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North Dakota State University - Main Campus Overview

Located in Fargo, North Dakota, North Dakota State University - Main Campus is a public institution. The city atmosphere of Fargo makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is North Dakota State University - Main Campus Known For?

2,618 Undergraduate Awards
$23,408 Avg Cost After Aid
92% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at North Dakota State University is 3%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at North Dakota State University.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 96% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University makes roughly $48,200 a year. This is 18% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus Rankings

We have ranked North Dakota State University as #166 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #3 out of 10 schools in North Dakota.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

North Dakota State University has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#106 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#111 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at North Dakota State University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Zoology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Botany/Plant Biology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Microbiological Sciences & Immunology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Human Development & Family Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards North Dakota State University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Value Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations College Factual
#4 Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#8 Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations College Factual
#30 Best Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Teaching Degree Search
#37 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific College Factual
#42 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual

Where Is North Dakota State University - Main Campus?

Location of North Dakota State University - Main Campus

Contact details for North Dakota State University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1301 12Th Avenue North, Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Phone: 701-231-8011
Website: https://www.ndsu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ndsu.fargo
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NDSUNews

How Do I Get Into North Dakota State University?

You can apply to North Dakota State University online at: https://www.ndsu.edu/admission/how_to_apply/application_process

Admission Requirements for North Dakota State University

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into North Dakota State University?

92% Acceptance Rate
49% Of Accepted Are Women
2% Submit SAT Scores
North Dakota State University has the high acceptance rate of 92%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 51% of accepted students are men and 49% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 91%, and the acceptance rate for women is 92%.

Average Test Scores

About 2% of students accepted to North Dakota State University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 658. Math scores were between 540 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for North Dakota State University - Main Campus  ( 520 to 658 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for North Dakota State University - Main Campus  ( 540 to 670 )
200
800
North Dakota State University received ACT scores from 97% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 25. Math scores were between 21 and 27. Composite scores were between 21 and 26.

ACT English Scores for North Dakota State University - Main Campus  ( 19 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for North Dakota State University - Main Campus  ( 21 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for North Dakota State University - Main Campus  ( 21 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford North Dakota State University - Main Campus?

$23,408 Net Price
67% Take Out Loans
2.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of North Dakota State University is $23,408. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At North Dakota State University, approximately 67% of students took out student loans averaging $9,282 a year. That adds up to $37,128 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at North Dakota State University is 2.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

North Dakota State University - Main Campus Undergraduate Student Diversity

10,237 Full-Time Undergraduates
44% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 11,425 undergraduate students at North Dakota State University, with 10,237 being full-time and 1,188 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  North Dakota State University

There are also 2,371 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 10,237 full-time undergraduates at North Dakota State University, 56% are male and 44% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  North Dakota State University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of North Dakota State University - Main Campus students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of North Dakota State University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 151
Black or African American 264
Hispanic or Latino 252
White 8,876
International Students 174
Other Races/Ethnicities 520

Geographic Diversity

North Dakota students aren't the only ones who study at North Dakota State University - Main Campus. At this time, 25 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 84 countries are represented at North Dakota State University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Bangladesh.

Online Learning at North Dakota State University - Main Campus

903 Took All Classes Online
6,421 Took At Least One Class Online
-2.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 6,421 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at North Dakota State University has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 12th most popular in North Dakota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of North Dakota State University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at North Dakota State University - Main Campus was -2.3%. This is the #2,350 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at North Dakota State University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of North Dakota State University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business, Management & Marketing 11%
Computer Engineering 2%
Engineering 4%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 18%
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 10%
Human Development & Family Studies 15%
Public Health 12%
Textile & Apparel Studies 33%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at North Dakota State University ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at North Dakota State University.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Transportation & Materials Moving #2
Construction Management #17
Transportation & Materials Moving #21
Sociology #62
Human Development & Family Studies #156
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #186
Social Sciences #211

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

North Dakota State University - Main Campus Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 216 0 0 16 232
Human Development & Family Studies 0 163 1 6 0 170
Mechanical Engineering 0 158 0 9 2 169
Business Administration & Management 0 108 4 32 5 149
General Biology 0 100 0 3 0 103
Civil Engineering 0 95 0 3 3 101
Computer Science 0 74 0 16 2 92
Marketing 0 91 0 0 0 91
General Psychology 0 83 0 7 1 91
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 79 0 9 0 88
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 78 0 3 1 82
Finance & Financial Management 0 80 1 0 0 81
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 3 0 0 77 80
General Architecture 0 45 0 34 0 79
Accounting 0 66 0 13 0 79
Agricultural Production 0 78 0 0 0 78
Allied Health Professions 0 55 0 14 0 69
Construction Engineering Technology 0 57 0 6 0 63
Health & Physical Education 0 62 0 0 0 62
Animal Science 0 46 0 6 4 56
Electrical Engineering 0 46 0 4 2 52
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 51 0 0 1 52
Educational Administration 0 0 0 51 0 51
Public Relations & Advertising 0 44 0 0 0 44
Computer Engineering 0 25 2 15 2 44
Management Information Systems 0 37 0 0 0 37
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 31 1 4 0 36
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 35 0 0 0 35
Music 0 17 0 14 3 34
Plant Sciences 0 12 0 17 3 32
Natural Resource Management 0 20 0 12 0 32
Political Science & Government 0 32 0 0 0 32
General English Literature 0 24 0 7 0 31
General Sales & Marketing 30 0 0 0 0 30
Statistics 0 12 7 7 4 30
Zoology 0 27 0 0 2 29
Industrial Engineering 0 28 0 0 0 28
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 26 0 0 0 26
Student Counseling 0 0 0 21 2 23
Food Science Technology 0 12 1 7 2 22
Agricultural Engineering 0 17 0 2 3 22
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 0 19 2 21
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 19 0 2 0 21
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 19 0 1 0 20
History 0 13 0 7 0 20
Agricultural Mechanization 0 19 0 0 0 19
Chemistry 0 7 0 3 9 19
Business/Corporate Communications 0 17 0 0 0 17
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 5 12 0 17
Public Health 0 0 4 13 0 17
Design & Applied Arts 0 17 0 0 0 17
Hospitality Management 0 16 0 0 0 16
General Agriculture 0 15 0 0 0 15
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 12 3 15
Construction Engineering 0 4 2 9 0 15
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 11 0 0 2 13
Mathematics 0 11 0 0 2 13
Physics 0 9 0 2 2 13
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 12 0 0 0 12
Economics 0 10 0 2 0 12
Fine & Studio Arts 0 12 0 0 0 12
Journalism 0 11 0 0 0 11
Homeland Security 0 9 0 2 0 11
Sociology 0 11 0 0 0 11
International Business 0 10 0 0 0 10
Romance Languages 0 10 0 0 0 10
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 10 0 0 0 10
Anthropology 0 9 0 1 0 10
Animal Services 0 9 0 0 0 9
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 0 9 9
International Studies 0 9 0 0 0 9
Environmental Design 0 8 0 0 0 8
Landscape Architecture 0 2 0 6 0 8
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 0 4 4 8
Agricultural Public Services 0 6 0 1 0 7
Soil Sciences 0 4 0 2 1 7
Philosophy 0 7 0 0 0 7
Drama & Theater Arts 0 6 0 0 0 6
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 5 0 0 0 5
Manufacturing Engineering 0 5 0 0 0 5
Ethnic Studies 0 5 0 0 0 5
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 1 4 5
Child Development & Psychology 0 3 0 0 2 5
Biotechnology 0 4 0 0 0 4
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 4 0 4
Genetics 0 0 0 2 1 3
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 0 3 3
Other Transportation & Materials Moving 0 0 0 3 0 3
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0 2 2
Horticulture 0 1 0 0 0 1
Information Technology 0 0 1 0 0 1
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 1 0 1
Food Processing 0 0 0 0 0 0
International Agriculture 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Construction Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Materials Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Social Work 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 30 2,588 29 431 181 3,259

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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