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Ridgewater College Overview

Ridgewater College is a public institution situated in Willmar, Minnesota. The location of Ridgewater College is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

What Is Ridgewater College Known For?

839 Undergraduate Awards
  • The highest award offered at Ridgewater College is the undergraduate certificate.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 58% of the faculty were full-time.

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Ridgewater 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.

Ridgewater College has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#137 Best Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#194 Best Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#470 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 Ridgewater College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Computer Engineering Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Agricultural Economics & Business Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Plant Sciences Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best General Agriculture Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Electromechanical Engineering Technology Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Engineering Technologies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#64 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#64 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Ridgewater College?

Location of Ridgewater College

Contact details for Ridgewater College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2101 15Th Ave Nw, Willmar, MN 56201
Phone: 800-722-1151
Website: www.ridgewater.edu

How Do I Get Into Ridgewater College?

You can apply to Ridgewater College online at: https://eservices.minnstate.edu/adm/public/studentWelcome?campusId=308

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

Can I Afford Ridgewater College?

47% Take Out Loans
12.6% 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 Ridgewater College, approximately 47% of students took out student loans averaging $5,145 a year. That adds up to $20,580 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Ridgewater College 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.

Ridgewater College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,895 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,255 undergraduate students at Ridgewater College, with 1,895 being full-time and 1,360 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Ridgewater College

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,895 full-time undergraduates at Ridgewater College, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Ridgewater College

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Ridgewater College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Ridgewater College Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 20
Black or African American 69
Hispanic or Latino 183
White 1,534
International Students 4
Other Races/Ethnicities 85

Over 8 countries are represented at Ridgewater College. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Mexico, Nigeria, and Finland.

Online Learning at Ridgewater College

608 Took All Classes Online
1,446 Took At Least One Class Online
10.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,446 students took at least one online class at the school.

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

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This school is the 30th 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 Ridgewater College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Ridgewater College was 10.5%. This is the #1,303 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Ridgewater College regardless of major.

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

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Criminal Justice & Corrections 47%
Education 33%
Engineering Technologies 1%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 47%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 39%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Ridgewater College 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 Ridgewater College.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology #4
International Studies #6
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants #8
Entrepreneurial Studies #32
Legal Support Services #38
Legal Professions #55
Engineering Technologies #70
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #103
Teacher Education Grade Specific #134
Health & Medical Administrative Services #168
Criminal Justice & Corrections #201
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #228
Liberal Arts General Studies #228
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #229
Education #349
Health Professions #457

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%.

Ridgewater College Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 7 186 0 193
Nursing 0 89 0 89
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 50 13 63
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 1 42 11 54
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 10 40 50
Precision Metal Working 0 4 34 38
Teacher Education Grade Specific 15 18 0 33
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 7 0 23 30
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 0 0 23 23
Cosmetology 10 0 9 19
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 0 2 16 18
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 16 2 18
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 17 0 17
General Sales & Marketing 0 15 1 16
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 15 15
Design & Applied Arts 0 1 13 14
Accounting 0 11 2 13
Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 0 5 8 13
Plant Sciences 5 0 7 12
Allied Health Professions 0 9 3 12
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 11 0 11
Business Support & Assistant Services 4 4 2 10
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 2 5 3 10
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 10 0 10
Agricultural Production 0 0 9 9
Carpentry 0 0 9 9
Computer Programming 0 7 0 7
Teacher Education Subject Specific 7 0 0 7
Teaching Assistants 0 2 3 5
Information Technology 0 3 1 4
Audiovisual Communications 0 3 0 3
Computer Engineering Technology 0 2 1 3
General Agriculture 0 2 0 2
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 2 0 0 2
Legal Support Services 0 2 0 2
Entrepreneurial Studies 1 0 0 1
Marketing 0 1 0 1
Computer Software & Applications 0 1 0 1
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 1 0 0 1
International Studies 1 0 0 1
General Biology 0 0 0 0
Insurance 0 0 0 0
Graphic Communications 0 0 0 0
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 0 0
Chemistry 0 0 0 0
Nuclear & Radiological Technicians 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 63 528 248 839

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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