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Saint Paul College

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Saint Paul College is quality. In fact, we are number one! Saint Paul College was named the top community college in the nation by Washington Monthly in 2010 and 2013. So no matter which program you choose, you'll find academic excellence at Saint Paul College, preparing you for high-demand careers and outstanding four-year degree programs.

School Highlights

Saint Paul College recently was ranked the No. 1 community college in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine for student engagement in active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction and support for learning. The college offers 43 associate degree programs, including the Associate in Arts degree, and 79 career certificate and diploma programs. The College is one of the most diverse in Minnesota, with 60.5% minority students enrolled.

  • For more than 105 years, Saint Paul College has been helping students succeed in high-demand careers.
  • Transfer agreements with four-year private and public colleges and universities provide pathways for students to transfer and continue their higher education. The college also works with more than 500 business, industry and labor representatives to provide employment opportunities for graduates.
  • The campus is student-oriented, with support services that include academic support and free tutoring, computer labs, academic success services, transfer services, career services and access to free online job postings.
  • The Power of You scholarship program provides qualified students graduating from Minneapolis or St. Paul public schools the opportunity to attend Saint Paul College tuition-free.
  • “Start Here” tour and information sessions are every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Go

Other interesting facts:

  • Saint Paul College will be adding a new Health and Science Alliance Center building to provide students with top notch facilities for training, and providing our employers with skilled and capable graduates.
  • Saint Paul College's Esthetician Program is the only CIDESCO school in the state of Minnesota and 1 of 9 in the nation. CIDESCO is an internationally recognized esthetics credential.
  • Our Culinary Arts program is the only exemplary culinary program in public education in Minnesota, symbolizing the highest educational standards recognized by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC). In the fall of 2015, Saint Paul College will have brand new state-of-the art culinary facilities.

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 9,600
  • Full-time students: 39%
  • Part-time students: 60%
  • Percent female: 55%
  • Percent male: 45%
  • Percent students of color: 60%

Largest Programs

Liberal Arts and transfer, business, health information technology, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), American Sign Language (ASL), sheet metal, global trade, culinary arts, personal trainer, computer graphics and programming, medical laboratory technology, esthetics, science technician, machining, welding, cabinet making, and cyber security.

Unique Programs

The Power of YOU program makes the first two years of college available tuition-free at Saint Paul College for eligible students who graduate from a public high school in the spring of their senior year and meet a family adjusted gross income of less than $75,000. Make it Count, a new program, was created specifically for first-time adult learners age 24+ with a household adjusted gross income of less than $40,000, seeking a college education in the Fall of 2016 TUITION-FREE.


The college has no on-campus student housing, but many rental units are within walking distance of the campus.


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The campus has a parking lot and parking ramp. Parking can be paid daily, or a parking card can be obtained on campus.


Admission requirements

Saint Paul 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 are more popular than others and fill early.

Apply online

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


Saint Paul College is focused on you. Quite simply, no one is more important at Saint Paul College than you, our student. We are here to help you become successful in your academics, your career and your life.

Saint Paul College is flexible. Your life is busy. We totally understand – that’s why we have lots of options that allow you to fit higher education into your schedule. You can take day, evening or weekend classes as a full-time or part-time student. Or, choose fully online or hybrid programs and courses for even greater flexibility.

Saint Paul College is connected. Through relationships with more than 500 industry partners and community organizations, we connect you to invaluable opportunities for learning outside the classroom in countless real-world settings.

Saint Paul College is dedicated. Our instructors make your success their top priority; their powerful combination of industry knowledge, academic expertise and first-hand experience provides you with the education you need to achieve your goals.


Program Title Award
Accounting AAS
Accounting Technician DIP
Advanced Esthetics for Cosmetologists CERT
Advanced Esthetics-Medical Setting CERT
American Sign Language Studies CERT
Auto Body Repair AAS
Auto Body Repair DIP
Automation Technologies CERT
Automotive Service Technician AAS
Automotive Service Technician DIP
Biology AS
Biomedical Engineering Technology AS
Business CERT
Business Applications Specialist CERT
Business Information Technology AAS
Business Management AS
CNC Toolmaking DIP
Cabinetmaking DIP
Carpentry DIP
Chemical Technology AS
Chemical Technology CERT
Chemistry AS
Child Development Administration CERT
Child Development Careers AS
Child Development Careers AAS
Child Development Careers DIP
Child Development Careers CERT
Child Development Careers ASL AS
Clinical Sports Massage AAS
Clinical Sports Massage CERT
Computer Animation CERT
Computer Graphics and Visualization AS
Computer Network Engineering AAS
Computer Programming AAS
Computer Science AS
Cosmetology AAS
Cosmetology DIP
Culinary Arts AAS
Culinary Arts DIP
Culinary Basics CERT
Culinary Foundations CERT
Customer Service Office Support CERT
CyberSecurity AAS
CyberSecurity CERT
Electrical Technology DIP
Electromechanical Systems DIP
Electromechanical Systems CERT
Engineering Broad Field AS
Enterprise Computing CERT
Entrepreneurship AAS
Entrepreneurship CERT
Esthetician DIP
Esthetician CERT
Esthetician (CIDESCO Readiness) CERT
Esthetician (Medical Setting) AAS
Esthetician (Spa) AAS
Event and Meeting Management CERT
Finance AS
Finance CERT
Geographic Information Science AAS
Geographic Information Science CERT
Global Trade Professional CERT
Global Trade Specialist AAS
Health Information Technology AAS
Health Sciences Broad Field AS
Health Unit Coordinator CERT
Healthcare Informatics AAS
Hospitality Management AAS
Human Resource Specialist CERT
Human Resources AAS
Human Resources Professional CERT
Individualized Studies AAS
Java Programming CERT
Leadership CERT
Liberal Arts and Sciences AA
Machine Operator (Right Skills Now) CERT
Machine Technology CERT
Management Information Systems AS
Marketing AAS
Massage Therapy CERT
Medical Coding DIP
Medical Laboratory Technician AAS
Medical Office CERT
Medical Office Professional AAS
Medical Records Clerk CERT
Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation Specialist CERT
Micro Mechanical Technology DIP
Mobile Development CERT
Music Business AAS
Nail Care Technician CERT
Nanoscience AAS
Network Administration CERT
Nonprofit CERT
Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide CERT
Nursing Station Technician CERT
Office Management Professional AAS
Pastry and Baking CERT
Patient Care Technician AAS
Personal Trainer AAS
Personal Trainer DIP
Personal Trainer CERT
Pharmacy Technician AAS
Pharmacy Technician DIP
PhlebotomyTechnician CERT
Pipefitting DIP
Pipefitting Apprenticeship Building Trades DIP
Pipefitting Apprenticeship Service DIP
Plumbing DIP
Practical Nursing DIP
Production Technologies CERT
Project Management AAS
Project Management CERT
Public Health AS
Registered Yoga Teacher CERT
Respiratory Therapist - Respiratory Care Practitioner AAS
Restaurant Management CERT
Robotic Welding CERT
Science Technician AS
Sheet Metal & HVAC Ducts & Fittings AAS
Sheet Metal & HVAC Ducts & Fittings DIP
Sign Language Interpreter/Transliterator AAS
Social Media Marketing CERT
Sterile Processing CERT
Supervision CERT
Supply Chain Logistics AAS
Supply Chain Logistics CERT
Surgical Technician AAS
Truck Technician DIP
Visualization Technology AAS
Visualization Technology CERT
Web Based 2D Game Development CERT
Web Design CERT
Web Development CERT
Welding Technology AAS
Welding Technology DIP
Welding Technology CERT
Wine Professional CERT
Wine and Artisan Foods CERT
Wood Finishing Techniques CERT
Yoga Instructor Training - Level 2 CERT

The following degrees are available from Saint Paul College

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

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees USD5,458.00
FAFSA Code:005533

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 $9,000 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

Student Life
Joining a club or organization gives you the opportunity to make friends, develop leadership skills, network in your career area and have fun. As a member of a club or organization, you’ll be active in the College community. Saint Paul College is the most diverse college campus in Minnesota. We offer a variety of cultural student associations, including the following:

  • African American Association
  • El Futuro
  • All Nations Student Association
  • Somali Student Association
  • PRISM Campus Alliance (GLBTQA)
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Counter Culture Christian Club
  • and much more!

Our diversity programming has celebrated Islam Awareness Week, Ethiopian New Year, Dia de los Muertos, National Coming Out Day, and Black History Month. We have had special events to develop intercultural competency skills with our Transgender, Hmong and Muslim communities. Our student associations have marched in the Cinco de Mayo and Twin Cities PRIDE parades.

We also offer student associations based on professional interests, such as:

  • American Sign Language Interpreter Association
  • Association of Computing Machinery
  • Environmental Action Society

Finally, we develop student leaders through our award-winning organizations including:

  • Student Senate
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Kappa Beta Delta
  • SkillsUSA.
  • Career Center
  • City View Cafe
  • Disability Services
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation
  • IT Services
  • Library
  • Office of Academic Success
  • Public Safety
  • Saint Paul College Bookstore
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • Student Success Office
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Transfer Center
  • Tutoring Services & Writing Center
  • Veterans Center
  • Science Club
Career and professional
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Respiratory Care Club
  • Skills USA
Community and human services
  • Student Ambassadors
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • African American Association
  • El Futuro
  • Somaili Student Association
Gender and sexuality
  • PRISM Campus Alliance
Honorary societies
  • Kappa Deta Delta
  • Phi Theta Kappa
Military and veterans
  • Veteran Center
Religious and spiritual
  • Muslim Student Association
Special interest
  • Environmental Action Society
Student government
  • Saint Paul College Student Senate
Theater, dance, music
  • Scitamard Society
St Paul
Saint Paul College
Saint Paul College
235 Marshall Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Toll-Free: (800) 227-6029
Local: (651) 846-1600

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