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Minnesota West Community and Technical College Overview

Minnesota West Community and Technical College is a public institution located in Granite Falls, Minnesota. The surrounding location of Granite Falls is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

What Is Minnesota West Community and Technical College Known For?

987 Undergraduate Awards
  • The highest award offered at Minnesota West is the undergraduate certificate.
  • In 2017-2018, 47% of the faculty were full-time.

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Minnesota West Community and Technical College Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Minnesota West has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#450 Most Popular Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Agricultural Economics & Business Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Most Popular Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Most Popular Computer Systems Analysis Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Business Support & Assistant Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Best Health & Medical Administrative Services Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#82 Best Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Minnesota West Community and Technical College?

Location of Minnesota West Community and Technical College

Contact details for Minnesota West are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1593 11Th Ave, Granite Falls, MN 56241
Phone: 800-658-2330
Website: www.mnwest.edu

How Do I Get Into Minnesota West?

You can apply to Minnesota West online at: www.mnwest.edu/admissions/apply

As long as you submit the requested materials to Minnesota West Community and Technical College when applying, you shouldn't have to worry about getting in since the school has an open admissions policy.

Can I Afford Minnesota West Community and Technical College?

50% Take Out Loans
12.6% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Minnesota West, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $5,090 a year. That adds up to $20,360 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Minnesota West is 12.6%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,099 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,421 undergraduate students at Minnesota West, with 1,099 being full-time and 2,322 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Minnesota West

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,099 full-time undergraduates at Minnesota West, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Minnesota West

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Minnesota West Community and Technical College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Minnesota West Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 42
Black or African American 126
Hispanic or Latino 156
White 710
International Students 17
Other Races/Ethnicities 48

Over 7 countries are represented at Minnesota West. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Kenya, Nigeria, and Venezuela.

Online Learning at Minnesota West Community and Technical College

875 Took All Classes Online
1,656 Took At Least One Class Online
-4.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,656 students took at least one online class at the school.

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

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This school is the 33rd most popular in Minnesota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Minnesota West

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Minnesota West Community and Technical College was -4.4%. This is the #2,450 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Minnesota West regardless of major.

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

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 58%
Computer Engineering Technology 86%
Education 67%
Food Processing 71%
Nursing 7%
Teaching Assistants 67%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Minnesota West 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 Minnesota West.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Food Processing #1
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers #5
Computer Engineering Technology #12
Construction Trades #15
Data Entry #20
Teaching Assistants #24
Environmental Control Technology #30
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services #62
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #64
Computer Systems Networking #65
Computer Software & Applications #86
Computer Programming #89
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #121
Information Technology #144
Business Support & Assistant Services #168
Engineering Technologies #190
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #240
Accounting #325
Health & Medical Administrative Services #391
Computer & Information Sciences #472

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%.

Minnesota West Community and 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 355 0 51 406
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 2 86 88
Nursing 0 69 0 69
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 61 0 61
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 0 18 25 43
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 6 8 28 42
Precision Metal Working 26 0 11 37
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 0 11 14 25
Cosmetology 11 0 11 22
Business Administration & Management 2 16 0 18
Allied Health Professions 0 18 0 18
Business Support & Assistant Services 5 7 2 14
Human Development & Family Studies 1 12 1 14
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 7 7 14
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 13 0 13
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 1 11 0 12
Accounting 2 6 1 9
Industrial Production Technology 8 1 0 9
Food Processing 7 0 0 7
Computer Engineering Technology 0 6 1 7
Dental Support Services 0 2 5 7
Mental & Social Health Services 7 0 0 7
Agricultural Production 0 2 4 6
Teaching Assistants 6 0 0 6
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 3 2 5
General Agriculture 0 3 0 3
Computer Systems Networking 2 1 0 3
Information Technology 0 3 0 3
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 0 0 3 3
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 3 0 3
Human Services 0 3 0 3
Computer Systems Analysis 0 0 2 2
Carpentry 0 0 2 2
Engineering-Related Technologies 2 0 0 2
Plant Sciences 0 1 0 1
Computer Programming 1 0 0 1
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 1 0 1
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 1 0 1
Food Science Technology 0 0 0 0
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 0
Computer Science 0 0 0 0
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0 0
Data Entry 0 0 0 0
Plumbing & Water Supply 0 0 0 0
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 0 0
Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 0 0 0 0
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 0 0 0 0
Ground Transportation 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 442 289 256 987

References

*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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