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South Central College

South Central College
South Central Colleges offers the convenience of two campuses in Faribault and North Mankato, as well as numerous online course options. As a comprehensive community and technical college, South Central College provides a well-rounded education with wide range of liberal arts & sciences and technical & professional program options.

School Highlights

Discover the Choices, Value and Opportunities at South Central College: 

  • Liberal Arts & Sciences programs enable students to earn a two-year Associate of Arts degree at South Central College and transfer those credits to a four-year university to pursue a Bachelor's degree
  • Technical & Professional programs prepare students for a variety of careers in the following areas: Advanced Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Allied Health & Nursing, Automotive, Building & Design and Business Careers
  • Programs are added to meet student and employer demand, including two new offerings in fall 2015 - Carpentry and Visual Arts-AFA
  • Courses are available at two campuses in Faribault and North Mankato, as well as online
  • Smaller class sizes and individualized attention provide the perfect environment for student success
  • Abundant academic support services including tutoring and ADA assistance ensure all students thrive
  • $300,000+ in scholarships are awarded annually by South Central College's Foundations
  • Extensive relationships between the college and businesses throughout the region provide opportunities for student internships, apprenticeships and permanent employment
  • International perspectives are integrated into the curriculum, with several international travel experiences available to students.
  • Partnerships with educational institutions within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and beyond provide a smooth transition to the next stage of higher education
  • Customized training and workforce education options are available through South Central College's Center for Business and Industry

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 5,267
  • Full-time students: 49%
  • Part-time students: 51%
  • Percent female: 48%
  • Percent male: 51%
  • Percent students of color: 16%

Largest Programs

Liberal Arts and Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Building and Design, Allied Health, Nursing, Accounting, Computer Careers, Office Technology, Marketing Management

Unique Programs

Agribusiness, Farm Business Management, Culinary Arts, Multimedia Technology, Biology (2+2), Carpentry, Civil Engineering Technology, Geographic Information Systems, Computer Integrated Machining, Mechatronics, Welding, Intensive Care Paramedic Technician, Small Business Management, Visual Arts


• Off Campus
Off-campus housing is available in the area.


• Bus
Public bus transportation is available on SCC's North Mankato Campus.


• Off Street
Student parking is assessed on a per-credit basis, not to exceed $60 per academic year.


Admission requirements

South Central 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 South Central College and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


Choices. Value. Opportunities!

South Central College offers Choices with abundant programs to prepare you to start your career or transfer to a four year institution. South Central College is also a tremendous Value, with lower tuition, multiple funding sources and a quality education. And South Central College's business and education partnerships result in Opportunities for you now and in the future. 



Program Title Award
Accountant AAS
Accounting Assistant DIP
Accounting Technician AAS
Accounting Technician DIP
Administration of Child Care AAS
Administration of Child Care Programs CERT
Administrative Office Management AS
Administrative Office Specialist AAS
Administrative Office Specialist - Business Software CERT
Administrative Office Specialist - Client Relations Specialist CERT
Advanced Farm Business Management ATC
Ag Chemical Applicator Technician CERT
Agri-Business Office Specialist/Manager AAS
Agribusiness AgSpark Agronomy CERT
Agribusiness Production AAS
Agribusiness Production DIP
Agribusiness Service Technician AAS
Agribusiness Service Technician DIP
Agribusiness Service and Management AAS
Agribusiness Service and Management DIP
Agribusiness Technician DIP
Agribusiness Technician's Aide DIP
Agriculture Education Technology Partnership AS
Applications in Farm Business Management CERT
Architectural Drafting and Design AAS
Architectural Drafting and Design DIP
Auto Body and Collision Technology AAS
Auto Body and Collision Technology DIP
Automotive Service AAS
Automotive Service DIP
Basic Nursing CERT
Biology AS
Business Management AAS
CIM Right Skills Now CERT
Carpentry AAS
Carpentry DIP
Carpentry CERT
Child Development Careers AAS
Child Development Careers AS
Child Development Careers DIP
Child Development Careers CERT
Civil Engineering Technology AAS
Cloud Computing & Virtualization Administration CERT
Community Paramedic CERT
Computer Assistant CERT
Computer Integrated Machining AAS
Computer Integrated Machining DIP
Culinary Arts AAS
Culinary Arts DIP
Dental Assisting AAS
Dental Assisting DIP
Energy Technical Specialist AAS
Engineering Foundations AS
Enterprise Computing CERT
Essentials of Farm Business Management CERT
Family Services Specialist AAS
Farm Business Management DIP
Farm Business Management AgSpark CERT
Geographic Information Systems CERT
Graphic Communications AAS
Graphic Communications DIP
HVAC/R - Advanced DIP
HVAC/R - Foundation DIP
Health Sciences Broad Field AS
Health Unit Coordinator CERT
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R) AAS
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R) CERT
Information Systems AAS
Information Systems DIP
Intensive Care Paramedic Technician AAS
Intensive Care Paramedic Technician DIP
Intermediate Mechatronics Engineering Technology DIP
Liberal Arts and Sciences AA
Manufacturing Production Technology CERT
Marketing Management AAS
Marketing Management DIP
Marketing Management CERT
Mechatronics Engineering Technology AAS
Mechatronics Industrial Maintenance CERT
Medical Assistant AAS
Medical Laboratory Technician AAS
Multimedia Technology AS
Network Administration CERT
Networking Services AAS
Networking Services DIP
Nursing AS
Payroll Clerk CERT
Phlebotomy CERT
Practical Nursing DIP
Professional Swine Manager CERT
Refrigeration Technology CERT
SBM Financial Management CERT
SBM Human Resources CERT
SBM Marketing CERT
SBM Record Keeping CERT
Small Business Management DIP
Small Business Management CERT
Viticulture CERT
Web Programmer CERT
Welding DIP
Welding CERT

The following degrees are available from South Central College

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

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees USD5,369.00
FAFSA Code:005537

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 availableT for students with special interests and backgrounds. South Central College provides over $250,000 in scholarships annually including full-tuition Presidential Scholarships to high school seniors with demonstrated leadership skills while maintaining a GPA of 3.75 or greater.

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

South Central College is committed to individual success inside and outside the classroom. SCC has a wide variety of student organizations and activities, as well as support services. 


  • Academic Center
  • Bookstore
  • Career Services
  • Disability Services
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • International Student Services
  • 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
  • Business Professionals of America
  • Collegiate DECA
  • Psychology Club
  • SkillsUSA
  • Student Nurses Association
Arts and literature
  • Film Club
  • Japanese Visual Culture/Anime
Broadcasting and journalism
  • Spotlight Student Newspaper
Farming and agricultural
  • Postsecondary Agriculture
Gender and sexuality
Honorary societies
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Society of Leadership and Success
Nature and environment
  • Environmental Action Group
Religious and spiritual
  • CRU
Social organizations
  • Campus Activities Board
Student government
  • Student Senate
North Mankato
South Central College
South Central College
1920 Lee Blvd.
North Mankato, MN 56003
Toll-Free: (800) 722-9359
Local: (507) 389-7220
TTY: (507) 389-7200

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