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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
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  4. Safety
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  5. Student Life
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  6. Location
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Ridgewater is an above-average public college located in Willmar, Minnesota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,031 undergraduate students. The Ridgewater acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Nursing, and Agricultural Business. Graduating 54% of students, Ridgewater alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,400.
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

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Cost

Net Price
$11,631/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,745/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,782/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,213/ year
  • $76-110k
    $15,679/ year
  • $110k+
    $16,341/ year
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Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
21:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
100%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.13 responses
80%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.15 responses
100%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.15 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,031Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
19%
Pell Grant
48%
Varsity Athletes
7%
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$32,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
54%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%

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Ridgewater College Reviews

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I really enjoy the small campus. I like it that way because it is very personable. Figuratively, everyone knows everyone, and if you don't know someone, you soon will. I enjoy most of the teachers and having that personable contact. One specifically, Kathy Steffen, inspired me to be a great student, and pursue my communication dreams. At Ridgewater in Hutchinson, I would add more picnic tables. There are only two and both in inconvenient spots.
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Ridgewater College has been a great place to start out my academic career. Ridgewater has enabled me to go farther than I ever dreamed. Through the support of staff and faculty, I have been able to maintain a 3.91 GPA, stay on the Dean's list, accepted by Pi Theta Kappa honor society and Harvard Extension. Yes, it been a lot of hard work, but Ridgewater has made learning one of my most favorite things to do.
My experiences with Ridgewater College over the course of the past two years has been nothing but excellent. They are helpful, kind, and have many career options for you.