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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 was named a gold-level Military Friendly School for 2018 by Victory Media. (2017)
  • Money Magazine listed NDSU as the highest-ranked college in the state. (August 2017)
  • NDSU is among only 27 schools that offer Master of Accountancy degrees with first-time CPA exam pass rates above 80 percent. Rankings are determined by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. (August 2017)
  • NDSU’s nursing and pharmacy graduate programs were listed among the top in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The doctor of nursing practice program was ranked 38th out of 186, and the doctor of pharmacy program was ranked 66th out of 125. (March 2017)
  • NDSU has one of the highest student return-on-investment ratios for public research universities in the nation, according to Pay Scale. (2016 College ROI report)
  • NDSU and its Center for Professional Selling and Sales Technology are among the Top Universities for Professional Sales Education, according to the Sales Education Foundation. (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’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 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 among 11 U.S. cities that are attracting many millennials, by Business Insider. (November 2017)
  • Fargo was named the sixth safest city in the United States by WalletHub. (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)
  • Fargo is ninth 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. (2016)
  • 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. (2016)
  • The Milken Institute named Fargo in its Best-Performing Cities list. (January 2015)
  • Fargo was named the second most diverse city in the U.S. by (November 2015)
  • Fargo was number nine on the American Institute for Economic Research’s 2016 College Destinations for College Towns Index list. (November 2015)
  • Fargo was ranked as the No. 2 best college town to live in by (October 2015)
  • Forbes lists Fargo in “Smaller Stars: The Best Small and Medium-Size Cities for Jobs 2015.” (June 2015)
  • Fargo has been named “Tree City USA” for 39 years in a row by the National Arbor Day Foundation. (June 2015)
  • 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 ranked second best city to find a job in 2015, according to the jobs website ZipRecruiter, as reported by The Huffington Post. (February 2015)
  • Our metro area is the fourth fastest growing in the country, according to Bloomberg. (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 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 ranked second in the top 15 college towns with excellent education and quality of living by Cities Journal. (March 2014)
  • Fargo ranks third in cities good for kids, according to Cities Journal.
  • Fargo ranked fifth best place to live by
  • Fargo has the second lowest unemployment rate in the country, according to Forbes. (January 2014)

North Dakota

  • 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)
  • North Dakota was ranked as the top state on Gallup's Good Jobs Rate list for the third consecutive year. (February 2016)
  • North Dakota is ranked fourth on the Best Places to Make a Living list by (May 2016)


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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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