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Colleges in North Dakota

Where to Start Looking to Find North Dakota Colleges

North Dakota Highway SignFamilies looking for North Dakota colleges should start with the College Planning Center which is sponsored by the Bank of North Dakota. The site has all the expected information for students starting their college search including a basic description of how the process works and links to financial aid resources.

The website provides links to other useful sites such as Crash Course which is a free program for students in grades 7-12 and their families to learn about college financial planning. You can register for an event at the website.

The RUReadyND.com website allows registered users to create a portfolio, view career information, search for colleges, and develop a career plan. Students can also prepare for tests with the Test Prep section and apply to colleges. The website also allows users to practice completing a college application.

Students planning on starting at a community college should visit the North Dakota University System for information on Articulation Agreements and General Education Requirements Transfer Agreement. The site also has information on student exchange/reciprocity programs available to North Dakota residents.

Some Numbers to Help You Find a College

There are nine four-year North Dakota colleges with 500 or more full-time undergraduates according to the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System. Approximately nine percent of students attend one of the two private Dakota colleges while 91% of students attend one of the seven state institutions.

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The private North Dakota colleges have an average four-year graduation rate of 30.5% and the public universities have an average five-year graduation rate of 37.7%. No North Dakota colleges meet the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile requirements.

College-bound seniors in North Dakota had an average of 20.6 ACT Composite score with a 19.6 for English and 20.7 for Math. The 75th Percentile scores were a Composite of 24, 23 for English, and 24 for Math.  A total of five colleges ACT 75th% Composite scores were at or above this level.

The top 20 colleges ACT test takers in North Dakota applied to:

  • North Dakota State University
  • University of North Dakota
  • Bismarck State College
  • North Dakota State College Of Science
  • Minot State University
  • University of Mary
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Valley City State University
  • University of Jamestown
  • Dickinson State University
  • Mayville State University
  • Concordia College-Moorhead
  • Williston State College
  • Lake Region State College
  • Dakota College at Bottineau
  • Minn St Comm & Tech Coll-Moorhead
  • Rasmussen College-Fargo
  • Arizona State University
  • Northland Comm & Tech Coll-E Grand Frks

North Dakota Colleges Conferences and Divisions

North Dakota Colleges athletic conferences

List of North Dakota Colleges

In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in December of 2014 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.

North Dakota Colleges with Test Scores and Graduation Rates
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Bismarck State CollegePublic23657365
Dickinson State UniversityPublic10183149533505239981
Mayville State UniversityPublic5873111514
Minot State UniversityPublic215132575005432410928
North Dakota State University-Main CampusPublic1070746846256502613662
University of JamestownPrivate88233575705302416568
University of MaryPrivate163728835705602515413
University of North DakotaPublic938547745906102616114
Valley City State UniversityPublic75939834605102311856

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