State Board of Higher Education

Organized in 1990, the system includes two research universities, four regional universities and five community colleges.

The mission of the State Board of Higher Education is to enhance the quality of life for all those we serve and the economic and social vitality of North Dakota through the discovery, sharing and application of knowledge.

Student Success

Choose Your Path


Two years ago, leaders from all backgrounds discussed the future of education in North Dakota. Focused on evolving student needs and a changing workforce, participants envisioned education in 2030. Notes, presentations and documents found here provide a foundation for the Envision working groups as they work toward implementing short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals articulated from Envision 2030.


“The State Board of Higher Education is committed to serving North Dakota and its people. Our goal is to prepare students for lifelong learning and to support a broad spectrum of workforce needs throughout the state. In our pursuit of connecting students to careers, we want to ensure North Dakota is also prepared to meet the next technological revolution in artificial intelligence and machine learning.”


– Nick Hacker, chairman of the State Board of Higher Education

By the numbers


Students served by NDUS


Degree Seeking Students


Number of degrees awarded (2016-17)


High school students taking college courses

Campus Photos