North Dakota Colleges Summary

Students looking into colleges in North Dakota will find a total of 29 public and private schools. The state is home to 14 public colleges, including the North Dakota University System, comprised of four regional universities, two research universities, and five community colleges. There are also six private, four-year universities in North Dakota. Rounding out the choices are nine trade and technical schools in the state, offering two-year degree programs and certificates, primary in hair styling/design.

North Dakota Colleges: Highlights

One of the most unique schools is the United Tribes Technical College, which aims to provide a high-quality education to the Native American people of the region as well as students from other states and backgrounds. Students at this private school can choose from a variety of certificates and degree programs, in trades (e.g., automotive, welding), business administration, nursing, computer information technology, and more. It is also the first tribal college in the U.S. authorized to offer full online degree programs.

Education Initiatives in North Dakota

North Dakota has invested in the technology that allows distance learning and online learning among its college students. Many of the state's colleges participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which sets national standards for distance education, making it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in other states.

Ambitious high school students can participate in the state's dual-credit program, which allows students in grades 10 through 12 to take college courses for college credit, while meeting high school graduation requirements.

For more information about North Dakota Higher Education, see


  • North Dakota University System, Accessed April 2018,
  • National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator, Accessed April 2018,
  • United Tribes Technical College, Accessed April 2018,
Education Institutes in North Dakota
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in North Dakota
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,