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Rochester Community and Technical College

RCTC Atrium
RCTC was founded in 1915 making it Minnesota's oldest original community college. Located in the state's third-largest city, the College offers more than 70 credit-based programs. RCTC is part of a learning alliance with Winona State University. This alliance offers programs from certificates through master's degrees in Rochester. RCTC also offers one of the largest student life programs in the state; theater and music opportunities; and nationally ranked men's and women's athletics.

School Highlights

Over 100 Years of Student Success

  • Founded in 1915 on a motion by Dr. Charles Mayo to the Rochester School Board, RCTC has been providing students higher education opportunities in Rochester for over 100 years.
  • RCTC is Minnesota's oldest, public two-year college and one of the nation's oldest original community colleges
  • The College serves approximately 8,000 students in credit-based courses and 5,000 students in noncredit courses
  • Rochester consistently lands near or at the top of the nation's "Most Livable Cities" lists
  • Rochester is Minnesota's third-largest city and home to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic and IBM Rochester
  • The College offers more than 300 different online classes and 70 credit-based programs with more than 130 credential options in the areas of liberal arts, allied health, business, services and technical career pathways
  • RCTC is part of a learning alliance with Winona State University.  This long-term collaboration offers certificate through master's degree programs.


Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 7,515
  • Full-time students: 47%
  • Part-time students: 52%
  • Percent female: 60%
  • Percent male: 38%
  • Percent students of color: 23%

Largest Programs

Liberal arts and sciences, nursing, health information technology, business and accounting

Unique Programs

Biotechnology, cardiovascular invasive specialist, cancer registry management, clinical neurophysiology technology, dental hygiene, environmental science, equine science, histology technician, horticulture technology, intensive care paramedic, surgical technology, and veterinary technology


• Off Campus
Apartment complexes are located near campus and are available for student housing. Additional privately owned apartments are available throughout Rochester and surrounding communities.


• Bus
Rochester city bus lines pick up on campus several times daily.


• Off Street
Ample parking is provided on RCTC's 500+ acre campus. A parking permit is not required if parking in a designated student lot.


Admission requirements

Get started today!  Rochester Community and Technical College is an open door institution, which means all applicants who have earned a high school diploma or GED will be admitted.  Applicants who do not meet this criteria may still be admitted by appeal. Contact our Welcome Center at 507.285.7557 for more information on the appeal process.

Lack of English skills should not be a barrier to admission or participation.  In order to eliminate barriers, RCTC takes appropriate measures to assess each student's ability to participate and benefit through placement testing and counseling.  Based on the placement testing and counseling, students are then provided with campus services or a referral to community services to be better prepared for successful participation.

Apply online

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


Qualtity, affordable and accessible education for over 100 years!    RCTC offers more than 70 technical and transfer programs and 130 degree options.  More than 300 online classes are offered.  Want the best of both worlds?  Hybrid classes which combine online and on campus learning are another popular choice.  RCTC's service learning opportunities are extensive. RCTC offers a broad variety of learning opportunities and student support services including credit for prior learning, concurrent enrollment, PSEOP, distance learning, and study abroad options.  RCTC reaches out to its communities through collaborative programming, partnerships, and articulation agreements.

Program Title Award
Accounting Clerk DIP
Accounting Transfer Pathway AS
Administrative Clinic Assistant AAS
Administrative Clinic Assistant DIP
Administrative Office Professional DIP
Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant CERT
Alcohol and Drug Counseling AS
Alcohol and Drug Counseling CERT
Automotive Technician DIP
Bioinformatics Foundations AS
Biology Transfer Pathway AS
Biotechnology AS
Building Utilities Mechanic AAS
Building Utilities Mechanic DIP
Business Administration CERT
Business Analysis CERT
Business Management AAS
Business Management CERT
Business Transfer Pathway AS
CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) Technology AAS
CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) Technology DIP
CAD Specialist CERT
CAD Technician CERT
Cancer Registry Management AAS
Cancer Registry Management CERT
Carpentry DIP
Chemistry Transfer Pathway AS
Child Development CERT
Child, Youth, and Family Studies AS
Clinical Neurophysiology Technology AAS
Coaching DIP
Coding Specialist DIP
Communication Studies CERT
Communication Studies Transfer Pathway AA
Computer Information Systems AS
Computer Science AS
Computer Science Transfer Pathway AS
Criminal Justice AS
Dental Assistant AAS
Dental Assistant DIP
Dental Assistant Expanded Functions CERT
Dental Hygiene AAS
Emergency Medical Technology CERT
Emergency Medicine Paramedic AS
Employee Development CERT
Engineering Broad Field AS
Environmental Science AS
Equine Science Horse Husbandry CERT
Equine Studies CERT
Executive Office Professional AAS
Graphic Design AS
Green Energy Management CERT
Group Fitness Instructor CERT
Health Information Technology AAS
Health Sciences Broad Field AS
Health Unit Coordinator CERT
Healthcare Informatics DIP
Healthcare Office Professional AAS
Healthcare Office Professional DIP
Healthcare Office Professional CERT
Histology Technician AS
Horticulture Technician DIP
Horticulture Technology AAS
Human Services Specialist AS
Human Services Technician DIP
Individualized Studies AS
Laboratory Science AS
Law Enforcement AAS
Law Enforcement CERT
Law Enforcement Transfer Pathway AS
Law Enforcement-Skills CERT
Liberal Arts and Sciences AA
Manufacturing Technical Specialist - CAD CERT
Mass Communication CERT
Mass Communication Transfer Pathway AA
Music Creative Technologies AFA
Music Technology CERT
Natural Science AS
Nursing AS
Personal Trainer DIP
Photography CERT
Practical Nursing DIP
Science Foundations A CERT
Science Foundations B CERT
Sport Management AAS
Supervisory Leadership AAS
Supervisory Leadership CERT
Surgical Technology AAS
Veterinary Technician AAS
Web Design AS
Welding Technology CERT
Workplace Communication CERT

The following degrees are available from Rochester Community and Technical College

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

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees $5,630.00
FAFSA Code:002373

Affordable Excellence at RCTC !

How to apply for financial aid
Your key to receiving financial aid to help pay your college costs is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Many students don’t realize they can qualify for grant money and federally guaranteed loans.  It is important to find out if you qualify by completing the FAFSA form.  Each student's aid package is different and is based on income of the student and/or parents.

Complete the FAFSA after January 1. Find the form online at  Your high school counselor may have a FAFSA worksheet available that can be used to organize the information needed to complete your application online.  For help with completing the form, go to your high school counselor or contact the financial aid office at RCTC.  RCTC's federal code for the FAFSA is 002373.

The FAFSA determines your eligibility for one or more of the following types of financial aid:

You may be eligible to receive federal and state grants. You do not need to repay these funds unless you fail to complete your courses.

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 types of Financial Aid assistance that may be available to you:

State Financial Aid programs

Minnesota offers several options for Financial Aid (grants, work study and student loans) which complement other resources available for you.  Check out the Minnesota Office of Higher Education's website at for more information!


Contact RCTC's Foundation office at or 507-285-7770.

Reduced out-of-state tuition

If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Manitoba, Canada, you may be eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents.

Tax credits
Some college students also benefit from federal tax credit programs commonly known as the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning tax credit. These may apply to you or your family, depending on your financial circumstances.

If you’ve served in the armed forces, you might be eligible for help with paying for college. Stop by the on-campus veteran's center for information, support and assistance.  Check with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education at  for more information about the Minnesota GI Bill. For additional funding options, also consider reviewing information available at or 

Campus Life

Get Involved at RCTC !

As the home to Minnesota's oldest state college student government, RCTC is proud of its 100 year old heritage of effective, engaged student leadership and advocacy within the College, community, state and nation. The RCTC Student Senate also proudly administers one of  Minnesota's largest and most inclusive Student Life programs.  RCTC Student Life provides world-class co- and extra-curricular opportunities to its students. 

Look beyond the classroom to discover and develop your strengths, interests, relationships and talents.  Student leadership, multicultural and diversity programs, volunteer opportunities, performing arts, sports and fitness, student clubs and organizations provide RCTC students with every option you would expect from Minnesota's oldest comprehensive community and technical college. RCTC also offers nationally ranked men's and women's athletics.  RCTC is large enough to provide countless opportunities for students to take their college experience beyond the traditional classroom, but small enough for students to immediately engage and become actively involved.


  • Bookstore
  • Child Care Resources
  • Counseling Center
  • Counseling Office
  • Disability Services
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • Health Services
  • International Student Services
  • Learning Center
  • Library
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Security
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • Student Success Office
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
  • Animal Health Tecnology Club
  • Art Club
  • Automotive Technology Club
  • Building Utilities Mechanic
  • Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Technology
  • Design Club
  • Equestrian Club
  • Gold Course Superintendents' Association
  • Horticulture Club
  • Music Technology Club
Broadcasting and journalism
  • ECHO Student Newspaper
Career and professional
  • Student Nursing Forum
Community and human services
  • Lions Club
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Asian Student Organization
  • Muslim Student Association
Gender and sexuality
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
Health and fitness
  • Disc Golf Club
  • Table Tennis
Honorary societies
  • Phi Theta Kappa
International students
  • International Club
Law enforcement and safety
  • Law Enforcement Club
Military and veterans
  • Armed Forces and Veterans Club
Nature and environment
  • Ecology Club
Personal development
  • Yellowjacket Volunteers
Religious and spiritual
  • Rochester Collegiate Navigators
Science and technology
  • Engineering and Physics Club
Social organizations
  • Campus Activities Board (CAB)
  • Yellowjacket Passport
Student government
  • Student Senate
Theater, dance, music
  • Drama Club
  • Music
  • Theater
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Mens Golf
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
Rochester Community and Technical College
Rochester Community and Technical College
851 30th Ave. SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Toll-Free: (800) 247-1296
Local: (507) 258-7210
TTY: (800) 627-3529