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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. Whether you need transfer credits for that four-year degree, or want to enroll in our full-time Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science degree, diploma, certificate programs, or just take a few credits to enhance your work skills, Saint Paul College is the place you want to be!

School Highlights

Saint Paul 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: 9,452
  • Full-time students: 39%
  • Part-time students: 60%
  • Percent female: 54%
  • Percent male: 45%
  • Percent students of color: 61%

Largest Programs

Saint Paul College offers Liberal Arts, business, health information technology, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), American Sign Language (ASL), cosmetology, culinary arts, practical nursing, carpentry, sheet metal, global trade, culinary arts, personal trainer, computer graphics and programming, medical laboratory technology, esthetics, science technician, machining, welding, cabinet making, cyber security, and more!

Unique Programs

Saint Paul College's Power of YOU program makes the first two years of college available tuition-free 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.


Saint Paul College does not offer on-campus student housing, however many rental units are within walking distance of the campus.


• Bus • Train
Getting to Saint Paul College using public transportation is simple. There are bus stops on the Saint Paul College campus and the lightrail is within walking distance.


• Off Street
Saint Paul College has a parking lot and parking ramp. Parking can be paid daily or a parking card can be obtained on campus.


Admission requirements

Starting your higher education journey is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make. Thank you for choosing Saint Paul College! 

Saint Paul College welcomes applications for admission to the College. Admission to College majors is based on assessment results and potential to succeed in a program. Admission to many individual courses is open; however, admission to some courses is based on meeting course prerequisites and program admission requirements.


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 offers more than one hundred degree, certificate, and diploma programs in career and transfer education. Students can choose from areas as diverse as welding and culinary arts, or coursework in history or English to transfer to a four-year institution.


There are six divisions of programs at Saint Paul College. Choose Business Programs to pursue careers related to accounting, finance, and general business. Career and Technical Education Programs focus on learning specific skills for a profession or vocation. Health Science for programs designed to for people who wish to work in a medical field. Liberal and Fine Arts consists of programs designed to increase reason and judgment skills. Service Programs range from childcare to cosmetology, with a focus on serving others. STEM includes science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Program Title Award
Accounting AAS
Accounting Technician DIP
Advanced Esthetics for Cosmetologists CERT
Advanced Practice Esthetics AAS
Advanced Practice Esthetics CERT
American Sign Language Studies CERT
Auto Body Repair AAS
Automation Technologies CERT
Automotive Service Technician AAS
Automotive Service Technician DIP
Biology Transfer Pathway AS
Biomedical Engineering Technology AS
Business CERT
Business Applications Specialist CERT
Business Information Technology AAS
Business Management AS
Business Transfer Pathway AS
CNC Toolmaking AAS
CNC Toolmaking DIP
Cabinetmaking DIP
Carpentry DIP
Chemical Technology AS
Chemical Technology CERT
Chemistry AS
Chemistry Transfer Pathway 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
Computer Science Transfer Pathway 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
Data Science AS
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 (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 Documentation Specialist 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 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
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
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
Sport and Exercise Sciences AAS
Sport and Exercise Sciences DIP
Sport and exercise Sciences 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 DIP
Welding Technology CERT
Wine Professional CERT
Wine and Artisan Foods 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 $5,561.00
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.
  • Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation
  • Saint Paul College IT Services
  • Saint Paul College TRIO
  • Saint Paul College Access & Disability
  • Saint Paul College Advising
  • Saint Paul College Bookstore
  • Saint Paul College Career Center
  • Saint Paul College Career Services
  • Saint Paul College City View Cafe
  • Saint Paul College Counseling Services
  • Saint Paul College Financial Aid
  • Saint Paul College Fitness Lab
  • Saint Paul College Library
  • Saint Paul College Pathway Advisors
  • Saint Paul College Public Safety
  • Saint Paul College Public Safety
  • Saint Paul College Student Success
  • Saint Paul College Transfer Center
  • Saint Paul College Veterans Center
  • Tutoring and Writing 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
Saint Paul College
Saint Paul College
235 Marshall Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Toll-Free: (800) 227-6029
Local: (651) 846-1600