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The College Journey

College is a community composed of students, faculty, staff, alumni and higher education partners plus the world of people they interact with every day. Going to college is a right, privilege and journey toward a better world not just for students, but for everyone those students teach and learn from in their lives.

About Inver Hills

From the President

At Inver Hills, we are dedicated to advancing the power and promise of education. This vision guides our daily work and captures the spirit of our campus. As an Inver Hills student, you will experience engaging programs of study in a beautiful campus environment. You can also participate in many fun student clubs and activities, plan for your career or transfer, and learn through service to the larger community. Our goal is to help you realize your full potential....

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Mission

Learn, discover, and build a better future: Inver Hills is dedicated to the power and promise of education.

Vision

At Inver Hills, we aspire to create a transformational education for every student founded on belonging, learning, support, clear pathways, and community engagement.

Students at Inver Hills will say of their education

  • Belonging "I am valued for who I am."
  • Learning "I am engaged in meaningful learning."
  • Support "I have the support I need."
  • Clear Pathways "I know where I am going and how to get there."
  • Community Engagement "I am engaged in community."

Values

  • Student Centered: We recognize and build on students' strengths and perspectives. We support them in taking an active role in their learning and in navigating our college. We provide inclusive, high-quality, and timely services. We also design our services and programs with our diverse students’ needs in mind.
  • Equity Minded: We take responsibility for creating an inclusive learning and working environment where our students and colleagues can thrive. We identify and address patterns of inequity, informed by a social and historical understanding of exclusionary practices in American higher education.
  • Community Engaged: We collaborate with employers, educational institutions, and community organizations to enhance our respective missions and strengthen our communities.

One Bold Future

Learn more about our alignment with Dakota County Technical College at https://oneboldfuture.com.

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Overview

Founded in 1970, Inver Hills Community College offers nearly 40 degree options, including an Associate of Arts degree with nine emphasis areas. The A.A. degree is an ideal choice if you are planning on transferring to a four-year college or university. You will save money and have the added advantage of working one-on-one with your instructors.

Inver Hills offers an Associate of Science degree that is designed for both transfer and entering directly into the workforce. The A.S. is perfect if you are looking for a balance between a liberal arts education and learning the specific skills you need for your future career.

Our Associate of Applied Science degree is made to order if you wish to launch your career as soon as possible. You can earn an A.A.S. at Inver Hills in an IT or business program, gaining the competence you need to quickly excel in these high-demand fields.

Designed for transfer, our Associate of Fine Arts, or A.F.A., degree allows you to establish yourself in one of three fundamental artistic pursuits: Art, Music and Theatre. Our Art department provides instruction in six important focus areas, including ceramics, photography and painting. Both the Music and Theatre departments deliver opportunities to participate in live performances, the former in ensembles, the latter in college-production plays.

Our 90-acre campus features nine modern buildings set amid beautiful gardens surrounded by wooded hills and wetlands. The buildings are situated around a central mall in a university-style setting. Inver Hills is located in Inver Grove Heights less than 10 miles from St. Paul just off U.S. Route 52.

Our students come from Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We also have international students from a dozen or more countries. Most of our students reside within 20 miles of the campus, particularly in Dakota and Washington counties as well as St. Paul. About half our course offerings meet during evenings, late afternoons and weekends so that working adults can attend. Typically, well over 50 percent of our students hold jobs and learn part-time.

College is one of the most important journeys of your life. By choosing Inver Hills, you will make the most of the experience and get your future aimed in the right direction. Our focus is on providing top-notch academic support in concert with degrees that are both career-oriented and transfer-ready. We take pride in our gorgeous campus and the students-first philosophy of our faculty and staff. But most of all, Inver Hills Community College takes pride in the reason we exist: our students and our graduates.

Fast facts

  • In Fall 2020, there were 3,607 students enrolled taking courses for credit. This is the equivalent of 1,176 full-time students.
  • 43% were new to Inver Hills
  • 57% were continuing
  • 37% were Students of Color (SOC)
  • 49% came from a home where neither parent held a bachelor’s degree
  • 28% were known to be eligible for a Pell grant
  • Nearly 5,000 students received training through our Center for Professional and Workforce Development
  • Inver Hills and DCTC generate $334.6M in economic impact per year. Download the Economic Impact Report here.

In 2020-2021 Inver Hills offered 36 two-year degree options and 24 certificates.

Most popular degrees

Top Minnesota cities where our students reside

  • Apple Valley
  • Cottage Grove
  • Inver Grove Heights
  • Farmington
  • Eagan

Average credit load for fall 2020

  • Full-time students: 14.0 credits
  • Part-time students: 6.8 credits

Inver Hills is fully accredited for delivery of online programs, including the following programs available completely online:

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