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Inver Hills Community College

Inver Hills Community College 2017 Commencement
With nine modern buildings nestled in surrounding wooded hills and wetlands, Inver Hills Community College has a distinctive small-college look and feel. The campus setting complements a student-centered philosophy that emphasizes academic support, learning assistance and personal development. More than 50 degree and certificate options will prepare you for entering the workforce right after you graduate, or give you the foundation you need for transferring to a four-year college or university.

School Highlights

Inver Hills: The Right Direction

Inver Hills offers many flexible options for busy students:

  • Courses and complete degrees offered online
  • Accelerated courses and degrees
  • Several community-based class sites, including the South of the River Education Center in Burnsville.

Inver Hills participates in three Centers of Excellence:

  • Access and Opportunity: Supports students in groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education
  • Advance IT Minnesota: Center for strategic and information technology security
  • HealthForce Minnesota: Dedicated to transforming health care education

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 8,093
  • Full-time students: 35%
  • Part-time students: 65%
  • Percent female: 58%
  • Percent male: 40%
  • Percent students of color: 31%

Largest Programs

Associate in Arts Degree, Four-Year Transfer or with Emphasis; MANE (Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education); Bachelor in Nursing - Dual Enrollment; Law Enforcement; Contemporary Business; Paralegal; Human Service Worker; Emergency Medical Services (Paramedic).

Unique Programs

Network Technology and Security, Community Paramedic certificate, Associate in Arts entirely online, Adult Success through Accelerated Learning (ASAP), Inver Prep, InCollege, Engineering Fundamentals, Exercise Science, Learning Communities, Art, Music, Theater, Associate in Arts with nine emphasis options: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, English, Gender and Women Studies, History, Mathematics, Political Science and Psychology.


Inver Hills has no on-campus student housing. Adjacent to the campus, Granite Bluff Apartments offers convenient and high-quality housing alternatives. Eight additional rental complexes are located nearby.


• Bus • Other
The use of Ride Share and public transportation is available to Inver Hills students. A Metro Transit Bus Information Center is located on the second floor of the Liberal Arts building and in the College Center building at the Info Center. Bus passes are sold in the Bookstore. Inver Hills will assist students in organizing Ride Share groups (car pools). Car pool information is available by contacting Michelle Loredo (651-450-3524). There is also a rideshare posting board is in the lower level of


• Off Street
Five parking lots are available on campus for students, staff members and visitors. You do not need a special permit. You may park in any parking space not marked as reserved. Well-defined parking regulations are in effect and are enforced by the Inver Grove Heights Police Department. Reserved parking is available in the Liberal Arts and Fine Arts parking lots. Those with State of Minnesota Handicapped Parking Certificates may park in either the College Center or Fine Arts parking lots.


Admission requirements



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Transfer to a four-year college or university

Associate in Arts degree (A.A.) for transfer

Many students choose Inver Hills to complete their generals and earn an Associate in Arts degree before transferring to pursue a bachelor's degree at a four-year college or university, including:

  • Minnesota State Universities
  • University of Minnesota
  • Minnesota private colleges
  • Out-of-state universities

The A.A. degree is 60 credits earned in three parts.

  • Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC): 40 credits
  • Health & physical education coursework: 2 credits
  • Electives, liberal arts and pre-major coursework: 18 credits

Associate in Arts with emphasis

The A.A. with emphasis is designed to allow students to thoroughly prepare themselves for the major at corresponding baccalaureate programs at several public and private four-year colleges and universities. Students should work with an advisor or counselor to make thier transfer plans. Our nine emphasis areas are:

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Gender and Women Studies
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology

Workforce Ready

Other students choose to follow our Major Programs, which prepare them for the workforce after graduating.

  • Accounting (A.S.)
  • Fine Art (A.F.A)
  • Biology (A.S.)
  • Contemporary Business (A.S.)
  • Contemporary Business Practice (A.A.S.)
  • International Business (A.S.)
  • Chemistry (A.S.)
  • Computer Programmer (A.A.S.)
  • Construction Management (A.S.)
  • Criminal Justice (A.S.)
  • Emergency Medical Services (A.S.): Traditional Track Paramedic
  • Community Paramedic Certificate
  • Engineering Fundamentals (A.S.)
  • Human Service Worker (A.S.)
  • Individualized Professional Studies (A.S.)
  • Information Technology Support (A.A.S.)
  • Network Technology and Security (A.A.S.)
  • Law Enforcement (A.S.)
  • Legal Administrative Assistant (A.S.)
  • Music (A.F.A.)
  • MANE - Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education
  • Bachelor in Nursing - Dual Enrollment
  • Paralegal (A.S.)
  • Exercise Science (A.S.)
  • Physical Education (A.S.)
  • Education Foundations (A.S.)
  • Early Childhood Education (A.S.)
  • Theatre (A.F.A.)


Apply online

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


Inver Hills Community College
The Right Direction

Our Mission

Dedicated to the power and promise of education, we inspire students, build careers and strengthen communities.

Our Vision

We will be an innovator in education, creating a vigorous intellectual environment for emerging leaders, scholars, and professionals. Providing an affordable gateway into the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, we will enrich individual lives and support our diverse communities, locally and globally.

Our Values

At Inver Hills Community College, we value:

  • Student success and excellence in education
  • Integrity, reflection, and innovation
  • Caring responsibly for our environmental, human, and financial resources
  • Our diverse community
  • Relationships with our partners and stakeholders


Founded in 1970, Inver Hills is a comprehensive community college offering more than 20 degree options, including liberal education courses (Associate in Arts degree) that lead to transfer to four-year colleges, and career-related degrees (A.S., A.A.S.) in leading occupational areas such as nursing, computer technology, law enforcement, human services, business, emergency health care and much more.

The 90-acre campus features nine modern buildings designed to fit naturally into the surrounding wooded hills and wetlands. The campus is located just off Highway 52 at 80th Street in Inver Grove Heights.

Inver Hills students come from all over Minnesota and western Wisconsin (and a dozen foreign countries), but the most significant portion are from within a 20-mile radius of the campus, particularly Dakota and Washington counties and the city of St. Paul.

More than 1,200 course sections are scheduled each year in 50 academic disciplines. About half meet during evenings, late afternoons and weekends so that working people can attend. Traditionally, 50 percent of Inver Hills students are working adults and part-time learners.

With distinctive architecture and individual buildings, the campus has an engaging, small-college look and feel. The natural setting complements a student-centered philosophy based on delivering superb academic support and learning assistance as well as practical opportunities for personal and professional development.

Program Title Award
Accounting Transfer Pathway AS
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician CERT
Advanced Network Security CERT
Advanced Network Technology CERT
Biology AS
Biology Transfer Pathway AS
Building Inspection Technology CORE CERT
Business Transfer Pathway AS
Chemistry AS
Chemistry Transfer Pathway AS
Child Care Teacher CERT
China Studies CERT
Communication Studies Transfer Pathway AA
Community Health Worker CERT
Community Paramedic CERT
Computer Programmer AAS
Computer Science AS
Computer Science Transfer Pathway AS
Construction Management AS
Construction Management CERT
Contemporary Business AS
Contemporary Business Practice AAS
Corrections CERT
Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway AS
Customer Service CERT
Education Foundations AS
Emergency Medical Services AS
Emergency Medical Technician CERT
Engineering Fundamentals AS
Exercise Science Transfer Pathway AS
History Transfer Pathway AA
Human Resource Management CERT
Human Service Worker AS
Human Services Assistant CERT
I.T. Help Desk CERT
IP Telephony CERT
Individualized Professional Studies AS
Information Technology Support AAS
Innovative Technology and Instruction CERT
International Business AS
Law Enforcement AS
Law Enforcement Curriculum CERT
Law Enforcement Transfer Pathway AS
Liberal Arts and Sciences AA
Marketing and Sales CERT
Mathematics Transfer Pathway AA
Microsoft IT Professional CERT
Music AFA
Network Security CERT
Network Technology and Security AAS
Nursing (MANE) AS
Nursing Assistant CERT
Office Technology CERT
Paralegal AS
Paralegal CERT
Paramedic DIP
Physical Education AS
Pre-Social Work Transfer Pathway AS
Project Management CERT
Psychology Transfer Pathway AA
Small Business Development CERT
Supervision CERT
Theatre AFA
Workplace Writing CERT

The following degrees are available from Inver Hills Community College

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

Program emphases

Associate in Arts with nine emphasis areas. The A.A. with emphasis is designed to allow students to thoroughly prepare themselves for the major at corresponding baccalaureate programs at several public and private four-year colleges and universities. Students should work with an advisor or counselor to make their transfer plans. *Our nine emphasis areas include: Anthropology; Biology; Chemistry; English; Gender and Women Studies; History; Mathematics; Political Science; Psychology.

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees $5,333.00
FAFSA Code:006935

Financial Aid


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 Jan. 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 about what kind of scholarships you can get.

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 one of the on-campus veterans 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

Campus Life


College is more than textbooks, classes, labs and studying. Plenty of clubs and program-related organizations, sports and recreational activities help you meet new friends, develop leadership and team skills, stay fit and share the fun of working together on projects. Our outstanding student leadership programs feature more than 40 clubs and organizations on campus that sponsor events and activities year-round.

  • Academic Planning
  • Career Services
  • Career Services
  • Center for Accessibility and Inclusion
  • Center for Equity and Inclusion
  • College Center
  • Counseling, Advising & Career Dev.
  • Counseling, Advising & Career Dev.
  • Disability Resources
  • Financial Aid Office
  • Fitness & Recreation
  • Fresh Stop Cafe
  • Health Service
  • Inver Hills Bookstore
  • Inver Hills Foundation
  • Inver Hills Library
  • Peer Tutoring, Math & Writing centers
  • Security & Transportation
  • Star Alert
  • TRiO Student Support Services
  • Technology Services
  • Veterans Services
  • Honor's Program/PTK
  • Learning Communities
  • Online Courses & Programs
  • Scholarships
Career and professional
  • EMSSA - Emergency Medical Services Assoc
Community and human services
  • VIBE - Volunteering
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Ethiopian Student Club
  • Somali Student Club
  • Spanish Club
Honorary societies
  • Phi Theta Kappa
Personal development
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Student Org for Leadership Development
Recreational and club sports
  • Recreational Sports
Religious and spiritual
  • CRU - Christian Fellowship
  • Muslim Student Association
Student government
  • Student Activities Budgeting Committee
  • Student Clubs & Government
Inver Hills Community College
Inver Hills Community College
2500 East 80th Street
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Toll-Free: (866) 576-0689
Local: (651) 450-3000
TTY: (800) 627-3529