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Our Past Strengthens Our Future

For the past century, Rasmussen College has prepared students to succeed. Although the world has changed dramatically, our goal has remained the same: to give our students a better education. With experience, innovation and dedication, we as an institution have not just evolved to meet demands, but have thrived to lead the way.

A Century of Preparing Students for Success

Learn how Rasmussen College has evolved over the decades, what’s fueled student development and how we continue to meet the needs of a changing workforce.

History of Rasmussen

Rasmussen College: Milestones of Innovation

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1900

It’s a new century, and Walter Rasmussen has noticed a market need for the growing business class. He opens the Rasmussen Practical School of Business in Stillwater, Minnesota.

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1920

Women’s suffrage has just ended. Now, women are becoming a growing force in the workplace, sitting alongside men in classes.

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1945

Walter Nemitz takes the helm as President of Rasmussen College in 1945. By the College's 50th anniversary, Rasmussen College has educated over 22,000 students.

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1961–1980

These are busy years, with two new campuses opening to meet the ever-growing demand for secretaries, accountants and machine operators.

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2001

The new millennium finds Rasmussen College earning regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

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2002

As the unstoppable digital age continues, we take a leadership role in a whole new form of education—one that offers unprecedented access—online learning.

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2006

It’s another year of expansion as Rasmussen College broadens its offerings to include Bachelor's degrees and launches its School of Nursing in Ocala, Florida.

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2009

Dedicated to continuous improvement, Rasmussen College welcomed back the Higher Learning Commission for a comprehensive review for re-accreditation, resulting in an exceptionally successful visit with extensive expansion approval.

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2016

This year marks the launch of our Competency-Based Education (CBE) programs. Rasmussen College is a national leader in CBE, helping to advance this cutting-edge, faculty-led, project-based learning approach that prioritizes student learning over deadlines.

2017

For the first time in its history, Rasmussen College introduces enrollment for graduate degrees. Experienced professionals know the value of constantly learning, and Rasmussen College has stepped up to the challenge in order to support them.

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