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Dakota County Technical College is located in the metropolitan area of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dakota County, Minnesota. The school was established back in 1969 (though classes officially began in 1970) and it forms part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, being one of the five technical colleges in that system. The main campus location is in Rosemount with additional outreach campuses situated nearby in the communities of Apple Valley and Eagan.


There are six academic departments: Business and Information Systems, Design, Business Management, Health and Human Services, Technical Careers, and Transportation Careers; separately, the divisions of General Education as well as Continuing Education & Customized Training round out the academic bodies of the school.

A few of the academic programs have made a name for themselves. For example, the Wood Finishing Technology program is the only one of its kind in the country, overseen by the National Institute of Wood Finishing. Of particular repute is the Nanoscience Technology program which prepares students for careers in the fields of nanoelectronics, nanomaterials, and nanobiotech. The school’s Midwest Regional Center for Nanotechnology Education is run in collaboration with the University of Minnesota.

The Continuing Education & Customized Training offers local and regional businesses the opportunity to give employees and staff the chance to touch up their skills and knowledge in the areas of Business & Management, Public Safety, IT, and Manufacturing in addition to providing other key services.

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The admissions policy is open, and all qualified applicants are admitted up until the student capacity of the institution has been met (i.e., first-come, first-served). In order to be considered an eligible applicant, it is necessary to have either graduated high school or have a GED, pay the non-refundable application fee, submit the application form and take the ACCUPLACER assessment test to determine skills in core academic areas. Additionally, the admissions policy mandates that applicants submit an immunization form; lastly, it should be known that a sufficiently high score on the ACCUPLACER assessment test can replace the requirement of a high school diploma/GED.

Financial Aid

As with most colleges in the US, Dakota County Technical College encourages students and new applicants to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form in order to receive financial assistance to cover the cost of studies. In addition to federal loans and grants acquired through FAFSA, students may also choose to participate in the Minnesota State Grant Program or apply for various local or institutional grants and loans.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3415th for the average student loan amount.
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The campus does not have any housing for students, although it does feature a greenhouse, truck driving rodeo, and skid pad.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The school’s teams are collectively known as the Blue Knights (women’s teams are often referred to as Lady Knights), and the colors are blue and white.

Teams include women’s and men’s soccer, men’s baseball and women’s fastpitch softball. Both soccer teams compete in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference, affiliated to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) Division I, in Region XI. The baseball team competes in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference of Region XIII of the NJCAA Division III, as does the fastpitch softball team.


Accreditation is granted by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; the board of trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System are responsible for governing the institution, including academic affairs.

Information Summary

Ranks 51st in Minnesota and 2341st 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 3 0.08
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 1 0.03
Burglary 1 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 13 0.34

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 7 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 2 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 43 0.20
Larceny 280 1.27
Vehicle theft 3 0.01

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Rosemount, MN 55068-2999
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population20,734 (19,780 urban / 954 rural)
Households6,700 (3.09 people per house)
Median Household Income$65,040
Families5,557 (3.39 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 & SettingMedium 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 District2702

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4380th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,069 $5,069 $5,069
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $624 $624 $624
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $190 $190 $190
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 $6,893 $6,893 $6,893
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,775 $19,775 $19,775
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,305 $12,305 $12,305

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,521 $5,693 $5,521 $5,693 $5,521 $5,693
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,625 $1,200
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,374 $9,450
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,300(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,300(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)

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 1826th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $64,326 ($63,835 male / $62,074 female)
Number of FT Faculty 71 (41 male / 30 female)
Number of PT Faculty 180
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $2,713,000

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