• The North Dakota State College of Science is a comprehensive,associate degree granting college founded on a tradition of quality and integrity. We deliver learner-focused education through a unique and evolving collegiate experience. Using innovative delivery strategies, NDSCS anticipates and responds to statewide and regional needs by providing access to occupational/technical programs, transfer programs, and workforce training.

School Highlights

North Dakota State College of Science serves 2,977 students (51% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 9:1 is lower than the state community college average of 11:1.
Minority enrollment is 16% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 26%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 2,977 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,438
  • Out-state tuition: $10,850
  • Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Minority enrollment: 16%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

North Dakota State College of Science ranks among the top 20% of public schools in North Dakota for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 321 teachers has grown by 40% over five years.
North Dakota State College of Science
(ND) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
321 staff
99 staff
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Student Body

The student population of North Dakota State College of Science has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 9:1 has decreased from 17:1 over five years.
The North Dakota State College of Science diversity score of 0.29 is less than the state average of 0.44. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
2,977 students
1,131 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
9:1
11:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,522 students
515 students
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# Part-Time Students
1,455 students
616 students
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This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of North Dakota State College of Science.
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
225 students
302 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,522 students
515 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
8 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
1,455 students
1,455 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
1,125 students
259 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
2%
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% Asian
1%
1%
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% Hispanic
3%
4%
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% Black
6%
4%
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% White
84%
74%
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% Two or more races
3%
4%
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% Non Resident races
1%
1%
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% Unknown races
1%
10%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in ND.
Diversity Score
0.29
0.44
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
4.62%
1.25%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
0.31%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$45,800
$38,300
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of North Dakota State College of Science and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of ND by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,438 is less than the state average of $5,568. The in-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $10,850 is more than the state average of $8,210. The out-state tuition has declined by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,438
$5,568
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$10,850
$8,210
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
89%
90%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$12,000
$10,754
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in North Dakota State College of Science and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in ND by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$5,500
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in North Dakota State College of Science and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in ND by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

School Notes

  • Since 1922, the North Dakota State College of Science has provided practical, hands-on education for thousands of students who, upon graduation, became available to meet business, professional, and industrial needs. In 1987 North Dakota State School of Science changed its name to North Dakota State College of Science. In the year 1992 the North Dakota State College of Science converted from the quarter system to the semester system and in 1997 Established the Skills & Technology Training Center (STTC) as a regional workforce training center located in Fargo, North Dakota. The North Dakota State College of Science is located in Wahpeton, a progressive city with a population of 8,586 in the southeastern corner of North Dakota. The North Dakota State College of Science features 38 buildings on 125 acres - residence halls, a library, a complete students center, over 20 computer labs, a modern performing arts theater, a swimming pool, weights and exercise equipment and on-campus athletic facilities. Facilities include the latest in equipment in all shops, laboratories and classrooms. A library facility that provides a collection of 90,000 volumes with group and individual study areas. The College has two state-of-the-art Interactive-Video Network (IVN) labs for distance learning from other campuses or locations. North Dakota State College of Science offers education and training designed to enable students to acquire the entry-level vocational/ technical competencies necessary to enter the workforce. The North Dakota State College of Science offers 34 degree programs. Within these degree programs, there are 52 additional emphasis areas which focus on a particular specialty. The college is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does North Dakota State College of Science cost?

North Dakota State College of Science's tuition is approximately $4,438 for In-State students and $10,850 for Out-State students.

What is North Dakota State College of Science's ranking?

North Dakota State College of Science ranks among the top 20% of community college in North Dakota for: Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation).

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 2,977 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,438
  • Out-state tuition: $10,850
  • Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Minority enrollment: 16%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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For North Dakota public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,568 per year for in-state students and $8,210 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

North Dakota community colleges have a diversity score of 0.44, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in North Dakota is Rasmussen College-North Dakota. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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