Smart. And Getting Smarter.

Education is where Fargo Moorhead really shines. About 95 percent of people who live here have more than a high school education compared to an 87 percent nationwide. In addition, one in three people here is engaged in education in one way or another, and that’s part of the reason we have one of the best elementary and secondary systems in the nation. The network of private schools features everything from religious-based philosophies to Montessori programs. Fargo Moorhead also is home Division I, II and III universities, a unique Tri-College University consortium and a strong system of community, technical and business colleges.

Education Level 2010 FM MSA % 2016 FM MSA % 2016 North Dakota % 2016 USA %
Less Than 9th Grade 2.5 1.9 2.8 5.4
9th Grade to 12th Grade 3.3 3.3 4.8 7.2
High School Diploma 23.5 20.5 27.1 27.2
Some College 24.3 21.5 22.1 20.6
Associate’s Degree 10.7 13.9 13.6 8.4
Bachelor’s Degree 24.0 27.9 21.7 19.3
Graduate Degree and Higher 11.6 11.1 7.8 11.9
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 and 2016 American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates

Colleges and Universities located in Fargo Moorhead

Fall Enrollment 2016

Name of Institution

Total Enrolled

Highest Degree Offered

Type of Institution
North Dakota State University 14,432 Professional, Doctorate Public Research, Land Grant
Minnesota State University Moorhead 5,924 Masters Public
Concordia College 2,114 Masters Private, Liberal Arts
Minnesota State Community & Technical College 3,656 Associates Community and Technical
Rasmussen College 693 Bachelors Private, For-Profit
NDSCS 280 Associates Community and Technical
University of Jamestown 217 Doctorate Private, Liberal

Total university enrollment: 27,316 (enrollment numbers as of Fall 2016)

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