Ridgewater College

Ridgewater College

Ridgewater College was established in 1996. It is a comprehensive community and technical college which has campuses in Willmar, Minnesota and Hutchinson, Minnesota. The Willmar campus is a regional hub for recreation and entertainment. The Hutchinson campus has a strong and diverse industrial base with a capable retail system. The college offers over 100 educational programs in technical and occupational education, as well as in transfer options. Among these, photography, agriculture, and veterinary clinic programs are the most popular. Ridgewater College records an enrollment of more than 5,500 students annually.

Ridgewater's student body is active and impressive. The college possesses a prominent athletics department participating in several sports competition and events such as the Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) and Region 13. Their sports teams are known as the Warriors and the Lady Warriors. The students compete in games including baseball, basketball, softball, volleyball, golf and others.

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Ridgewater College
2101 15th Ave NW
Willmar , MN 56201
General Phone: (800) 722-1151

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Ridgewater College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine278EMT paramedic, registered nursing, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant, health aide
Liberal Arts201liberal arts and sciences
Medical Support and Technology98medical coding, medical assistant, veterinary assistant, radiographer
Agricultural Science and Management79agricultural operations, farm management, agricultural production, dairy production
Business and Management70business management, accounting, small business management, insurance, sales and marketing, sales
Mechanics and Repair59autobody repair, automobile mechanics
Engineering Technician53electronics tech, telecommunications tech, electromechanical tech, instrumentation tech, metallurgical tech, computer systems tech, mechanical drafting
Office and Administration36data entry, administrative assistant, general office occupations
Construction Trades35carpentry, electrician
Beauty and Cosmetology35cosmetology, aesthetician and skin care, manicurist
Production Trades34machinist, machine shop assistant, tool and die tech, welding
Therapy and Counseling28massage therapy
Media26digital communications, recording arts tech, desktop publishing and imaging
Medical Administration20medical records tech, medical transcription, medical secretary
Photography and Commercial Art19commercial photography
Security and Law Enforcement11criminal justice and police
Law7legal secretary
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy5recreational therapy
Computer Science and Engineering4web design, computer networking
Landscaping and Horticulture3agronomy
Education and Teaching2teacher aide

Number of programs and degrees for Ridgewater College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree52235
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years16514
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years28627
Award of less than 1 academic year1319

Ridgewater College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Ridgewater College had a total enrollment of 4,177 students (3,304 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 91%
Black 1%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 6%
18-19 34%
20-21 15%
22-24 9%
25-29 10%
30-34 6%
35-39 5%
40-49 9%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

Ridgewater College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 62 %
Part-Time 35 %

Ridgewater College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Willmar, Minnesota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Minnesota Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Ridgewater College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,913
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 4,913
Books and supplies $ 900

Financial Aid:
Ridgewater College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 525200)

Ridgewater College Faculty

Ridgewater College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track105
Non-tenured and not on tenure track10

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankacademic year74$62,12045$60,100
All faculty totalacademic year74$62,12045$60,100

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Ridgewater College Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Production Operations, General
Dairy Husbandry and Production
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management

Beauty And Cosmetology
Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General
Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Selling Skills and Sales Operations
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Construction Trades

Education And Teaching
Teacher Assistant/Aide

Engineering Technician
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Tech
Instrumentation Technology/Technician
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD
Metallurgical Technology/Technician
Telecommunications Technology/Technician

Landscaping And Horticulture
Agronomy and Crop Science

Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mechanics And Repair
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician

Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design
Recording Arts Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist

Medical Support And Technology
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician/Veterinary Assistant

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Health Aide
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial Photography

Production Trades
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist
Tool and Die Technology/Technician
Welding Technology/Welder

Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science

Therapy And Counseling
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage

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Ridgewater College Highlights

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What Sets Ridgewater College Apart:

Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Ridgewater College Number of degree programs
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 14%Ridgewater College % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
% of degrees in agricultural science and management
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Ridgewater College % of degrees in agricultural science and management
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Ridgewater College Number of students

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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