Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) / UCR
Located in Rochester, Minnesota's fifth largest city, Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) is housed at the University Center Rochester (UCR). UCR serves as a regional hub for educational, cultural and recreational activities in one of Minnesota's fastest growing cities.
The University Center Rochester campus is home to Rochester Community and Technical College, University of Minnesota Rochester and Winona State University Rochester Center. The three institutions offer more than 150 programs of study, enroll approximately 20,000 students in undergraduate, graduate and workforce education programs and manage almost 900,000 square feet of educational space on a scenic 480-acre campus.
Many changes have taken place in the last 84 years. In 1915, the Rochester Junior College was established, representing the oldest community college in Minnesota. Later, in 1969 the Rochester Area Vocational and Technical Institute opened. The University of Minnesota received funding in 1966 to establish a center in Rochester. By 1986, Winona State University-Rochester Center moved to the Rochester Community College campus and signed a 2+2 agreement with the Community College. Minnesota Riverland Technical College was formed in 1991 and joined Rochester Community College, Winona State University Rochester Center and University of Minnesota Rochester in the newly completed University Center Rochester campus by the end of 1994.