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 https://www.nd.gov/category.htm?id=93


  • North Dakota University System, Accessed April 2018, https://www.ndus.edu/default.asp
  • National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator, Accessed April 2018, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  • United Tribes Technical College, Accessed April 2018, http://www.uttc.edu/

Education Institutes in North Dakota
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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
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Colleges and Universities in North Dakota
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg In-State TuitionPrograms Offered
Bismarck State CollegeBismarck3,976Four or more years2,91694
Dickinson State UniversityDickinson1,386Four or more years5,13851
Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish CollegeNew Town268Four or more years3,60025
Headquarters Academy of Hair Design IncMinot42At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A1
University of JamestownJamestown1,137Four or more years19,93044
Lake Region State CollegeDevils Lake1,947At least 2 but less than 4 years3,32626
Cankdeska Cikana Community CollegeFort Totten178At least 2 but less than 4 years3,00021
University of MaryBismarck3,260Four or more years15,99094
Mayville State UniversityMayville1,130Four or more years5,05333
Minot State UniversityMinot3,412Four or more years5,19285
Moler Barber CollegeFargo5Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
University of North DakotaGrand Forks14,648Four or more years6,679205
North Dakota State College of ScienceWahpeton3,003At least 2 but less than 4 years4,02568
Dakota College at BottineauBottineau811At least 2 but less than 4 years3,46943
North Dakota State University-Main CampusFargo14,432Four or more years6,924243