What We Offer:

  • A Pre-College Summer Program for New Entering Students
  • Effective Academic Advising
  • Monitor Academic Progress and Academic Goal Setting
  • Individual Academic and Career Planning
  • Peer Mentor Group Study Assistance in Specific Courses
  • FAFSA & Scholarship Information Assistance
  • Assistance in Transferring to Four-Year Colleges and Universities
  • Tours of Four-Year Colleges and Universities
  • Educational and Cultural Group Activities
  • A Resource Library for General Education Courses
  • Access to TRiO Technology​

Note: Many of the above services are provided in coordination with other campus services
Who We Serve:

  • ​First Generation College Students
  • Low Income Students
  • Students with Disabiliti​​​es​

Eligible Students Must Also Be:​

  • A U.S. citizen or meet residency requirements for Federal Financial Assistance
  • Enrolled at Ridgewater College in a two-year degree or accepted for enrollment in a two-year degree program at the college for the next academic term

​TRiO Office Locations

Willmar - Room A141
Hutchinson - Room 105

The TRIO Student Support Services program at Ridgewater College is made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education (2011-2012 base award = $230,236).

More Information 



Thomas Tie320-222-8072thomas.tie@ridgewater.edu
Kim Boysen320-222-8073kim.boysen@ridgewater.edu
Terry Grinde320-234-8650terry.grinde@ridgewater.edu
Darla Fischer320-222-8075darla.fischer@ridgewater.edu

Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.