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Post-Traditional Student


Post-traditional students make up nearly 22 percent of Anoka-Ramsey Community College's current student population. According to Minnesota State, post-traditional students include all students over the age of 25. 

Anoka-Ramsey staff and faculty are dedicated to supporting post-traditional students by assisting them as they navigate their college journey. The Post-Traditional Advising Office serves a variety of students, including those returning to the classroom after period of time when their formal education was interrupted, or those just beginning their education at a later point in life.

Schedule a Remote Appointment

Schedule a remote appointment with the Post-Traditional Student Advisor:

Important Notes

Previously, if you have been a student with Anoka-Ramsey, you do not need to re-apply. Continue with the returning student steps.

If you have ever taken any courses at another college or university, please enroll as a transfer student.

More Steps to Become a Student Options:

Veteran Student

Senior Citizen Student

Two-Year Degrees & Short-Term Certificates

Bachelor/Graduate Degrees

Professional & Workforce Training (non-credit)

Admissions Checklist for New Post-Traditional Students

  1. Apply

    Apply online for admission to the college. There is no cost to apply.

    Once you have submitted your application, watch for an email informing you of your enrollment status.

    Be sure to save your StarID and Password where you can find it. You’ll need your StarID and password to access your student email account and other campus information.

  2. Determine Placement Exemption or Complete Placement Testing

    If you have previously taken the Accuplacer placement at another college or have ACT, SAT, or MCA scores, you may be EXEMPT from having to take the Accuplacer placement test. Please send an official copy of your scores to the Records and Registration Office.

    Then, complete the Course Placement Evaluation Request and return to testing services. Once evaluated, it will be determined if you are exempt from taking the Accuplacer placement test.

    If you are not eligible for exemption then you must complete the Accuplacer placement test for reading and/or math at the Coon Rapids or Cambridge testing center.

  3. Complete Orientation

    Orientation is required for students before they can register for classes. It’s an opportunity to learn important information about your classes and the college.