The Fargo-Moorhead metro area has some of the best elementary and secondary systems in the nation. Our high school students earn SAT and ACT scores that are consistently above national averages and, compared to other areas of the United States, more of our high school students graduate and more go on to college. Your kids will get a strong foundation in our schools, one that will give them a head start in going on to big things.

We value what college students bring to life here. With exceptional universities of various sizes, as well as several technical and business schools, this town rivals any college town in the nation.


Local business, education, and community leaders recognize the critical role of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in today’s world. Preparing our citizens to excel in the STEM disciplines guarantees a pipeline of skilled workers and helps secure their prosperity in the long-term.


No matter your age, this is a great place for life-long learning. Our citizens take advantage of a variety of opportunities in the areas of university community education, workforce training, and professional development.


North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, research university. It's listed in the National Science Foundation’s top 100 in several areas, including

  • agricultural sciences;

  • business management and business;

  • communications;

  • computer sciences;

  • natural resources and conservation science;

  • political science and government;

  • social sciences;

  • sociology, demography, and population studies; and

  • visual and performing arts.

MSUM is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system With 6,000 students, it offers a low student-to-faculty ratio and 247 academic programs, including some unique opportunities.

Concordia College is a four-year liberal arts college focused on preparing students to be ready for anything. It offers 120+ programs of study, 22 NCAA Division III athletic teams, 19 performing music ensembles and hundreds of campus activities.

This unique cooperative agreement between Concordia, MSUM, NDSU, MState, and NDSCS allows students enrolled at one of the schools to take classes at any of the others without paying extra tuition or going through additional admission procedures.

The Moorhead campus of Minnesota State Community & Technical College gives nearly 2,500 students the opportunity to get hired in two years or less or transfer to a college or university to complete a four-year degree.

One of the oldest residential two-year colleges in the country, NDSCS offers a complete collegiate experience, including outstanding academics, residence halls, and a campus life with student clubs and organizations, fine arts and athletics.

The Fargo campus of Rasmussen offers an extensive list of degrees in seven schools of study—many of which are available online.

University of Mary is a Catholic Benedictine university that offers one of the most affordable private educations in the country. Its Fargo campus is one of 13.

Housing the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, the University of Jamestown Fargo campus is located in a state-of-the-art facility and provides professional preparation to graduate physical therapists focused on quality patient outcomes.