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Academics & Opportunities

Take the First Step to a Four-Year Degree

The Dougherty Family College (DFC) delivers the same academic curriculum as St. Thomas four-year (bachelor's) degree programs and includes personal mentorship and leadership opportunities. We offer a structured, rigorous liberal arts curriculum that will help you transition into a college environment. It will set you up for success in a four-year degree program and your career.

DFC faculty believe the education we offer has the power to transform lives and they want to be part of your educational journey. They dedicate themselves to your achievement by teaching engaging classes and they welcome your ideas and perspectives.

We’ll Guide You Along the Way

Academic Experience from Beginning to End

At DFC, we’ll support you before you come to college, while you’re taking classes, building your resume, graduating and transitioning into a four-year college. Every step of the way, you’ll feel supported and be confident in your choices.

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Preparing for Success

With the Summer Enrichment Program, we'll make sure you're prepared before classes even start, while giving you support during the school year, too

Preparing for Success
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You’ll take a total of 16 classes while you’re a student at the Dougherty Family College, and they’ll set you up for success in school and beyond
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Students have the opportunity to develop real-world, professional experience in paid internships at leading organizations throughout the Twin Cities.
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Transition to a 4-year degree

After you graduate from DFC, you’ll be ready to take your next step; our college transfer counselor will help you transition to a four-year college.
Transition to a 4-year degree
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Find Your Fit at DFC

Is DFC Right for You?

Dougherty Family College students demonstrate solid academic achievement, can commit to college full-time and have a desire to succeed. Students who are a fit for DFC are interested in getting a four-year degree after DFC and demonstrate a high level of financial need.

See How You Fit In
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Watch for an Inside Look of DFC

Chronicle of Higher Education Spotlights DFC

The Chronicle of Higher Education produced a video special about Dougherty Family College, highlighting the school’s academic rigor, cohort model and culturally sustaining teaching methods.

DFC Spotlight