Best Value Colleges in North Dakota

If you're looking for a high value of education, there is real buried treasure in terms of best value colleges in North Dakota.  Read More

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1North Dakota State University (NDSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$418,300
Total 4 Year Cost$74,700
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$33,080
2North Dakota State University (NDSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$377,800
Total 4 Year Cost$115,200
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$33,080
3University of North Dakota(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$322,900
Total 4 Year Cost$80,100
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$33,240
4University of North Dakota(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$283,500
Total 4 Year Cost$119,500
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$33,240
5University of Mary(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$262,500
Total 4 Year Cost$90,500
Grad Rate49%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,960
6Dickinson State University - Dickinson, ND(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$212,000
Total 4 Year Cost$61,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,040
7Dickinson State University - Dickinson, ND(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$192,800
Total 4 Year Cost$80,200
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,040
8 (tie)Minot State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$141,400
Total 4 Year Cost$64,600
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,760
8 (tie)Minot State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$141,400
Total 4 Year Cost$64,600
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,760

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

The state may be sparsely populated, but it's home to a handful of colleges that provide alumni with a great value. PayScale's North Dakota College ROI Report ranks colleges based on how much more their graduates earn over 20 years than if they had not gone to college at all. These numbers can help you identify a college in North Dakota that is not only a good educational opportunity, but a real investment in your future.

The best value colleges North Dakota can claim have strong engineering programs. North Dakota State University, once known as North Dakota Agricultural College, is a public university in Fargo, North Dakota, with almost 15,000 students enrolled. The Thundering Herd has grown by leaps and bounds in the past fifteen years. Before 2000, they had never had more than 10,000 students enrolled. In recent years they have increased the selection of majors offered and grown the campus quite a bit.

NDSU students who are North Dakota state residents see a 20-year net ROI of $418,300, and if they receive financial aid, they can see a return of $437,200. Students who receive financial aid see one of the highest annualized ROIs in the country (11.7 percent). The college return on investment North Dakota students who receive grants and other forms of financial aid enjoy is a real bragging right for the state.

North Dakota State University beats the University of North Dakota in terms of ROI. UND students have a 20-year net ROI of $322,900. However, the University of North Dakota is home to some famous alumni, including Fight Club author Chuck Klosterman and LA Lakers coach Phil Jackson.