Who can attend the RLNC?  Does one have to be a Red Lake Member or Native American?


The Red Lake Nation College has Open Enrollment, which means that any individual who has earned a High School diploma or GED is eligible to attend.  One does NOT have to be a Red Lake Member or Native American to attend. In fact, RLNC has several students who are neither enrolled Red Lake Band members nor Native Americans of any tribe.  We encourage diversity in our student body, and welcome students from all cultural backgrounds.

Do you require standardized tests like the ACT or SAT tests in order to apply to your college?


 As noted above, the only requirement for applying for admission at RLNC is a High School diploma or GED. However, the College does require that all students take placement tests to assess their proficiency levels in math and English before registering for classes at RLNC. Scores from these tests will determine at what level of math and English each student should begin their college studies.

How long does it take to graduate from the RLNC?


The standard Associate in Arts Degree program offered by RLNC is designed  as a two-year program. However, due to personal circumstances, students may take two and a half or three years to complete the degree requirements.  It is up to each student to determine his/her goals and to understand that personal motivation and persistence are key to completing a college education.

Is the RLNC accredited?  Will my credits transfer to other colleges? 


The Red Lake Nation College reached a major academic milestone by achieving Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Candidacy for Accreditation status in November 2016.  This means Red Lake Nation College is demonstrating the expected standards of excellence in higher education.  This period of Candidacy typically lasts up to four years in duration. 


As of July 1, 2017, Red Lake Nation College will no longer be an additional location of Leech Lake Tribal College, but will instead be an independent, unaccredited institution.  College credits earned can still be transferred to other institutions and count towards degree completion. 

Red Lake Nation College has articulation agreements with the following colleges and universities:

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Bemidji State University

White Earth Tribal and Community College

Can I get Financial Aid here?


Yes! Please see our Financial Aid page for any questions. 

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