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Ridgewater College Overview

Ridgewater College is a public institution located 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?

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  • The student loan default rate at Ridgewater College is 4%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the undergraduate certificate is the highest award a student can attain at Ridgewater College.
  • In <nil>, 60% of the faculty were full-time.

Where Is Ridgewater College?


Contact details for Ridgewater College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2101 15Th Ave Nw, Willmar, MN 56201
Phone: 800-722-1151

How Do I Get Into Ridgewater College?

You can apply to Ridgewater College online at:

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?

31% Take Out Loans
3.5% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Ridgewater College, approximately 31% of students took out student loans averaging $5,178 a year. That adds up to $20,712 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Ridgewater College is 3.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Ridgewater College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,578 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,846 undergraduate students at Ridgewater College, with 1,578 being full-time and 1,268 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 1,578 full-time undergraduates at Ridgewater College, 44% are male and 56% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 26
Black or African American 66
Hispanic or Latino 152
White 1,245
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

1,095 Took All Classes Online
2,042 Took At Least One Class Online
10.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 2,042 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.


This school is the 16th most popular in Minnesota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of Ridgewater College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Ridgewater College was 10.0%. This is the #1,393 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Ridgewater College regardless of major.

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%.


*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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