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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Professors
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Safety
    A+
  5. Student Life
    A
  6. Location
    B
Ridgewater is an above-average public college located in Willmar, Minnesota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,942 undergraduate students. The Ridgewater acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Nursing, and Agricultural Business. Graduating 51% of students, Ridgewater alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,800.
About Ridgewater College...
Athletic Division
NJCAA Division III
Athletic Conference
Address
2101 15th Ave NW
Willmar, MN 56201
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Ridgewater College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Cost

Net Price
$11,161/ 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
$4,987/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
86%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
100%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.13 responses
81%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.16 responses
100%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.16 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,942Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,424
Undergrads Over 25
18%
Pell Grant
47%
Varsity Athletes
7%
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$33,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
51%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%

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Ridgewater College Reviews

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I earned two degrees at Ridgewater and I have gone on to be quite successful in my field as a result of the first-rate education I received there. The instructors are incredibly skilled in their field, intelligent, creative in how they present information, and genuinely invested in your success. The facility is continually updated to authentically reflect the environment students will be working in after graduation. Student life is rich with opportunities for extracurricular activities and interests. The tuition can't be beat for the value you receive. Ridgewater College offers every opportunity for success and encourages students to be passionate about their chosen field of study. I highly recommend them.
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If you are planning on attending the PARAMEDIC PROGRAM DON'T! You will be teaching YOURSELF. The entire textbook is broken down into 8 courses, which means you pay for almost each chapter as a course. Other paramedic programs you pay for 2 course to include all of the chapters. The clinical hours are 600 hrs so you will have to quit your job and spend alot of money on hotel rooms. Lastly, when you make an appointment to see your instructor, he most likely won't show up and call in sick.
I enjoy the fact that it is a smaller school. The professors all know you by name, show interest in your success, and care about your grades as much as you do. Even though the college is small it has great resources. The gym is free to use and kept up nicely, the cafeteria at the college serves great food for a reasonable price, there are also outdoor resources like a tennis court. I would highly recommend the college to anyone that is looking for an affordable, minimal debt, and high quality education and facility.