Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Kansas and Florida
Rasmussen College began as the Rasmussen Practical School of Business in 1900. Founded by Walter Rasmussen and located in St. Paul Minnesota, the mission of the school was to ensure students of both genders were able to have a successful career in business.
Despite the Great Depression of the late 1920s, enrollment remained strong, especially for women students who now had the right to vote and a larger role in the household. By 1950, approximately 22,400 students had graduated from the institution. From the 1960s onward, the school began to offer a wider variety of degree options, including accountants and secretaries. Graduates continued to enjoy high employment rates upon graduation and today, the college offers online learning to over 14,000 students.
Rasmussen College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. With locations in Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Kansas and Florida, the university is licensed by the following organizations:
- Minnesota Office of Higher Education
- Illinois Board of Higher Education
- Commission for Independent Education
- North Dakota University System
- State of Wisconsin Education Approval Board
- Kansas Board of Regents
Other accreditations vary based on location, since the college has six locations throughout the United States. These include:
- Regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission
- Minnesota Board of Nursing
- Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
- Kansas Board of Nursing
- Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing
- Florida Board of Nursing
- Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- Commission on Accreditation for Health Informations and Information Management Education
- Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
- Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
- National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Rasmussen College has multiple options for those wanting to learn online. The fully online program offers Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees, diplomas and certificates in seven areas of study, including:
- Health sciences
- Justice studies
To start learning online, students just need a computer and Internet access. Once enrolled, students can learn on their own time and virtually connect with professors and other students through live interactive sessions or watch virtual simulations when studying courses of a more technical nature. Sessions are also recorded so students can watch on their own time if they are unable to virtually attend the live session. Students can discuss projects or coursework through messageboards. Tech support is available to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week as well as a virtual library and tutoring.
The school also has what they call a Flex Choice learning option. This option truly allows students to learn at their own pace through competency-based education and self-directed assessments. This is a great choice for students who already have a degree or learn well on their own.These supplemental courses can help students obtain their degree quicker. While it might feel more hands off, students can discuss their results with a professor and still have around-the-clock tech support available to them.
There are 1,000 professors who teach in an online capacity at Rasmussen College. Students can discuss their coursework with their teachers in a variety of ways, including a quick phone call, email, or the live tool available through Rasmussen College’s learning management system.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Rasmussen College has two major scholarships it offers to students. These include:
- Change a Life scholarship, which allows new students or alumni to nominate a student they feel would be worthy to receive $1,000.
- Future Nurses of Wisconsin scholarship, which offers $4,600 towards students pursuing a nursing degree
The school also has a variety of regional scholarship opportunities that students can apply for, including:
- Dollars for Scholars scholarship, which matches up to $500 per eligible student
- First in my Family Hispanic scholarship, awarded through the Hispanic College Fund to students pursuing a business degree
- Wisconsin Resident grant, which gives students up to $6,435 to a student within a nine-month period. (Online students are not eligible for this grant.)
- T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Florida scholarship, which covers tuition and books for students getting their associates degree in teaching
- T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Minnesota scholarship, which covers tuition and books for students getting their associates degree in teaching
- T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Wisconsin scholarship, which covers tuition and books for students getting their associates degree in teaching
- National Military Family Association scholarship fund, available to those who are serving in one of the seven branches of the military
- Giva scholarship program, which is available to both undergraduate and graduate students who want to make a difference through community service
School Awards and Recognitions
Rasmussen College has received a variety of recognitions over the last few years. These include:
- Blended Learning Strategy Practice award from Sloan Consortium in 2014
- Student and Staff Person of the year award from Minnesota College Career Association in 2013 and 2012
Rasmussen College is dedicated to offering high quality education at an affordable price. According to their website, many of their programs are under $9,000 per year, compared to four-year public and private colleges, which can cost anywhere from $11,600 to $16,824 annually.
Rasmussen College is dedicated to helping students not only graduate but be able to start their career off on the right foot. Their career center features a variety of tools to help students pick the right kind of degree and know how much specific career tracks pay so they can go into job interviews prepared to answer skill-based and salary questions.
As part of its career services, Rasmussen offers Job Connect, an online database, which helps students find jobs in their field of study. The school also offers resume prep services through optimalresume.com, allowing students to develop professional resumes, cover letters and portfolios. A career resource video series is also available, covering topics such as networking, what recruiters look for in job candidates and common interview mistakes. The school also hosts multiple career fairs across the country near its numerous locations. Alumni of Rasmussen College can also take advantage of networking events and library resources.