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 1,328 full-time undergraduates at DCTC, 63% are male and 37% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Dakota County Technical College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 48
Black or African American 95
Hispanic or Latino 147
White 884
International Students 7
Other Races/Ethnicities 147

Over 16 countries are represented at DCTC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Canada, Kenya, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Dakota County Technical College

1,034 Took All Classes Online
1,847 Took At Least One Class Online
61.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 1,847 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at DCTC has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 43rd most popular in Minnesota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Growth Rankings of DCTC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Dakota County Technical College was 61.0%. This is the #584 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at DCTC regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of DCTC majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Engineering Technologies 16%
Marketing 25%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at DCTC ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at DCTC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Hospitality Management #16
Marketing #51
Human Resource Management #53
Engineering Technologies #62
Business Administration & Management #336
Business, Management & Marketing #451

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Dakota County Technical College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 100 1 55 156
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 0 52 36 88
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 3 60 9 72
Precision Metal Working 0 0 58 58
Dental Support Services 0 8 32 40
Business Administration & Management 16 21 2 39
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 31 0 31
Information Technology 0 25 5 30
Accounting 5 21 3 29
Food Science Technology 24 0 0 24
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance 0 20 4 24
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 7 16 23
Civil Engineering Technology 0 15 3 18
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 7 11 18
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 0 0 17 17
Design & Applied Arts 0 16 1 17
Human Development & Family Studies 2 14 0 16
Computer Programming 1 12 0 13
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 1 11 0 12
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 0 12 0 12
Human Resource Management 8 0 3 11
Management Information Systems 0 6 0 6
Business Support & Assistant Services 0 1 4 5
Entrepreneurial Studies 5 0 0 5
Computer Software & Applications 1 4 0 5
Marketing 0 4 0 4
Health & Physical Education 0 2 2 4
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 2 2 4
Legal Support Services 0 2 0 2
Construction Management 0 1 0 1
Hospitality Management 0 1 0 1
Nanotechnology 0 1 0 1
Horticulture 0 0 0 0
General Sales & Marketing 0 0 0 0
Air Transportation 0 0 0 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 166 357 263 786


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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