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Mesabi Range College

Industrial Mechanical Technology students get high wage jobs throughout the United States.
With campuses in Eveleth and Virginia in the heart of beautiful northeastern Minnesota, Mesabi Range College has small class sizes that lead to personal attention and interaction with other students. The Virginia campus offers semi-furnished apartments on campus. The college is part of the Northeast Higher Education District, a consortium of five state colleges: Hibbing, Itasca, Mesabi Range, Rainy River and Vermilion.

School Highlights

Located in the heart of beautiful northeastern Minnesota, Mesabi Range has small class sizes that lead to personal attention and interaction with other students.

  • The college foundation awards $105,000 in scholarships annually.
  • Strong tradition of successful athletics, student government and student life.
  • Women’s volleyball, basketball, softball and golf; men’s football, basketball, baseball and golf; club trap team - co-ed.
  • International study, student government, theater, Phi Theta Kappa honor society, gaming club, career program clubs & a strong student life program.
  • Semi-furnished apartments on the Virginia campus.
  • Excellent placement rates and high paying jobs in many career programs.

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 1,882
  • Full-time students: 53%
  • Part-time students: 46%
  • Percent female: 48%
  • Percent male: 51%
  • Percent students of color: 14%

Largest Programs

Transfer programs, industrial mechanical technology, nursing and welding technology.

Unique Programs

Human services, human services - chemical dependency specialist, and graphic design media. An AS in Engineering is offered through Itasca Community College on the Virginia Campus. Iron Range Engineering, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering, offered though Minnesota State University, Mankato, is delivered on the Virginia Campus of Mesabi Range College. Iron Range Engineering is a new model for engineering and uses a method called Project Based Learning.


• On Campus
Semi-furnished apartments on the Virginia Campus: Alpine Village Apartments. Call 218-749-0314 for more information.


• Other
Taxi service available


• Off Street


Admission requirements

Mesabi Range 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.
  • Pay a one-time $20 application fee.
  • 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 Mesabi Range College and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


Opportunity, choice, excellence
You’ll find lots of program choices and the top-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.

Program Title Award
Addiction Studies CERT
Addiction Studies AAS
Advanced Welding DIP
Biology AS
Blocklaying CERT
Business AS
Business Operations & Management DIP
Business Operations & Management AAS
Cabinet and Counter Top Installation CERT
Carpentry DIP
Carpentry DIP
Child Development CERT
Child Development Competency CERT
Computer Applications CERT
Computer Integrated Manufacturing CERT
Computer Proficiency CERT
Concrete Flatwork CERT
Construction Management & Supervision CERT
Construction Management and Supervision AS
Construction Trade DIP
Customer Service Specialist CERT
Early Childhood Personal Care Attendant CERT
Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education AAS
Electrical Controls and Maintenance AAS
Electrical Controls and Maintenance DIP
Emergency Medical Services CERT
Energy Technical Specialist AAS
Entrepreneurship CERT
Entry Level Welding DIP
Executive Office Management CERT
Fire Suppression Technician CERT
General Business DIP
Graphic Design Media AAS
Graphic Design Media DIP
Health Care Pre-Professional CERT
Health Sciences Broadfield AS
Human Services Generalist AAS
Industrial Mechanical Technology AAS
Industrial Mechanical Technology DIP
Insulating and Sheetrocking CERT
Liberal Arts and Sciences AA
Masonry CERT
Network Cabling Technician CERT
Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide CERT
Paramedic AAS
Paramedic DIP
Practical Nursing DIP
Roofing CERT
School Age Personal Care Attendant CERT
Service Support Specialist DIP
Small Business Accounting CERT
Small Business Management DIP
Supervisory Management CERT
Teacher Assistant/Instructional Aide/Paraprofessional AAS

The following degrees are available from Mesabi Range College

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

Program emphases

Located in beautiful northeastern Minnesota, Mesabi Range College has small class sizes and a strong tradition of successful academics, intercollegiate athletics, student government and student life. Our Eveleth Campus is home to high wage, high-skilled technical programs with exceptional placement rates. The Virginia Campus features a wide variety of liberal arts courses that transfer to four-year institutions. The college foundation awards over $105,000 in scholarships annually.

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees $5,329.00
FAFSA Code:004009

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.  Students can get involved in:  Intercollegiate Athletics, Intramurals, Clubs & Organizations, Theatre, Fitness Center, Music, Special Events, Student Life/Student Senate Committee, and much more.

  • Academic Center
  • Bookstore
  • Career Services
  • Counseling Center
  • Disability Services
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • Library
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • Student Success Office
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
Recreational and club sports
  • Intramural Hockey
  • Men's & Women's Trap League
  • Men's Baseball
  • Men's Basketball
  • Men's Football
  • Men's Golf
  • Women's Basketball
  • Women's Golf
  • Women's Softball
  • Women'sVolleyball
Mesabi Range College
Mesabi Range College
1001 W. Chestnut St.
Virginia, MN 55792
Toll-Free: (800) 657-3860
Local: (218) 749-0313
TTY: (218) 749-7783