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About Inver Hills

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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Our mission

Dedicated to the power and promise of education, we inspire students, build careers and strengthen communities.

Our vision

We will be an innovator in education, creating a vigorous intellectual environment for emerging leaders, scholars, and professionals. Through equity and inclusion, we will enrich individual lives and support our diverse communities, locally and globally.

Our values

  • Student success
  • Excellence and innovation in education
  • Caring for our environmental, human, and financial resources
  • Equity, inclusion, integrity and respect
  • Continuous improvement

One Bold Future

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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 2016, there were 4,998 students were enrolled taking courses for credit. This is the equivalent of 1,567 full-year equivalent students.
  • 38 percent were new to Inver Hills
  • 62 percent were continuing
  • 33 percent were students of color
  • 56 percent came from a home where neither parent held a bachelor’s degree
  • 56 percent were classified low-income
  • Nearly 5,000 students received training through our Center for Professional and Workforce Development

In 2016, Inver Hills offered 27 two-year degree options and 29 certificates.

Most popular degrees

Top Minnesota cities where our students reside

  • St. Paul
  • Inver Grove Heights
  • Eagan
  • Cottage Grove
  • Rosemount

Average credit load for fall 2016

  • Full-time students: 13.7 credits
  • Part-time students: 6.6 credits

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

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