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.
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.
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
|School||City||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg. In-State Tuition & Fees||Number of Programs Offered|
|University of North Dakota||Grand Forks||13,847||Four or more years||$8,695||219|
|North Dakota State University-Main Campus||Fargo||13,796||Four or more years||$9,414||249|
|University of Mary||Bismarck||3,796||Four or more years||$18,444||89|
|Bismarck State College||Bismarck||3,778||Four or more years||$3,992||94|
|Minot State University||Minot||3,189||Four or more years||$7,064||87|
|North Dakota State College of Science||Wahpeton||2,957||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$5,132||69|
|Lake Region State College||Devils Lake||2,072||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$4,475||27|
|Valley City State University||Valley City||1,547||Four or more years||$7,626||46|
|Dickinson State University||Dickinson||1,392||Four or more years||$6,768||51|
|Mayville State University||Mayville||1,184||Four or more years||$6,666||34|
|Williston State College||Williston||1,124||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$5,304||21|
|University of Jamestown||Jamestown||1,089||Four or more years||$21,976||46|
|Dakota College at Bottineau||Bottineau||996||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$4,568||43|
|Rasmussen College-North Dakota||Fargo||615||Four or more years||$10,935||57|
|Turtle Mountain Community College||Belcourt||573||Four or more years||$2,250||28|
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/