North Dakota’s Best Christian Colleges & Universities of 2021

For prospective college students looking for schools that align with their Christian faith and demonstrate academic excellence, here are the best Christian colleges and universities in North Dakota.

North Dakota’s Best Christian Colleges & Universities of 2021

Colleges and Universities in North Dakota

The majority of the higher learning institutes in North Dakota are public schools and almost all of the schools could be considered small schools, serving less than 5,000 students. The state’s two largest schools, however, the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and North Dakota State University in Fargo, each have a student population around 12,000 students. Tuition at both of these schools comes in just below the national average at $9,000.

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At UND and NDSU, students can study fields such as engineering, chemistry, law, and education. Additionally, students can attend one of the state’s five private schools, three of which have religious affiliations. Students who attend these schools can pursue degrees in fields like nursing, religious studies, education, and earth sciences. North Dakota also offers a private tribal college, United Tribes Technical College, located in the state’s capital, Bismarck, where students can expect to pay around $4,000 in tuition fees.

As the country’s number one producer of honey and sunflowers, and home to part of the international Peace Garden, North Dakota’s landscape is a thing of natural beauty. This magnificent state also has its fair share of one-of-a-kind attractions, including the Badlands Dinosaur Museum, which features world-class minerals and fossils, and the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Heritage Center, which gives an inside look at this Native American tribe’s unique culture and traditions. The state also boasts 19 colleges and universities for students hoping to earn a higher education degree.

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How do we determine North Dakota's best Christian colleges and universities?

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.


There are 2 Christian colleges and universities in North Dakota, both satisfy our criteria. The best Christian schools below consist entirely of colleges and universities that offer four-year undergraduate degrees and the following four conditions:

  1. It must self-identify as Christian.
  2. It must be fully accredited.
  3. It must offer a broad range of bachelor degree programs.
  4. It must have a graduation rate greater than 50%.

Best Christian Colleges & Universities in North Dakota

  1. #1

    University of Jamestown

    #2201 institution's historical influence
    #1439 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $23K

    Acceptance

    72%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/22

    Jamestown, ND

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    What is University of Jamestown known for?

    University of Jamestown’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Philosophy
    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • History
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Communications
    • Criminal Justice

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  2. #2

    University of Mary

    #3138 institution's historical influence
    #1138 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $20K

    Acceptance

    72%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1164/23

    Bismarck, ND

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    What is University of Mary known for?

    University of Mary’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Business
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Biology
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology

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