5 Largest Colleges in North Dakota

5 Largest Colleges in North Dakota

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All students are encouraged to study abroad at the Rome, Italy campus at the University of Mary.

North Dakota is known for its strong Native American history and its rolling plains. It isn’t known, however, for its bustling cities and exciting college towns. But the third least populated state in the country has a lot to offer college students.

With a state university system that was organized only 12 years ago, North Dakota is quickly adapting to meet students’ needs. From small to large, here are the five biggest colleges in North Dakota, along with the cost of attendance.

5. University of Mary

Type of College: Private University

Enrollment: 3,084

Cost: $13,200

Best Program: The business department is both the largest and most popular on campus. With six different areas of focus, business majors become well versed in both general business practices and the intricate workings of the area they enjoy most.

Fun Fact: All University of Mary students are encouraged to study abroad at the Rome campus, where learning and community service are combined.

4. Minot State University

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 3,657

Cost: $5,921

Best Program: The College of Business is the biggest school at Minot State. Within the college, students can choose to major in accounting, business administration, or business information technology.

Fun Fact: Minot wasn’t a member of the NCAA until July of 2012.

3. Bismarck State College

Type of College: Community College

Enrollment: 4,177

Cost: $112 per credit for residents, $154 per credit for Minnesota students, and $299 per credit for all other out-of-state students

Best Programs: The college is divided into two different programs: transfer curricula and technical. Students who enter the transfer curricula program prepare to transfer into a North Dakota state university. Technical students, meanwhile, are taught hands-on skills necessary for the careers they’re interested in.

Fun Fact: Bismarck State literally got its start in high school – for nearly a decade, students took classes at Bismarck High School alongside high school students.

2. North Dakota State University

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 14,443

Cost: $3,067 for residents, $3,354 for Minnesota residents, or $8,190 for out-of-state students

Best Program: Business ranks first at North Dakota State, with nearly 20 percent of undergraduates enrolled in the program. Students can earn an entrepreneurship certificate in addition to their degree. This allows majors to take classes that focus on building businesses from the ground up.

Fun Fact: NDSU is a land-grant university, meaning part of the school is dedicated to agriculture and farming studies.

1. University of North Dakota

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 14,697

Cost: $3,545 for residents, $8,838 for out-of-state students

Best Programs: Business is one of the most popular degrees at UND, encompassing everything from marketing and finance to information systems and political science. Transportation and materials moving ranks second, with nearly 15 percent of students in the program.

Fun Fact: UND was founded in 1883, years before North Dakota became a state.

Quick Facts

  • North Dakota is home to five tribal community colleges that are dedicated to serving the Native American community.

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