Community College Connection

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Connection Program Admissions

Who is eligible?

To participate in the Community College Connection program you need to complete the Accuplacer exam or meet placement exemptions. 

The program is designed for:

  • Students who have applied to St. Cloud State and were referred to the Connection program
  • Graduating high school students who apply directly to the program without a referral
  • Students admitted to ARCC can change their major to the Connection program to apply for admission

Students who have previous college experience may not qualify for the Community College Connection program. If you have previous college experience, contact Admissions at Anoka-Ramsey Community College or St. Cloud State to explore alternative options for admission. Those who still want to be considered for the CCC Program will have their application considered on an individual basis.  

Admission steps

Step 1: Apply

You can apply for the Connection program:

  • Apply online through Anoka-Ramsey Community College and follow these steps:
    • Select the Coon Rapids campus  
    • Your major should be the Associate of Arts/transfer option 
    • Select St. Cloud State University-Connections” as a program of interest at the end of the application 
  • Submit your high school transcript to ARCC

After your application has been submitted, Connection program staff will review and contact you regarding your next steps in the application and admission process.  

Step 2: Accuplacer test

After your application is processed, you will receive a checklist in the mail with information about testing.

The Accuplacer placement test is a national collegiate test that measures a student’s ability in reading, math and computer skills. Connection applicants are required to take the Reading Comprehension and Elementary Algebra portions of the Accuplacer test unless placement exemptions have been determined by the Admissions team at ARCC.

As an applicant to the Connection program, you can take your first attempt at the Accuplacer for free at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. You can also choose to take the test at any other Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State) institution by requesting a testing voucher from Testing Services at ARCC.

Testing options:

Anoka-Ramsey Community College offers Study Help for the Accuplacer for students looking for Accuplacer help.

Contact Anoka-Ramsey Community College Testing Services at 763-433-1180 or for any questions about Accuplacer testing. 

Step 3: Acceptance

Once your Accuplacer scores have been accepted, we will send admitted students an acceptance letter.

This letter will contain:

  • Your acceptance status
  • Your ID numbers for St. Cloud State University and Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Information on how to apply for housing at St. Cloud State University
  • Directions to sign up for an Advising and Registration Day

Read all this information carefully and follow the steps included in your acceptance letter. If you need assistance, contact Connection program staff.

Step 4: Enrollment

Congratulations! By this step you are now a part of the program and are ready to choose and register for your classes.

Advising and Registration Day is a one-day program that is required for all new first-year students as part of our commitment to your academic success.

You will sign up for Advising and Registration Day on the St. Cloud State campus where you will learn about registering for courses and about all the resources available to you on campus. After you are accepted, you should receive a letter about how to register for this important day.