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 14,200 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs, and its research expenditures surpass $110 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.
(Source: NDSU Undergraduate Bulletin 2011-2012)