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Itasca Community College

Wenger Hall Engineering Center
The scenic Itasca Community College campus, just 180 miles north of Minneapolis and St. Paul, is surrounded by majestic pines and more than 1,000 lakes. Itasca has two residence halls on campus. Students enroll at Itasca because they can get the big college experience on a smaller and more personal scale.The college is part of the Northeast Higher Education District, a consortium of five state colleges: Hibbing, Itasca, Mesabi Range, Rainy River and Vermilion.

School Highlights

Itasca is the Best Place to Start:

  • Itasca's affordable cost saves you money on your education.
  • More than $150,000 in scholarships are awarded to students annually.
  • Northwoods Minnesota location is perfect for outdoor activities.
  • Itasca's instructors will take time to listen and help you succeed.
  • Itasca has on-campus housing. A list of available housing in the community is also available.
  • Women's volleyball, basketball, softball; men's football, basketball, wrestling, baseball; co-ed trap shooting
  • Itasca is known as a learning community college where students will learn from the faculty, each other, and through experiences related to their chosen field. These may include practicums, internships, attending national conferences or class-related projects.

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 1,630
  • Full-time students: 60%
  • Part-time students: 39%
  • Percent female: 49%
  • Percent male: 49%
  • Percent students of color: 16%

Largest Programs

Engineering; Natural Resources; Wildland Firefighting; Psychology/Human Services; Class Act- Education; Early Childhood Education; Geography/Geographic Info Systems (GIS); Liberal Arts; Business; Industrial Technology-Process Operations; Accounting; Practical Nursing; Health Sciences

Unique Programs

Wildland Firefighting; Class Act Education (for future K-12 educators); Engineering; GIS Certificate Online; Industrial Technology- Process Operations; Applied Psychology / Human Services; American Indian Studies; Natural Resources (Forestry, Law Enforcement, Geospatial)


• On Campus • Off Campus
Itasca Community College has two residence halls on campus. Itasca Hall is made up of six- and seven-person suites comprised of triple, double and single bedrooms within each suite. All suites have a kitchen area, along with bathroom and bedroom space. Housing in Wenger Hall is on the third floor of the Engineering Center. Each room houses three or four students with a private bedroom and bathroom. There is a community area and full kitchen on one end of the building.


• Bus
The Arrowhead Transit bus that operates in Grand Rapids will transport students to and from campus for a minimal cost. Jefferson Lines operates bus services to Grand Rapids from outside the area.


• Off Street
Students living or commuting to campus can park in one of the four parking lots on campus for no additional charge over normal student services fees.


Admission requirements

Itasca Community College has an open admissions policy. This means:

  • You will be accepted if you have a high school diploma or a GED.
  • You don’t have to take a standardized test to be admitted, and your high school grades and class rank are not considered.
  • After you are admitted, you will take the placement test or submit optional ACT/SAT/MCA test scores if you do not already have college credits in English and math. The placement test helps your advisor select the right level of coursework you should start with.

You can complete your studies in less time and for less money if you come well-prepared for college-level work; especially by taking math, English, science and social studies classes every year in high school. Also, some programs of study require more math and science, so your high school preparation makes a difference.

Apply early to ensure you receive information about scholarships and housing while still available, but students will be accepted throughout the fall, spring and summer.

Apply online

Using the e-application, you may apply to Itasca Community College and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


Opportunity, choice, excellence
At Itasca Community College, you’ll get a top-quality education at an affordable cost in a scenic location. Personal attention from faculty and staff, small class sizes, real-world experiences and outstanding student support services all focus on helping you succeed. Be inspired and challenged as you prepare for your future career.

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees $5,324.00
FAFSA Code:002356

How to apply for financial aid
Your key to receiving financial aid to help pay your college costs is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form, online at  Many students don’t realize they could qualify for grant money and federally guaranteed loans, so be sure to find out by filling out the form.

Complete the FAFSA anytime after November 1st of your senior year (or the year prior to the semester you plan to enroll). For help with the FAFSA, meet with your high school counselor or contact the financial aid office at the college or university you plan to attend.
The FAFSA determines your eligibility for one or more of the following types of financial aid:

You may be eligible to receive federal grants of up to $5925 per year. Additional federal, state, and local grants may also be available. This is money that you do not need to pay back.

Scholarships are a great source of aid that you also do not need to pay back. Many scholarships are available for students with special interests and backgrounds. Itasca awards over $150,000 in scholarships annually.

Work study
Work study programs give you the opportunity to work on campus or with approved off-campus employers to earn money to pay for college or living expenses. Work study jobs are often very flexible, allowing you to work around your classes and personal schedules, and they offer competetive wages.

Student loans
You also may be eligible for student loans, which must be paid back. Student loans usually have a lower interest rate than other kinds of loans and some are subsidized, meaning you do not have to pay interest while you are in college.

Other ways to save

Reduced out-of-state tuition
Students from other states don’t always have to pay higher tuition if they want to attend Itasca Community College. If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Manitoba, you’re eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents.

Tax credits
Some college students also benefit from two federal tax credit programs, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning tax credit. These may apply to you or your family, depending on your financial circumstances.

Veterans are highly valued at Itasca Community College. If you’ve served in the armed forces, you may be eligible for additional funding. Stop by one of the on-campus veteran’s centers for information, support and assistance. Also, check with the campus financial aid office about benefits from the Minnesota GI Bill. 

Campus Life

It is easy to become involved at Itasca.

  • Student activities include academic and career-related clubs, Gay Straight Alliance, American Indian groups, Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Student Ambassadors, Student Senate, and many more student-organized interest groups
  • Student services include career planning, free tutoring, TRIO Student Support Services, and services for students with disabilities.
  • Football, basketball, wrestling and baseball for men; volleyball, basketball and softball for women; and co-ed trap shooting
  • Intramural sports include volleyball, basketball, dodgeball, broomball, hockey, and more.
  • There is a nine-hole disc golf course on campus.
  • If you want to study abroad, Itasca has an international exchange program with a college in Denmark along with the opportunity for an international travel experience every Spring Break or May Block.
  • Academic Center
  • Bookstore
  • Career Services
  • Counseling Center
  • Disability Services
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • Library
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Security
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • Student Success Office
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
  • American Indian Science and Engineering
  • Engineering Club
  • Nursing Club
  • Psychology Club
  • Society of Women Engineers
Community and human services
  • Circle K
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • African American Student Pride
  • Global Education
  • O-Gitch-I-Dah (American Indian) Club
Gender and sexuality
  • Sexuality & Gender Equity
Honorary societies
  • Phi Theta Kappa
Military and veterans
  • Veterans Club
Nature and environment
  • Natural Resources Club
Recreational and club sports
  • Disc Golf
  • Flag Football
  • Intramural Basketball
  • Intramural Hockey
  • Intramural Softball
  • Intramural Volleyball
  • Trap Shooting
  • Weightlifting Club
Religious and spiritual
  • Cru
Special interest
  • Philosophy Club
  • Secular Student Alliance
  • Student Ambassadors
Student government
  • Student Government
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Men's Basketball
  • Wrestling
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Women's Basketball
Itasca Community College
Itasca Community College
1851 E. Highway 169
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Toll-Free: (800) 996-6422
Local: (218) 322-2340
TTY: (218) 322-2438