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Complete Directory of Online Colleges and Universities in North Dakota – 2014 Top Online Schools

A list of available accredited online programs in North Dakota is included in the directory below. Filter by criteria like size, location, degree levels, campus setting, and type of school to find the best program to fit your needs.

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North Dakota has over 29 post-secondary institutions, of which 14 offer online programs. A total of seven are public four-year colleges or universities and four are public community or technical colleges and three are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. 128 online certificate programs, 761 online associates programs, 1,233 online bachelors programs, 425 online masters programs, 561 online professional programs, and 136 online doctoral programs are offered at these schools. In these programs, students may study subjects ranging from business management to personal training to legal assisting.

Of the online colleges in North Dakota, University of North Dakota, a 4-year research university, offers the greatest number of programs online. University of North Dakota offers 36 online programs in the following subjects:

  • Accounting
  • Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science
  • Advanced Nursing
  • Art
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Forestry
  • Health Information
  • Healthcare
  • Healthcare Management
  • Human Services
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Language
  • Law
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legal Assisting
  • Liberal Arts
  • Management


Tuition may vary for online college courses based on factors including the type and location of the institution as well as the program. On average, public four-year colleges and universities in North Dakota charge students approximately $4,673 per year. Tuition at public community and technical colleges was $3,164 per year on average. Annual tuition at private accredited online colleges ranged from $3,040 to $13,500.

Each year, college students in North Dakota received an estimated $3,317,231,368 worth of financial aid to help offset tuition costs. While a portion of this aid was in the form of loans that had to be paid back, around 20.11% of this aid was in the form of scholarships and grants. Additionaly, an estimated 79.96% of the scholarships and grants consisted of institutional grants. In 2010, the accredited North Dakota online colleges granted their students $549,889,040 in institutional scholarships and grants.

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Based on the total gross state product for North Dakota, which was $35.56 billion in 2010, North Dakota has the 2nd weakest economy amongst the states in the nation.

The state has a total workforce of approximately 355,710 employees. The state’s largest industries are:

  • Educational and health care services
  • Wholesale trade
  • Information

North Dakota’s educational and health care services industry employs a reported 25% of all North Dakota employees. Another 3% are employed in North Dakota’s wholesale trade industry. Also, North Dakota’s information industry employs a reported 2% of the total number of North Dakota employees.

The average wage of North Dakota employees is less than the average wage for employees across the nation. Employees in North Dakota earn an average annual income of $37,040 while the national average annual income is $42,871. The median income for employees is $30,170 per year, with the top 10% earning over $63,670 per year and the bottom 10% earning under $17,050 per year. Dentists are the highest paid employees. They can earn up to $207,810 per annum. Dishwashers are the lowest paid employees in the state. They can earn as little as $17,390 per year. In the nation, dentists earn an average salary of $158,770 annually. On the other hand, dishwashers in the nation earn an average yearly income of $18,680.

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Named from a Sioux tribe named “Dakota”, meaning “allies”, North Dakota is located in the Northern Rockies and Plains region of the United States. The state, which has an area of 70,698 square miles, is the 19th largest in the country. It has an average annual temperature of about 40°F.

Of the states in the country, North Dakota has the 4th smallest population. It has 53 counties with a reported population of 672,591 residents. Approximately 42% of North Dakota’s population is under the age of 30. Additionally, it has one of the least diverse populations in the nation with about 11% of the population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group.

North Dakota’s capital city is Bismarck. However, the state’s largest city is Fargo, which has a population of 105,549 residents. Of the state’s residents, an estimated 6.37% reside in the greater Fargo area. Other large cities in the state are Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot, and Dickinson.

As compared to residents in other states around the nation, North Dakota residents generally have a lower than average level of education. According to the 2010 Census, about 17.8% of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have finished high school, 6.2% have at least an associates degree, 5% have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1% hold a graduate level degree.