Century College is located in White Bear Lake, MN and is one of the largest two-year community and technical colleges in Minnesota, serving over 14,000 students per year. A leader in the area of student success, Century College offers a warm, welcoming, vibrant learning community. With affordable tuition, and certificates, diplomas and degrees in over 40 areas of study which lead to employment or transfer to a four-year university, Century College provides exceptional value.
- 76 certificates, 21 diplomas and 47 degrees are offered and taught by expert faculty. Each year, 8 out of 10 Century College graduates gain employment in their related program of study and hundreds more transfer to four-year universities.
- Students attend Century College from 38 states and 46 countries. The average age of Century College students is 26.
- Century College is the only college in Minnesota to participate in the “Achieving the Dream” initiative, a national program focused on student success.
- A variety of student services, including advising and counseling, free tutoring, career services, GPS LifePlan and much more support student success.
- 30 student clubs and organizations, a beautiful Student Center, College intramurals and 4 NJCAA Division III athletic teams, give students the opportunity develop leadership skills, make new friends and have fun.
- “Discover Century” information sessions and tours are the first Tuesday of each month at 1 pm and 5 pm for general education programs and the third Thursday of each month at 1 pm for technical programs. Go to www.century.edu/discovercentury.
Student Enrollment and Demographics
- Total number of students served: 12,395
- Full-time students: 41%
- Part-time students: 58%
- Percent female: 55%
- Percent male: 43%
- Percent students of color: 38%
Century 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.
Programs that Lead to Success
Century College certificates, diplomas and degrees meet the demands of an evolving job market and transfer to four-year universities. Each year, 8 of 10 Century College graduates gain employment in their related program of study and hundreds more transfer to four-year universities. At Century College, you will be taught by expert faculty and experience a warm, welcoming and vibrant learning environment.
The following degrees are available from Century College
- Associate of Applied Science
- Associate of Arts
- Associate of Fine Arts
- Associate of Science
Tuition & finance
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 www.fafsa.ed.gov 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 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.
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.
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 www.mymilitaryeducation.org.
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.
- Academic Center
- Career Services
- Child Care Resources
- Counseling Center
- Disability Services
- Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
- Emergency Contact System
- Financial Aid
- Fitness Center
- Food Service/Dining Services
- Health Services
- International Student Services
- Scholarship Foundation
- Student Advising
- Student Employment Services
- Student Success Office
- TRIO Student Support Services
- Technology Center
- Transfer Assistance
- Tutoring/Writing Services
- Veterans Services
- Creative Arts Alliance
- Newspaper - Century Times
- Dental Assistant Club
- Dental Hygiene Club
- Education Club
- Engineering Club
- Hyper Media Video Club
- Information Telecommunications Club
- Interior Design Club
- Math Club E=mc2
- Nursing Club
- Orthotic & Prosthetic Student Assn
- Radiology Club
- African American Asscoc.
- Asian Student Association
- Spanish Club
- Q&S - The Queer and the Straight Club
- PTK - Phi Theta Kappa
- Law Enforcement Club
- Veterans Club
- Flag Football Intramurals
- Recreational Club Sports, Intramurals
- Alpha Omega Christian Club
- Student Senate
- Sign Language Club
- Theater Club
- Baseball NJCAA Div. 3
- Softball NJCAA Div. 3
3300 Century Avenue North
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Toll-Free: (800) 228-1978
Local: (651) 779-3300
TTY: (651) 779-3354