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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.
  • Itasca is known as a learning community college where students will learn from the faculty, each other and by having an experience that will relate to their chosen field. This may include a practicum, attending a national conference or a class related project.

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 1,589
  • Full-time students: 60%
  • Part-time students: 39%
  • Percent female: 46%
  • Percent male: 53%
  • Percent students of color: 16%

Largest Programs

Liberal Arts; Engineering; Natural Resources; Wildland Firefighting; Practical Nursing; Psychology/Human Services; Business; American Indian Studies; Class Act- Education; Geography/Geographic Info Systems (GIS); Strategic Security Studies; Industrial Technology- Process Operations

Unique Programs

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


• On Campus • Off Campus
Two residence halls available 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. There is a community area with 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.


• Off Street
Students living or commuting to campus can park in one of the 4 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 can enroll 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 a placement test. The placement test does not determine acceptance. It is used for course placement. It  will tell you if you need to take remedial or developmental courses, which will not count toward a degree, before you can take college-level courses. Many students need just one developmental course, often in math or English. If you have taken these subjects every year in high school, you are more likely to do well on the placement test.

You can complete your studies in less time and for less total cost 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 during your senior year of high school.

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
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 USD5,277.00
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 Jan. 1st of your senior year. It is best to complete the form approximately two weeks AFTER federal taxes have been submitted to the I.R.S. (if you are a tax filer) so that you can utilize the I.R.S. data retrieval process within the FAFSA application.  For help with completing the form, go to your high school counselor or 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:

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

You may be eligible to receive federal grants of $555 to $5,775 per year. Additional federal, state, and local grants may also be available.  You do not need to pay these back.

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. 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.

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 the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Manitoba, Canada, you’re eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents. And 26 of the state colleges and universities allow students from other states to pay the lower in-state rates, so ask a college or university about its tuition charges.

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 welcomed at the state colleges and universities. If you’ve served in the armed forces, you might be eligible for help with paying for college. 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 new Minnesota GI Bill. Or go to


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 and volleyball, basketball and softball for women
  • Intramural sports include volleyball, basketball, dodgeball and flag football
  • There is a nine-hole frisbee golf course on campus
  • If you want to visit Europe, 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
  • Engineering Club
  • Nursing Club
  • Psychology Club
Community and human services
  • Circle K
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Global Education
  • O-Gitch-I-Dah Club
Gender and sexuality
  • Gay Straight Alliance
Honorary societies
  • Phi Theta Kappa
Nature and environment
  • Natural Resources Club
Recreational and club sports
  • Flag Football
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Intramural Basketball
  • Intramural Softball
  • Intramural Volleyball
  • Weightlifting Club
Religious and spiritual
  • Campus Crusade for Christ
Special interest
  • Philosophy Club
  • Secular Student Alliance
  • Student Ambassadors
Student government
  • Student Government
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Men's Basketball
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
Grand Rapids
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

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