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With energy and momentum, North Dakota State University addresses the needs and aspirations of people in a changing world by building on our land-grant foundation.


We envision a vibrant university that will be globally identified as a contemporary metropolitan land-grant institution.

Core Values

NDSU is guided by the following key values and principles:

  • We reflect and serve geographically and culturally diverse populations.
  • We share institutional success across the university.
  • We anticipate and welcome growth and service that will occur in ways yet to be conceived.
  • We embrace our unique complexities as a land-grant university on the Northern Great Plains.
  • We remain committed to serving people globally.
  • We derive strength and vitality from each other and from the diverse communities we serve.
  • We envision an academic and social environment that is conducive to intellectual and personal development by promoting the safety and welfare of all members of the university community.
  • We promote excellence through individuals participating in decisions and value cooperation for the common good.
  • We are an engaged university and acknowledge and pursue scholarship of all forms, including discovery, teaching, integration, and application.
  • We uphold the rights and responsibilities of academic freedom.
Teaching and Learning
  • We provide a superior teaching and learning environment within and outside of the traditional classroom.
  • We promote and value liberal, graduate, and professional education in a collegial environment where divergent ideas can be shared.
  • We foster an environment that promotes life-long learning with individually-defined goals.
  • We maintain our integrity through principled action and ethical decision-making.
  • We will be the land-grant university that we want to be by welcoming and respecting differences in people and ideas.
  • We support the goals of the North Dakota University System and value collaboration with colleges and universities around the world.
  • We foster accessibility to our programs and services.
  • We have a special relationship with, and are accountable to, the people of North Dakota.
  • We actively strive to contribute to our region's economic prosperity and to improve the quality of life.

A Vibrant Educational and Research Environment

NDSU is a highly regarded and often recognized student-focused, land-grant, research institution. With a land-grant mission to provide quality education, leading-edge research and excellent service, NDSU is acknowledged as a national leader among its peers, and seen by many as a model for success.

NDSU recently was named to the elite “Research University/Very High Research” category by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. The Carnegie Very High Research categorization represents the 108 top ranked private and public universities in the country. NDSU is the first and only North Dakota institution to attain the status.

NDSU has enjoyed more than a decade of growth, with enrollment now exceeding 14,300 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. Annual research expenditures at the university surpass $134 million.

The economic impact of NDSU is far-reaching. A recent study showed NDSU’s growth from 1999 to 2010 affected the state’s economy by $3.88 billion and the Fargo-Moorhead economy by $4.44 billion. The economic analysis impact report conducted by NDSU's Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, measured NDSU's overall growth using expenditures of general (state appropriated dollars) and non-general fund (other sources) revenues. The study showed general fund expenditures increased by 65 percent while non-general fund expenditures increased by 205 percent.

In addition, NDSU's Research and Technology Park is an award-winning example of success. A study by Economic Modeling Specialist Inc. said the total number of jobs in the park rose more than 74 percent from 2007 to 2011. The businesses located at the park account for more than 890 direct, on-site jobs and more than 550 indirect, off-site jobs.

NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani describes the university as a place where students can succeed academically and personally through learning, involvement, service and leadership. "NDSU is unique nationally in that it is a land-grant, research-based and student-focused university," he said. "That combination provides what few others institutions do, and our students are realizing the benefits."

NDSU in Perspective

A Bit of History

North Dakota had been a state less than a year when Governor John Miller signed a bill on March 8, 1890, designating a square mile of land adjoining Fargo as the site of the new campus and demonstration farm under the name North Dakota Agricultural College and Agricultural Experiment Station.

With President Horace E. Stockbridge and five faculty members, the university opened for its first collegiate year on September 8, 1891. A total of 30 students were listed in the 1891 Prospectus as being "matriculated in the Special Course."

Through its proud history, the campus has gained a strong reputation for outstanding education, research and service. An engaged university, NDSU is recognized as a leader among its peers. Acknowledged nationally, NDSU is among 108 institutions listed in the "Research University/Very High Research" category by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

The Land-Grant Heritage

Honoring the commitment of the Morrill Act of 1862, the land-grant universities were established to provide studies that were a blend of technical and academic subjects. Known as a "people's college," NDSU was part of the bold experiment to provide access to a college education for the common person.

NDSU, the state's first land-grant institution, is well positioned to prepare graduates for the global marketplace and technologically oriented economy. Through a statewide network of centers and electronic technology, NDSU provides a growing capability for delivering education, cultural activities and information to schools and homes throughout North Dakota. NDSU is a publicly supported comprehensive land-grant institution, with a strong agriculture and applied science tradition.

NDSU Today

NDSU has experienced a remarkable period of growth and expanded academic opportunities; and it is recognized as a national model of the contemporary land-grant institution. NDSU has an enrollment of more than 14,300 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs, and its research expenditures surpass $134 million annually.

The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education recently named NDSU to the elite "Research University/Very High Research" category. The designation represents the 108 most successful private and public universities in the country. NDSU is the first and only university in the state to achieve the designation, which includes such distinguished institutions as Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Princeton University, Stanford University, Texas A&M University, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Vanderbilt University and Yale University.

An institution committed to progress, NDSU continues to advance in all areas because of the energy and dedication of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends.


NDSU is accredited as an institution by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Inquiries may be directed to the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411. In addition, many programs are accredited or approved by their respective professional organizations and agencies. Program accreditation or approval is listed in the college sections of this bulletin.

The Faculty

As of fall 2010, NDSU has 720 ranked faculty and lecturers, program administrators and coaches, as well as 180 part-time academic staff. Because of the nature of a land-grant university, many faculty hold joint appointments with affiliated research organizations on the campus.

The Campus

The NDSU campus in Fargo includes more than 110 buildings on approximately 42 square blocks or 258 acres. The campus has expanded into downtown Fargo, and is a small city within itself. Statewide, NDSU is located on 18,488 acres of North Dakota land, which includes the main Agricultural Experiment Station in Fargo and eight research centers throughout the state.

Academic Programs

NDSU offers more than 100 undergraduate and approximately 110 graduate degree programs of study in nine academic colleges. Degrees are awarded at the doctoral, master’s, professional, and baccalaureate levels. Various undergraduate minors and certificate programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels also are available. Programs offered at the time of this publication are listed in the Programs of Study section of this bulletin or may be viewed online at

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Undergraduate Bulletin
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7981 / Toll Free: +1 (800) 608-6378 / Fax: (701) 231-8959
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Last Updated: Friday, September 27, 2013 1:41:28 PM