Aug 20, 2017

North Dakota


Located in the northern part of the United States, North Dakota is bordered by Canada to the north, and the states of Minnesota to the east, South Dakota to the south, and Montana to the west. The state capital is Bismarck, while the largest city is Fargo. Other major cities include Minot, Mandan, Grand Forks and Devils Lake.

North Dakota has a total population of 723,393 (2013 U.S. Census Bureau estimates). The state is a major oil producer, ranking second in the nation. In addition, the state has a thriving agricultural sector, and leads the U.S. in the production of barley, honey, sunflower seeds and flaxseed. It is also a leading producer of wheat (second to Kansas), canola seed, beans and sugar beets. Manufacturing is another key sector, an in particular agro and food processing.

The North Dakota University System is responsible for public higher education system in the state, and has 11 colleges and universities. In addition, there are five tribal colleges and several private institutions operating in the state.

Top Reasons to Study in North Dakota

  • Employment Prospects: North Dakota remains one of the fastest growing states in the country, driven by a surge in oil production over the years. Today, the state has the lowest unemployment rate in the country, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition to oil and agriculture, North Dakota has a significant technology cluster that has attracted the likes of Microsoft and Amazon.
  • Quality of Life: As well as a booming economy, North Dakota has many attractions including beautiful scenery and over sixty wildlife refuges, covering 290,000 acres. A 2013 report by Gallup ranked North Dakota the happiest state in the nation. The report is based on an index that includes emotional health, life evaluation, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors and basic access to necessities.

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in North Dakota, contact the North Dakota University System.


College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
Dickinson State University Economics,International Business/ Management,Political Science Public >10,000 Request Info
University of North Dakota Biology,Exercise/ Sport Science,Psychology Public >10,000 Request Info
North Dakota State University Business,Communication Studies,Engineering Public >10,000 Request Info

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