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North Dakota State University of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (NDSU) is a public, land-grant research higher education institution located in Fargo, North Dakota. Founded in 1890, Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education defines the university as a R1 research institution. With more than $155 million in research expenditures during the 2020 fiscal year, the school was ranked 97 out of 415 public universities by the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development Survey (HERD).

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Overview of North Dakota State University (NDSU)


The university strives to provide transformational education, create knowledge through innovative research, and share knowledge through community engagement that meets the needs of North Dakota and the world. Core values include collegiality, community, creativity, excellence, inclusivity, impact, innovation, integrity, resilience, and responsiveness.

The total student population is 12,461, with 10,199 enrolled in undergraduate programs. The school employs approximately 868 full-time and 140 part-time faculty members. Of these, about 657 focus their efforts on instruction, while the remaining professors dedicate time to research and public service. There are also approximately 341 instructional and 575 research graduate assistants. Overall, the institution’s student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1.

General Information


School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Midsize
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 18:1
Graduation Rate 65%
Year Founded 1890

Student Enrollment


Total Students12,461

Undergraduate
10,199
Graduate
2,262

Undergraduate Student

Male 5,100
5,100
Female 5,099
5,099

Graduate Student

Male 1,131
1,131
Female 1,131
1,131

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NDSU Acceptance Rate and Admissions


APPLICATIONS8,143

Male 3,487
Female 4,656

ACCEPTANCE7,736

Male 3,278
Female 4,470

Acceptance Rate95%

Male 94%
Female 96%

Enrollment 2,475

Male 1,180
Female 1,296
Admissions
Application Fee $35
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Considered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) NA
Application Deadline Rolling
Common Application Accepted No

NDSU Tuition Cost & Financial Aid


The cost of attending North Dakota State University will depend on several factors, including state of residency and the type of program pursued. The base tuition for North Dakota residents during the 2022-2023 academic year is $9,309. While out-of-state students pay a base tuition of $13,963, those from Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan will own between $10,426 and $11,170. Other international undergraduates are charged a base tuition rate of $16,289. It’s important to realize, however, that rates differ for some degree programs. In these cases, differential tuition replaces the base tuition.

Prospective students must also anticipate paying for fees, housing, meal plans, and books. North Dakota State University estimates these expenses will cost $11,783 for domestic undergraduates. Other indirect costs include transportation and personal expenses.

To help students pay for tuition and other costs, North Dakota State University offers a variety of need and merit-based financial awards. To be considered for these, everyone enrolled is encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). During the 2021-2022 academic year, 95% of full-time beginning undergraduate students received some form of financial aid. While many were provided grants and scholarships, 63% still required loans.

Average net price 2020-2021
Net Price $16,677
Average Total Aid $4,089
Students Receiving Financial Aid 95%
Room & Board $9,078

Sticker Price


  • Tuition In-State - $10,601
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $15,076
  • Books and Supplies - $800
  • Room & Board - $9,078
  • Other - $3,400

Academics


North Dakota State University offers a variety of undergraduate majors, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in many fields of study.

Students can choose from degrees available in the following colleges:

  • College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources
  • College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health Professions
  • College of Human Sciences and Education
  • College of Science and Mathematics

According to data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the retention rate for first-time, undergraduate freshmen who began their studies in 2020 was 76% for full-time students and 43% for part-time students. Notably, the national average is 68%. Overall, this indicates that most students enrolled at the university chose to return in 2021 for further education.

The overall graduation rate for students who began their studies in fall 2015 was 65%, with a 22% transfer-out rate. This means that over half of students were able to complete requirements within 150% of normal time, which is six years. Additionally, 41% of students considered for the study managed to graduate within four years.

North Dakota State University is accredited by Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six agencies recognized by the United State Department of Education. In addition to this regional accreditation, the institution maintains several programmatic accreditations.

Student Population Total


Student Population 12,461

Undergraduate
10,199
Graduate
2,262
Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)


All Engineering Majors 392 Total Graduates / 16%
Mechanical Engineering 163 Graduates
Civil Engineering, General 70 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 61 Graduates
Computer Engineering, General 35 Graduates
All Business Majors 388 Total Graduates / 16%
Business Administration and Management, General 90 Graduates
Finance, General 78 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 70 Graduates
Accounting 58 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 337 Total Graduates / 14%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 203 Graduates
Pharmaceutical Sciences 69 Graduates
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 29 Graduates
Dietetics/Dietitian 15 Graduates
Agricultural/Animal/Plant/Veterinary Science and Related Fields 189 Total Graduates / 8%
Crop Production 43 Graduates
Agricultural Economics 41 Graduates
Animal Sciences, General 32 Graduates
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 24 Graduates
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 177 Total Graduates / 7%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 153 Graduates
Microbiology, General 24 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 39%

Outcome & Salary


North Dakota State University’s Career and Advising Center publishes annual employment reports for undergraduate alumni. In 2021, 73% of participants reported being employed, while another 19% reported participation in continuing education. Only seven percent were still actively seeking employment. The median salary reported was $50,000.

Some of the top employers for graduates include:

  • Sanford Health
  • John Deere
  • Fargo Public Schools
  • North Dakota State University
  • Boston Scientific
  • KLJ Engineering
Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $58,800
College Grads Average Salary $71,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $104,000
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $710,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,750,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $66,708
10 Year Projected ROI $643,292
20 Year Projected ROI $1,683,292
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840