Overview of North Dakota Colleges & Schools

Due to its low population the state of North Dakota has relatively few colleges and universities. The state is also fairly large, thus limiting higher education institutions to more populous regions of the state, such as the capital Bismarck and the Fargo, its largest city. North Dakota is bordered by Montana to the west, South Dakota to the south, and Minnesota to the east, as well as the Canadian Provinces of Winnipeg and Saskatchewan to the north. Individuals residing near these borders may seek educational opportunities across state lines as a matter of convenience.

The North Dakota University System was established in 1990 and contains most of the public institutions operating in the state, including a number of community colleges that confer associate and bachelor degrees. Public school’s in general tend to have lower tuition costs and higher enrollment numbers, providing easy access to higher education for state residents. Of the public universities in the state the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University are the largest in terms of enrollment.

Public North Dakota institutions include:

The state is also home to a number of private colleges and universities that offer education that is more personalized or specialized. This is accomplished through higher tuition costs that result in lower enrollment numbers and typically excellent student to teacher ratios. Many of these schools utilize a liberal arts model that provides a well rounded college experience through exposure to a variety of subjects. Many private institutions in the state also have attachments to Christian denominations which continue to the present day.

Private North Dakota institutions include:

The state is also home to a number of private career schools and community colleges. Both provide career training opportunities in typically high demand fields, with career colleges specializing in a few such areas of study with short term, high cost educations. Community colleges offer certificate and degree programs that take between one and two years to complete, as well as academic transfer opportunities for individuals seeking to obtain higher levels of education. The state is also home to a number of tribal colleges for Native Americans residing on reservations in the state. Such schools work under the auspices of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium which represents the interests of 36 tribal colleges throughout the country.

The most populous city in North Dakota is Fargo, followed by Bismarck, Grand Forks, and Minot.  While the most populous county in North Dakota is Cass County with Burleigh County a distant second.   If you are interested in visiting the state of North Dakota, consider visiting their state page or the state chapter of the Chamber of Commerce.

College Degree Breakdown for the State of North-dakota

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online

Doctoral or professional degree
Master's degree
Bachelor's degree
Associate's degree
Postsecondary nondegree award
Some college, no degree
High school diploma or equivalent
No formal educational credential

Public Universities & Colleges

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There are nine public 4-year state universities and colleges in North Dakota. These four-year institutions predominantly offer bachelor's or higher level programs and some may even include research facilities. See a state-wide list of the state universities and colleges in North Dakota.

Private Universities & Colleges

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In North Dakota there are five accredited private four-year colleges. Similar to public schools, private colleges and universities offer bachelor's or higher level programs and research opportunities, although they usually have smaller classes and higher tuition. Compare admission requirements and tuition details for private colleges in North Dakota.

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