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List of colleges and universities in North Dakota


List of colleges and universities in North Dakota

A road facing a bridge that prominently displays
University Avenue towards the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks

There are twenty-one colleges and universities in the U.S. state of North Dakota that are listed under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Fargo-based North Dakota State University (NDSU) is the largest public institution, with an enrollment of 14,407 students for fall 2010.[1] The state's second largest post-secondary institution, the University of North Dakota (UND), enrolls 14,194 students as of fall 2010 enrollment data.[2] University of Jamestown, founded in 1883 – six years before North Dakota became a state[3] – is the oldest post-secondary institution.

The North Dakota University System contains eleven public colleges, which includes NDSU.[4] Including University of Jamestown, there are also seven private universities in North Dakota. The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, a part of UND, is the state's only medical school.[5] The state's only law school is the University of North Dakota School of Law, which is another UND affiliate.[6]

The majority of North Dakota's post-secondary institutions are accredited by the multiple agencies, such as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the National League for Nursing (NLNAC), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the American Dietetic Association (ADA).


  • Institutions 1
  • Defunct institutions 2
  • Fictitious institutions 3
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Active institutions
School Location(s) Control[note 1] Type[note 2] Enrollment[8]
(fall 2010)
Founded Accreditation[8]
Bismarck State College Bismarck Public Associate's college 4,177 1939[9] The Higher Learning Commission (NCA)
Cankdeska Cikana Community College Fort Totten Public Tribal college 220 1974[10] The Higher Learning Commission (NCA)
Dakota College at Bottineau Bottineau Public Associate's college 898 1906[11] The Higher Learning Commission (NCA)
Dickinson State University Dickinson Public Baccalaureate college 2,668 1918[12] The Higher Learning Commission (NCA), NASM, NCATE, NLNAC
Fort Berthold Community College New Town Public Tribal college 215 1973[13] The Higher Learning Commission (NCA)
University of Jamestown Jamestown Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 972 1883[14] The Higher Learning Commission (NCA), NLNAC
Lake Region State College Devils Lake Public Associate's college 1,913 1941[15] The Higher Learning Commission (NCA)
Mayville State University Mayville Public Baccalaureate college 982 1889[16] The Higher Learning Commission (NCA), NCATE
Medcenter One College of Nursing Bismarck Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 91 1988[17] The Higher Learning Commission (NCA), CCNE
Minot State University Minot Public Master's university 3,866 1913[18] ASHA, NASM, NCATE, NLNAC
North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton Public Associate's college 2,833 1903[19] The Higher Learning Commission (NCA), ADA, AOTA, NLNAC
North Dakota State University-Main Campus Fargo Public Research university 14,407 1890[20] The Higher Learning Commission (NCA), ACPE, AAMFT, ADA, CCNE, NASAD, NASM, NAST, NCATE
Rasmussen College Fargo, Bismarck Private for-profit Baccalaureate/associate's college 1,765 2006[21] The Higher Learning Commission (NCA)
Sitting Bull College Fort Yates Public Tribal college 314 1973[22] The Higher Learning Commission (NCA)
Trinity Bible College Ellendale Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 285 1948[23] ABHE
Turtle Mountain Community College Belcourt Private not-for-profit Tribal college 969 1972[24] The Higher Learning Commission (NCA)
United Tribes Technical College Bismarck Private not-for-profit Tribal college 600 1969[25] The Higher Learning Commission (NCA), NLNAC
University of Mary Bismarck, Fargo Private not-for-profit Master's university 3,317 1959[26] The Higher Learning Commission (NCA), AOTA, APTA, CCNE
University of North Dakota Grand Forks Public Research university 14,194 1883[27] The Higher Learning Commission (NCA), ABA, ADA, AOTA, APTA, APA, ASHA, CCNE, AANA, LCME, NASAD, NASM, NAST, NCATE
Valley City State University Valley City Public Baccalaureate college 1,285 1890[28] The Higher Learning Commission (NCA), NASM, NCATE
Williston State College Williston Public Associate's college 932 1957[29] The Higher Learning Commission (NCA)
Abbreviation Accrediting agency
AAMFT American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
AANA American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
ABA American Bar Association
ACPE Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
ADA American Dental Association
ADA American Dietetic Association
AOTA American Occupational Therapy Association
APA American Psychological Association
APTA American Physical Therapy Association
ASHA American Speech–Language–Hearing Association
CCNE Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
LCME Liaison Committee on Medical Education
NASAD National Association of Schools of Art and Design
NASM National Association of Schools of Music
NAST National Association of Schools of Theatre
NCACS North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
NCATE National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
NLNAC National League for Nursing

Defunct institutions

In addition to those currently in operation, there are three now-defunct institutions which were located in North Dakota:
Defunct institutions
School Location Control Founded Closed Ref
Assumption College Richardton Private 1899 1971 [30]
Dakota Business College Fargo Private 1890 1978 [31]
North Dakota State Normal and Industrial School Ellendale Public 1899 1971 [32]

Fictitious institutions

There is one notable fictitious university in North Dakota:
Fictitious institutions
School Location Control Founded Ref
University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople Hoople Private Unknown [33]

See also



  1. ^ "North Dakota State University–Main Campus".  
  2. ^ "University of North Dakota".  
  3. ^ "Jamestown College History".  
  4. ^ "Colleges & Universities".  
  5. ^ "The School of Medicine & Health Sciences Marks a Century of Excellence".  
  6. ^ "History of the UND School of Law".  
  7. ^ "The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association".  
  8. ^ a b "College Navigator".  
  9. ^ "About BSC".  
  10. ^ "History".  
  11. ^ "About DCB".  
  12. ^ "History Of Dickinson State University".  
  13. ^ "History".  
  14. ^ "About JC".  
  15. ^ "History of LRSC".  
  16. ^ "History".  
  17. ^ "Approval and accreditation".  
  18. ^ "A Brief History of MSU".  
  19. ^ "History".  
  20. ^ "History and Traditions Council". Retrieved January 2, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Rasmussen to graduate 42".  
  22. ^ "The History of Sitting Bull College".  
  23. ^ "History".  
  24. ^ "About Us".  
  25. ^ "Founding".  
  26. ^ "Our Heritage: History".  
  27. ^ "Why UND".  
  28. ^ "About VCSU".  
  29. ^ "History".  
  30. ^ "Abbey History". Assumption Abbey. Retrieved January 2, 2012. 
  31. ^ "Fargo, North Dakota – Dakota Business College". Institute for Regional Studies,  
  32. ^ "North Dakota Colleges that have Closed, Merged, Changed Names".  
  33. ^ "USNDH". Cliff Hutson. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 

External links

  • Department of Education listing of accredited institutions in North Dakota
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