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?
- The highest award offered at Ridgewater College is the undergraduate certificate.
- For the 2017-2018 academic year, 58% of the faculty were full-time.
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.
|#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.
Where Is Ridgewater College?
Contact details for Ridgewater College are given below.
|Address:||2101 15Th Ave Nw, Willmar, MN 56201|
How Do I Get Into Ridgewater College?
You can apply to Ridgewater College online at: https://eservices.minnstate.edu/adm/public/studentWelcome?campusId=308
Can I Afford Ridgewater College?
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
Of the 1,895 full-time undergraduates at Ridgewater College, 46% are male and 54% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Ridgewater College students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||69|
|Hispanic or Latino||183|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Ridgewater College has changed over the last few years.
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%|
|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.
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.
*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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