College Address

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720

Mission statement

The mission of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is to provide higher education opportunities for its communities in a welcoming, culturally diverse environment.


To achieve this mission we will:

  • Promote scholarship and academic excellence through transfer and career education, and to provide access to higher education by offering developmental education.
  • Respectfully promote the language, culture and history of the Anishinaabeg.
  • Provide programs which will celebrate the cultural diversity of our community and promote global understanding.
  • Promote a sense of personal respect and wellness.
  • Provide technological opportunities and experiences, preparing students for the future.

College Description

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, Minnesota, is the nation’s only combined tribal college and state community college. Founded in 1987, FDLTCC was Minnesota’s first tribal college and reflects a partnership between the sovereign nation of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the State of Minnesota.  This blending makes FDLTCC different from all other colleges, but it also establishes FDLTCC as a strong institution in fulfilling the unique mission of providing higher education to our communities and the state.

The College offers associate degrees (AA, AFA, AS, AAS) across a wide range of program areas. Programs are available in more than 30 fields of study. Students may also choose to complete credits for transfer to another college. Degrees and credits earned at FDLTCC transfer to most other colleges and universities. FDLTCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. Occupational and short-term certificate options are also available. Continuing education and customized training opportunities serve the business communities.

Through its federal Land Grant Institution status, FDLTCC has cooperated with the USDA to establish initiatives such as the Environmental Institute and a Center of Excellence in soil science map compilation.

The college is co-educational and primarily a commuter campus. The campus is situated on a 38-acre former tree farm of majestic red pines on top of a bluff overlooking Cloquet, Minnesota. A product of extensive consultation among tribal and civic leaders, business people, educators, and students which reflects the integrated cultures of the Northeastern Minnesota area, the main campus building, 145,778 square feet, is in the shape of the thunderbird and combines straight lines and circular elements to depict the college’s role of bringing people from different backgrounds together in a safe, respectful environment. The campus provides classroom and co-curricular experiences with state-of-the-art technology to approximately 2700 students.

National Recognition

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is recognized as a 1994 Land Grant Institution.

Congressional district

Minnesota 8th District

IRS tax-exempt number (FEIN)

41-1687554 (State side)

DUNS number


Indirect cost rate

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College’s indirect cost rate is currently 35%. Approved by the Department of Health and Human Services, this rate reflects a percentage of direct salaries and wages including fringe benefits. Please see OSP for further details on indirect cost rate.

Fringe benefit rate

38% of salaries and wages during the academic year. 13.65% of salaries and wages during the summer.


It is awesome here at the FDLTCC Education Program because it is like a family here, if you need help or are struggling with anything, you have quite a few people who will help you out.

My favorite thing about FDLTCC is the people. I’ve met fantastic students, faculty and staff who go above and beyond what I expected.

I chose FDLTCC because of its size and the curriculum. When I first came here in 2019, I was just looking for what I needed to volunteer, perhaps in a crisis shelter. I met with Don Jarvinen, and the rest is history.