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Education is where Fargo Moorhead really shines. About 94 percent of people who live here have more than a high school education compared to an 88 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 to Division I, II and III higher education systems, a unique Tri-College University consortium and a strong system of community, technical and business colleges.

Education Level 2010 FM MSA % 2018 FM MSA % 2018 North Dakota % 2018 USA %
Less Than 9th Grade 2.5 2.7 3.4 5.0
9th Grade to 12th Grade 3.3 3.1 4.3 6.7
High School Diploma 23.5 20.7 25.9 26.9
Some College 24.3 20.3 21.9 20.3
Associate’s Degree 10.7 15.0 14.9 8.6
Bachelor’s Degree 24.0 28.1 22.1 20.0
Graduate Degree and Higher 11.6 10.2 7.6 12.6
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 and 2018 American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates, Population 25 years and over

Colleges and Universities located in Fargo Moorhead

Fall Enrollment 2018

Name of Institution

Total Enrolled

Highest Degree Offered

Type of Institution
North Dakota State University 13,173 Professional, Doctorate Public Research, Land Grant
Minnesota State University Moorhead 5,751 Masters Public
Concordia College 2,010 Masters Private, Liberal Arts
Minnesota State Community & Technical College- Moorhead Campus 2,294 Associates Community and Technical
Rasmussen College 760 Bachelors Private, For-Profit
NDSCS 363 Associates Community and Technical
University of Mary Fargo Campus 220* Masters Private
University of Jamestown 123 Doctorate Private, Liberal

Total university enrollment: 24,694 (enrollment numbers as of Fall 2019)
*notes Fall 2018 numbers

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