Where to go to continue your education near Southwest
Hamline University's Minneapolis Center 511 Groveland Ave. (in the Hennepin United Methodist Church) 1-800-753-9753 -- www.hamline.edu
Long considered a St. Paul institution, Hamline University opened a new branch of its college in downtown last year. The new center not only offers easy access from downtown and surrounding suburbs, but, thanks to a partnership with Hennepin United Methodist Church, free parking as well.
Hamline's Minneapolis Center offers graduate liberal studies, management and education programs. They also offer masters in arts in education, arts in liberal studies, management, public administration and nonprofit management. Applicants for admission must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
The cost per graduate credit at Hamline is $643. Spring term has already begun, but prospective summer or fall students should apply soon. The $30 application fee is waived if you apply online.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota 2500 Park Ave. S. 874-9877 -- www.smumn.edu
Saint Mary's Minneapolis campus offers a variety of evening graduate and undergraduate programs for adult learners, including bachelor and masters degree completion, certificates and doctoral programs.
Bachelors programs include: information technology, industrial technology, police science, human resources management and business. There are over 20 masters programs, ranging from arts administration to telecommunications.
Saint Mary's undergraduate and graduate classes are $530 per credit. Spring semester is already underway, but graduate program sessions will be offered this summer and classes resume in September.
Dunwoody College of Technology/NEI Center 818 Dunwoody Blvd. 374-5800 -- www.dunwoody.edu
According to Admissions Manager Raul Galarza, Dunwoody College of Technology is one of the most respected private, nonprofit technical colleges in the nation. He said the college "is continually developing new programs to maintain its 'best-in-class' status and provide students with an education that responds directly to the needs of industry and the marketplace."
Dunwoody classes range from architectural drafting to welding.
Spring quarter begins Mar. 15 and ends in June. IT, computer and electronics programs run Mar. 22-June 4. Laboratory classes are $280 per credit, and lecture classes are $127 per credit. Students can obtain both associate degrees and diplomas at Dunwoody. Online classes are available.
Metropolitan State University Minneapolis campus: 730 Hennepin Ave. S. 659-7300 -- www.metrostate.edu
Metropolitan State University is designed to the meet the needs of a wide range of students. Their undergraduate and graduate programs include an urban teacher licensure program for grades 5-12, programs in arts and sciences, management, professional studies, law enforcement and criminal justice, and nursing, can meet almost any degree-seeker's needs.
If not, Metro State University offers the First College: individualized and interdisciplinary studies, which allows students to develop their own interdisciplinary programs.
Classes are offered at the downtown Minneapolis campus, the St. Paul Midway campus and the main campus just east of downtown St. Paul. Some degrees can be completed at the Minneapolis campus alone. Students can also take courses online.
Spring semester ends May 4. Call admissions office (number above) for summer and fall dates. Undergraduate classes are $128.39 per credit; graduate-level courses are $190.38 per credit.
University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus: 1000 LaSalle Ave. 651-962-5000 -- www.stthomas.edu
The University of St. Thomas' downtown Minneapolis campus includes the law school, college of business, school of education and graduate school of professional psychology.
Spring semester begins Feb. 3 and ends May 16. Much of the downtown campus focuses on graduate and professional studies, but some undergraduate courses are also offered there. Students can also enroll in many nondegree short courses as well.
Undergraduate classes generally cost $632.50 per credit. Graduate coursework ranges from around $480 to $810 per credit, depending on the program.
The Art Institutes International Minnesota 15 S. 9th St. 332-3361 -- www.aim.artinstitutes.edu
AII Minnesota offers two- and four-year degree programs in graphic design, culinary arts, media arts and animation, multimedia and Web design, visual effects and motion graphics, and interior design. New this year is a bachelor of science degree in culinary management.
Students can also take courses online. Night classes in graphic and interior design programs are also available.
Spring quarter runs April 5-June 19. An open house for potential students will be Jan 31. Classes are $336 per credit.