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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 featured in Top 25 Best Non-Profit Colleges and Non-Profit Online Colleges in 2021 by Best Value Schools (January 2021)
  • NDSU was named a Military Spouse Friendly School for 2019-2020. The designation helps military spouses select schools that will support them in their education by meeting their unique needs as a military family.
  • NDSU’s undergraduate secondary teacher preparation program was recently listed among the best in the country by the National Council on Teacher Quality. The organization included NDSU among the nation’s top 120 schools in the new book “Start Here to Become a Teacher.” A total of 872 programs were reviewed. (May 2019)
  • Zippia named NDSU the best total package college for the state of North Dakota. (May 2019)
  • NDSU was named a 2019 Best Value College by Forbes. (2019)
  • NDSU’s School of Nursing has been named one of the nation’s top nursing schools by NDSU’s School of Nursing in Fargo, together with NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health in Bismarck, are listed as No. 8 in the Plains region and No. 78 in the U.S. among more than 3,000 nursing schools.
  • NDSU is the best college in North Dakota, according to Money Magazine. (September 2018)
  • ranked NDSU No. 1 on its list of the best 4-year colleges in North Dakota. (July 2018)
  • NDSU research on creating synthetic spider silk is featured in U.S. News and World Report. Possible applications for the material include strong, lightweight fabrics, flexible coatings for medical devices and adhesives. (June 2018)
  • NDSU is listed on U.S. News and World Report’s inaugural list of Top Universities for International Students. (May 2018)


  • 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)

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North Dakota State University
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