Williston State College

  • Williston State College is an open admission learner centered, comprehensive community college of the North Dakota University System providing academic transfer and occupational education, workforce training, and cultural activities to residents of North Dakota, the Upper Plains, and beyond. Williston State is committed to providing educational opportunities that are accessible, affordable, life changing, and life-long. To achieve its mission, Williston State College provides Transfer education, Occupational education, General education, Developmental education, Cultural education, Student development.
School Highlights
  • Williston State College serves 1,038 students (58% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 28:1 is higher than the state community college average of 22:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 29% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the state average of 20%.
  • Williston State College is the only community colleges within Williams County, ND.
  • The nearest community college to Williston State College is Dawson Community College (90.3 miles away).

Top Placements

Williston State College places among the top 20% of community colleges in North Dakota for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 37 teachers has declined by 47% over five years.
Williston State College(ND) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesAssociate of Arts Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty37 staff40 staff
Williston State College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Williston State College has grown by 28% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 28:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Williston State College diversity score of 0.48 is more than the state average of 0.35. The school's diversity has grown by 156% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,038 students1,857 students
Williston State College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio28:122:1
Williston State College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students603 students530 students
Williston State College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students435 students1,327 students
Williston State College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Williston State College Enrollment Breakdown ND All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Williston State College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Williston State College Asian (2009-2012)
% Hispanic
Williston State College Hispanic (2008-2016)
% Black
Williston State College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Williston State College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Williston State College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Williston State College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Williston State College Ethnicity Breakdown ND All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.480.35
Williston State College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Williston State College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$45,500$38,300
Williston State College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,233 is more than the state average of $4,337. The in-state tuition has grown by 50% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,233 is less than the state average of $6,916. The out-state tuition has grown by 50% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,233$4,337
Williston State College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,233$6,916
Williston State College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid93%87%
Williston State College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2013)
Median Debt for Graduates$11,000$11,588
Williston State College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
Williston State College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Softball, VolleyballBaseball, Basketball,
Ice Hockey, Softball,
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Williston State College is designated by the North Dakota State Board of Career and Technical Education as an area career and technology center. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1931, legislative action authorized the establishment of junior colleges in North Dakota cities with a population of more than 10,000. The Legislative Assembly amended the law in 1941 to allow junior colleges in cities with a population of more than 5,000. An extension of junior college legislation came in 1961 with the approval of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education to establish an off-campus education center in conjunction with a state supported college or university. Williston State College resulted from this legislation. Williston State College has occupied the main building located on an 80 acre campus since 1967. The administration and faculty offices, classrooms, laboratories, library, multi-purpose room, and dining services are located in this building. The student center addition, completed in 1975, includes an auditorium, bookstore, game room, student lounge, classrooms, and offices. The Art Wood building was constructed in 1972. Williston State College offers transfer programs leading to Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Degrees. Students can complete the first two years of many majors and transfer with junior status to most four-year colleges and universities. The Associate in Applied Science Degree, the diploma and the certificate are awarded to students completing vocational-technical programs. Students receiving vocational-technical training may continue at a four-year college or university, earning an advanced degree. Prepare for a career in agriculture, computer programming, computer networking, network router technician, licensed practical nurse, physical therapist assistant, massage therapist, medical transcription, diesel technology, automotive technology.

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Did You Know?
For North Dakota public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,337 per year for in-state students and $6,916 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $10,764 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

North Dakota community colleges have a diversity score of 0.35, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in North Dakota is Williston State College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.