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Thief River Falls, MN 56701
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Northland Community and Technical College

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Northland Community and Technical College came into existence in 1949 when the Minnesota State Board of Education permitted an area vocational school for Thief River Falls. After a few name changes and mergers, the school finally became Northland Community and Technical College. This two year community college is committed to building a quality learning environment for students through partnerships with businesses, communities, and other educational institutions. Apart from the Thief River Falls Campus and East Grand Forks Campus, the institute also operates satellite campuses in Roseau and TRF Airport.


Northland Community and Technical College is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The institute also holds several discipline based accreditations from agencies such as Minnesota Department of Administration Building Codes and Standards Division; Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); Minnesota Board of Nursing; Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE); American Society of Heath Systems Pharmacists; and Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Northland College offers liberal arts programs in diverse areas of study such as English, journalism, biology, medicine, history, education, criminal justice, business, mathematics, music, and political science. The transfer programs prepare the students for the transfer to a four year institute. The College offers nationally-renowned technical programs designed for students wanting to quickly join the work force.

Some of the technical programs offered at the institute are Accounting Clerk – Microcomputer Applications, Associate Accounting, Automotive Service Technology, Auto Body Collision Technology, Cardiovascular Technology, Carpentry, and Business.


Northland College understands the frantic schedules and demands of the professionals wanting to further their education. The online programs are ideal for professionals as well as students who are unable to attend a traditional campus due to various reasons. As an online student, you can conveniently access the online courses offered via Internet. Students can download assignments, attend online classes, participate in class discussions, and stay up-to-date with all the college happenings. The online courses are increasingly becoming popular because of their flexibility of time and place.

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Each year, Northland College boasts an enrollment of more than 5,000 students. Students seeking admission to the College must send the completed application form along with their official transcripts and ACT / SAT scores. Getting a transfer to the institute is fairly easy and can be done in just a few simple steps. Just send across the application form along with the official transcripts from all previously attended institutes. Northland College welcomes international students from across the world. Applicants who come from non-English speaking countries must provide a proof of their proficiency in the language by taking any of the following tests: TOEFL (Test of English Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

Financial Aid

Northland Community and Technical College believes in providing equal educational opportunities to all, and hence it offers financial aid programs to help the needy and deserving students meet their educational expenses. The College offers a variety of financial aid programs such as grants, scholarships and loans. Grants and scholarships are gifts that do not need to be repaid. Loans are the type of financial aid that must be returned with interest. All students must complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3754th for the average student loan amount.
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Northland College offers an active and vibrant student life. The campus is brimming with extracurricular activities and events to provide students the chance to participate, meet fellow learners, and develop lifelong relationships. The campus life forms an integral part of the educational experience. There are diverse clubs and organizations to get involved in at the Northland College. The student organizations have a range of goals, including athletic, social, academic, and awareness spreading. Northland College strongly supports student participation in the professional service organizations and honor societies.

The college also has a Phi Theta Kappa group that aims to recognize and promote scholarship among the two-year college students. In order to realize this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides the opportunity for the development of leadership and service in a highly intellectual climate. This encourages the exchange of ideas for inspiration of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Media and Publications:

KSRQ Pioneer 90.1 FM is the student-operated radio station of Northland College. It is affiliated with Independent Public Radio (AMPERS).

Campus Facilities:

The campus library mission provides the information resources to support and supplement the various academic programs and curriculum of Northland College. It teaches students the skills to easily access the materials, evaluate the critical information, and utilize the information obtained to their best advantage. The library embraces all the advanced technological systems to ensure that you enjoy all the facilities of the changing times.

Students can take advantage of the Kuder Career Planning System to explore their lifelong career plans. This is an online career exploration program that analyzes the interests and self reported skills of the students and compares them with actual professionals. This assists the students in identifying the skills required and the features that are most important for their desirable profession or job. The program can be used for free, and is accessible anytime via Internet.

Northland College’s disabilities services ensure that the institute remains accessible, and barrier-free. It takes due care to ensure that the students with documented disabilities are provided the same opportunities to enjoy the campus facilities. It is committed to provide equal access to the academic programs and courses. There are modified bathroom conveniences and parking spaces especially available for the students with documented physical limitations. The college also provides appropriate accommodations facilities for them. Some of the other services include academic assistance, counseling, advocacy, and referral information.

Northland College assists students in finding suitable housing options while attending the institute. There are several housing options to choose from. The Thief River Falls campus also offers decent dining options for the student, staff and faculty. Students can hang out at the cafeteria in between classes and enjoy the daily breakfast, lunch specials, homemade soups, grill etc. The catering services are provided by Taher, Inc.

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The Northland College athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in diverse varsity sports such as basketball, baseball, football, volleyball, and softball. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Pioneers. The College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III and Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC).

Additional School Information

Northland Community and Technical College also features a custom-made training and continuing education division to serve the educational and professional growth needs of organizations and individuals. They served more than 160 companies and 4610 individuals in 2009. They have an experienced staff committed to serve the region with numerous specialties in the areas such as healthcare, business, entrepreneurship, fire training, manufacturing and leadership.


  • Northland Community and Technical College. 2011.
  • Schwartz, Jill. Two-Year Colleges 2011. Peterson’s, 2010. Print.

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Ranks 61st in Minnesota and 2537th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.03
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

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 41 0.47
Larceny 214 2.48
Vehicle theft 5 0.06

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Thief River Falls, MN 56701
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population12,340 (9,176 urban / 3,164 rural)
Households5,031 (2.37 people per house)
Median Household Income$34,835
Families3,218 (2.93 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
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 4429th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,950 $4,950 $4,950
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $567 $567 $567
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $165 $165 $165
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 $6,517 $6,517 $6,517
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,117 $17,117 $17,117
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,117 $11,117 $11,117

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,214 $5,502 $5,214 $5,502 $5,214 $5,502
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(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 $4,950 $6,000
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,650 $4,600
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,650 $4,600

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 2250th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $60,395 ($61,095 male / $59,364 female)
Number of FT Faculty 89 (52 male / 37 female)
Number of PT Faculty 180
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $3,128,000

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