Get Started at Normandale

Whether you are coming back to take one class or get an associate's degree, it is important to organize and plan your academic path. Take a look at Normandale's degree and credit selection, and map out your academic plan with an advisor.

Make an Academic Plan

Advising and Counseling - After you have attended an Advising and Counseling Orientation Session, contact an advisor to go over your academic plan.

Degrees - Normandale has over 80 different degress and certificates to choose from. Take a look at the Full List of Degrees and Certificates.

There are different types of associate's degrees you can pursue.

Definition of Degrees

Associate in Arts (AA) -
The AA degree is awarded for successful completion of 60 semester credits in liberal arts and sciences and completes the first 2 years of a bachelor's degree.

Associate in Science (AS) - The AS degree is awarded for successful completion of a program of 60 semester credits in a designated field.

Associate in Applied Sciences - The AAS degree is awarded for successful completion of a program of 60-72 semester credits and is intended for students who desire immediate employment upon graduation.

Certificate - The certificate program is intended to provide entry-level employment skills or advanced-level skills for employment. Certificate programs are usually between 9-30 college level credits.

Financial Resources for College

  • There are lot of options out there for helping to finance your education. Take a look at Normandale's Financial Aid page to get information on federal funding available for your education.
  • Normandale also offers many Scholarship Opportunities that will you manage the costs of your education. Normandale takes pride in the fact that we have one of the largest veteran student populations in the MnSCU system.
  • If you are a veteran, please check out a our Veteran's Resource page to make sure you are utilizing all of the benefits available to you.

Credit for Prior Learning

  • The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the College Board allows students of all ages to earn college credit for the knowledge and skills they have obtained both inside and outside of the classroom. Go to Normandale's Credit for Prior Learning if you are interested in finding out more about this.