To identify the Best Colleges in North Dakota for 2019 we averaged the results from the most respected college ranking systems (Niche.com + US News & World Report) from around the web to produce an entirely unique CollegeReviews Score for each school. And then ordered the schools based on that ranking. You won’t find a more exhaustive ranking of the best colleges and universities in North Dakota anywhere.

There are 21 colleges and universities in the U.S. state of North Dakota that are listed under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Grand Forks-based University of North Dakota (UND) is the largest public institution with an enrollment of 14,906 students as of Fall 2014 enrollment data.[1] Fargo-based North Dakota State University (NDSU) is the second largest public institution.

University of North Dakota is the state’s oldest and longest operating post-secondary institution. University of Jamestown (UJ), founded under the name Jamestown College 31 October 1883 by the Presbyterian Church,[3] is the state’s second-oldest established post-secondary institution. Mayville State University (MSU), originally named Mayville Normal School, founded in 1889 by the first North Dakota Legislative Assembly,[4] is the state’s third-oldest established post-secondary institution.

The North Dakota University System contains 11 public colleges. 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.[6] The state’s only law school is the University of North Dakota School of Law, which is another UND affiliate.[7]

Regional Information about North Dakota

Regional Information About North Dakota
Major Cities: Fargo, Minot, Bismarck.
Attractions: Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Frontier Village and the National Buffalo Museum, Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site.
Cost of Living: Best Places North Dakota Cost of Living
Popular Schools: North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota, Minot State University.

About Our Methodology

Our methodology for determining the best colleges in North Dakota takes both editorial rankings from US News & World Report, Times Higher Education and combines it with student rankings from Niche.com. We weight student rankings higher giving them about a 80% weighted score vs editorial rankings. Thus creating a more accurate viewpoint of the best colleges in any given state.

  1. North Dakota State University
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  2. University of North Dakota
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  3. Minot State University
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  4. University of Jamestown
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  5. Valley City State University
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  6. University of Mary
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  7. Mayville State University
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  8. Dickinson State University
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  9. Bismarck State College
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  10. Trinity Bible College
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  11. Sitting Bull College
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  12. Turtle Mountain Community College
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  13. United Tribes Technical College
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  14. Rasmussen College - Fargo
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  15. Fort Berthold Community College
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  16. Sanford College of Nursing
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