North Dakota students can choose from 30 two- and four-year schools to work towards anything from an undergraduate certificate to a doctoral degree. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides data on several evaluation criteria that could help you in the college search. These criteria include proximity to large cities, school size, cost, and graduation rate.
North Dakota Schools Near Large Cities
North Dakota is not a densely populated state and thus does not have many large cities. There are a few colleges or universities located within a 6-mile radius of North Dakota's 3 largest cities, Fargo, Bismarck, and Grand Forks.
- Bismarck State College (Bismarck)
- United Tribes Technical College (Bismarck)
- University of North Dakota (Grand Forks)
- North Dakota State University-Main Campus (Fargo)
- Rasmussen College-North Dakota (Fargo)
Largest Schools in North Dakota
Compared to larger, more densely populated states, the colleges in North Dakota do not have large student bodies. Only 2 colleges have more than 10,000 total students. Below are the top 5 largest schools in North Dakota.
- University of North Dakota (14,906 total students)
- North Dakota State University-Main Campus (14,747 total students)
- Bismarck State College (4,002 total students)
- Minot State University (3,410 total students)
- North Dakota State College of Science (3,033 total students)
Lowest Net Price
The average net price for a school in the U.S. is calculated by NCES by subtracting the average financial aid award package for full-time undergraduate students from the total cost of attendance. The five following schools had the lowest average net prices, based on 2014-2015 NCES data.
- Sitting Bull College ($1,494)
- Turtle Mountain Community College ($2,487)
- United Tribes Technical College ($6,861)
- Cankdeska Cikana Community College ($7,049)
- Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College ($8,168)
NCES tracks the progress of full-time students who enrolled in a bachelor's degree program and graduated within 150% of the normal time to determine overall graduation rates. The schools listed below had the highest graduation rates as of 2015.
- United Tribes Technical College (61% graduation rate)
- University of Mary (60% graduation rate)
- North Dakota State University-Main Campus (54% graduation rate)
- University of North Dakota (54% graduation rate)
- Bismarck State College (46% graduation rate)
In the hunt for the right college, prospective students in North Dakota can utilize this data to make an informed decision about their future.