Northwest Technical College


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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Information Summary

Ranks 71st in Minnesota and 2961st overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 51.4
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $7,088
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 19 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 60% / 31%
Enrollment Total (all students) 1,022


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.


College Building :: Northwest Technical College
College Campus :: Northwest Technical College

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 3659th 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.

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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!

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