Rasmussen College focuses on providing "quality academics, accredited programs, and affordable options," especially to non-traditional students. Focused on providing pathways to careers, Rasmussen College supports students in starting, growing, and transitioning their careers. It primarily offers certificate, associate’s degree, and bachelor’s degree programs. For nurses, it offers a master’s degree program.
Rasmussen College was founded in 1900 in St. Paul, Minnesota. It is now a Public Benefit Corporation. This means that while it strives to maximize profits for shareholders, it also keeps communities and students at the heart of everything it does. Its mission is to enrich the world and to meet the evolving needs of a diverse community. It has always intended to provide career-focused education.
Rasmussen College is now located on 22 campuses throughout the United States. The majority are located in Minnesota and Florida, but the college also has campuses in Illinois, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Kansas. It also has an online program that serves students throughout the country and world. Rasmussen College online courses are offered in business, design, education, health services, justice studies, nursing, and technology. (Note that some of these programs might not be offered online to residents of certain states due to regulations.) The school also offers hybrid programs, or programs that blend on-campus and online learning.
Rasmussen College Accreditation
Rasmussen College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). This means that the HLC found Rasmussen College to meet strict requirements and criteria for providing quality faculty, curricula, and programming. This accreditation extends to Rasmussen College online programs. Rasmussen also has accreditation for its nursing and other programs. This means that students in those accredited programs will be eligible to test for licensure and certification when necessary.
Special Characteristics of Rasmussen College
Besides academic programming, Rasmussen College offers numerous resources to help make learning fun, social, and effective.
Rasmussen’s Social Community
Rasmussen College’s social community is a collection of blogs, Facebook pages, Pinterest pictures, and more that help students connect with one another and access other important information.
- Students can read blogs about health, business, education, and other programs. They can read about career services, college life, and online learning.
- Facebook pages for different programs and campuses help students find study buddies, on-campus activities, and other opportunities that contribute to the educational experience.
- LinkedIn helps students network with one another and build profiles as they advance their education and career skills.
- Pinterest gives students access to motivating memes and other inspiring memos.
- Twitter and YouTube create an ambiance of multimedia communication and discourse
Rasmussen College’s Career Center
As a career-centered school, helping students pursue career opportunities is a priority at Rasmussen. The school has relationships with potential employers in fields from business to healthcare. It also offers:
- A career “Research Hub” where students can design a career roadmap, take a career aptitude test, look at potential careers, and learn about occupation salaries by states. Counselors are available to help students navigate these resources.
- Career Services, where students get help writing resumes, creating portfolios, preparing application materials, developing networking strategies, and more. Students work with counselors in Career Services to garner support in finding and securing employement.
- An Alumni Association, where students connect and network with other graduates.
Rasmussen’s Military Benefits
Rasmussen College knows it serves numerous adult, career-focused students. Among those students are current or former members of the military. For those students, Rasmussen offers:
- Opportunities to transfer military credits or test out of courses
- Redeem active duty pricing
- Receive one-on-one support navigating financial benefits (from the school and military)
- Earn a tuition discount for themselves and their families
- Find degree programs connected to their service (if wanted)
Rasmussen’s Career and Industry-Focused Programs
The majority of students at Rasmussen earned undergraduate certificates or associate’s degrees in 2014-2015. Programs in business and health services were particularly popular. Education and criminal justice followed close behind. In business and health services, programs focus on areas in which students can apply for jobs with a certificate or associate’s degree.
Or, students might choose to transfer their credits to a bachelor’s degree program down the road. (If you want to transfer, be sure to confirm with Rasmussen and your future school that your credits will transfer as you intend.)
Rasmussen College Admissions
Rasmussen College has admissions procedures for adult, transfer, nursing, high school, and military applicants. To assist with admissions process, the school provides Program Managers. Program Managers help applicants choose a program to match their goals, complete each step of the enrollment process, and find answers to questions.
The Steps to Admission
No matter what type of applicant you are, Program Managers will help you through several admissions stages:
- Online enrollment
- Taking an entrance placement exam
- Navigating financial aid
- Accessing enrollment documents
- Planning your degree and selecting your courses
- Completing online orientation
Otherwise, Program Managers will help you navigate admissions for adult, transfer, nursing, high school, or military applicants.
If You Are an Adult Applicant
For adult applicants, Program Managers:
- Help students transfer credits
- Identify degree programs that teach students in-demand professional skills
- Work with students to build a flexible online (or on-campus) schedule
If You Are a Transfer Student
For transfer students, Program Managers:
- Help transfer as many credits as possible
- Direct students to exams to take to waive course requirements
- Find scholarships available to transfer students
If You Are a High School Student
For high school students, Program Managers:
- Help students get credit for AP and college exams
- Find programs with market-relevant curricula
- Give students access to 24/7 tutoring
If You Are a Military or Nursing Applicant
Program Managers offer services like these and more to nursing and military applicants as well. Basically, they help applicants in different situations navigate the correct admissions process. No matter what type of applicant you are, you might need to provide official transcripts, submit test scores, and provide evidence of diplomas or degrees earned.
Financial Aid at Rasmussen College
Of the undergraduate students at Rasmussen College, 3,348 received grants or scholarships. Of those students, 2,641 received Pell Grants, or government sponsored grants. 3,006 received federal student loans. In total, 89 percent of the total undergraduate student body received financial aid. [i]
Rasmussen College Enrollment and Other Numbers
In fall, 2015, 34 percent of Rasmussen College’s undergraduate students were fulltime. 66 percent were part time. The majority of its students—64 percent—were aged 25 years or older. 61 percent of its students were enrolled in 100 percent online programs. 22 percent of its students took some online courses. Only 17 percent attended on-campus courses 100 percent of the time.
Of Rasmussen College’s part time bachelor’s degree students, 20 percent returned after their first year. 23 percent of all bachelor’s degree students (full and part time) graduated. 37 percent of full time, first time students earned their degrees in 4, 6, and 8 years.
Faculty at Rasmussen College
In 2017, Rasmussen College has 70 full-time faculty members and 161 part-time faculty members. All of them focus on providing instruction; none of them focus on research and public service. Given that Rasmussen is a career-focused school, its lack of dedication to research is typical. Faculty there focus on students and administering career-focused education.
As such, the faculty at Rasmussen College:
- Incorporate industry experience into classroom settings
- Provide instruction to help students learn course material
- Help students master concepts and develop career skills
Rasmussen’s faculty have advanced degrees and industry experience. They focus on bringing real-world knowledge and experience into the classroom.