North Dakota State University Main Campus

North Dakota State University Main Campus

North Dakota State University - Main Campus is a public university situated in Fargo, North Dakota. It was founded in 1890 and is recognized as the leading university in North Dakota. The main campus is set on nearly 258 acres of land, and has over 100 major buildings. The university is popular for its dietetics program.

The athletics teams of the university are nicknamed the Bisons. The university has baseball, basketball, golf, cross country, track & field, football and wrestling teams. Annette Olson, Miss North Dakota 2006; Milton R. Young, former U.S. Senator; Earl Mindell, writer and nutritionist; Ravindra Khattree, academic statistician; and Craig Dahl, NFL player, are among the notable alumni of this university.

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North Dakota State University-Main Campus
1301 12th Avenue North
Fargo , ND 58108-6050
General Phone: (701) 231-8011

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North Dakota State University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Engineering280engineering, bioengineering, civil engineering, civil engineering courses, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, construction engineering, industrial engineering, ...
Business and Management276business management, transportation management, accounting, accounting and related services, business communications, finance, financial planning, human resources, MIS, ...
Liberal Arts173women's studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, speech and rhetoric, humanities, international studies, ...
Science161biology, biochemistry, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, botany, plant pathology, call and molecular biology, microbiology, zoology, entomology, ...
Education and Teaching157educational administration, educational research, school counseling, teacher ed, teacher education, agricultural teaching, English teaching, health teaching, family/home economics teaching, ...
Architecture and Planning140architecture, environmental design, landscape architecture
Family and Social Work124food and nutrition, facilities management, family studies, human development and family studies
Medical Administration95pharmacy courses
Medicine88gerontology, pharmacy
Agricultural Science and Management87agriculture, agricultural operations, agricultural economics, agricultural mechanization, crop production, food processing, international agriculture, agricultural journalism, food science, ...
Computer Science and Engineering82computer science, computer engineering, software engineering
Therapy and Counseling74psychology, quantitative psychology
Security and Law Enforcement71criminal justice and safety, security and protective services
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy70parks and recreation studies, sports and fitness management, athletic trainer, dietitian
Nursing and Emergency Medicine70registered nursing, nurse practitioner
Media66communication studies, mass communication, digital communications, media and digital communications, public relations, health communication
Medical Support and Technology50veterinary assistant, respiratory care tech, radiographer, clinical lab tech
Animal Science and Care43equestrian studies, animal science
Landscaping and Horticulture41turf management, agronomy, horticultural science, pest management, soil science
Real Estate and Construction Management40construction management
Construction Trades33apparel and textiles, apparel and textile marketing
Mathematics26mathematics, statistics
Hospitality26hospitality management
Design20interior design
Conservation and Resource Management19conservation, natural resources management
Drama and Performing Arts16drama
Art Studies11art studies
Religion and Philosophy2philosophy
Transportation0ground transportation
Engineering Technician0engineering technician

Number of programs and degrees for North Dakota State University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,770108
Master's degree39060
Doctor's degree9141
Award of less than 1 academic year04
Postbaccalaureate certificate158
Post-master's certificate01
First-professional degree881

North Dakota State University Student Body

In 2007-2008, North Dakota State University had a total enrollment of 12,527 students (10,712 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 55%
Women 45%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 80%
Graduate 17%
First Professional 3%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 85%
Black 1%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 7%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 14%
20-21 30%
22-24 33%
25-29 13%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Dakota43%
South Dakota3%
(International Students)2%

North Dakota State University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 82 %
Part-Time 50 %

North Dakota State University Room and Board (2007)

North Dakota State University offers campus housing for 3,535 of its 10,712 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Fargo, North Dakota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Dakota Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

North Dakota State University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal480660
SAT Math510670
ACT Verbal1925
ACT Math2026
ACT Composite2025

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT3%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT97%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

North Dakota State University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,326
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 15,025
Room and board $ 6,220
Room charge $ 2,656
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,564
Books and supplies $ 700
Other expenses $ 2,600

Financial Aid:
North Dakota State University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 299700)

North Dakota State University Faculty

North Dakota State University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year34$108,7776$111,720
Associate professorcalendar year13$85,3151*
Assistant professorcalendar year10$69,87613$69,990
Instructorcalendar year1*1*
Lecturercalendar year8$44,2387$43,542
No academic rankcalendar year25$59,9868$45,950
All faculty totalcalendar year91$81,48436$66,192

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year62$85,8175$111,057
Associate professoracademic year68$65,62328$66,541
Assistant professoracademic year96$64,56479$59,497
Instructoracademic year2*5$54,997
Lectureracademic year29$37,82537$35,053
No academic rankacademic year1*0*
All faculty totalacademic year258$66,779154$56,433

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

North Dakota State University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Missouri Valley Conference
Basketball Mid-Continent Conference
Baseball Mid-Continent Conference
Track Mid-Continent Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports11011

North Dakota State University Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Communication/Journalism
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Mechanization, General
Agricultural and Food Products Processing
Agriculture, General
Crop Production
Food Science
Food Science and Technology, Other
International Agriculture

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General
Equestrian/Equine Studies

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Environmental Design/Architecture
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Accounting and Related Services, Other
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Corporate Communications
Finance, General
Financial Planning and Services
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Transportation/Transportation Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer Software Engineering

Conservation And Resource Management
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Natural Resources/Conservation, General

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management
Apparel and Textiles, General

Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Educational Evaluation and Research
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Speech Teacher Education
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Civil Engineering, General
Civil Engineering, Other
Construction Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other

Family And Social Work
Facilities Planning and Management
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Agronomy and Crop Science
Horticultural Science
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management
Soil Science and Agronomy, General
Turf and Turfgrass Management

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International/Global Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Public/Applied History and Archival Administration
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Health Communication
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other

Medical Administration
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician/Veterinary Assistant

Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Real Estate And Construction Management
Construction Management

Religion And Philosophy

Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Environmental Biology
Genetics, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Microbiology, General
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Physics, General
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
Polymer Chemistry
Zoology/Animal Biology

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Security and Protective Services, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology

Ground Transportation, Other

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checked Option to study abroad
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