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.

The state may be sparsely populated, but it's home to a handful of colleges that provide alumni with a great value.  Read More

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1North Dakota State University (NDSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$400,000
Total 4 Year Cost$78,600
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$34,400
2North Dakota State University (NDSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$357,000
Total 4 Year Cost$122,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$34,400
3University of North Dakota(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$338,000
Total 4 Year Cost$83,300
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$36,300
4University of North Dakota(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$296,000
Total 4 Year Cost$125,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$36,300
5University of Mary(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$219,000
Total 4 Year Cost$99,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,600
6Dickinson State University - Dickinson, ND(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$207,000
Total 4 Year Cost$65,600
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,000
7Dickinson State University - Dickinson, ND(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$198,000
Total 4 Year Cost$75,100
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,000
8Jamestown College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$162,000
Total 4 Year Cost$117,000
Grad Rate49%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,300
9 (tie)Minot State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$136,000
Total 4 Year Cost$65,100
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,400
9 (tie)Minot State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$136,000
Total 4 Year Cost$65,100
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,400
11Mayville State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$116,000
Total 4 Year Cost$66,700
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,800
12Mayville State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$107,000
Total 4 Year Cost$76,200
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,800
13Valley City State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$87,500
Total 4 Year Cost$68,500
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,200
14Valley City State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$54,700
Total 4 Year Cost$101,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,200
15Trinity Bible College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($22,400)
Total 4 Year Cost$102,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,000

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

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.The University of North Dakota is home to some famous alumni, including Fight Club author Chuck Klosterman and LA Lakers coach Phil Jackson.