NDSU in Perspective
A Bit of History
North Dakota had been a state less than a year when Gov. 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 are under the name North Dakota Agricultural College and Agricultural Experiment Station.
With President Horace E. Stockbridge and five faculty members, the university opened its first collegiate year on Sept. 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 quality in 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," North Dakota State University was part of the bold experiment to provide access to a college education for the common person.
North Dakota State University, 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 strong agriculture and applied science traditions.
(Source: NDSU Bulletin 2012-2013)