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College History


Mission

Anoka-Ramsey is an open door; comprehensive higher education institution committed to excellence in teaching and learning. Anoka-Ramsey is committed to responding to the educational needs of its changing communities and to providing opportunities for enhancing knowledge, skills, and values in a supportive learning environment.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is a multi-campus institution and a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The Coon Rapids Campus is located on the banks of the Mississippi River twentymiles north of downtown Minneapolis. The Cambridge Campus is located on west Highway 95 on the Rum River in Cambridge.

Beginning in 1965 with 600 students in a wing of Centennial High School in Circle Pines, Anoka-Ramsey Community College has grown considerably. In 1967 the college moved to the current Coon Rapids Campus of approximately 103 acres. The Cambridge Campus opened in 1978 and has shown consistent growth in enrollment and facilities. In addition, students may complete many ARCC college courses at convenient off-site locations throughout neighboring communities. During the 2008-2009 academic year, more than 11,000 students completed credit classes at the college.

 

TIMELINE
 1964

State selects Anoka County as future junior college location

 1965

College opens as Centennial Campus of Metropolitan State Junior College, in Centennial School District in Circle Pines, Minn.

 1967 Senator Walter Mondale provided commencement address to first graduating class of 80 students
 1968 Open House for permanent campus in Coon Rapids along the Mississippi River named Anoka-Ramsey Junior College
 1973 Anoka-Ramsey Junior College becomes Anoka-Ramsey Community College
 1978 Cambridge Campus opens as East Central Community College Service Center at Cambridge in a wing of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital
 1981 Permanent site selected and Cambridge Campus Instructional Services building constructed
 1983 East Central Community College Service Center renamed Cambridge Center-Anoka-Ramsey Community College
 1993 Established student/faculty exchange program with Zhaoqing University, China
 1994 Women’s Basketball wins National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Championship (National titles also earned 1997, 1998, 1999, 2007)
2005 Former Vice President, Walter Mondale provided commencement address to mark college’s 40th Anniversary. Kicked off University Portal program offering bachelor and graduate programs on the Coon Rapids and Cambridge Campuses
2010     Anoka-Ramsey President Dr. Patrick Johns appointed president of Lake Superior College. Dr. Jessica Stumpf named interim president.
2011 Coon Rapids Campus opens new Visual Arts Center (April)
2011 Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College aligned, yet maintaining seperate missions (July 1)
2013 Coon Rapids Campus opens new Health & Wellness Center (January)
2013 Coon Rapids Campus opens renovated Music Building (January)
2013 The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system appointed Kent Hanson as president of Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College (February 26)
2013 Kent Hanson began serving as president of Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College (July 1)

 

Change is Evident  1965 2012

Student Enrollment

597

12,256

Employees

24

520

Foundation Scholarships Awarded

0

207 total of $211,700

Tuition & Fees Per Credit

$5

$145 – Lowest Cost in Minn.

Locations

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9 North Metro & East Central Minn.