Higher Education

 Higher Education Options

Fargo Moorhead is a community of about 225,000 that values what college students bring to life here. With exceptional universities of various sizes, as well as several technical and business schools, this town rivals any college town in the nation.


North Dakota State University 

NDSU is a national research university of about 14,400 students. The university’s researchers are leaders in areas such as nanotechnology, microelectronics, polymers, food safety, plant science, vaccinology, biotechnology, robotics and materials science. NDSU is a student-focused, land-grant research university that encompasses a broad spectrum of curricular offerings, scholarly activity and service.

NDSU is ranked in the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education’s elite category of “Research Universities/Very High Research Activity” among 108 prestigious universities. In addition, the highly respected NDSU Research & Technology Park is a national model of successful partnerships between higher education and private industry.


Minnesota State University Moorhead 

MSUM is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and a major partner in achieving regional and statewide economic development priorities.

MSUM is a comprehensive regional university with a new $30 million science center houses biology and chemistry research labs, a radioactive lab, animal quarters, an aquarium and greenhouses. The university offers a growing number of web-based and hybrid courses. Its four colleges offer programs in life sciences, physical sciences, education, business, communications, technology, nursing, social work, criminal justice, arts and humanities, cultures and languages.


Concordia College

Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., is a four-year liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America with an enrollment of 2,600 students.

Concordia’s program distinctions include international education, music, and the sciences, especially pre-med and other health professions. The new Offutt School of Business enhances several majors with a global curriculum that emphasizes ethical leadership and entrepreneurship.

Concordia is a nationally recognized leader in global education known for its high ranking in study abroad program participation and the world-renowned Concordia Language Villages. The college ranks in the top 12 percent for graduates who go on to earn research doctorates. The medical school acceptance rate for Concordia graduates is 88 percent, and the law school acceptance rate is above 90 percent.


Tri-College University 

Tri-College University is a unique consortium of our four-year higher education institutions. It allows students enrolled at any one of them to take courses at the other two at no extra charge, and to apply the credits toward graduation requirements at the home campus. Through Tri-College, you can access world-class programs, resources such as full access to all three libraries, and the benefits of a “combined campus” of around 27,000 students. Meanwhile, you can live and learn in an environment sized to suit you: a Division I school with about 14,400 students, a Division II school with an enrollment of around 6,000, or a Division III school with approximately 2,600.

Rasmussen College

Minnesota State Community & Technical College

North Dakota State College of Science – Fargo

Globe University/Minnesota School of Business

University of Mary, Fargo Center 

University of Jamestown, Fargo Center – Physical Therapy


Colleges and Universities located in Fargo Moorhead

Fall Semester 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
MState 3,656 Associates Community and Technical
Rasmussen College 693 Bachelors Private, For-Profit
NDSCS 280 Associates Community and Technical

Total university enrollment: 27,099 (enrollment numbers as of Fall 2016)