With a variety of student support and student life opportunities, including athletics, student clubs and organizations, campus theatre, Multicultural Center, LGBTQ Center, Veterans Center, and much more, Century College provides a welcoming and vibrant campus community. 

As a "community" college, we care about our locality. We are engaged, connected and a resource within our local communities, including K-12 and workforce/industry partners.

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Mission Statement

Century College inspires, prepares, and empowers students to succeed in a changing world.

Vision Statement

To be a national leader in transforming lives through an innovative, rigorous, and compassionate approach to education.

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    The Century College community values:

    • inspiring learning
    • broadening perspectives
    • pursuing excellence
    • responding to community needs
    • achieving goals
    • transforming lives
    • celebrating achievement

Student Demographics - Academic Year 2021-22

  • Student Headcount (credit) - 10,991
  • Full-Year Equivalent (FYE) - 5,140
  • Students of Color - 43%
  • First Generation (Federal Definition) - 43%
  • Average Age - 24
  • Female - 58%
  • Male - 41%

Century College's Economic Contribution

Since first opening our doors to 503 students as Lakewood State Junior College in 1967, Century College has been an engaged, connected partner and a resource to the community. Serving nearly 20,000 credit and non-credit students each year, Century College is one of the largest and most diverse two-year community colleges in Minnesota. 

Century College takes pride in providing a welcoming, inclusive, and vibrant campus for students and community members, and our importance to our local community is felt in the College’s economic impact of $368.5 million dollars annually. Through innovative programs that train graduates for high-demand jobs in the workforce, to providing contributions to charitable causes and volunteer services, to supporting and sustaining jobs in the local area, Century College’s commitment to community, culture and collaboration has been making a difference for over 50 years.

Core Competencies for Student Learning

Century College’s Core Competencies articulate the knowledge, skills, and abilities expected of graduates from all programs. These five Core Competencies were created with an eye towards ensuring that the learning provided at Century College remains relevant and aligned with student, workplace, and societal needs as well as with Century College’s mission and values.

1. Communication

  • Critically and effectively read
  • Critically and effectively write
  • Critically and effectively listen
  • Critically and effectively speak
  • Effectively send and receive nonverbal messages
  • Appropriately adapt oral and written discourse to various contexts and purposes
  • Construct logical and coherent arguments
  • Employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines and their professional world

2. Critical Thinking

  • State the problem or question at issue clearly and comprehensively, including the context, potential sources of bias, and opposing points of view
  • Gather information and evaluate sources for relevance, accuracy, logic, and fairness
  • Develop and articulate their own position clearly, offering logical, and sufficient evidence to support their conclusions
  • Select a course of action or solve a problem based on reasoned analysis and synthesis of information gathered

3. Global, Cultural, and Intellectual Diversity

  • Identify individual and group similarities and differences
  • Analyze the beliefs, behaviors, and values of their own culture as well as others’
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interdependence of cultures and communities
  • Demonstrate skills and values needed to effectively live and work in a diverse global society

4. Ethical and Civic Responsibility

  • Identify their own ethical values and the social, environmental, political, and economic contexts of ethical behavior and decision-making
  • Analyze ethical dilemmas and articulate a well-reasoned position based on that analysis
  • Make decisions and take actions that will enhance the common good of society and the natural environment
  • Participate in the civic life of the community

5. Life Planning and Goal Setting

  • Articulate educational, professional, and personal goals through self-assessment and reflection
  • Identify strategies for fulfilling educational, professional, and personal goals
  • Demonstrate an ability to adapt plans, building on prior experiences to respond to new and challenging contexts