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Century College is a comprehensive community and technical college located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota that offers liberal arts and occupational-technical programs. It was established in 1996 with the merger of Lakewood Community College and Northeast Metro Technical College. The school is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

The campus is spread over 170 acres and features a wildlife refuge and a walking trail. The academic programs serve more than 13,000 degree-, diploma- and certificate-seeking students and 12,000 students taking non-credit courses.

Accreditation is granted by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.


Students may choose to follow one of six types of academic programs: Associate in Arts (AA) degree, Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) degree, Associate in Science (AS) degree, Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree, Occupational Diplomas, and Certificate programs.

Associate Degrees

The Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Fine Arts (AFA), and Associate in Science (AS) degree programs are designed for students who eventually want to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. The AA is offered in areas including Accounting, English, Elementary Education, Journalism, Mathematics, Occupational Therapy, and History. AA-seeking students also pursue numerous areas of specialization including Business Administration, Computer information Systems, Engineering, Human Services, and Nursing. The AFA is available in music.

The college offers the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree for students that want to enter a specific profession directly after completing their coursework without earning a four-year degree. Students opting for the AAS can major in areas such as Accounting, Automotive Service Technology, Computer Forensics, Business Management, Dental Assistant, Engineering CAD Technology, Interior Design, and Investigative Sciences.

Occupational Diploma and Certificate Programs

Various career-oriented diplomas and certificates are available for students who wish to prepare for specific occupations or upgrade their skills. Diploma programs are 31-48 semester credits in length whereas certificate programs are 9-30 semester credits in length. The areas in which various occupational diplomas and certificate programs are offered include Accounting, Auto Body Technology, Computed Tomography, Dental Assistant, Education, Horticulture, Global Studies, Medical Assistant, and Public Safety.

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Any student who has graduated from high school or has a GED certificate can apply to enroll in classes. Students who do not meet these criteria can still apply for admission; their applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Undergraduate Admissions

To apply for admission students are required to complete the application form and submit the admission fee. Transfer students are required to submit their official transcripts from all previously-attended colleges and universities. All applicants are also required to take Accuplacer placement exams for accurate course placement based on their current skills.

Special Requirements

Some programs (such as Automotive Service Technology, Dental Assisting, EMSP-Paramedic, Medical Assistant, and Nursing) have specific application procedures and might require students to appear for readiness assessment tests.

International Applicants

International applicants are required to submit the international student application form along with their official transcripts from all high schools, colleges, or universities previously attended. International students must also provide a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance their education expenses for one year. International applicants are also required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL/IELTS/MELAB scores.

Financial Aid

The financial aid office offers assistance to eligible students to help them pay for their education. The different financial aid programs available for Century students are grants, work-study opportunities, scholarships, and student loans.

Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

Merit-based awards offered to eligible students include the Barbara B. & J. Keith MacKenzie Scholarship, Century College Alumni Association (CCAA) Legacy Scholarship, Unitarian Universalist Empowerment Scholarship, Ellie Slette Holistic Nursing Scholarship, and the Jon & Metta Belisle Horticulture Scholarship. Need-based grants that are available to some students include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Minnesota State Grant (MNSG), Minnesota Child Care Grant Program, and Alliss Educational Foundation Grant. Students may also be eligible for various loan options, such as subsidized and unsubsidized federal Direct loans and Parent PLUS loans. Students can also apply for different on-campus jobs, both regular student employment and and work-study positions.


To apply for financial aid students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be U.S citizens or eligible non-citizens.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4525th for the average student loan amount.
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Century believes in the philosophy that learning occurs both inside and outside the classroom and provides numerous opportunities for students to explore their potential.

Student Services, Organizations, and Activities

Counselors are assigned to students to provide academic, transfer, personal, and career counseling. The Multicultural Center organizes various events and services for ethnic minority and international students for enriching their college experience. There are also numerous clubs on campus which provide opportunities for the students to get involved in the campus life.

The Wood Duck Times is the weekly student newsletter that publishes information regarding upcoming activities and events.

Campus Facilities

There is no residential housing on campus, but Student Life provides assistance to students in searching for off-campus housing. Dining facilities are available for the students at the college. Food options include sandwiches, hot entrees, salads, and snacks.

The college bookstore stocks new and used textbooks, school and art supplies, backpacks, and imprinted clothing.

Additional Resources

GPS LifePlan is a very popular resource available to students to help them devise their goals, make plans, and be successful in their academic and career objectives.

The college is also home to the Busy Bees Child Care Center, which provides quality childcare for children between 3 months to 11 years of age at reasonable rates.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The athletic department is a member of the Minnesota College Conference (MCC) and the NJCAA National Junior College Athletic Association, Division III. The intercollegiate athletic teams include men’s and women’s soccer, men’s baseball, and women’s softball.

Information Summary

Ranks 71st in Minnesota and 2882nd 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 4 0.04
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 19 0.08
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 8 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 159 0.66
Larceny 580 2.42
Vehicle theft 28 0.12

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population39,703 (38,355 urban / 1,348 rural)
Households14,809 (2.66 people per house)
Median Household Income$59,373
Families11,006 (3.09 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge 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 District2704

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4430th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,818 $4,818 $4,818
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $542 $542 $542
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $179 $179 $179
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 $6,504 $6,504 $6,504
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,040 $17,040 $17,040
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,898 $9,898 $9,898

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,201 $5,357 $5,201 $5,357 $5,201 $5,357
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000 $1,138
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $12,000 $7,148
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,092 $3,394
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,092 $3,394

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)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

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 1950th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,245 ($63,513 male / $60,002 female)
Number of FT Faculty 180 (79 male / 101 female)
Number of PT Faculty 389
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $6,611,000

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