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Online and On-Campus Colleges in
NORTH DAKOTA

Online and On-Campus Colleges in & North Dakota

Article Sources
  • North Dakota University System, Accessed May 2017, http://www.ndus.edu/
  • What is an Articulation Agreement? North Dakota University System, Accessed May 2017, https://www.ndus.edu/employees/articulation-transfer/articulation-agreements/
  • A Brief History of MSU, Minot State University, Accessed May 2017, http://www.minotstateu.edu/president/history.shtml
  • About NDSU, North Dakota State University, Accessed May 2017, https://www.ndsu.edu/about/
  • About, Dickinson State University, Accessed May 2017, http://www.dickinsonstate.edu/about/
  • About VCSU, Valley City State University, Accessed May 2017, http://www.vcsu.edu/info/
  • Mayville State University: educating leaders since 1889, Mayville State University, Accessed May 2017, http://www.mayvillestate.edu/about-msu/more-info/history/
  • About UND, University of North Dakota, Accessed May 2017, http://und.edu/discover/about-und.cfm
  • About the University of Mary, University of Mary, Accessed May 2017, http://www.umary.edu/about/
  • About Us, University of Jamestown, Accessed May 2017, https://www.uj.edu/about-us
  • About Trinity Bible College, Trinity Bible College, Accessed May 2017, https://www.trinitybiblecollege.edu/about/
  • Fargo Campus, Rasmussen College, Accessed May 2017, http://www.rasmussen.edu/locations/north-dakota/fargo/
  • North Dakota Grants & Scholarships, North Dakota University System, Accessed May 2017, https://www.ndus.edu/students/paying-for-college/grants-scholarships/#NDAS
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When it comes to higher education in North Dakota, students have a number of two-year and four-year institutions from which to choose. The North Dakota University System includes two research universities, four regional universities and five community colleges. Plus, there are private schools as well as online colleges for North Dakota.

Some of these schools — such as North Dakota State University — have a main campus and smaller satellite locations across the state. Other colleges are contained on a single campus. As for online North Dakota degrees, those are offered by fully online schools as well as traditional institutions with distance education divisions.

Thanks to articulation agreements, students who would like to start their education at a community college can often easily transfer credits to a four-year school. While the specifics of which credits will transfer can depend on the university, there are statewide agreements within the schools of the North Dakota University System for the fields of agriculture, nursing and early education.

Best 4-Year Colleges in North Dakota

Ranking the best schools in Vermont requires using a methodology that considers metrics such as tuition, graduation rates and student debt. To show the best of the best, we have ordered North Dakota schools into the following top ten.

Methodology
1Minot State University+
ADMISSION RATE
57%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
15

The top school in the state is one of the regional universities within the North Dakota University System. Minot State University was near the top of the rankings for many of the metrics analyzed.

MSU is not only a top North Dakota school, but it also ranks high nationally. That's in large part because of its affordability. The university has the third best tuition and fees in the state and ranks first for its average net price and its average net price for low-income students. MSU also ranks first for helping students minimize debt; its graduates have the lowest median student debt in the state.

Through its MSU Online program, the university has a number of undergraduate and graduate degrees that can be completed without setting foot in a classroom. Its on-campus programs are offered in Minot, situated in the north central part of the state.

Additional Info
2North Dakota State University-Main Campus+
ADMISSION RATE
94%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
19

Located in Fargo, the main campus of North Dakota State University offers more academic programs than any other school in the state. It also provides flexible learning options and a number of support services.

Traditional students can earn dual credit or AP credit while still in high school. Older students may be eligible for credit based on their previous work or life experiences. Both groups can benefit from NDSU's night, weekend and online courses which can make it easy to schedule classes around work or other obligations.

NDSU is one of the two research universities in the North Dakota University System. It has the second best three-year student debt repayment rate among its graduates. It also has the third best graduation rate in the state.

Additional Info
3Dickinson State University+
ADMISSION RATE
93%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
22

Dickinson State University is another affordable higher education choice in North Dakota. The school has the state's lowest sticker price for tuition and fees and the second lowest average net price. A generous financial aid program means DSU awards the third highest amount of institutional grant aid in North Dakota, when that money is calculated as a percentage of tuition and fees. Perhaps as a result, students graduate with the second lowest median debt in the state.

The university offers certificates, associate degrees and bachelor's degrees. It is arguably one of the best online colleges for North Dakota and has a number of fully online associate degrees and bachelor's degree completion programs.

Established in 1916, DSU is a regional university within the North Dakota University System. Its location on a hilltop in Dickinson has given the school the nickname of "College on the Hill."

Additional Info
4Valley City State University+
ADMISSION RATE
86%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
9

Founded in 1890 as a school for teachers, Valley City State University still counts elementary education among its most popular majors. However, the school has expanded over the last century to now offer more than 80 undergraduate programs as well as master's degrees. To facilitate learning, each full-time student is given a laptop and access to high-speed internet.

The university ranks fourth in the state for the cost of its tuition and fees. Once financial aid is factored, VCSU lands in the number three spot for its average net price and the number two spot for its average net price for low-income students. Many of its students utilize online learning options, and the school ranks second for the percentage enrolled in distance education in 2015.

VCSU is a regional university within the North Dakota University System.

Additional Info
5Mayville State University+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
11

At Mayville State University, students will find nearly 80 majors, minors and pre-professional specializations. Those who want to earn an online bachelor's degree in North Dakota can sign up for a degree completion program through the school's extended learning division. These fully online programs are available to those who have already earned an associate degree or the equivalent number of credits.

The university ranks second in the state for its tuition and fees and first for the low price of books and supplies. MSU has the third highest percentage of students enrolled in distance education courses.

Mayville State University was established in 1889 and is a regional university within the North Dakota University System.

Additional Info
6University of North Dakota+
ADMISSION RATE
82%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
25

As the second research university in the state, the University of North Dakota is also the largest institution. Nearly 15,000 students were enrolled in its programs in 2015. These students come from all 50 states and 85 countries. They can select from more than 225 programs of study. Of these, nursing, psychology and accountancy are among the most popular. The University of North Dakota competes in NCAA Division I athletics and has Big Sky Conference champions in several sports.

UND is a solid educational choice that offers reasonable tuition and has a strong track record of graduating students on time. It has the second best graduation rate in the state. Its tuition and fees rank the university fifth.

Founded in 1883, UND is the state's flagship institution. It has its main campus in Grand Forks.

Additional Info
7University of Mary+
ADMISSION RATE
96%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
13

Founded on Benedictine traditions and values, University of Mary is a private Catholic institution. Students enrolled at the school can choose from more than 60 undergraduate programs, 14 master's degrees and three doctoral degrees. The school ranks third for the total number of academic programs offered.

University of Mary can lay claim to having the best graduation rate in North Dakota. It has the third best retention rate. The school reports 96 percent of alumni are working or pursuing additional education within six months of graduation.

While the main campus of University of Mary is in Bismarck, the school has other locations in Arizona, Montana and Minnesota. Additionally, there are international campuses in Rome, Italy and Arequipa, Peru.

Additional Info
8University of Jamestown+
ADMISSION RATE
65%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

The University of Jamestown tops the rankings for a number of metrics. It ranks first for the amount of institutional grant aid it awards as a percentage of its tuition and fees. It also has the best three-year debt repayment rate among its graduates. That implies students go on to work in positions that allow them to pay their school bills on time. Finally, the school has the best retention rate in North Dakota.

While you won't find any online degree programs at the University of Jamestown, the school does offer more than 30 fields of study on its campus. The average class size is 19, and the 2015 placement rate for graduates was 99 percent.

A private, liberal arts institution, University of Jamestown was established in 1883. Its campus is in Jamestown.

Additional Info
9Trinity Bible College+
ADMISSION RATE
42%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$25
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
1

Trinity Bible College is a small college offering specialized education to those interested in a career in ministry. Its Bachelor of Arts is available in majors such as children's ministry, biblical studies and business administration. Through Trinity Distance Education, students can earn an associate degree or a bachelor's degree in biblical studies online.

TBC is one of four schools tied for the first-place ranking for the low cost of books and supplies. It ranks second for the amount of institutional grant aid it awards as a percentage of its tuition and fees. Trinity Bible College is also notable for having the second best retention rate in North Dakota.

TBC had a student population of around 200 in 2015,is affiliated with the General Council of the Assemblies of God and was founded in 1948. It has its campus in Ellendale.

Additional Info
10Rasmussen College-North Dakota+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
61

Students looking for one of the best online colleges for North Dakota will want to take a look at Rasmussen College. The school operates a network of campus locations in six states but is best known for its online learning options. Students can choose from undergraduate and graduate degrees in seven schools. Many of its programs can be completed at an accelerated pace.

Rasmussen College ranks first for the number of online North Dakota degrees it offers. It also ranks first for the number of students enrolled in distance education. More than 95 percent of its student body was taking online classes in 2015.

Those who prefer to study on-campus can do so at the college's Fargo campus. Rasmussen College is a private institution.

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Most Popular Degree Programs in North Dakota

When it comes to selecting a degree program, these are the most popular choices among students in North Dakota.

In-Demand Careers in North Dakota

Will your degree land you a job after graduation? There's no guarantee, but it could if it prepares you for one of these fast-growing North Dakota occupations.

Career Title Projected Job Growth Total Employment Annual Salary
Wind Turbine Service Technicians96.8%200$58,460
Operations Research Analysts40.2%130$63,280
Personal Financial Advisors40%500$67,110
Nurse Practitioners40%440$94,820
Web Developers35.5%210$56,880
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists35.1%40$63,650
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians34%110$37,740
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers34%120$69,190
Audiologists32.3%50$82,140
Physical Therapist Assistants32.3%140$46,000
Phlebotomists31.6%580$27,680
Physical Therapist Aides31.4%120$27,620
Physical Therapists31.3%640$73,420
Personal Care Aides31.3%4,940$31,300
Physician Assistants30.7%250$101,330
Occupational Therapy Assistants30.3%100$44,970
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics29.7%1,040$31,850
Occupational Therapists29.5%470$63,170
Psychiatric Technicians29.2%40$30,710
Software Developers, Applications29%1,220$73,710
Optometrists28.7%190$98,060
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other28.6%90$64,980
Opticians, Dispensing28.3%340$30,440
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic28.1%200$46,680
Home Health Aides27.8%1,420$33,110
Sales Engineers27.5%70$94,180
Occupational Therapy Aides27.3%40$38,270
Public Address System and Other Announcers27.2%90$32,910
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers27.1%450$27,360
Information Security Analysts26.8%210$74,830

Financial Aid and Scholarships in North Dakota

To help students pay for college, the state of North Dakota maintains a number of scholarship and grant programs. These include academic scholarships and need-based grants. Plus, there are programs intended for specific populations, such as Native Americans or those pursing a technical education. State aid is in addition to any federal grants and loans for which a student may be eligible.

 
Provost Scholarship
Applicant must be an out-of-state resident with a minimum 3.75 GPA and minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 1400 (composite ACT score of 32).
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 15 (Early Action admissions deadline)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.25 GPA and full-time status.

 
President's Non-Resident Scholarship
Applicant must be an incoming freshman student who is not a resident of Utah. Applicant is automatically considered with application for admission.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$17,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Not Available

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.6 GPA.

 
Amigo Scholarship
Applicant must have a minimum 3.5 high school GPA with minimum composite ACT score of 23 (combined SAT Reasoning score of 1070) or have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA with a minimum composite ACT score of 26 (combined SAT Reasoning score of 1170). Applicant must not be from New Mexico.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$14,815

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 1 (fall); October 1 (spring)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable for four years.

 
Jayhawk Generations Scholarship
Applicant must be an admitted first-time, non-resident freshman student whose parent, step-parent, legal guardian, grandparent, step-grandparent, or great-grandparent earned a degree at the university. Minimum 3.5 GPA and combined SAT Reasoning score of 1090 (composite ACT score of 24) required.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$12,154

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 1

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.4 university GPA and completes 30 university semester hours per academic year.

Additional Resources

Article Sources
Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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Dickinson State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
291 Campus Drive
City
Dickinson
State
ND
Zip Code
58601
Website
www.dickinsonstate.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
390-550
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
440-530
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
18-22
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
1,310
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$35
Admission Rate
93%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,172
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
10
Number of Online Programs Offered
22
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
41%
University of Jamestown
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
608 6th St NE
City
Jamestown
State
ND
Zip Code
58405
Website
www.uj.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
371-579
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
385-581
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
18-28
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
889
UnderGraduate Application Fee
N/A
Admission Rate
65%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$19,870
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
13
Number of Online Programs Offered
0
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
1%
University of Mary
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
7500 University Dr
City
Bismarck
State
ND
Zip Code
58504
Website
www.umary.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
450-600
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
460-580
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
440-575
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
20-26
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Rural: Fringe
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
2,049
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admission Rate
96%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$16,685
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
13
Number of Online Programs Offered
13
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
33%
Mayville State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
330 Third Street NE
City
Mayville
State
ND
Zip Code
58257
Website
www.mayvillestate.edu/default.aspx
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Rural: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
1,091
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$35
Admission Rate
Open
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,380
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
15
Number of Online Programs Offered
11
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
57%
Minot State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
500 University Ave W
City
Minot
State
ND
Zip Code
58707
Website
www.minotstateu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
425-510
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
440-520
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
19-24
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
3,070
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$35
Admission Rate
57%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,390
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
12
Number of Online Programs Offered
15
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
49%
University of North Dakota
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
264 Centennial Drive, Stop 8193
City
Grand Forks
State
ND
Zip Code
58202
Website
und.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
460-590
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
470-590
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
21-26
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
11,577
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$35
Admission Rate
82%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,965
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
21
Number of Online Programs Offered
25
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
35%
North Dakota State University-Main Campus
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1301 12th Avenue North
City
Fargo
State
ND
Zip Code
58108
Website
https://www.ndsu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
480-630
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
500-630
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
460-520
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
21-26
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
12,037
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$35
Admission Rate
94%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,978
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
18
Number of Online Programs Offered
19
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
37%
Trinity Bible College
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
50 6th Ave S
City
Ellendale
State
ND
Zip Code
58436
Website
trinitybiblecollege.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
400-450
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
450-450
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
420-440
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
17-22
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Rural: Remote
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
199
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$25
Admission Rate
42%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$15,506
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
13
Number of Online Programs Offered
1
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
6%
Valley City State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
101 College St SW
City
Valley City
State
ND
Zip Code
58072
Website
www.vcsu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
377-475
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
357-480
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
352-450
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
18-23
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
1,278
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$35
Admission Rate
86%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,800
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
11
Number of Online Programs Offered
9
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
70%
Rasmussen College-North Dakota
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
4012 19th Avenue SW
City
Fargo
State
ND
Zip Code
58103
Website
rasmussen.edu
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Private for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
603
UnderGraduate Application Fee
N/A
Admission Rate
Open
Offers On-Campus Housing
No
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,360
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
17
Number of Online Programs Offered
61
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
97%
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