Why This Matters


    According to College Navigator, North Dakota has 11 two-year institutions that offer associate degree programs.


    College Board estimates that the typical North Dakota student paid $5,277 to attend public, in-district community college for the 2020-21 school year.


    The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 437,899 students attending two-year U.S. institutions received financial aid during the 2018-19 academic school year.

Our Research

To create a comprehensive list of the learning opportunities and job training available in North Dakota, we reviewed private and public community colleges as well as trade, technical, and vocational programs. We based our selections on tuition costs, the number of credits needed to graduate, and the type of coursework delivery format (such as online or in-person).

To ensure that every program on our list meets a high standard for education, we narrowed our focus down to accredited institutions. Each of these schools is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which evaluates post-secondary institutions across the central United States. To determine the value of programs, the HLC relies on five central factors: mission, integrity, teaching quality, capacity for improvement, and overall effectiveness.

  • 27hours to write this article
  • 15universities and colleges we assessed
  • 19education programs we compared

The Top 50 Community Colleges in North Dakota

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What You Should Know About Graduating From Community College in North Dakota

Community college students should think about which career field they’d like to enter after graduation. In 2019, the jobs with the highest median wages for associate degree holders in North Dakota were air traffic controllers, mechanical engineering technologists, dental hygienists, nuclear medicine technologists, and radio, cellular, and tower equipment installers.

Considering that the job market gets more competitive every year, students should also consider which career fields tend to have high employment rates. The occupations expected to have the most annual job openings in North Dakota for associate degree holders are preschool teachers (excluding special education), paralegal and legal assistants, engineering technicians (excluding drafters), computer network support specialists, and radiologic technologists.

Job seekers in North Dakota may want to avoid fields that typically have low employment rates. Careers that require associate degrees and are expected to decline over the next 10 years include desktop publishers, broadcast technicians, mechanical drafters, human resource assistants (excluding payroll and timekeeping), and electrical engineering technicians.

What’s Next?

As you prepare for community college, you should consider how you plan to fund your education. We’ve assembled a list of federal and state resources that connect you to grants, scholarships, and other financial aid opportunities available to associate degree students in North Dakota.

  • North Dakota University System. The North Dakota University System helps residents access funding for higher education by connecting students to federal scholarships and grants, state-based scholarships and loans, private and institutional awards, and work-study programs.
  • Federal Student Aid. Around $120 billion worth of financial aid is provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid every year. Interested students can check their eligibility at the FAFSA4caster and apply by completing the online FAFSA form.
  • CareerOneStop. Sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CareerOneStop helps students find scholarships available for their state and degree level. It also provides helpful details about award amounts, qualification requirements, and application deadlines.