North Dakota Colleges & Universities

With the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, the Peace Garden State can be a good place to begin your professional career. Check out North Dakota schools for more information on how you can benefit from higher education when considering job opportunities.

Colleges in North Dakota: North Dakota is located in the Midwestern region of the United States. Although it's the 19th largest state, it is one of the least populated states. With wide, expansive forests and vast open spaces, North Dakota--which borders Canada--is an inexpensive place to study with incredible views. Although it's known for being sparsely populated, North Dakota has a diverse population that is largely made up from German, Norwegian, Irish, English and Swedish descendants. North Dakota is the ancestral homeland of four Native American tribes: the Spirit Lake Sioux, the Standing Rock Sioux, Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation), and the Turtle Mountain Chippewa who compose nearl 6% of the population. The name of the state is derived from the Sioux word dakota, which means friend.

Choosing Colleges in North Dakota: Although there aren't many people in the state, there is definitely a culture of academia and higher learning: there are eleven public universities and colleges in North Dakota. The state has five tribal community colleges and four private schools as well. The University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University are the two largest institutions of higher learning. Other schools in North Dakota include:

  • • Bismarck State College
  • • United Tribes Technical College
  • • North Dakota State College of Science
  • • Trinity Bible College
  • • Williston State College

Education costs can vary depending on the college or university. In all cases, it pays to establish residency, as out-of-state student fees can be double state resident rates. For example, at the University of North Dakota, 2009 resident fees for one year of undergraduate study cost was $6,934, while out-of-state tuition was more than double at $16,373. North Dakota State University costs substantially less than the University of North Dakota: $3,330 for residents and $8,038 for non-residents. Student life at North Dakota colleges combines the intellectual rigor of academia with the natural beauty of the state's expansive landscape.

North Dakota Employment Opportunities in Education: Aside from the Air Force, education is the largest sector in North Dakota. For that reason, it's a great place to earn your degree. The University of North Dakota is the second-largest employer in North Dakota. Outside of the military and education sectors, North Dakota has experienced a steady population decline until just the past decade: from 2000-2009, the state experienced a mere 0.7% in population growth. Compared to the national average of 9.1% population increase, North Dakota's lack of population growth makes it the third least populated state in the country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for residents of North Dakota was $36,010 in May 2009.

According to the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, the employment sectors of mining, construction and government experienced the greatest increases. North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate nationwide at 3.7 as of August 2010, slightly lower than a rate of 4.4% in 2009. This is just over a third of the national average of 9.6 percent. The median household income in North Dakota in 2008 was $45,996, which was lower than the national average of $52,029, though the cost of living is also lower than the national average.

Nicole Seaton.

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