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National Attention

NDSU, Fargo and North Dakota are getting a lot of attention from around the country. A few examples:


  • NDSU provides the best value for students in North Dakota according to financial technology company SmartAsset. (April 2015)
  • NDSU attracts more full-time students than any other college or university in our state, who, after graduation, in growing numbers, stay in our state to work. (2014 State of the University)
  • NDSU ranks seventh out of 50 great affordable colleges in the Midwest, from Great Value Colleges.
  • NDSU has one of the highest student return on investment ratios for public research universities in the nation, according to Pay Scale. (2014 College ROI report)
  • NDSU’s nursing program is noted as one of the top in the country. (NDSU magazine, Summer 2014)
  • NDSU is the most desirable college in North Dakota, in a survey by eCollegeFinder. (May 2014)
  • NDSU has one of the top 10 pre-veterinary programs in the country, according to (2013)


  • Fargo is ranked 18th in the list of 50 best college towns to live in forever, according to (March 2015)
  • Downtown Fargo ranked as one of America's 10 best among small to mid-sized cities. (March 2015)
  • Fargo is sixth on the most recent ranking of the top 20 college towns in the nation by the American Institute for Economic Research, an independent research firm.  (2014-2015 report)
  • Fargo ranked second best city to find a job in 2015, according to the jobs website ZipRecruiter, as reported by The Huffington Post. (February 2015)
  • Fargo is in the top 100 best places to live, small to mid-sized cities in the U.S., in the second annual ranking from Livability. (2015 rankings)
  • Our metro area is the fourth fastest growing in the country, according to Bloomberg. (October 2014)
  • Fargo is ranked 10th on list of cities with the highest job growth, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics recent numbers (The Talent Tribune). (October 2014)
  • Fargo is on USA Today’s list of “millennial magnets." (October 2014)
  • Fargo is one of the top 10 best cities for brand-new college graduates, by Business Insider. (September 2014)
  • Fargo ranked number one in best small places for business and careers by Forbes. (July 2014)
  • Fargo is fourth on the list of most improved cities in recession recovery, according to Nerdwallet. (June 2014)
  • In Fargo, more than half the population has baccalaureate degrees, well above the national average of 40 percent, according to Forbes. (April 2014)
  • Fargo has been named “Tree City USA” for 37 years in a row by the National Arbor Day Foundation. (April 2014)
  • Fargo ranked second in the top 15 college towns with excellent education and quality of living by Cities Journal. (March 2014)
  • Fargo ranks 10th in cities good for kids, according to Cities Journal. (February 2014)
  • Fargo ranked fifth best place to live by
  • Fargo has the second lowest unemployment rate in the country, according to Forbes. (January 2014)

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Vice President for University Relations
North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-1068 - Fax: (701) 231-1989
Campus address: Old Main 204
Mailing address: Dept 6000 PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 10:50:08 AM