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Bemidji, MN 56601-4907
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Northwest Technical College

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An excellent choice for Minnesotans who are interested in the skills needed to start a career for the first time, no matter at what point in life, Northwest Technical College offers professional training in a variety of careers. One of the fastest growing two-year colleges in the entire state, Northwest Technical College provides students wit the chance to get the skills needed to join the workforce, regardless of previous experience in education.

Northwest Technical College was founded in 1965, when it was still referred to as the Bemidji Area Vocational Technical Institute. Located in the heart of downtown Bemidji, the school provides a great chance for anyone who needs specific training to enter a particular career. Rather than a simple overview of general education topics, the coursework at Northwest Technical College is designed to bring students up to speed on industry standards and have them ready to enter the workforce upon graduation.

On the cutting edge of learning, Northwest Technical College offers a few different options for students. You can either attend classes during regular daytime hours, opt for an accelerated course of study that focuses on evenings, or even take classes online whenever you have the time. Popular courses of study include the Accounting Technology, Medical Office Technology, Business Technology, and Nursing fields for those who are interested in an office environment.

For those who are in search of more technical and hands-on career paths, there are just as many choices at Northwest Technical College. The Emergency and Fire Services department attracts students interested in earning degrees and certificates in the art of lifesaving, while the Automotive degree/certification program provides hands-on training to be either an undercar technician or automotive service technician. With the focus strongly on the skills needed to do well, small classes provide even more attention for students, leading to a faster rate of learning.

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Unlike other colleges, where the focus is on how students did in high school, Northwest Technical College offers a more open door policy. The admissions department at Northwest Technical College understands that not everyone has a stellar high school record to share, but they do not think that this should preclude people from learning years after the fact, or from equipping themselves with the skills and tools necessary to earn a living. The school’s rolling admissions policy means that there are never official deadlines to complete the application, and downloading the form from the internet is quick and simple.

Students applying to Northwest Technical College should still submit their high school diploma, GED, and/or high school transcript. If students have previously earned an AA, AAS, or BA, there is no need to provide high school or GED information. Students should also complete the assessment test that allows for proper placement into one’s course of study.

Financial Aid

College is serious business, and can often come with a hefty price tag. While the costs of attending Northwest Technical College are significantly lower than other colleges in the state, it is still crucial for students to understand that financial aid is available. The college provides assistance in the form of the Financial Aid at NTC office, where counselors and coordinators work together to assist students with completing various forms, searching for options for loans and grants, and even securing scholarships from the community. Students attending Northwest Technical College also have the option of on-campus work-study, meaning that a job on campus provides the extra financial assistance that you need to handle the cost of tuition.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4527th for the average student loan amount.
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Students attending Northwest Technical College have a unique opportunity to actually enjoy on-campus life, even though there are no housing options right at NTC. Thanks to a partnership with nearby Bemidji State University, students are able to live in the BSU dorms and take advantage of its health services, meal plans, and even some of its extracurricular activities. However, it is important to factor in the extra cost of room and board when considering this option.

An excellent choice for outdoor lovers, Northwest Technical College is just moments away from some of the finest nature in all of Minnesota. From Itasca State Park to hundreds of fishing lakes, the great outdoors is just a step away from campus.

Student Enrollment Demographics


While Northwest Technical College does not itself have athletics, thanks to a unique partnership with nearby four-year college Bemidji State University, students attending Northwest Technical College can try out for and participate in school sports—just at a different school!

Information Summary

Ranks 47th in Minnesota and 2182nd 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 0.07
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 39 0.29
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 6 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 105 0.78
Larceny 944 6.97
Vehicle theft 41 0.30

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Bemidji, MN 56601-4907
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population28,491 (12,321 urban / 16,170 rural)
Households10,661 (2.51 people per house)
Median Household Income$36,045
Families7,045 (3.01 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Small
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingSmall 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 4409th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,190 $5,190 $5,190
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $292 $292 $292
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $173 $173 $173
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 $6,682 $6,682 $6,682
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,638 $16,638 $16,638
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,382 $9,382 $9,382

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,332 $5,482 $5,332 $5,482 $5,332 $5,482
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(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 $6,690 $6,970
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,500 $2,600
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,500 $2,600

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)

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

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 5 8 13 7 49 357 6 466
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 2 13 17
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 5 6
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 7 8
Business Administration and Management, General 1 1
Business/Commerce, General 1 1 1 6 9
Carpentry/Carpenter 1 1
Child Care Provider/Assistant 11 11
Child Development 2 3
Computer Support Specialist
Construction Trades, General 1 2 17 20
Dental Assisting/Assistant 25 27
Electrician 12 12
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance) 2 1 3
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 2 2
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 2 3
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician
Forest Technology/Technician 5 1 7
High Performance and Custom Engine Technician/Mechanic 10 10
Industrial Safety Technology/Technician 3 3
Industrial Technology/Technician 1 3 4
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 3 3
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 2 1 3 3 5 91 111
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 1 5 6
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 2
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 1 2
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 3 17 21
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 1 3 10 15
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller 2 1 3
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 1 7 8
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 1 1 3
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 2 1 4 1 23 43 2 79
Office Management and Supervision 5 5
Plumbing Technology/Plumber 1 2 5 8
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 4 1 2 34 1 44
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 2 4 6
Solar Energy Technology/Technician 3 3

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2149th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $61,334 ($61,995 male / $62,125 female)
Number of FT Faculty 32 (11 male / 21 female)
Number of PT Faculty 60
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $936,000

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