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A Brief Overview of North Dakota State University

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, research university, ranked by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education among the top 108 public and private universities in the country. NDSU is in the elite category of "Research Universities/Very High Research Activity," with several programs ranked in the Top 100 by the National Science Foundation.Noted for its quality education, outstanding service and innovative research, NDSU continues to build on its reputation for excellence.

Living in the Bison Community

Some Cultural Aspects of NDSU and Its Fargo-Moorhead Home

NDSU was established in 1890 as North Dakota’s first land-grant university. Located in Fargo, the state’s largest city, NDSU students enjoy a Northern Great Plains lifestyle and the conveniences of a vibrant metropolitan area. With a population of more than 210,000 people, the Fargo-Moorhead community is often listed as one of the best places to live in the country. NDSU is an active participant in the global marketplace, attracting students from 48 states and 69 countries. During fall 2014, more than 1,000 international students enrolled at NDSU. In addition, the university has Memoranda of Understanding with 44 countries and over 100 institutions.