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Academic Advantages

Take the First Steps in your College Career

The Dougherty Family College (DFC) is dedicated to your success in college and beyond. We provide several resources to help you achieve your educational and career goals.

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Tools for Success

Academic Achievement Starts With Us

We make sure you have access to tutoring, mentorships and paid internships. You’ll get free textbooks, a laptop and free breakfast and lunch. We also provide a free Metro Transit pass and shuttles between St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses.

Tools for Success

The DFC Advantage

Opportunities Unique to DFC

Discover what makes the Dougherty Family College stand out in a crowd.

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Getting to Know your Classmates

The Cohort Model

When you pursue your associate degree at the Dougherty Family College, you'll take all courses with your cohort—a group of about 25 students—who will become your support system and your community throughout the two-year program. Each cohort is assigned a faculty mentor who will stay with you during your time at DFC and create a community outside of class.

We’ll Give you the Support you Need

People who Help Students

As a student at Dougherty Family College, you’ll have access to many support resources including advisers, tutors, transfer counselors, social workers and more.

Faculty mentors

Our faculty members are dedicated to teaching and mentoring you.

Using Your Study Tools


As a student of DFC, you have access to our two main libraries, Keffer Library on the Minneapolis campus and O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library on the St. Paul Campus, as well as interlibrary loan services.

Your one-stop-shop for textbooks and school spirit

Campus Bookstore

Located in Terrence Murphy Hall, the Minneapolis campus bookstore is where you’ll go to get your textbooks. It also sells school supplies, snacks, gifts, university apparel and other merchandise.

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Scholars’ Resource Center (SRC)

The SRC is a place for DFC students to study, get homework help, and advance their skills.

About Scholars’ Resource Center (SRC)