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North Hennepin Community College

Students enjoying North Hennepin Community   College's new game room.
North Hennepin Community College serves more than 10,000 students each year and offers nearly 70 academic programs. Students can earn associate degrees and certificates in liberal arts and career programs that will transfer to NHCC's University Center, another four-year university, or for immediate entry into a career.

School Highlights

One of the most welcoming and diverse campuses in Minnesota, North Hennepin Community College is located 15 minutes northwest of downtown Minneapolis in the sprawling city of Brooklyn Park. For more than 50 years, NHCC has been engaging students and changing lives.

  • With one of the lowest tuition rates in the state, NHCC awards more than $36 million in financial aid to students each year.
  • NHCC's University Center provides access for students to complete a bachelor's degree through partnerships with well-known state universities at our Brooklyn Park campus.
  • Our award-winning Bioscience & Health Careers Center is equipped with high-tech STEM labs and offers ample meeting spaces for student collaboration.
  • Students have access to an on-campus health clinic through a partnership with Fairview Health Services that provides a variety of coverage with no out-of-pocket costs.
  • Recent campus renovations include the addition of a Multicultural Room, Game Room, Fireside Lounge, Food Cupboard, Reflection Room, Veterans Resource Center, and Black Box Theatre.
  • We are a "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" military-friendly campus serving more than 200 former military men and women through our Veterans Resource Center.
  • NHCC has something for everyone by offering more than 70 degree and certificate programs and a wide variety of student clubs and organizations.
  • Students have access to hands-on experiences including undergraduate research and published works.

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 10,424
  • Full-time students: 28%
  • Part-time students: 71%
  • Percent female: 57%
  • Percent male: 41%
  • Percent students of color: 46%

Largest Programs

Liberal Arts, Pre-Nursing, Business Administration, Computer Science, Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Accounting

Unique Programs

Academic English Language Proficiency (EAP), American Sign Language (ASL), Building Inspection Technology (BIT), Construction Management, Corporate Wellness, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Entrepreneurship, Exercise Science, Film, Health Sciences, Human Services, Graphic Design, History, Law Enforcement, Medical Laboratory Technology, Music, Paralegal, Pre-Engineering, Psychology, Public Works, Spanish Language, Studio Arts, Theatre


The college has no on-campus housing.


• Bus
Metro Transit routes 723 and 724 services Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, and downtown Minneapolis. NHCC students may purchase discounted bus passes for unlimited ridership each semester at the NHCC Bookstore. The Bottineau Transitway could soon be another means of transportation for NHCC students.


• Off Street
NHCC has two entrances with large parking lots -- on the east off 85th Avenue North and the west off West Broadway.


Admission requirements

North Hennepin Community College has an open admissions policy. You can enroll if you have a high school diploma or GED. You don't need to take a standardized test to be admitted, and your high school grades and class rank are not considered for general admission.

Simply complete the online application, pay the $20 non-refundable application fee, provide your high school transcript or GED certificate, and supply any official transcripts from previously attended non-MnSCU institutions. Transcripts from MnSCU institutions are automatically retrieved for your convenience.

Some programs have additional admissions requirements, such as nursing and medical laboratory technology. Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) and international students also have specific admissions processes.

Please check for complete details.


Apply online

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


North Hennepin Community College offers Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), and Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees as well as credit certificates. Many students choose North Hennepin for the first two years of their four-year degree, taking advantage of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum that makes transfer of credits easy.

Students who wish to stay at North Hennepin and earn a bachelor's degree now have the option to do so. NHCC's newly formed University Center provides access for students to complete select four-year degree programs thorugh partnerships with well-known state universities. Start here and finish here with NHCC's University Center.

Program Title Award
.NET Programming CERT
Academic English Language Proficiency CERT
Accounting AS
Accounting Skills CERT
Accounting Technology AAS
Accounting Transfer Pathway AS
American Sign Language CERT
Application Programming CERT
Biology AS
Biology Transfer Pathway AS
Building Inspection CERT
Business Administration AS
Business Communications and Technology Essentials CERT
Business Computer Systems and Management AAS
Business Computer Systems and Management AS
Business Principles CERT
Business Transfer Pathway AS
Chemical Laboratory Assistant CERT
Chemistry AS
Chemistry Transfer Pathway AS
Communication Studies Transfer Pathway AA
Computer Science AS
Computer Science Transfer Pathway AS
Construction Management CERT
Construction Management and Supervision AS
Corporate Wellness AS
Creative Writing AFA
Criminal Justice AS
Desktop Publishing Essentials CERT
E-Commerce Essentials CERT
E-Commerce Professional CERT
Economics Transfer Pathway AA
Education AS
Entrepreneurship AAS
Entrepreneurship CERT
Exercise Science Transfer Pathway AS
Finance Management AAS
Finance and Investments CERT
Fitness AS
Game Programming CERT
Graphic Design AS
Health AS
Health Sciences Broad Field AS
History Transfer Pathway AA
Histotechnology AAS
Human Services AS
Individualized Studies AS
Internet Programming CERT
Law Enforcement AS
Law Enforcement Transfer Pathway AS
Liberal Arts and Sciences AA
Management AAS
Management CERT
Marketing AAS
Marketing and Sales CERT
Mathematics AS
Mathematics Transfer Pathway AA
Medical Lab Technology AAS
Microsoft Office Administrative Professional CERT
Microsoft Office Essentials CERT
Microsoft Office Fundamentals CERT
Microsoft Office Specialist CERT
Microsoft Office Technical Professional CERT
Music AFA
Nursing (MANE) AS
Object-Oriented Programming CERT
Paralegal AS
Paralegal CERT
Personal Trainer CERT
Physical Education AS
Pre-Engineering AS
Project Management Essentials CERT
Psychology Transfer Pathway AA
Public Works CERT
Sales CERT
Spanish Language CERT
Studio Arts AFA
Theatre AFA
Theatre Transfer Pathway AFA
Web Graphic Design, Programming and e-Commerce CERT
Wellness Coach CERT
Word Processing Essentials CERT

The following degrees are available from North Hennepin Community College

  • Associate of Applied Science
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Fine Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Certificate

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees $5,525.00
FAFSA Code:002370

How to apply for financial aid
Your key to receiving financial aid to help pay your college costs is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form. 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 after Oct. 1 of your senior year. Find the form online at or pick up the form at your school counselor’s office. 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. Talk to your guidance counselor or NHCC's Foundation Office about available scholarships.

You may be eligible to receive federal and state grants of $300 to more than $7,000 per year. 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.

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 the Financial Aid office or the Advising Center 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

NHCC offers an array of student clubs and organizations, including diversity initiatives, student government, leadership opportunities, honors programs, performing and visual arts events, health and wellness activities, intramural and extramural sports, literary publications, and more.

  • Access Services
  • Bookstore
  • Career Services
  • Counseling Center
  • Diversity and Equity Center
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • Health Services
  • International Student Services
  • Library
  • Public Safety
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • Student Success Office
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
  • "SURGE" Science Club
  • American Sign Language Club
  • Anthropology Club
  • Construction Mgmt Organization
  • Entrepreneurship Forum Club
  • Math Club
  • Paralegal Student Association
  • Student Nurses Association
  • Students Serving Our Community
Arts and literature
  • Knights of the Quill
  • Non-Fiction Magazine Realities
  • Student Art Exhibitions
  • Student Research Journal(Northern Light)
  • Under Construction Magazine
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • American Indian Education Initiative
  • Asian Heritage Initiative
  • Black Men's Leadership Movement
  • Global Salam
  • Latino Success Initiative
Gender and sexuality
  • Women on Wednesdays
Health and fitness
  • Open Gym/Weight Room
Honorary societies
  • Honors Society
  • Phi Theta Kappa
Personal development
  • L.E.A.D Series
  • Weak Yet Strong
Recreational and club sports
  • 5K Race
  • Badminton
  • Club Basketball
  • Club Flag Football
  • Club Hockey
  • Club Soccer
  • Club Volleyball
  • Dodgeball
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Recreational Activities
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Social organizations
  • Christian Student Organization
  • Environmental Association
  • FMR Soccer Club
  • Francophone Student Association
  • Hip Hop Culture Club
  • Hmong Student Club
  • Multicultural Student Club
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Oromo Student Association
  • Pan-African Student Association
  • Somali Student Association
  • Spanish Club
  • Student Anime & Game Club
  • Student Events Team
  • Student Sports Association
  • Student Volunteer Club
  • Veterans Student Association
  • Vietnamese Student Association
Special interest
  • The "Cube" Game Room
Student government
  • Student Senate
Theater, dance, music
  • Chamber Singers
  • Community Choir
  • Concert Choir
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Music/Choir
  • Orchestra
  • Theatre
North Hennepin Community College
North Hennepin Community College
7411 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Toll-Free: (800) 818-0395
Local: (763) 424-0724
TTY: (800) 627-3529