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2021 Best Colleges for the Money in North Dakota

8 Colleges
$19,009 Avg Cost*
4.5 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

There are lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. College Factual has developed its Best Value North Dakota Schools ranking as one tool you can use to help make this decision.

We analyzed 8 colleges and universities to determine which were the best for overall value in North Dakota. It's important to note that this isn't just a listing of colleges and universities with the lowest sticker price. Instead, this ranking identifies schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a lower-than-expected price. So it is possible that College A may rank better than College B, while College B is less expensive to attend.

Get more details on our ranking methodology.

Our average cost calculation adds up all expenses, such as tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other expenses, and then subtracts the average financial aid awarded to a student. This gives a rough estimation of how much money you can expect to pay out-of-pocket or through loans each year.

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Top Colleges for the Money in North Dakota

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus tops this year’s ranking as the best school for overall value in North Dakota. This fairly large public school is located in Fargo, North Dakota, and it awarded 2,588 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at North Dakota State University is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $19,754. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University is about $89,486. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 2.6%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. North Dakota State University not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #1 on our Best Colleges in North Dakota list.

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#2

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of North Dakota. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in North Dakota list. Located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the fairly large public school handed out 2,231 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at UND about 4.6 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,842. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UND be around $95,665. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.6%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. UND did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges in North Dakota list.

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#3

University of Mary

Bismarck, North Dakota

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Mary helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in North Dakota. Located in Bismarck, North Dakota, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 532 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at UMary about 4.4 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,528. This means that the average student pays around $100,024 to get a bachelor’s degree from UMary. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

UMary also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges in North Dakota rankings.

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#4

Valley City State University

Valley City, North Dakota

Out of the 8 schools in North Dakota that were part of this year’s ranking, Valley City State University landed the #4 spot on the list. Valley City State University is located in Valley City, North Dakota and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 300 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average student at Valley City State University graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $15,998. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Valley City State University be around $70,551. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#5

Dickinson State University

Dickinson, North Dakota

A rank of #5 on our Best Colleges for the Money in North Dakota list means Dickinson State University is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. DSU is a public institution located in Dickinson, North Dakota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 267 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at DSU graduates in less than 4.6 years, and it costs about $17,324 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from DSU is about $79,517. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, DSU is ranked #5 for overall quality in North Dakota.

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#6

Minot State University

Minot, North Dakota

Minot State University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in North Dakota list. MSU is located in Minot, North Dakota and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 607 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average student at MSU graduates in less than 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $16,842. This means that the average student pays around $77,473 to get a bachelor’s degree from MSU. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#7

Mayville State University

Mayville, North Dakota

Mayville State University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in North Dakota ranking. Located in Mayville, North Dakota, the small public school awarded 200 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at Mayville State University to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $16,680. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Mayville State University is $77,228. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#8

University of Jamestown

Jamestown, North Dakota

University of Jamestown did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in North Dakota ranking, coming in at #8. JC is located in Jamestown, North Dakota and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 191 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at JC is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,102. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from JC be around $95,481. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.6%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, JC is ranked #4 for overall quality in North Dakota.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 8 schools only.

  • For our state-specific rankings, we use in-state tuition to calculate average cost. For our national and regional rankings, we use a weighted average of in-state and non-resident tuition.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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