North Dakota State University

North Dakota, United States

About North Dakota State University

The North Dakota State University of Agriculture and Applied Sciences or NDSU, is a public research university located in Fargo, North Dakota. It was founded in 1890 and this university currently offers 102 undergraduate majors, 107 undergraduate degree programs, 6 undergraduate certificate programs, 79 undergraduate minors, 81 master's degree programs, 47 doctoral degree programs and 10 graduate certificate programs. NDSU is one or the largest universities in the State of North Dakota and the fifth-largest employer in the state of North Dakota. The NDSU utilizes a traditional semester-based academic calendar and the most popular majors include Health Professions and Related Programs, Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Engineering and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. Impressively, NDSU is listed in the National Science Foundation's top 100 in several areas, including agricultural sciences, social sciences, physical sciences, chemistry, psychology and computer sciences.

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Its setting is urban, and the campus size is 261 acres. North Dakota State University is located in the city of Fargo, on the eastern border of the state. Outside the classroom, NDSU students can get involved by exploring nearly 300 campus clubs, pledging with more than 10 fraternities and sororities, and joining student government.


NDSU consists of several campuses including the main campus that sits on 258 acres of land and consists of over 100 major buildings. There are also many historic buildings, including Old Main, Minard Hall, Ceres Hall, Putnam Hall, South Engineering, and Morrill Hall. At the central area of the main campus are the Engineering Complex, Shepperd Arena, and many academic buildings, and the Quentin Burdick Building (QBB formerly IACC) which is a technology powerhouse for the entire state. An important feature of this campus is the NDSU Memorial Union that consists of six restaurants, a coffee shop, a dining center, a recreation center, including a bowling alley, the NDSU Bookstore, the Herd Shop convenience store, large, spacious lounges and meeting rooms. The north area of the main campus is a large section that consists of many academic buildings, residence halls, and dining centers that are surrounded by grassy quads, as well as sand volleyball and basketball courts.
NDSU is home for many athletic facilities including the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse, Bison Sports Arena, that's where the Scheels Center basketball arena is located, Fargodome, Newman Outdoor Field, The Wallman Wellness Center and many others. At NDSU Downtown, you will find the Renaissance Hall and its features include studios, classrooms, a wood shop, computer laboratories, gallery and an outdoor sculpture area. Also located in NDSU Downtown is Barry Hall, a building that features 12 conference rooms, a two-story atrium, 14 classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium and a six-story faculty office town and lastly, the Klai Hall is a building that houses the landscape architecture program and features studios, classrooms, a model shop, computer lab, laser cutter facilities and a library; NDSU also owns several agricultural research extension centers.

Residing Options

At this school, a quarter of the students enrolled live in college-owned housing and the rest of students live off campus. NDSU currently has 12 residence halls that offer a variety of positive living environments. There are single, double, triple rooms available and some quads available for overflow at the residence halls. There are also available some apartment style room in both studio and four bedroom options. You can also find apartments that are nearby the University in case you decide to live off-campus.


The students do not suggest attending this university if you are from somewhere warmer because there is no tunnel system and it is quite cold walking across campus and they affirm that it is "just too cold in the winter". Some have the opinion that the school campus does look "really cool" in the winter with all of the snow. On the other side, Fargo's summers are long and warm but the winters are freezing, snowy, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round.

Faculty and pedagogy

NDSU offers an excellent education that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment. This university focuses on giving its students real-world experience and it also encourages its students to participate in organized clubs to enhance their educational experience. Sadly, there are many bad reviews regarding their professor's accessibility, as they're not very approachable to help or explain things outside of class because their focus is on the research they're currently doing.

Financial aid

At NDSU you can apply for Financial Aid such Grants or Loans, the grants include the Federal grants and the NDS grant; the Loans include the federal student loans, private student loans and parent loans. There are also some scholarship options available, you can apply for a scholarship at this university through AcademicWorks. There are scholarships for freshman and transfers, currently enrolled students, there are also college/departmental scholarships, external scholarships and veterans scholarships. Approximately more than half of incoming students receive some form of financial assistance, the majority of which is in the form of loans. Regarding financial aid for international students, The Academic & Cultural Sharing Scholarship offers international undergraduate students the ability to pay half of the non-resident base tuition rate. There's also the Lorraine Murphy Global Diversity Scholarship and the Junior-Senior Scholarship that are full tuition award which are both available for international students.

Jobs and placements

Employment helps reduce student's indebtedness and provides valuable job experience. The Federal Work-Study Program provides part-time jobs at or above the federal minimum wage, this program is need-based. There's also another option and that is The Part-Time Student Job Board that provides students a one-stop destination for researching on and off-campus, part-time, Work-Study, and summer employment opportunities. These job opportunities include front desk receptionist, server, NDSU archives intern, retail sales, student assistant and many others. For the NDSU Alumni with less than 1 year of experience in their field, the median salary is about $47000, but it also depends of your major, engineering students usually 1 or 2 year after graduating earn a salary of about $70000 and can find jobs in companies like Houston Engineering Inc.

Crowd and campus life

NDSU has an equally balanced student body, being the male o female student ratio is far higher than the national average. There is a medium sized community of about 1000 international students at North Dakota State University representing at least 42 countries. At NDSU are over 200 student organizations on campus and something for everyone. There are countless opportunities to get involved. The campus definitely has more of an urban feel than a rural feel. They have a Living Learning Program which offers on-campus students opportunities to engage in community development, leadership, academic success, and wellness. The Greek community is fairly active with over 650 students included in it.


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  • Mark Andrews - former U.S. Senator
  • Rick Berg - ormer U.S. Congressman
  • David Bernauer - former CEO, current chairman of Walgreens
  • Tyrone Braxton - former NFL player
  • Alf Clausen - composer for "The Simpsons" as well as other television programs and motion pictures

  • Verdict

    This university provides affordable access to an excellent education at a top-ranked institution, the residence life inside campus isn't as large as other universities but regardless, the campus life is very active. Financial aid is an option for everyone including international students; student employment is also an option at NDSU. Besides the bad reviews that some teachers have at this university, some have the greatest reviews and all of them have very good academic preparation for the job.

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