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Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

A beautiful round building entrance on campus.
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is unlike any other campus. Buildings are nestled in a beautiful setting of majestic red pines. The faculty and staff have one thing in mind, the student. Whether it's putting in extra time one-on-one with students or developing new ways of thinking to help students apply their knowledge to the real world, the goal is to help students focus on their education and achieve their life goals.

School Highlights

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College brings together a tribal college and a state community college in partnership. The beautiful campus setting and buildings are unlike any other college campus.

  • Reputation for friendly service and a comfortable campus atmosphere.
  • Convenient daytime, evening, weekend and online courses.
  • Super-fast wireless network on campus for laptop and hand-held device users.
  • Cultural center and physical education space, plus law enforcement and nursing training facilities.
  • High rate of law enforcement graduates pass the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training Board exam.
  • Students learn from award-winning instructors and friendly staff.
  • 2,000-acre Environmental Study Area is only five minutes from campus.
  • Comfortable class sizes, convenient access to instructors.
  • Ruth A. Myers Library on campus.
  • Well-equipped science labs and computer labs.
  • Fine arts opportunities in visual art, music and theater courses.
  • Emphasis on uniting cultures and creating individual and community awareness of each other.
  • Unique transfer programs with four-year colleges make it easy to transfer credits.
  • Several award-winning student clubs and activities.

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 2,682
  • Full-time students: 34%
  • Part-time students: 65%
  • Percent female: 56%
  • Percent male: 43%
  • Percent students of color: 22%

Largest Programs

Liberal arts and transfer programs, law enforcement, nursing, human services, environmental science

Unique Programs

Geospatial technologies, American Indian studies, law enforcement skills, environmental science, clean energy technology


• On Campus
Spectacular residence hall owned and operated by the college features large apartment-style units with kitchens and private bathrooms. Units are furnished and have high-speed Internet access, air conditioning and cable television. Competitive rental rates are an excellent value. Early application is recommended as the limited space fills quickly each year.


• Bus • Other
Duluth International Airport is a 30-minute drive from campus and is the closest airport. Local shuttle services are available, as are local cabs and regional transportation options. Arrowhead Transportation and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa offer daily bus/van local routes that stop at the campus.


• Off Street
Easy access and convenient parking is available on campus.


Admission requirements

Fond du Lac Tribal and 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.
  • After you are admitted, you will take a placement test. That 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 in 12th grade. That increases your chances of being admitted to the specific program you want when you enter college. Some programs and courses are very popular and fill early. We accept applications throughout the year and right up until a new term begins, but don't wait until the last day!

Apply online

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


Great programs. Great people. Great opportunities.

You’ll find lots of program choices and the quality education you want at an affordable cost. Personal attention from faculty and staff, 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.

We offer a complete schedule of courses across a wide range of programs and areas of concentration. Students can choose to work toward an associate of arts, associate of fine arts, associate of applied science, associate of science degree or nursing diploma. Students may also choose to complete credits for transfer to another college as specified in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. Short term certificate programs are also available. Degrees and credits earned at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College transfer to most other colleges and universities.

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees $5,258.00
FAFSA Code:031291

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

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.

Having an excellent college experience on campus often includes participating in campus activities conducted beyond typical classroom work. At Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Student Life Activities are offered in several formats. These opportunities include student clubs and organization, intercollegiate athletics, intramural activities, and special campus events during the year.

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College offers a variety of student clubs and organizations based on student interest and initiative:

  • American Indian Business Leaders
  • American Indian Science & Engineering Society
  • Anishinaabe Culture Club
  • Art Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Environmental Science Club
  • Geographic Information Systems Club
  • Human Services Club
  • Journalism Club
  • Law Enforcement Club
  • Nursing Club
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Residential Hall Council
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Thunder Rocketry Club
  • Two Spirits Association

Student Government:

  • Anishinaabe Student Council
  • Student Senate
  • Student Life Committee

Intercollegiate Athletics:

  • Football
  • Women's Volleyball
  • Men's Basketball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Softball
  • Blackboard Connect
  • Bookstore
  • Career Services
  • Center for Academic Achievement
  • Counseling Center
  • Disability Services
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Li'l Thunder Learning Center
  • Ojibwemowining Resource Center
  • Ruth A. Myers Library
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Security
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Technology Center
  • The Write Place
  • Thunder Deli
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Veterans Services
Career and professional
  • American Indian Business Leaders
Community and human services
  • Human Services Club
Law enforcement and safety
  • Law Enforcement Club
Student government
  • Anishinaabe Student Congress
  • Student Senate
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th St.
Cloquet, MN 55720
Toll-Free: (800) 657-3712
Local: (218) 879-0800
TTY: (180) 062-7352