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Rainy River Community College

Rainy River Community College - We Are Voyageurs!
Enjoy the Rainy Experience...where life and learning meet! Live in apartment-style on-campus housing, continue to play the sport you love, get involved in student organizations, and make friendships that will last a lifetime! RRCC students tell us how much they appreciate the small class sizes and individual attention they get from RRCC instructors and staff.

School Highlights

Located just five minutes from Voyageur’s National Park and the Canadian border, Rainy River Community College offers a great education with small class sizes, affordable tuition, and faculty and staff dedicated to your success!

  • More than 90% of RRCC students receive some form of financial aid and RRCC awards over $150,000 in Scholarships every year! [scholarship application]
  • Transfer-ready and career-direct programs
  • Continue to play the sport you love! Athletics include: NJCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball; Men’s Basketball and Baseball; ACHA Division II Women’s Club Hockey; and new this year - Co-Ed Trap Shooting League
  • Get involved with Student Senate, Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Black Association of Students, Anishinaabe Student Coalition, Health Care Career Club, and other activity-based organizations
  • Rainy Hall on-campus housing features two-bedroom apartments with full kitchen, bathroom, living and dining area. On-site recreational facilities include a volleyball court, basketball court, bicycle trail, lighted cross-country ski trail, disc golf course, and more!

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 441
  • Full-time students: 66%
  • Part-time students: 33%
  • Percent female: 57%
  • Percent male: 42%
  • Percent students of color: 22%

Largest Programs

Liberal Arts and Sciences - Health Sciences - Fitness Specialist and Coaching


• On Campus
No living in a cubicle and running down the hall to shower or use the bathroom! At Rainy River Community College you will enjoy a secure, furnished apartment with two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, and living room/dining area. On-site recreational facilities include a volleyball court, basketball court, bicycle trail, one-mile lighted cross-country ski trail, and disc golf course!


• Bus • Other
Falls International Airport (INL) offers daily flights to/from Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Bus transportation is available within the International Falls area.


• Off Street


Admission requirements

Rainy River Community College has an open admissions policy. This means:

  • You can enroll if you have a high school diploma or a GED. Even without those, you may be admitted if you demonstrate potential for success in college.
  • You don’t have to take a standardized test to be admitted, and your high school grades and class rank are not considered.
  • To determine readiness for college courses, students can submit test scores from the ACT, SAT, and, if you are a Minnesota high school graduate, your MCA assessment scores. Students can also complete an assessment for course placement called the Accuplacer.

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.

RRCC Admission and Registration Information

Apply online

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


Enjoy the Rainy Experience...

At Rainy River Community College, you will enjoy an education second to none!

  • 100% of Rainy students feel their experience at RRCC prepared them for transfer
  • 18:1 student to instructor ratio - small class sizes, personal attention
  • 90% of RRCC students receive some form of financial aid - we award over $150,000 in scholarships annually
  • 1/3 of students live in campus housing - two bedroom, furnished apartments

Rainy River Community College - we are Voyageurs!

Rainy River Community College does not currently have academic programs offered fully online.

The following degrees are available from Rainy River Community College

  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Certificate

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees $5,324.00
FAFSA Code:006775

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 as soon after January 1st as possible:

  • Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, using your family's financial Information.
  • Be sure to use the Rainy River Community College code #006775 on the list of schools to receive your FAFSA information.
  • Get help from our financial aid department if you need it at

         NOTE: Priority is given to students who complete the form by April 1.

Scholarships ~ Various scholarships are available to RRCC students. Scholarships range in value from $100 to $3,000. They are provided by generous friends of the College, organizations, businesses, individuals, alumni, and the Rainy River Community College Foundation. RRCC awards more than $150,000 in scholarships every year!

Grants ~ 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.

RRCC Payment Plan ~ To help you meet your educational expenses, we are proud to offer the RRCC Payment Plan – a convenient, interest free, payment plan. This is NOT a loan program. You have no debt, there are no interest or finance charges and there is no credit check.

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 Rainy River Community College. If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, or South Dakota you are eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents. At Rainy River Community College, students from Ontario and Manitoba, Canada pay resident tuition rates. 
  • 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.  Veterans are welcome at Rainy River Community College. If you’ve served in the armed forces, you might be eligible for help with paying for college. Contact the RRCC Veteran Services office for more information. Also, check with the RRCC Financial Aid office about benefits from the new Minnesota GI Bill. Or go to

Campus Life

College is more than textbooks, classes, labs and studying! At Rainy River Community College there are plenty of clubs and program-related organizations, sports, and recreational activities to help you meet new friends, develop leadership and team skills, stay fit, and share the fun of working together on projects.



  • Adult Basic Education
  • Bookstore
  • Cafeteria | Food Service
  • Computer | Technology Services
  • Disability Services
  • Emergency Info | Blackboard Connect
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • International Student Services
  • Library
  • MN Workforce Center
  • MN Workforce Center
  • Multicultural Services
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Student Advising
  • Student Success Office
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Tutoring | Writing Center
  • Veterans Services
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Anishinaabe Student Coalition
  • Black Association of Students
Honorary societies
  • Phi Theta Kappa
Recreational and club sports
  • Disc Golf
  • Outdoor Experiential Educ Program
  • Trap League
Special interest
  • Health Care Career Club
  • Student Ambassadors
Student government
  • Student Senate
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • ACHA Club Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
Rainy River Community College
Rainy River Community College
1501 Highway 71
International Falls, MN 56649
Toll-Free: (800) 456-3996
Local: (218) 285-2236
TTY: (800) 627-3529