Why Normandale

10 reasons to consider one of the “Twin Cities’ best-kept secrets.”

“Normandale is one of the Twin Cities’ best-kept secrets.”

We often hear that phrase from our students. And it's true: Our college does tend to get overlooked—in part because people simply don't know enough about us.

So here's a look at some of what makes Normandale unique—and uniquely valuable.

1. Cost

College Cost Difference Graph

Fact: Normandale is one of Minnesota's most affordable colleges. Our $190.30 per-credit cost is 2½ times less than the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and 6 times less than the average Minnesota private college. We also haven't raised tuition in two years.

2. Convenient Location

We're located just off 494 in Bloomington. Why travel across town or deal with downtown's traffic and parking hassles?

3. Small Class Sizes

Our average class size is 24 students, a number more common at expensive private schools.

4. Transfer Options

Normandale offers the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, a guaranteed set of general education credits that transfer to the University Minnesota system, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and many Minnesota private colleges. And because Normandale is accredited, we offer transfer options for many college and universities nationwide.

5. “Employment-Ready” Degree Options

Here's a few that we offer:

  1. Nursing
  2. Hospitality Management
  3. Law Enforcement
  4. Accounting
  5. Health Information Technology
  6. Elementary or Special Education
  7. Vacuum and Thin Film Technology
  8. Dental Hygiene
  9. Computer Information Management
  10. Business.

6. Convenient Schedule Options

We offer day, evening, and weekend courses. We also provide online and hybrid (mix between online and campus).

7. Local Four-Year Degrees

Metropolitan State University and Minnesota State University, Mankato offer a variety of four-degree programs that you can take right here on our Bloomington campus.

8. Educational Excellence

Normandale abounds in educational excellence. We provide everything from Presidential-awarded out-of-class learning programs and numerous study-abroad opportunities to learning communities, scholarship-funded STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) student opportunities and academic departments working with four-year schools on learning outcome standards. And that's only a small sample!

9. Professional Development

Our Customized Training department offers professional training and development in such areas as computer applications, Web and graphic design, information technology, quality and Six Sigma, ScrumMaster training, Change Management and many nursing, dental hygiene and dental assistant certifications—all at a fraction of the cost of comparable industry association trainings.

10. Lifelong Learning

Interested in Tai Chi, stress management, nutrition and diet, or other personal wellness skills? Normandale's Integrative Health Education Center providing the Midwest's largest selection of classes, workshops, certificate training, and special events.

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