Top 2020 Colleges in North Dakota

North Dakota's 27 Colleges and Universities


Colleges in North Dakota are mainly around Bismarck, the state capital. North Dakota also has one of the lowest US population. Let’s look at some NCES stats about the Peace Garden state:


  • North Dakota is home to 15 four year colleges. Most of them offer undergraduate degrees, master's or doctorate programs.
  • There are 12 two year or less colleges. Only 5 of them are public community colleges.
  • Over the past 5 years Dakota colleges have seen a small 2.7% drop in students. In 2017, 53,749 students were enrolled in college.
  • In total, there were 11,012 degrees awarded for the 2016 school year. 58% of those awards were bachelor's degrees.


Salary Breakdown

College Scorecard tells us alums from the University of North Dakota earn the highest average salary. 10 years after starting school, the average alum from the University of North Dakota earns $73,300. Meanwhile, the 2017 mean annual wage in North Dakota is $40,620. You do the math!


North Dakota's Tuition Program


North Dakota offers several tuition savings programs. For instance, check out the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP). It has tuition reduction for both public and private colleges in North Dakota. It enrolled 90 out-of-state students in 2016-2017. In fact, the total amount of tuition saved was about $657,000.


As a result, private colleges offer a 10% reduction on tuition rates. Public colleges agree to charge no more than 150% of in-state school tuition. The savings fall between $500 and $5,000. A few states such as Nebraska and Minnesota participate in this program.


North Dakota is also a member of the Western Undergraduate Exchange. This program enables students to pursue degrees in one of 15 Western states at an in state tuition rate. According to WICHE, North Dakota students have saved over $39 million out of state tuition since 1998. In 2018 that number was $2.7 million! Participating states include South Dakota and Minnesota.


Top North Dakota Colleges


Top North Dakota colleges were ranked by total student population.


Total Number of Students
Tuition & Fees
Acceptance Rate


Total Number of Students
Tuition & Fees
Acceptance Rate


Total Number of Students
Tuition & Fees
Acceptance Rate


Total Number of Students
Tuition & Fees
Acceptance Rate


Total Number of Students
Tuition & Fees
Acceptance Rate


All Colleges in North Dakota

Thousands of students have rated these Colleges in North Dakota. Discover what they have to say. Find out about campus life, academics and more!

Source for school statistics and data is the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

Save time. Let us search for you.

Narrow down over 1,000,000 scholarships with personalized results.

Get matched to scholarships that are perfect for you!