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Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies was founded in 1949 in a Minnesota lake-side farmhouse, and today it stands as the leading and most respected private non-profit alcohol and drug addiction treatment center in the world. They have several centers across the country. Each year, thousands of students from every state and more than 40 countries come to Hazelden Graduate School for quality addiction treatment, recovery support, and expertise on addiction and recovery issues. Since its inception, the institute has helped several individuals, families, and communities in their struggle with alcohol abuse, substance abuse, and drug addiction.


Hazelden is based on a twelve step-based model that integrates academics with clinical practice, under the supervision of veteran alcohol and drug treatment leaders. The institute offers a variety of courses that are based on individual and group counseling, multicultural counseling, research, mental health complications, and adolescent development.

The Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling is a graduate program offered at the school. This course of study is designed to provide an extensive base of knowledge and skill to address the intricacies of addiction treatment and its recovery across the range of care.

The Certificate in Addiction Counseling Program offers higher education to students seeking a baccalaureate completion option, professionals wanting to re-specialize in addiction, or those who need a terminal program at the certificate level, leading to certification and/or licensure in several states and other countries across the world.

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Students can turn to Hazelden for all of their educational needs. The institute also provides online courses and programs to meet the needs of the students who are unable to attend regular college. The school offers new opportunities for professionals wanting to expand their knowledge of alcohol and other drug addiction education, prevention, and treatment.

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Students seeking admission must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institute of higher education, or equivalent. Applicants must have two years freedom from the use of maintenance drugs prior to clinical process courses. International students are welcome to the institute. However, they must submit a proof of English proficiency. Students whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

A TOEFL score is not compulsory if the candidate has a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or University, or if the student has earned a bachelor’s degree or higher in English in another nation, as evidenced by an official transcript in English.

Applicants seeking admission must have prior personal or professional knowledge regarding addiction and recovery. They must also have some prior educational and/or clinical understanding in alcohol and drug addiction or human services. Applicants must also have some basic computer skills.

Financial Aid

The school offers financial aid programs to deserving students who are unable to meet their educational expense due to financial constraints. All applicants seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The institute offers financial aid in the form of grants and scholarships. Also offered are variety of scholarship programs for Native Americans, African Americans, and Latinos. It is also approved by the Minnesota State Approving Agency to provide veteran benefits.

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Students learn and grow in an informal campus that offers world-class educational opportunities in an environment that is favorable to learning, reflection, and renewal. The student services offered at the institute includes computer-based learning facilities, resource center, and the Hazelden-Pittman Archives.

The library at the institute houses an extensive collection of journals and newsletters, and an inter-library loan system available for student use. The inter-library loans are offered by the National Library of medicine’s Docline network and Minnesota statewide and regional library. There are two study rooms that are equipped with computers, printers, and telephones for students. The library at the institute serves as both an in-person learning center as well as a 24 hour virtual learning resource.

The Cork Center offers state-of-art physical fitness and recreational facilities on campus. It is a first-class recreational facility for the school community which includes students, clients, staff, and volunteers. The Butler Center for Research is dedicated to perk up the recovery from addiction by conducting clinical and institutional research, collaborating with the other research centers, and inter-communicating their scientific findings.

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Students are encouraged to take part in the various sports and activities on the campus. The sports facilities include a basketball court with walking tracks, racquetball courts, swimming pool, and a full-circuit of weight machines and free weights, as well as good quality aerobic exercise equipment. The exercise facilities are available for the student use at a nominal fee.


The Alumni Association is committed to enlightening a lifelong relationship between the school and its group of alumni. The Alumni Association offers alumni with opportunities for sustained professional development. The school organizes various events such as reunions, events and mentoring opportunities that further allow the graduates to keep up with the best clinical practices and bond with faculty and students.

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The SAP is a confidential and voluntary program offered at the institute. It allows students to seek assistance for professional or personal issues. The programs involves three sessions for assessment, available to students at no cost each year. Students are financially responsible for their further treatment.

The school organizes some interesting events such as Lilly Unit Reunion, Second Sunday with John McAndrew, America Honors Recovery awards, Eight Annual Ice Cream Social, Second Sunday with Chris Ringer, Minneapolis Youth Fundraiser, Alumni and Friends Supper Club, Recovery Community Speaker Series, and Twin Cities Pride Festival.

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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 N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Center City, MN 55012-0011
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population1,574 (543 urban / 1,031 rural)
Households542 (2.78 people per house)
Median Household Income$48,125
Families433 (3.10 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Special Focus Institutions — Other health professions schools
Undergraduate PopulationN/A
EnrollmentMajority graduate/professional
Size & SettingN/A

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work required4
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2708

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $20,987 $20,987 $20,987
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $360 $360 $360
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $13 $13 $13
FT Graduate Tuition $28,292 $28,292 $28,292
FT Graduate Required Fees $410 $410 $410
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $643 $643 $643
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family N/A N/A N/A

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
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  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies N/A(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 N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open AdmissionsN/A
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 933rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $76,043 ($85,000 male / $48,187 female)
Number of FT Faculty 4 (1 male / 3 female)
Number of PT Faculty 4
FT Faculty Ratio 1 : 1
Total Benefits $98,046

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15251 Pleasant Valley Rd
Center City, MN 55012-0011
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