Normandale Community College


Founded in 1968, Normandale Community College is an urban two-year college located in Bloomington, Minnesota. It was originally established as Normandale State Junior College and later became a community college. The institute primarily serves the communities of the southwestern metropolitan region of the Twin Cities. The college campus is spread across an area of 90 acres, and Nine Mile Creek transects the campus close to the East Marsh Lake Park’s wetlands. Normandale Community College is an epitome of excellence, reverence and inclusiveness. It is the right choice for students looking for a bright future.


Information Summary

Ranks 74th in Minnesota and 3010th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 50.8
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $6,791
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 25 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 54% / 48%
Enrollment Total (all students) 9,784


Normandale Community College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The institute also holds other discipline based accreditations from agencies such as American Dietetic Association, American Dental Association, Minnesota State Board of Nursing, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, and the National League for Nursing.

Normandale is one of the four community colleges in the country to be accredited in three Fine Arts areas: National Association of Schools of Theatre, National Association of Schools of Music, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The career programs offered at the institute prepares students for full employment in areas of study such as business, nursing, mechanical engineering technology, law enforcement, dental hygiene, dietetics, hospitality management, accounting, computer technology, and other areas.

Normandale College also offers developmental courses that are specifically designed to improve the academic skills required for successful performance in college-level courses. The Normandale Center for Opportunity offers customized training and continuing education opportunities through an assortment of non-credit courses.

NCC Online:

Normandale College presents online programs for students who are unable to attend a traditional college due to personal or professional commitments. The Learning Management System Desire2Learn (D2L) supports the online education offered at Normandale. The institute offers a variety of hybrid and fully online courses that utilize D2L as the virtual classroom. You can use D2L to submit assignments, check grades, or access the course syllabus.

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Unique Programs

The Federal TRIO programs (TRIO) are the student services programs that are specifically designed to recognize and offer services for individuals from underprivileged backgrounds. The programs are funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education. They provide academic instruction, advising, career exploration and other support services to assist students in achieving their educational goals and getting a degree.


Each semester, Normandale College boasts an enrollment of 10,000 students from diverse backgrounds. Students seeking admission to Normandale must have graduated from a high school or completed the General Equivalent Diploma (GED). Applicants must send the completed form along with the official transcripts (or GED certificate) and ACT, SAT or course placement testing score to Normandale. Getting a transfer to the institute is easy. Applicants must submit the official transcripts from all previously attended institutes. The transcripts must include the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.

NCC welcomes international students from all over the world. Applicants seeking admission to the institute must send the completed form along with the official transcripts. Students who belong to a non-English speaking country must submit one of the following: Test of the English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) score.

Financial Aid

Normandale College offers a variety of financial aid programs to help the needy and deserving students meet their educational expenses. The institute offers financial assistance through different mediums such as: grants, scholarships, loans and work study programs. All students applying for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The federal and state grants are like gifts that do not need to be returned. Some of the grants are Federal PELL Grant (PELL), Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Minnesota State Grant (MNSG), and Post-Secondary Child Care Grant (MNCCG).

Scholarships are also gift aids that do not need to be repaid. The scholarship programs offered at the institute are ACHIEVE Scholarship Program, The Normandale Foundation Scholarship Program, MN Indian Scholarship Program, American Indian College Fund, SciMath Scholarship, George and Geraldine Warmbrod Scholarship, Normandale Departmental Scholarships and Awards, and Academy of Math and Science Scholars. Students can also opt for the loans, but this type of financial aid must be repaid with interest. Loans offered at NCC are Federal Direct Subsidized Loan (STAF), Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan (UNSUB), and Federal Direct Parent Loan for Students (PLUS).

Normandale College also presents the Federal Work Study (FWS) that assists the students to take up part time jobs to enable them to pay for college. Apart from helping students financially, this program also helps them gain work experience in their field of interest.

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Normandale College boasts an active and vibrant student life that leads to the overall personality development and skill enhancement of the students. The campus is where you will make lifelong relationships, get the inspiration, and strive hard to attain your goals. The student clubs and organizations offer fantastic ways to get involved and boost your campus experience. Some of the student organizations are Alliance of Normandale STEM, Anthropology Club, Black Student Alliance, Breakdance Club, Campus Crusade for Christ, Diversity Student Club, Future Educators Association, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Latter-day Saint Student Association, Pre-Professional Club, and Veterans and Friends.

Student Senate is the official student government association for Normandale College. It acts as the voice of the student body to the administration and faculty. The campus also hosts the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, which recognizes and encourages scholarship among students in community colleges. It also organizes a variety of programs for the student body.

Campus Facilities:

The Kopp Student Center is the living room of campus, and the heart of the community life at Normandale. It is equipped with modern features such as an expansive lounging space with fireplace, multi-purpose event space, public conference rooms, bookstore, performance area, flat screen television, and restaurant-style dining. It is home to numerous services and programs organized by the Student Senate, Club Central, Student Life, Phi Theta Kappa, and Student Center.

The Multicultural Center at NCC encourages diversity and cultural understanding among the students through its cultural programming and welcoming environment. It fosters appreciation for traditions, cultures, and histories that is reflected in the neighboring community. The center cultivates awareness, inclusion as well as engagement through various experiences, events, and programs.

The state-of-art Fitness Center at NCC is open for students, faculty members and staff. The center has all the advanced fitness equipments such as Cybex weight resistance machines, along with the ellipticals, smith machine, treadmills, kettle bells, dumbbells, and free motion exercise equipment.

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Local Community

Japanese Garden is a two-acre oasis on the Normandale College’s Bloomington campus. The exquisiteness and serenity of this garden make it perfect for meditation and rejuvenation of the spirit. It is open throughout the year, except some special occasions. The Garden is jointly maintained by the Japanese Garden Committee and the college.

Additional School Information

The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) provides accommodations for the students with documented disabilities. The aim of the program is to make sure that students with disabilities will have equal access to courses, programs, and events organized at the campus through suitable and reasonable accommodations facilities.


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