About ATCC

Alexandria Technical & Community College (ATCC) provides quality hands-on and liberal arts education to nearly 3,900 students each year. Wallethub has ranked ATCC as the #1 Community College in Minnesota four years running, and we frequently rank within the top 10 nationwide. ATCC offers nearly 50 programs and transfer pathways in fields like business, design, education, human services, health, manufacturing, police training, and transportation. Most programs can be completed in two years or less, with some offerings as short as one semester. With among the highest graduation rate in the country and a 98% job placement rate, ATCC maintains a longstanding reputation as an academic institution of excellence.

The campus is located in Alexandria, Minnesota, in the heart of lake country in West Central Minnesota. The city population is 14,382 within city limits, but the unique layout of over 300 lakes in the county makes the service area closer to 35,000 people. Located 2 hours Northwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul and 1 ½ hours Southeast of Fargo, ND, Alexandria is easily accessible on I-94. In addition to the strong and diverse local economy featuring manufacturing, healthcare, education, service, retail, and tourism, the region features a quality of life and access to infrastructure that few micropolitan communities (populations of 10,000-50,000) can rival. Alexandria is home to a thriving downtown district, excellent trails, plenty of arts, museums, parks, wineries, breweries, and a whiskey distillery. Paired with diverse year-round outdoor activities and more lakes than you can count, Alexandria is a small town that feels big.

Alexandria College is a member of the Minnesota State colleges and universities system. With 33 colleges and universities across 54 campuses, Minnesota State is the largest provider of higher education in the state of Minnesota and the fourth largest system of higher education in the United States.

Students Walking on ATCC Campus


Alexandria Technical & Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and is committed to high quality education, continuous improvement, and student success.


Alexandria Technical & Community College was founded in 1961. In 1995 the Minnesota Technical College System, the Minnesota Community College System, and the Minnesota State University System merged to create the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MNSCU), renamed Minnesota State in 2016.

Institution Name History:

  • Alexandria Technical & Community College  2010-Present
  • Alexandria Technical College  1990-2010
  • Alexandria Technical Institute  1988-1989
  • Alexandria Vocational Technical Institute  1985-1987
  • Alexandria Area Vocational Technical Institute  1973-1984
  • Alexandria Area Vocational Technical School  1961-1972

Why Choose ATCC?

Alexandria Technical & Community College's retention, graduation, and career placement is among the highest of all Minnesota public two-year colleges. The college provides quality education, whether you are planning to start your career or just beginning your education.

There are a variety of programs and majors to choose from. You'll find something you're interested in.

If two years is too long for you to be out of the workforce, check out certificates and diplomas that can be completed in one year or less. Certificates and diplomas equip you with specific skills and knowledge that will set you apart in the workplace.

Maybe you're not quite ready to be part of the workforce. That's OK. Start your education at ATCC and transfer to a university to get your Bachelor's degree. Still in high school? Check out the PSEO program that allows you to earn credits toward a college degree and your high school diploma.

Alexandria Technical & Community College is more than textbooks, classes, labs, and studying. There are plenty of organizations, sports, and student activities to keep you from getting cabin fever. Alexandria is a fun and safe community filled with restaurants, shops, theaters, and plenty of outdoor recreational activities. Visit External Website: Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce www.alexandriamn.org for more information.