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North Dakota State University: Narrative Description


1301 North University Ave.
Fargo, ND 58105
Tel: (701)231-8011; 800-488-NDSU; Admissions: (701)231-8643; Fax: (701)231-8802; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, university, coed. Part of North Dakota University System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1890. Setting: 2,100-acre urban campus. Endowment: $53.7 million. Research spending 2002-03: $63.9 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $3724 per student. Total enrollment: 11,623. Faculty: 596 (500 full-time, 96 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 3,245 applied, 61% were admitted. 18% from top 10% of their high school class, 57% from top quarter, 75% from top half. 3 National Merit Scholars, 101 valedictorians. Full-time: 8,981 students, 43% women, 57% men. Part-time: 1,167 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 36 states and territories, 62 other countries, 40% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 11% 25 or older, 29% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 72% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; business/marketing; architecture; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the Tri-College University-Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, Minnesota State University Moorhead. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements: Options: electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $35. One-time mandatory fee: $45. Area resident tuition: $3374 full-time. State resident tuition: $3600 full-time, $140.58 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9009 full-time, $375.36 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $590 full-time, $24.61 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $4471. College room only: $1711. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 218 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 4% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Saddle and Sirloin, Habitat for Humanity, Residence Hall Association, Juggling Club. Major annual events: Homecoming, International Students Week, Spring Blast. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,870 college housing spaces available; 2,830 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. North Dakota State University Library plus 3 others with 303,274 books, 168,008 microform titles, 4,497 serials, 2,757 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $3.5 million. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: North Dakota's largest city at 90,599, Fargo is the largest distribution point between Minneapolis and Spokane. Fargo-Moorhead as seen designated as one of the top ten All-American cities for 2000. The metropolitan area has over a hundred manufacturing plants producing agricultural machinery, feed, fertilizers, foodstuffs, and dairy products. In addition, the community contains the largest medical complex between Minneapolis and the West Coast. Recreation facilities in the city's 765-acre park system include three golf courses, a winter sports building, and four swimming pools. There are part-time employment opportunities for students.

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