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North Dakota State and Higher Education Information

North Dakota is home to 19 public and private, not-for-profit colleges and universities. See how some of these schools compare to others in order to determine which schools might be right for you.

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While the majority of schools in North Dakota are small, enrolling from about 200 to 4,000 students, there are two 4-year, public universities with student populations of more than 14,000. Learn about a few of the non-profit North Dakota colleges that offer a traditional variety of programs, based on statistics gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics.

North Dakota Schools Near Large Cities

For students who want to attend a school in a larger urban area, North Dakota offers three four-year universities in small to mid size cities and one suburban four-year technical college. These four schools are as follows:

  • North Dakota State University-Main Campus (Fargo)
  • Bismarck State College (Bismarck)
  • University of North Dakota (Grand Forks)
  • United Tribes Technical College (Bismarck)

Largest Schools in North Dakota

Larger schools often offer more opportunities for extracurricular activities, networking and a greater diversity of courses. To determine the size of a school, the NCES looks at the student population of the school. According to 2015 NCES reports, the largest schools in North Dakota were:

  • University of North Dakota (14,951 enrolled students)
  • North Dakota State University-Main Campus (14,516 enrolled students)
  • Bismarck State College (4,078 enrolled students)
  • Minot State University (3,354 enrolled students)
  • North Dakota State College of Science (3,123 enrolled students)

Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates the average net price for colleges and universities within the United States by subtracting the amount of institutional or government aid received by students from the overall total cost of attendance for first-time, full-time undergraduate students. The following North Dakota colleges are noted for offering students the lowest net prices for the 2014-2015 academic year:

  • 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)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES reports the overall graduation rates for full-time undergraduates who complete their studies within 150% of the normal time for their selected program. For example, the overall rate for students who graduated from 4-year schools would reflect students who completed a 4-year degree program within a 6-year period. In North Dakota, overall graduation rates for 2015 were most frequently found in the 30% to 60% range. Here are a few of the highest graduation rates for the state:

  • 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)

This information can help North Dakota students make informed decisions regarding what schools they want to apply to, based on the the schools' locations, student populations, net prices and graduation rates.

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