Riverland students of all ages find an exceptional educational value and a student-focused experience at Riverland Community College. As a comprehensive two-year college, we give you the opportunity to pursue your career goals, improve your knowledge and skills, and enjoy the process at a fraction of the average cost of attendance at most colleges and universities in the nation. Our academic excellence is guaranteed through accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Riverland Community College, a proud member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, serves approximately 4,900 students annually through a wide range of credit-based educational opportunities. An additional 5,400 students are annually served in non-credit courses.
With three campuses in Albert Lea, Austin and Owatonna, all located along the busy I-90 and I-35 corridors in southern Minnesota, our college offers associate degrees in more than 50 career programs, liberal arts and sciences and transfer options for those pursuing advanced degrees. In fact, Riverland continues to establish a growing list of agreements with a variety of public and private universities that enables students’ seamless transfer into baccalaureate programs without adding extra credits or repeat coursework.
Many of our career programs have received specialized accreditation. This accreditation ensures that the curricula and qualifications of the program in a specific field are aligned with national industry standards.
Riverland shares rich relationships with business leaders, governmental agencies and entrepreneurs to provide innovative solutions for economic growth, workforce development and healthful living. These relationships help assure Riverland students receive a relevant education that means the difference between working at a job and enjoying a rewarding career. As a college, we will constantly leverage people and financial resources to meet the higher educational needs of our region’s populations.
In addition, Riverland’s online courses and support services allow students access to courses across the globe. Since 1999, Riverland online education has grown. Currently, nearly 370 Riverland courses are offered either entirely or partially online. Numerous certificates, diplomas and degrees can be completed entirely online in the program areas of accounting, business, computer technology, supervisory management and liberal arts and sciences. Currently, more than 2,000 Riverland students are receiving education online.
Riverland prides itself on student-centered education with small class sizes, personal instruction and hands-on learning. Our support services help students improve study skills, locate resources, resolve personal issues, make strong career decisions, pay for college, or arrange the details of a smooth college transfer. All services are offered in person or online.
Students enjoy a rich college experience through a wide array of student life activities. Opportunities in theatre, music, clubs, intercollegiate sports, and student government provide an easy way to meet new friends, share talents, and develop leadership skills.
To us, success isn’t a goal, it is a journey and by choosing Riverland you are taking the right step to get your journey started. We believe your success starts here!