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Central Lakes College: Narrative Description


501 West College Dr.
Brainerd, MN 56401-3904
Tel: (218)855-8000; Admissions: (218)828-2525; Fax: (218)855-8220; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1938. Setting: 1-acre small town campus. Total enrollment: 2,947. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. Students come from 10 states and territories, 1 other country, 0.3% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 33% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program. Off campus study at other colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission except for nonresidents. Option: deferred admission. Placement: ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $3017 full-time, $94.30 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $6035 full-time, $188.60 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $440 full-time, $13.78 per credit part-time.

Collegiate Environment: Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Major annual events: Homecoming, Snow Daze Festival. Campus security: late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Learning Resource Center with 16,052 books, 286 serials, and an OPAC. 100 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: One of the state's best developed vacation areas, Brainerd (population 12,000) is on the Mississippi River near the center of the state. The town is the supply point for resorts along 464 lakes within a 25-mile radius of the town. There are opportunities for varied types of sports activities such as fishing, golfing, skiing, snowmobiling and water sports. Other activities include summer theatre, yacht club regatta, antique shows and concerts. Shopping areas, churches, a public library, a hospital and a YMCA are available. Transportation is provided by bus, railway and airlines.

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