North Dakota is known for its intensely cold winters, its Native American tribes and reservations, and its consistently low unemployment rate. Even though the population of this land-locked state is relatively small, it still has a significant higher education system to serve its growing population. The bulk of the colleges in North Dakota are part of the North Dakota University System, which includes the state’s two major public research universities — North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota — four regional universities, and five community colleges. Tribal colleges and private colleges are also an important part of higher education in North Dakota.
While public universities in North Dakota are known for providing traditional higher education, many have started offering online courses and programs as well. For example, the University of North Dakota Online provides plenty of options, including online degree and certificate programs, through UND’s Division of Continuing Education. Other North Dakota colleges that offer distance education opportunities include for-profit private colleges, such as Rasmussen College, and nonprofit private colleges, such as Trinity Bible College. Online options are likely to increase in the future as online learning technology advances and the colleges of North Dakota continue to seek ways to serve working adults.