Fall Enrollment: 12,242 (2022-2023)
Types of Degrees: Bachelor Degree, Certificate, Doctor's Degree - professional, Doctorate Degree, Doctorate Degree - research, Master's Degree, Post Bachelors, Post Master's
Number of Programs: 216
Average Class Size: 34
Student to Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1

Campus Life

NDSU students can choose leadership and social opportunities from around 300 recognized student organizations, including governing bodies, fraternities, sororities, recreational groups, special-interest organizations and professionally affiliated associations. On-campus housing also is tailored to individual interests. With students from 47 states, 75 countries and several tribal communities, diversity is an everyday experience. Division I athletics and a full complement of health, recreation, entertainment and wellness services create a vibrant, energized campus.


NDSU is located along the Red River in Fargo, at the crossroads of interstate highways 29 and 94. Fargo is the largest city in North Dakota and is a regional hub for business, health care, shopping, the arts and agribusiness.

The Area

Fargo consistently appears on national lists of the best places to live and is noted for its safety, health care, recreation, job opportunities and economic development. Three of NDSU’s academic buildings are in downtown Fargo, near dozens of great options for dining, shopping and entertainment. The community offers miles of biking trails, parks, museums, movie theaters, concerts and sporting events at many venues. Community events range from movies in the park, street fairs and winter festivals to an annual marathon, symphony performances, TedX Fargo and entrepreneurial start-up weekends. The Fargo-Moorhead metro area has a population of more than 250,000, making it the largest community between Minneapolis and Seattle.

Admission Requirements

Applications are evaluated on an individual basis. The university uses selective criteria to assure adequate preparation, which will enable students to be successful in their academic pursuits. Incoming freshmen are encouraged to complete the application process between August and December for the following fall semester or by November for the following spring semester to ensure applications and paperwork can be completed in a timely manner. For a quicker admission decision, self-report GPA and core high school courses within the application for admission. You can expect an admission decision by mail.

Learn Online

NDSU offers a variety of online programs. Many allow working professionals to earn a degree while working full-time. Faculty who teach in our online degree programs work to support each of their students individually – just like they do with their on-campus students. Check out the list of available online programs at

Finish What You Started

NDSU now offers a degree completion program where students can use their previously earned credits and finish their degree with flexible course offerings. Staff at NDSU provide specialized support to meet the needs of students returning to finish their degree.

2022-2023 Academic Year Costs

TUITION $9,309

FEES $1,683

ROOM & BOARD $9,300

North Dakota full-time resident rates for basic undergraduate programs; non-resident rates and differential rates for business, nursing, engineering, computer science, architecture and pharmacy programs are available at Room and board rates assume double occupancy and a 7-day unlimited meal plan.

Priority Deadline


FAFSA Early application is encouraged. The FAFSA application is available October 1. NDSU’s priority deadline for FAFSA submission is February 1.


NDSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Contact the campus for information about accreditation and/or certification of specific programs.


In addition to other forms of financial aid, each year NDSU awards nearly $3.5 million in scholarships to new first-year students. In fact, nearly half of this year’s first-year students received an award.

Guaranteed Scholarships (Awarded to students who have outstanding academic records)

  • Criteria: Awarded to students based on cumulative high school GPA (unweighted)
  • Based on date of completed admission file
  • Must be admitted by February 1 of senior year

Additional Named Scholarships

  • Amounts and eligibility criteria vary. Numerous scholarships awarded based on variable criteria such as academic merit or major.
  • Must be admitted and submit the scholarship application by February 1 of senior year

Transfer scholarships

  • Awarded to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement at the collegiate level
  • Cumulative college GPA of 3.0 from each institution previously attended
  • Deadline: April 1 for summer and fall start and December 1 for spring start

Review scholarship information and apply at

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Students learn from the best at NDSU

North Dakota State University is a student-focused, land-grant, research university — an economic engine that educates students, conducts primary research, creates new knowledge and advances technology. The university provides affordable access to an excellent education at a top-ranked R1 institution that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment, educating future leaders who will create solutions to national and global challenges that will shape a better world.

NDSU is ranked as an R1 university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The R1 status is Carnegie’s highest possible ranking and denotes “Doctoral Universities - Very High Research Activity.” Reporting $164 million in research expenditures in FY21, NDSU ranks 139 among all institutions in the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey.

NDSU conducts research across a wide variety of disciplines including food, energy, and water security; cybersecurity, life sciences, entrepreneurship and innovation, and materials.

You’ll have many educational options at NDSU. The university prepares students for life and careers in a comprehensive array of fields, including engineering, health professions, science, agriculture, arts, humanities, social sciences, human development, education and business. Our renowned faculty members are recognized as leaders in their fields and directly involve students in world-class research.

NDSU has a national reputation for excellence in education, research and service. The university has a positive and lasting effect on the lives of students and the vitality of the community, state, region and nation.

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Jenezio Lagobey

Jenezio Lagobey

Hometown: Fargo, ND

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Year: Freshman

“My favorite thing about NDSU is the independence and the environment of the school. At NDSU, we call ourselves a "herd" because we are one big family. But, within that family, everyone is different and unique with their own backgrounds and stories.”

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Kaylie Kirchenwitz

Kaylie Kirchenwitz

Hometown: Perham, MN

Major: Nursing

Year: Junior

“In the skills lab, we’re learning anything we might be asked to do on the floor. We actually get that hands-on experience. We have the space to make mistakes and to learn from them, while supervisors are there helping us learn. The professors want you to succeed. They want to see you become a BSN or ICU nurse or whatever specialty you want to go in. The nursing program prepares you for everything.”

NDSU Campus

North Dakota State University

PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
800.488.NDSU (6378)

Office of Admission

NDSU Dept 2832
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
800.488.NDSU (6378)

Student Financial Services

One Stop
NDSU Dept. 5290
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Fax: 701.231.8297

Residence Life