HELP ME CHOOSE MY COLLEGE
With five colleges and six universities, the North Dakota University System is sure to offer a college experience that’s just right for you. From one-year technical and vocational programs to professional degrees in law, medicine and pharmacy – the North Dakota University System will help prepare you to meet your career goals.
Why study in North Dakota? University System colleges and universities have a great deal to offer. Most importantly, you’ll receive a high-quality education at an affordable price. Add to that the individualized attention provided by our professors, and you’ll have a formula for personal and professional growth.
Academic success is an important part of your college experience, but North Dakota University System colleges and universities understand it takes more to be a well-rounded person. That’s why our students have opportunities to participate in hundreds of student organizations and intramural sports, as well as intercollegiate activities.
Take a look around this site, and we believe you’ll agree – the North Dakota University System has a college or university that’s a perfect fit for you.
The North Dakota University System is committed to helping you become personally and professionally successful.
AT ONE OF THE 11 NORTH DAKOTA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES – WHERE IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!
Breadth and Quality of Programs: From welding to web design, engineering to English, anatomy to accounting – the 11 vibrant and distinct North Dakota University System colleges and universities offer more than 700 programs – and one that’s sure to meet your career goals.
Cost: Tuition and fees at North Dakota University System colleges and universities are very competitively priced when compared to regional and national counterparts. Plus, it won’t break your bank account to go home for a weekend.
Room to Grow: Academic success is important, but it takes more to be a well-rounded person. The faculty and staff at North Dakota University System colleges and universities want you to be personally and professionally successful. They are committed to creating an environment where you will be intellectually challenged and encouraged to spread your wings.
Tons of Fun: Talk about things to do – North Dakota University System colleges and universities field more than 100 varsity and 600 intramural teams. Not into sports? How about student government, music or one of the 750 clubs and student organizations? Then there are dances, concerts, plays and numerous opportunities to pursue your interests. Get the picture?
Life in a Global Community: People from many nations and diverse backgrounds challenge the thinking and perspectives of students at North Dakota University System colleges and universities. Studying in a multi-cultural environment is sure to broaden your world view.
A Safe, Secure Environment: There’s a lot to be said for living in a state that has one of the lowest crime rates in the nation. How’s this for starters? Peace of mind.
Memories and Friendships to Last a Lifetime: What will you remember most about your college days? Will it be the homecoming celebrations? Cramming for final exams? Enjoying your independence? Whatever events make their mark on you, some of the people who share these memories are likely to be part of your life well beyond your time on campus.
TO A NDUS COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY
- Select more than one North Dakota University System college or university for consideration
- Click the Academic Programs link on their college page to find out all the degree programs they offer
- Make appointments to tour the selected campuses by contacting each college or university’s admissions office
- Take the ACT Assessment Test; check with the institutions of your choice for specific testing deadlines
- Review admission requirements and submit an application for admission to selected colleges and universities
- Request an official copy of your high school transcript to be sent to selected colleges and universities
- Contact each institution’s financial aid office to apply for financial aid, including scholarships
Getting Ready For College
It takes time, effort and thought to choose the college that’s right for you. You’ll want to consider your interests, goals, academic strengths and finances. You'll also need to understand what you have to do to be considered for admission to a public college or university in North Dakota.
If you’re interested in attending one of the 11 NDUS institutions, you must meet minimum standards to qualify for admission. Contact the college’s admissions office and ask about their specific admission requirements. This would be a good time to start filling out online applications. Direct links to individual college applications are available on the NDUS website or on their individual college pages on this site.
If you plan to attend a four-year university, you need to have successfully completed a core curriculum of high school courses. The core curriculum includes the following courses:
- 4 units of English (including written and oral communication skills)
- 3 units of mathematics (algebra I and above)
- 3 units of laboratory science (including at least 2 in biology, chemistry, physics or physical science)
- 3 units of social studies (excluding consumer education, cooperative marketing, orientation to social science and marriage/family)
The North Dakota University System recommends that students take a mathematics course each year of high school, including advanced algebra. The University System also recommends that students take at least two foreign language courses, which may include American Sign Language or Native American languages. A student who has not taken the required courses is welcome to attend any of the state’s two-year colleges. Upon satisfactory completion of 24 credits, the student will be eligible to transfer to a four-year university.
Planning Your Career
North Dakota University System colleges and universities want you to succeed, both as a student and as a graduate. To support that commitment, each campus provides career counseling and helps students find jobs after graduation. Contact the college or university of your choice for more information.
The Common Academic Calendar: All North Dakota University System colleges and universities follow the same academic calendar. As a result, semesters begin and end on the same date at each campus. Plus, all holidays and breaks are scheduled at the same time. The common academic calendar also makes it easier for you to take IVN courses and to transfer between campuses.
One of many benefits of enrolling at a North Dakota University System college or university is that you may transfer easily from one campus to another.
The General Education Requirements Transfer Agreement – or GERTA – is a system-wide agreement that allows you to complete the general education requirements at any University System college or university and then transfer your general education program to another institution – guaranteed! Plus, all five tribal colleges in North Dakota participate in GERTA.
Common course numbering also makes transfer between campuses much easier. Common course numbers and titles are used to describe hundreds of courses offered by University System and tribal colleges so that each campus accepts these courses as the same.
In addition, articulation agreements make it possible to get full credit for specific degrees when transferring to another college or university. More than 1,600 articulation agreements are now in place within the University System, and more than 500 agreements are in place with out-of-state institutions.
If you plan to begin college at one campus and then transfer to another, you’ll want to work closely with a college advisor to make sure the classes you take will transfer. For more information go to ndus.edu and review "Easy Transfer within or to North Dakota Campuses" in the Student section of the website.
TO WORK FOR YOU
TO WORK FOR YOU
Applying to attend a North Dakota University System college or university can be done from your computer. For freshman registration, all 11 NDUS colleges and universities accept the common application form, but you may need to provide additional information upon request. The online application link is available under “Applying for College” in the Student section of the NDUS website at ndus.edu. Or a paper application can be found at the same location.
In the past, it took a lot of leg work to be a student, but what used to require standing in long lines now can be accomplished via computer. The ConnectND software system enables you to register, drop and add classes, and access personal information and records over the Internet. Online registration will make your life a lot easier.
Online instructional systems connect the 11 North Dakota University System colleges and universities to students across the state and around the world. Campus classrooms reach remote learners through video, audio and web conferences. By using technology to break down the barrier of distance, you have access to courses and degrees without living on campus. For more information, visit the Advanced Learning Technology website at sits.ndus.edu.
University System colleges and universities collaborate to deliver many courses and programs completely online. In fact, more than 1,000 courses now are available through the North Dakota University System Online (NDUSO), as are eight diploma programs, 22 certificate programs, 49 associate degrees, 52 bachelor’s degrees, 41 graduate degrees and 22 graduate certificate programs. A list of online courses and programs is available at ndus.edu.
The Online Dakota Information Network (ODIN) provides computer-based catalog access to University System libraries, as well as many other public libraries in the state. More than 100 libraries participate in ODIN, which is linked to a regional network of libraries in Minnesota and South Dakota. For more information about ODIN, go to www.odin.nodak.edu.
Thanks to ConnectND, a unique software system, many time-consuming processes now can be handled online. That means there’s no need to wait in long lines!
As a student at any of the 11 North Dakota University System colleges or universities, you’ll simply access the internet to:
- Register for classes
- View your class Schedule
- Check the status of your financial aid
- Drop or add classes
- View your semester grades or full transcript
- Access personal information and records
How Much Will College Cost?
The cost of going to college depends on the campus you choose, the number of credits you plan to take and transportation and housing expenses. The cost of attending a college or university in the North Dakota University System also varies by type of campus – whether it’s a two-year, four-year or doctoral institution. North Dakota residents pay substantially lower tuition rates than do nonresidents. There are, however, some exceptions for residents of surrounding states and provinces. For more information, contact the admission office at the college of your choice.
Click the link to the left for a chart of the estimated cost of attending a North Dakota University System college or university in 2013-14. This table does not include personal costs such as clothing, entertainment and transportation, but an estimated cost for these miscellaneous expenses is $3,400.
FILLING OUT THE FORMS
Financial aid funds can be limited, so it’s important to apply early. The first step is to apply for admission to the college or university of your choice and then complete the U.S. Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after Jan. 1 as possible. The FAFSA may be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Follow the instructions carefully when completing the FAFSA form. Information from federal tax returns should be used to complete it. Clearly indicate which institution(s) should receive your financial information and use the appropriate school code number(s). Read the instructions carefully and contact your prospective college’s financial aid office if you have questions. When your FAFSA form has been evaluated, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR), and the colleges you listed will receive the same information. To receive more information about tax credits, the FAFSA application and the U.S. Department of Education’s Student Aid Program, visit www.ed.gov/finaid.
The campus then will determine the amount and type of aid it can offer you and will send you a letter. Award letters are usually sent in the late spring or early summer. Remember to contact your guidance counselor’s office to pursue other private aid programs. Note that there are deadlines for requesting more information about private sources of financial aid. Some guidance counselors in the state recommend accessing FastWeb at www.fastweb.com.
The state of ND also offers multiple financial aid options. To learn more about what’s available visit ndus.edu or call 701.224.2541. Student loan programs are also available through the Bank of North Dakota. For more information, visit mystudentloanonline.nd.gov or call 701.328.5660.
Earn a $6,000 College Scholarship
In 2009, the North Dakota Legislature created two great scholarships: the North Dakota Academic Scholarship and the North Dakota Career and Technical Education Scholarship.
Both programs reward North Dakota high school graduates who meet specific coursework, grade-point average and test score requirements. If you qualify, you may be eligible for up to $6,000 for undergraduate study at a four-year college or university or a community college in North Dakota.
Your high school counselor can work with you to make sure you’re taking the right steps to qualify for one of these new scholarships. For more information, call the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction at 701.328.2755.
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College is an investment. Financial aid programs are available to assist you in paying for this investment. In North Dakota, higher education can be financially possible. Contact the financial aid office at your college/university or NDUS to discuss some options, such as the following:
- Grants: Many people are familiar with federal Pell Grants and Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (SEOG) available through the U.S. Department of Education. North Dakota provides a State Student Incentive Grant Program (SSIG), also known as the State Grant Program, which offers need-based grants to North Dakota college students. Visit ndus.edu/students for more information about this program. You also can research grants through a local library, high school or college financial aid office. Grants do not need to be repaid.
- Scholarships: These funds are awarded to students for academic performance, skills, achievement, need or other qualifications. Information about scholarships can be obtained through a high school counselor, the college financial aid office, local community groups and professional organizations. Scholarships do not need to be repaid. Also, beware of scholarship scams. It does not cost anything to apply for a scholarship. You can find help with scholarship searches at banknd.nd.gov/collegeplanning.
- Work-Study Programs: The federal College Work-Study Program administered by each college enables students to work on or off-campus while enrolled in college.
- Student Loans: Money can be borrowed at a low interest rate, but must be repaid after the student leaves college. Federal student loans and private loans are available to students who attend eligible institutions if the student and/or his family cannot pay for college. For current information about student loan programs, contact a high school counselor, the college financial aid office or the College Planning Center of Bank of ND at banknd.nd.gov/collegeplanning.
of Higher Education
Kirsten Diederich, Fargo
Terry Hjelmstad, Minot
Duaine Espegard, Grand Forks
Devin Hoffarth, Devils Lake
Don Morton, Fargo
Kathleen Neset, Tioga
Kari Reichert, Bismarck
Grant Shaft, Grand Forks
Janice Hoffarth, Grand Forks
Non-voting staff adviser
Doug Munski, Grand Forks
Non-voting faculty adviser
Larry C. Skogen, Bismarck, Interim Chancellor,
North Dakota University System