Rasmussen College will relocate its Mankato campus to the Madison East Center, about a mile from the current location due, citing strong demand for its health care programs.
The move will make the for-profit college neighbors with several medical-related businesses and services, including a health care center run by the Mayo Clinic.
“Over the years, as the demand for quality health care professionals has grown, we’ve seen our residential student population shift to more health sciences and nursing students,” said Kathy Sanger, campus director of Rasmussen’s Mankato location.
More than 600 students are enrolled at the Mankato campus where seven fields of study are available: health sciences, nursing, business, justice studies, education, technology and design.
Updated health sciences and nursing labs are among the amenities being added to its new facility. Construction begins this spring and is expected to open in winter of 2018.
The for-profit private college operates 23 total campuses in 6 states — 8 of which are in Minnesota.
Rasmussen’s success in Mankato comes amidst turmoil in the industry due to ongoing pressure from the federal government that has led the for-profit college industry to a six-year decline in enrollment. Strict regulations and cutbacks on federal student aid support have pushed institutions like ITT Technical Institute to shut down.
Local for-profit schools have also come under scrutiny by Minnesota’s attorney general. Globe University and Minnesota School of Business were found guilty of defrauding students. Just in the last month, both Globe and MSB lost all federal student aid support and were ordered by a Hennepin County judge to offer restitution to the students that were manipulated.

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