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Minnesota State Community and Technical College

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Minnesota State Community and Technical College or M State is a multiple-campus college, situated in Minnesota. M State serves over 6,500 students in credit courses through its four campuses in Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes, Moorhead, and Wadena and online. For more than a half century, the Fergus Falls campus has been providing high-quality academic programs in liberal arts and health services.


M State is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission: Member of the North Central Association. It also holds other discipline based accreditations from agencies such as National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, Minnesota Board of Nursing, and American Society of Heath Systems Pharmacists. The Fergus Falls campus presents the perfect opportunity for a well-rounded college experience which is quite similar to the first two years at any four-year college or university. Most of the students transfer to a four-year institution after graduation.

M State’s Fergus Falls campus has been providing quality academic programs in the area of liberal arts and health sciences for years. The college offers a variety of degree options including Associate of Arts (AA); Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) in Music and in Visual Arts; Associate of Science (AS) in Biological Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Science, Business Management; Accounting and Medical Laboratory Technology; Associate Diploma in Nursing; AAS or diploma in Equine Science; and Diploma in Sustainable Food Production.

Students can also earn several diplomas and certificates including Certified Nursing Assistant training, Medical Laboratory Technician/Phlebotomy (MLT) program, and Phlebotomy Technician certificate. The experienced faculty members at M State’s Fergus Falls teach courses that are well-designed to outfit graduates with the intellectual skills that are key to succeeding in the worldwide economy.

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Freshman students seeking admission to M State’s Fergus Falls campus must send the completed application form along with their official transcripts and SAT / ACT scores to the college. Getting a transfer to M State is also fairly easy. Applicants must send all of their official transcripts from previously attended institutes. Fergus Falls also welcomes international students. Students from non-English speaking countries must provide proof of their English language proficiency by taking the TOEFL or ESL test.

Financial Aid

M State’s Fergus Falls campus offers financial aid programs to help needy and deserving students meet their educational expenses. The institute provides financial aid through various mediums such as grants and scholarships. All students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Some of the scholarships offered to students at Minnesota State Community and Technical College are Equine Science Scholarship, Music Scholarship, Chester G. and C. Jon Rosengren Scholarship. There are several other private and institutional scholarships offered to both first year and second year students.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4690th for the average student loan amount.
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M State believes in providing an enriching atmosphere where students can learn and develop both professionally and personally. The student services department at the institute includes all the resources that students require to get started and keep going. The Fergus Falls campus has a fully equipped student service center that serves as a one-stop solution for admissions, financial aid, student records, and much more. Student life at the campus is vibrant and active, with several activities, clubs and organizations.

Students are encouraged to participate in campus organizations and clubs, which form an integral part of student life. The diverse campus activities help develop and sharpen the leadership skills of students. The Student Senate acts as the voice of the student body to communicate the issues and concerns to school authorities. It also organizes a variety of events and programs to make the campus experience more pleasant for M State students.

Some of the popular student organizations are the Anime & Manga Club, Business Professionals of America, Cultural Activities Can Touch US, Campus Crusade for Christ, Carpentry Club, Circle K, Criminal Justice Association, Delta Epsilon Chi (DEX), International Association of Administrative Professionals, Music Organizations, Mu Alpha Theta, Phi Theta Kappa, SkillsUSA, Student American, and Student Senate.

Campus Facilities:

The Department of Residence Life at M State – Fergus Falls offers a variety of options for on-campus living. The department aims to provide students with the opportunity to live in a comfortable and safe environment, where the pursuit of scholastic success is encouraged and supported. Students looking for housing options on campus can choose from two diverse apartment-style complexes including Williams Hillside Village and College Manor. These apartments are well-furnished and equipped with all the modern amenities for the convenience of the students.

The counseling service center at Fergus Falls focuses on the career, social, personal, and educational goals of the students. They present a tolerant environment in a confidential setting where students can receive counseling on personal concerns and work towards achieving a better understanding of self. The services offered at the counseling center include workshops, confidential crisis intervention, individual appointments, and referrals when necessary. Some of the typical issues for which students may require counseling are the transition to college, depression/anxiety, life goals, career explorations, educational planning, academic success, relationship issues, drug/alcohol use, and managing stress.

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The M State Fergus Falls campus features an athletic department that sponsors men’s and women’s teams in diverse sports including baseball, basketball, football, golf, softball, and volleyball. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Spartans and M State is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The intercollegiate teams are based on the Fergus Falls campus, and are open to participation by all qualifying students.

Intramural Sports:

The Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College also encourages student participation in a growing college-wide intramural program that presents more ways to be a Spartan. The intramurals offer opportunities to participate in diverse sports such as soccer, volleyball, basketball, bowling, and ping pong.

Local Community

Fergus Falls is a small town with the attitude of a big city. It presents students with an array of attractions and activities including golf courses, water sports, exercise clubs, bike paths, kayaking, classic 19th century architecture, coffee houses, a dance studio, book stores, restaurants, vie theaters, and a lively arts scene. The main attraction of Fergus Falls is the natural environment. It boasts of over 1,000 scenic lakes spread across Otter Tail County, and the beautiful Otter Tail River which flows through the center of town.

Fergus Falls holds in itself the enthusiasm for lifelong learning, building the foundation for a successful career, a rewarding life and connection to the community. The appreciation and enthusiasm for a lifetime of learning are developed best in a supportive academic neighborhood like that of Fergus Falls.

Additional School Information

M State Fergus Falls provides equal access to education for all students. The disability services center strives to cultivate a college-wide culture that supports the students with documented disabilities. They work in partnership with the faculty, staff and students to eliminate disability barriers in education by providing reasonable accommodation facilities to the qualified students.


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  • DeAngelis, Therese. Vocational and Technical Schools West 2010-2011. Peterson’s 2010. Print.

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Ranks 63rd in Minnesota and 2598th 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 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 22 0.17
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 4 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 58 0.44
Larceny 325 2.45
Vehicle theft 9 0.07

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Fergus Falls, MN 56537-1000
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population19,054 (13,013 urban / 6,041 rural)
Households7,641 (2.39 people per house)
Median Household Income$36,245
Families4,940 (2.99 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
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 District2707

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2862nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,824 $4,824 $4,824
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $514 $514 $514
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 $14,898 $14,898 $14,898
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,822 $16,822 $16,822
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,098 $10,098 $10,098

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,138 $5,338 $5,138 $5,338 $5,138 $5,338
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,960(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,724(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,800(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,724(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,800(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,800(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 Capacity152
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$3,000
Board Fee$1,800

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 2 32 45 15 18 1,429 7 1,595
Accounting 2 1 30 33
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 1 4 6
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 1 18 20
Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist 4 4
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture 9 9
American Sign Language (ASL) 1 1 17 19
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD 5 6
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 1 6 8
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 22 23
Banking and Financial Support Services 1 1
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5 5
Biotechnology 3 3
Business Administration and Management, General 1 6 7
Business/Commerce, General 1 1 1 10 14
Carpentry/Carpenter 13 14
Child Care Provider/Assistant 1 1
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 9 9
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 3 8 11
Commercial Photography 2 1 17 20
Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology 1 1
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 7 7
Computer Support Specialist 2 4
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 29 29
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 1 1
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 5 5
Construction Management 12 12
Corrections 3 4
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 1 1 12 14
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 2 19 25
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 1 1 1 4 7
Dental Assisting/Assistant 1 20 1 23
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 1 15 18
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 18 21
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrician 33 34
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 10 11
Equestrian/Equine Studies 6 6
Fashion Merchandising
Fine/Studio Arts, General 2 2
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 5 5
Fire Services Administration 2 3
Graphic Design 2 1 26 30
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 1 33 1 35
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 22 24
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 2 1 32 36
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 1 1
Information Technology 2 1 22 25
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 8 8
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 7 7
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 12 15 2 2 339 382
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 4 3 1 127 1 138
Lineworker 1 2 62 66
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1
Marine Maintenance/Fitter and Ship Repair Technology/Technician 2 1 3
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 2 7 9
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 9 9
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 2 3 36 43
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 1 1 21 24
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 1 11 12
Medical Reception/Receptionist 1 1 9 11
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 4 5
Music, General 1 1
Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist 3 3
Office Management and Supervision 1 1
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 1 23 24
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 1 1
Plumbing Technology/Plumber 1 13 1 17
Pre-Engineering 2 2
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 2 10 1 13
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3 3 1 125 1 136
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 1 1 43 45
Small Engine Mechanics and Repair Technology/Technician 14 15
Teacher Assistant/Aide 10 12
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 10 11

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2162nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $61,178 ($61,730 male / $58,061 female)
Number of FT Faculty 144 (71 male / 73 female)
Number of PT Faculty 311
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $5,255,000

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