stylized map of Minnesota with the city of Alexandria marked with a starWelcome to Alexandria, Minnesota!

Located in the heart of West-Central Minnesota, Alexandria provides the best of both worlds: a community with a small-town feel and big-city amenities. In 2019, Alexandria was voted Best Minnesota Town by Minnesota Monthly Magazine, and in 2023, World Atlas named us one of Minnesota's most gorgeous towns. "[Alexandria] truly embodies the spirit of our state,” explained Reed Fischer, senior editor of Minnesota Monthly. “It’s a beautiful year-round destination with a rich history and a bright future.” 

We couldn't agree more, and with many of our students choosing to make Alexandria home after graduation, the future looks brighter each year.

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Things to do

The Alexandria Lakes Area is packed full of fun activities, no matter the season. Below are a few of our favorites.

There are about 350 lakes and waterways in the Alexandria area + surrounding communities.

Equipment Rentals

  • Escape Room Alexandria - Real-life escape adventure games for groups of all ages! Explore themed rooms, find clues & solve logic and analytical puzzles to escape.

The Alexandria area is home to 9 golf courses.

Community resources

Planning your future in Alex? The following resources may be helpful in finding housing, jobs, and more.

Contact the Financial Aid office for information related to emergency grants

  • Rainbow Rider Bus (punch cards available for purchase in the ATCC Campus Store)
  • Weekend Bus - weekend trips to St. Cloud, Maple Grove, or Minneapolis (in partnership with U of M Morris)

For emergencies, dial 9-1-1.

  • 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Dial 9-8-8 or (800) 273-8255, or chat live
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 (Free 24/7 crisis counseling)
  • Region 4 South Mobile Crisis Response Team: (701) 364-0431 (24/7 mental health crisis response
  • Alexandria College Counseling Center (Mental health counseling and referrals)

For emergencies, dial 9-1-1.

About Alexandria

Alexandria is located in the heart of lake country in West Central Minnesota and serves as the county seat of Douglas County. The city population is approximately 13,000 within city limits, but the unique layout of over 300 lakes in the county makes the service area closer to 35,000 people (especially in the summer!). Located 2 hours northwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul and 1-1/2 hours southeast of Fargo, ND, Alexandria is easily accessible on I-94.

In addition to the strong and diverse local economy featuring manufacturing, healthcare, education, service, retail, and tourism, the region features a quality of life and access to infrastructure that few micropolitan communities (populations of 10,000-50,000) can rival. Alexandria has a thriving downtown district, excellent trails and parks, and dozens of restaurants.