Mesabi Range College

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Mesabi Range College
Mesabi Range College–Virginia.JPG
Main entrance of Mesabi Range College–Virginia
MottoLead The Way
TypePublic community college
Established1925; 97 years ago (1925)
Parent institution
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System
ProvostShelly McCauley Jugovich
United States

47°28′16″N 92°31′29″W / 47.4711111°N 92.5247222°W / 47.4711111; -92.5247222[1]
Colors   Gold & green
Sporting affiliations
NJCAA, Minnesota College Athletic Conference
Mesabi Range logo.png

The Mesabi Range College (MRC, formerly Mesabi Range Community and Technical College) is a public community college with campuses in Eveleth and Virginia, Minnesota. Students in the Virginia High School and other neighboring school districts can receive college credits also by taking classes there.

In March 2022, the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system approved merger of MRC with Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Rainy River Community College and Vermilion Community College into a single institution called Minnesota North College.[2]


The college traces its roots to 1923 when Virginia Junior College came into existence. When the new campus was built across from the lake on the corner of W. Chestnut and N 9th, in the current location, the name was changed to Mesabi State Junior College then to Mesabi Range Community and Technical College. Its name changed again, in January 2014, to its current name.[3] It is named for the Mesabi Range, an iron-ore deposit in Minnesota's Iron Range where the campuses are located.


MRC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The college has opportunities for both men and women as well as intramural activities. The athletic teams include: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, football, baseball, softball, trap shooting, and volleyball.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mesabi Range College
  2. ^ Whitford, Emma (March 17, 2022). "Merger Approved for 5 Minnesota Community Colleges". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  3. ^ Brenda K. Kochevar (March 24, 2014). ""Mesabi Range College" Official Name as of January 2014" (PDF). Mesabi Range College. Retrieved December 22, 2016.

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Coordinates: 47°31′28″N 92°32′58″W / 47.52444°N 92.54944°W / 47.52444; -92.54944