National Attention

Collage of NDSU and Fargo events

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



  • 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. (2021)
  • Fargo ranks #1 in “Top 10 hottest job markets in 2020
  • Fargo made’s list of top 10 cities to find a job. (2018)
  • Fargo won the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize. The effort was led by NDSU’s Malini Srivastava and the eFargo team, which includes many NDSU students and faculty members. (2017)
  • Fargo is in the top 100 best places to live, small to mid-sized cities in the U.S., in the annual ranking from Livability. (2017)
  • Fargo among 11 U.S. cities that are attracting many millennials, by Business Insider. (November 2017)
  • Fargo was named as one of the 15 best U.S. cities for entrepreneurs to live and launch by Entrepreneur. (2016)
  • Fargo was named number one of the 25 best small college towns by (March 2016)
  • Fargo was named in top 10 best cities for young entrepreneurs by (January 2016)
  • Fargo was ranked in the top 10 least-stressed cities in America by (June 2016)

North Dakota

  • North Dakota is ranked second on the Best States to Live In list by (May 2020)
  • North Dakota ranked No. 4 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best States list. States were evaluated on health care, education, opportunity, economy, infrastructure, crime and corrections, and government. (March 2018)
  • The Gallup Poll Job Creation Index ranks North Dakota ninth in its latest list. (January 2016)