As a proud UND alum, I know who I would pick.  Our friends at Wallet hub did all the work for you, so if you're considering going to a college or university in North Dakota, here's some things to consider.

With the first “early decision” college-application deadline looming on Nov. 1 and tuition costs having more than doubled since the 1980s, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2020’s Best College & University Rankings as well as accompanying videos, in addition to separate rankings for colleges and for universities.

To help college-bound seniors choose the best schools within their states, WalletHub compared over 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 33 key measures grouped into seven categories, such as Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes. The data set ranges from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary.


Top 7 Colleges & Universities in North Dakota

  1. Minot State University
  2. Dickinson State University
  3. Valley City State University
  4. University of Mary
  5. University of North Dakota
  6. University of Jamestown
  7. North Dakota State University

With that in mind, here’s a closer look at some of the top schools and how each performed in certain metrics:

School Snapshot: Minot State University (1 = Best)

  • 1st – Admission Rate
  • 1st – Net Cost
  • 3rd – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 5th – On-Campus Crime
  • 1st – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 4th – Graduation Rate

School Snapshot: Dickinson State University (1 = Best)

  • 3rd – Admission Rate
  • 3rd – Net Cost
  • 1st – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 4th – On-Campus Crime
  • 3rd – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 5th – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: Valley City State University (1 = Best)

  • 4th – Admission Rate
  • 2nd – Net Cost
  • 4th – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 1st – On-Campus Crime

To view the full reports, please visit:

Best Colleges & Universities Overall:

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