Vermilion Community College

Ely, MN

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Vermilion Community College
1900 East Camp Street
Ely, MN 55731

Type: 2-year or Community College
Our beautiful location, perched on the very edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, offers you a million acres of unspoiled natural laboratory in which to experience our many unique degree programs, and a one of a kind setting for the liberal arts student looking to complete the first two years of their college education. Whatever your educational aspirations, Vermilion has a friendly and committed faculty and staff waiting to help guide you down the road to obtain your goals.

Vermilion Community College is a residential, comprehensive, community college where students from all walks of life come to be part of our family of learners. Founded in 1922, Vermilion is now one of five colleges in the Northeast Higher Education District that shares a common college president, William Maki. Under William Maki's leadership and with the support of our vibrant community of Ely, Vermilion stands as a shining example of the benefits a small college offers today's student; small classes, engaged instructors who know their students, knowledgeable staff, and a top notch education.

I hope our website can begin to answer some of you questions, but please don't hesitate to contact us and let our expert staff help you begin the education of a lifetime.

Provost Shawn Bina

[email protected]


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Vermilion Community College located in beautiful Ely, Minnesota.

We pride ourselves on our strong academic programs, our athletic experiences that we offer, our many and diverse student clubs, and of course, our friendly and helpful staff and faculty.

Our campus serves a total of about 700 students - 600 on campus and the rest online or at other sites. Our student body is made up of about 68 % male and 32 % female, with most of our students attending full time. The majority of our students are from the Midwest, yet we have international students as well - this year from countries as far away as Australia and Japan.

VCC costs are affordable, and we provide a living experience right on campus. You may prefer to live in the residence hall and not have to go outside during the winter months, or you may prefer to have a brisk wake-up call as you walk to classes from your duplex or college apartment. Either way, we can meet your needs.

Our mission focuses on the natural world, and you'll get a taste of that as a student in Ely. From Natural Resources or Outdoor Leadership Programs to the Liberal Arts, and from taxidermy to dog sledding classes, you can study in any of your desired fields while getting out in the field. Our hands-on appro
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