Best Small Colleges in North Dakota 2022

Best Small Colleges in North Dakota 2022

Small colleges in North Dakota are a great option for students interested in a more intimate campus experience, more personal attention from excellent professors, and more immediate access to support services. Whether the focus is on the technical or on the liberal arts, small colleges give you the chance to pursue a well-rounded education while working closely with classmates and professors in a dynamic community atmosphere.

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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What are North Dakota’s Colleges & Universities?

North Dakota’s Best Overall

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The following list of the best small colleges and universities in North Dakota is composed mainly of four-year undergraduate schools (though a handful also offer graduate programs). We’ve identified 7 small colleges in North Dakota. The list below of the best small colleges in North Dakota. To be included schools must fully accredited, and must have student body populations below 5,000 students.

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

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! 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 in their fields of study.

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

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

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Best Small Colleges in North Dakota 2022

  1. #3

    University of Mary

    Bismarck , ND
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $20K

    Acceptance

    72%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1164/23

    What is University of Mary known for?

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

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #4

    Dickinson State University

    Dickinson , ND
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    99%

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1070/20

    What is Dickinson State University known for?

    Dickinson State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Computer Science
    • Communications
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • Physics
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #5

    Valley City State University

    Valley City , ND
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1019/21

    What is Valley City State University known for?

    Valley City State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Sociology
    • Business
    • Psychology
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Literature
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #6

    Bismarck State College

    Bismarck , ND
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Bismarck State College known for?

    Bismarck State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #7

    Mayville State University

    Mayville , ND
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    53%

    Graduation

    31%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/20

    What is Mayville State University known for?

    Mayville State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Psychology
    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Sociology
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

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North Dakota’s Best Small College in Your Area of Interest

2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. University of Jamestown
  2. Minot State University
  3. University of Mary
  4. Dickinson State University
  5. Valley City State University

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