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Education is where Fargo Moorhead really shines. More than 70 percent of people who live here have more than a high school education compared to an average of 55 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 2005 Population 2015 Population 2015 % of Population 2015 State % Population 2015 Nat. % Population
Less Than 9th Grade 4,780 4,413 4% 5% 8%
9th Grade to 12th Grade 2,889 4,640 3% 4% 7%
High School Diploma 27,603 32,659 25% 28% 30%
Some College 26,424 32,435 24% 22% 20%
Associate’s Degree 12,367 19,190 11% 10% 7%
Bachelor’s Degree 27,965 36,039 25% 21% 17%
Graduate Degree and Higher 10,261 14,130 9% 10% 10%
Total 112,291 143,505 100% 100% 100%
Source: QCEW Employees & Non-QCEW Employees – EMSI 2016.1 Class of Worker

Colleges and Universities located in Fargo Moorhead

Fall Semester 2015

Name of Institution Total Enrolled Highest Degree Offered Type of Institution
North Dakota State University 14,747 Professional, Doctorate Public Research, Land Grant
Minnesota State University Moorhead 6,308 Masters Public
Concordia College 2,398 Masters Private, Liberal Arts
Rasmussen College 950 Bachelors Private, For-Profit
Globe University 200 Bachelors Private, For-Profit
Minnesota State Community & Technical College 3,656 Associates Community & Technical

Total university enrollment: 28,259 (enrollment numbers as of Fall 2015)

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