Location
Granite Falls, MN
Undergrads
1,316
Tuition (in-state)
$10,807 ($5,660)
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Reviews 55 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Resources: From what I have seen, everything seemed okay, but it wasn't anything exceptional.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Resources: I am completely online with all of the classes and never was using a computer on campus or had to use their networks or printers.

3 Recent Alumnus

Student Body: I am unsure of the variety of students, but in my courses it was mainly mothers. For the most part, we did not discuss our ethnicity, politics, or religions.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: The curriculum could be heavy at times, but the professors usually had good books and workbooks to go with them that really helped in learning and studying the material. I also thought that professors would pose interesting discussion questions that would make me think through real-life situations. Registering for classes was smooth and I did not have any problems with registering.

3 Recent Alumnus

Career Services: I have yet to find out what the post-grad services are like at my school.

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: I am completely online and went to campus for only one reason: to buy my books. I am guessing that the facilities and campus life are okay from what I see on the school's homepage.

3 Recent Alumnus

Tuition & Financial Aid: I think that compared to other colleges, the tuition is reasonable, but I did not have any luck in finding scholarships or grants for my program: Medical Administrative Secretary and Billing and Coding. The financial aide office was always helpful and prompt in dealing with my situations.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Minnesota West and Community College was easy to apply to and whenever I had questions on my financial aide, they were very prompt in returning my calls and in helping me get my answers. I go to school online. Some teachers were excellent communicators with the students and could be extremely helpful in answering my questions. If I had a complaint about my teacher, I would tell my supervisor and she would do something about it, getting to the bottom of the problems and treating the students with fairness.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I knew most of the instructors here. They do whatever they can from technology to useful teaching skills that can help the students obtain information and easily recall them on the exams. The workload is reasonable, along with the cost of attendance. The school spirit here is only alive during football and basketball season. Everyone here is pretty much in athletics. Overall, my experience was great.

4 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: My tuition and books were covered through the FAFSA money received. This was only if you met under the limit amount they gave you. I did have to pay for books. However there is scholarships available, a lot more towards diverse students.

3 College Senior

Student Body: This school seemed to evolve around football and basketball. That was the only thing that gets hyped. Besides that it doesn't seem like anyone is interested in any other clubs or interests.

3 College Senior

Career Services: I haven't gotten to the process of transferring credits. But I have heard from many that it is an easy process and there were no problems. The only problems there was from the other end of the college the credits were being sent to. The career center is very helpful with questions. The job prospects here tend to apply those who did vocational work here at the college.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: The credits from this college is easy to transfer to state universities and colleges within couple states of the surrounding area. I was able to schedule my classes to fit my working schedule, this also included lab work that were sometimes set on off days.

3 College Senior

Facilities: It's a community college after all, so there's not much work space for an art student. The library is quite small, and there is a limited amount of study rooms...after that you would have to choose somewhere else to do homework. There seems to be great wireless internet which never failed on me. The speed was excellent as well.

4 College Senior

Online Courses: The registration process went by smoothly. There was no hassles when it came down to financial and registration for classes. The professors genuinely seemed interested of the subject taught, and would use great learning aids to help out the students. There was plenty of peer to peer interaction, even on the online classes, one was able to hear and learn from others learning experience. The workload was reasonable and fit a full time student who would have a part time job.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: The workload was what I expected, but sometimes a bit more than expected. There was a lot of reading and studying that I had each week, about 12 to 20 hours a week. It is manageable. Since my classes transferred easily and well, I could focus on the classes intended for my degrees and get through the process in a timely manner. I don't have an internship opportunity and am nervous about job prospects.

3 Recent Alumnus

Online Courses: It can truly be a challenge because I had to be very disciplined to have time set aside everyday to study for a 9-credit, 3 course, semester. I don't get the same relationship with the professor and students and a lot less motivation to keep me going. It takes a lot of self-determination and a willpower. In the classes though, discussion is always encouraged which does help keep me motivated and other's can answer questions that I have sooner than the teacher can. .

4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: This online school has been very convenient and flexible for me. I can work around my other responsibilities easily. The teachers are knowledgeable and have been very good at explaining and material, and they are very responsive towards me when I have had questions. There was one teacher who I had problems with and the school responded to our problems with her. My credits transferred without any problems, and I only had to retake two classes, which I had expected to have to retake: Anatomy and Physiology.

3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: The school has many different options for classes; day, evening, online. It is very nice to have all of those options. I'm going to school for nursing, and the school only has a couple of options for labs and clinicals so in that area they are not very flexible.

4 College Senior

Online Courses: Taking online classes are hard because the student has to be very independent in their learning. Minnesota West does a good job at student-teacher communication and outlines the main focal points of the material which make the online process easier.

5 College Junior

Career Services: When I get close to graduating, my school counselor will help me to find a job in my career, help me apply for the job, etc. They have an 89% employment rate for my degree.

4 College Junior

Student Body: My school is mostly of people of the middle-class with full time jobs or students who can't quite afford to be in a university yet, but everyone is accepting of one another. Many of students juggle between working, school, and still maintaining a social life.

5 College Junior

Academic Experience: My teachers are willing to work with me after class when I'm not sure about a couple homework assignments. It feels like they have taken me under their wing to make sure I succeed and have a great career after I graduate. If I can't seem to figure something out about class registering, individuals are willing to work with me so I can get into my needed classes.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: My school isn't a campus students live on but the environment is friendly when classes are in session. It's easy to study since there are multiple rooms designed for studying. The student center is very helpful when you have questions.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: There are multiple labs of computers available around the campus. They advise to have your own laptop for summer classes or late night homework doing. The internet is being constantly updated so the speed continues to keep up.

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