Best colleges North Dakota

2022 best colleges in North Dakota

Founded in 1883, the University of North Dakota was established as the state’s first institution of higher education six years before North Dakota was granted statehood. It was also the first university nationwide to enroll in the United States Space Force University Partnership Program in 2021. The state’s largest university, North Dakota State University, is most known for its agricultural research and provides a vibrant social scene with easy access to downtown Fargo. What the state lacks in liberal arts colleges it makes up for in tribal colleges, such as Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College and United Tribes Technical College.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Earningsplus: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state.

Rankings: The ranking order is based on the economic score. The economic score is calculated using a school’s payback and earningsplus performance.

Net cost
Payback
Earnings
EarningsPlus
Rankings
Ranking methodology
#1 in North Dakota | #193 in National Universities

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Economic score: 2.53

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $15,738

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.7 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $57,299

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $3,593

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 87%
Graduation rate: 51%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#2 in North Dakota | #228 in National Universities

North Dakota State University-Main Campus

Fargo, North Dakota

Economic score: 2.85

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $16,584

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 3 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $56,246

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $2,540

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 95%
Graduation rate: 58%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#3 in North Dakota | #230 in National Universities

University of Mary

Bismarck, North Dakota

Economic score: 2.88

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $17,410

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 3 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $55,720

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $2,014

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 72%
Graduation rate: 55%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#4 in North Dakota

Dickinson State University

Dickinson, North Dakota

Economic score: 3.28

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $10,855

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.9 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $48,098

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: - $5,608

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 99%
Graduation rate: 44%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#5 in North Dakota

Valley City State University

Valley City, North Dakota

Economic score: 4.43

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $11,981

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 3.7 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $45,429

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: - $8,277

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 81%
Graduation rate: 46%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#6 in North Dakota

University of Jamestown

Jamestown, North Dakota

Economic score: 5.89

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $19,413

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 5.4 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $49,050

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: - $4,656

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 72%
Graduation rate: 44%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

Minot State University

Minot, North Dakota

Economic score: 4.41

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $11,898

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 3.7 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $45,458

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: - $8,248

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 78%
Graduation rate: 43%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

Mayville State University

Mayville, North Dakota

Economic score: 6.32

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $12,378

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 5 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $42,211

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: - $11,495

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 54%
Graduation rate: 42%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

Trinity Bible College and Graduate School

Ellendale, North Dakota

Economic score: 35.48

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $19,978

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 23.2 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $35,040

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: - $18,666

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 100%
Graduation rate: 38%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.