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Founded in 1961, Alexandria Technical College originally opened with only 3 offered programs: machine shop, carpentry, and farm equipment mechanics. Since its inception, the school has transitioned from being classified as a local school to an official Minnesota State College in 1995. It was the first two-year college to receive accreditation in Minnesota by the Higher Learning Commission.

Today the school offers over 50 academic programs, allowing students to obtain an associate’s degree geared toward direct entry into the work force or to transfer to another school to complete the remainder of a four-year baccalaureate degree. The school also offers a wide range of one-year certificate and diploma programs. ATC claims to have the highest career placement out of all 2-year public colleges in Minnesota, with around 90% of graduates finding employment within their specific fields.

The student body ranges around 3,500. The largest offered fields of study are law enforcement, nursing, and diesel mechanics. No student housing is offered on campus; however, there are many apartments and houses for rent within walking distance.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Thanks to the open enrollment system, there are no set application deadlines. The admissions office recommends, however, that students submit a completed application as soon as possible since popular programs fill up very quickly.

Applications can be completed and submitted online or in hard copy. In addition to submitting a high school transcript or GED, applicants need to complete the Accuplacer placement tests for math, writing and reading as well as schedule a campus visit. The visit is essential for exploring the school and meeting with the instructors of the specific programs that are interesting to the applicants.

Additional items may be requested to complete the application depending on which major or field of study is chosen.

Financial Aid

All financial aid applicants must submit a Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before being considered for grants, loans and scholarships. Once the school receives the FAFSA results, the financial aid office will provide students with all the pertinent information about federal and state grants and loans. The school also offers work-study programs to help students pay for tuition. Around 80% of students receive some sort of financial aid.

With regards to scholarships, the school ranked second among Minnesota State Colleges for the amount of awarded scholarship funds. In fact, the Alexandria Technical College Foundation annually gives out more than $150,000 in student aid scholarships. Each foundation scholarship applicant needs to be a high school graduate with good grades and must submit a letter of recommendation and a personal essay. Deadlines for applications are in April for the fall semester and November for the spring semester.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3796th for the average student loan amount.
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Students run a wide variety of organizations and activities both on and off campus. Many intramural athletic programs are available for sports as volleyball, flag football, basketball, and even broomball, which is a version of hockey without ice skates or hockey sticks. Additionally, the school hosts a variety of cultural entertainment events including numerous speakers, and provides students with a slew of leadership programs and clubs, such as the Business Professionals of America and Skills USA.

Off campus, the town of Alexandria provides all of the outdoor recreation that students crave. Andes Tower Hills ski area is located very close to the town as well as a number of picturesque lakes. Hiking opportunities are also readily available for all lovers of the open-air. Many festivals are hosted in Alexandria, including the Festival of the Lakes and Vikingland Band Festival.

With a wide variety of restaurants and bars within the town’s center, including Godfather’s Pizza and Fat Daddy’s Bar & Grill, students can always find a great place to grab a good bite and have some fun.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The following sports clubs and organizations are available:

  • Men’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Basketball
  • Men’s Club and Women’s Club Golf
  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Softball
  • Men’s Club and Women’s Club Table Tennis
  • Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Volleyball


The school has a seasonal alumni magazine called “In Touch” and also publishes career highlights for many graduates on the school’s web site, informing all visitors of alumni accomplishments. In addition, there is an alumni scholarship opportunity that annually provides 15 scholarships of $300 each to the children and grandchildren of alumni.

Information Summary

Ranks 41st in Minnesota and 1810th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.04

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 12 0.11
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 37 0.33
Larceny 313 2.81
Vehicle theft 14 0.13

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Alexandria, MN 56308
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population21,829 (13,619 urban / 8,210 rural)
Households8,975 (2.38 people per house)
Median Household Income$38,774
Families5,940 (2.90 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingSmall two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2707

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4422nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,817 $4,817 $4,817
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $568 $568 $568
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $161 $161 $161
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $6,585 $6,585 $6,585
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,885 $18,885 $18,885
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,685 $13,685 $13,685

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,169 $5,378 $5,169 $5,378 $5,169 $5,378
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,200(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $7,100(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $7,100(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1886th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,738 ($64,377 male / $63,185 female)
Number of FT Faculty 66 (37 male / 29 female)
Number of PT Faculty 148
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $2,454,000

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