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  1. Professors
    B
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B-
  4. Safety
    A
  5. Student Life
    A-
  6. Location
    B-
Central Lakes - Brainerd is an above-average public college located in Brainerd, Minnesota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,661 undergraduate students. The Central Lakes - Brainerd acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Nursing, and Welding. Graduating 56% of students, Central Lakes - Brainerd alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,200.
501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
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Athletic Division
NJCAA Division III
Athletic Conference

Central Lakes College - Brainerd Rankings

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Admissions

Cost

Net Price
$12,173/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$4,661/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
89%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.23 responses
85%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.26 responses
81%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.26 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
8
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
3
Online Associates Programs
5
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    26%
  • On Campus
    63%
  • Online
    11%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,661Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,368
Undergrads Over 25
17%
Pell Grant
53%
Varsity Athletes
11%
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$33,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
56%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%

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Overall my experience was very positive! I very much enjoyed my experience at Central Lakes College, Brainerd. The staff and faculty was held to a high standard and I learned a lot from my time there. I believe they had a very accepting and uplifting atmosphere throughout the campus, which made learning and socializing easy! The students were very good as well, I was able to join a club my first semester, and made a few friends.

I really enjoyed my time at CLC and would highly recommend the college for anyone seeking a great two year community college degree, or are seeking transfer credits.
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I took one completely online class, and one hybrid online class, before the COVID-19 pandemic caused all my classes to go online. I think CLC did a great job of providing a high quality Online learning environment. The instructors were always available to answer any questions needed, and overall I felt I learned a lot from my online learning experience.
Even after COVID-19 my classes remained high quality and very interactive. The faculty was exceptional at converting their In-Class courses to online in a timely manor.
My experience at Central Lakes College has been an excellent one! The instructors are good at what they do and want to support their students and see them succeed. I have loved getting more involved in the community and discovering others who share my interests. Overall I love attending CLC and would highly recommend it to anyone seeking one of their degree programs!