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North Dakota Schools

In North Dakota, academia is a thriving field. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the academic community in North Dakota, and the future trends.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in North Dakota By Profession

270 263 326 260
119 106 114 117
663 698 680 727
561 571 534 553
328 346 320 323
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

From 2006 to 2009, the number of higher education faculty at the 29 colleges and universities in North Dakota grew from 1,941 members to 1,980.

Thus the number of collegiate level faculty has seen a increase of 3%.

Average faculty salaries in North Dakota

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

The average salary of higher education faculty in North Dakota is $49,911 per year. This is less than faculty salaries in the rest of the country, which average $57,293 per year. In North Dakota, there is a 5% difference in salaries for male and female faculty. Male faculty earn more than their female counterparts.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in North Dakota

No data at this time.

Approximately 39% of North Dakota's 1,827 college faculty members are tenured, while 27% are on track to be tenured.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in North Dakota by gender

Tenured On Tenure Track Not On Tenure Track
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

National Vs. North Dakota Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 0.69% 2.26% 3.99%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: North Dakota
  • Light Blue: National

The number of part-time faculty has grown in North Dakota by 12% between the years 2006 and 2009. And the number of full-time faculty has also grown by 12%. This data shows that in North Dakota, working full-time in academia is becoming less common.

National Vs. North Dakota Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 17.07% 10.16% 12.4%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: North Dakota
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in North Dakota

No data at this time.

And in 2009 9% of those who were working on a part-time basis, identified themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority background. While as many as 8% of full-time faculty in North Dakota identified themselves as being from a minority background.

Part time faculty minorities in North Dakota

No data at this time.

National Vs. North Dakota Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 18.82% 21.18% 15.29%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: North Dakota
  • Yellow: National

Between the years 2006 and 2009, North Dakota's minority faculty has seen a 47% increase. The state statistics are consistent with national statistics. In 2006, there were 788,996 higher education faculty working nationally, of which 134,815 were from a minority background. And in 2009, there were 855,625 faculty working around the nation, of which 151,691 were from a minority background.

Full Time Faculty Minorities at North Dakota by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

Part Time Faculty Minorities at North Dakota by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

National Vs. North Dakota Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 2.99% 3.16% 4.22%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: North Dakota
  • Light Blue: National

Just as the percentage of ethnic or racial minorities has increased in academia in North Dakota, the percentage of women has also increased. And nationally, from 2006 to 2009, the number of women faculty at colleges and universities has increased by 9%.

National Vs. North Dakota Faculty Employment growth of women

0% 14.23% 9.02% 12.02%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: North Dakota
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. North Dakota Faculty employment by Gender

National North Dakota
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 47%
Women 53%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in North Dakota


Inconsistent with the growth in the number of higher education faculty in North Dakota, the number of students studying in colleges or universities has decreased in North Dakota.

Currently North Dakota has 6,067 graduate students and 47,982 undergraduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in North Dakota

2087 2207 2083 2267 2236
4946 4902 5014 4999 3557
149 154 237 182 278
1196 1251 1265 1291 1029
755 701 789 824 692
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in North Dakota


A total of 3,957 students graduated from colleges and universities in North Dakota in 2009. Of these students, 46% graduated from bachelor's degree programs, while 17% graduated from graduate-level programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in North Dakota


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the institutions of higher learning in North Dakota.

Retention rates in North Dakota

Returning Students 59%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

In North Dakota state, 59 of every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs return to school the following year. And only 43 of every 100 students who start an undergraduate degree eventually graduate. National trends are consistent with this. At a national level, schools have an average retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in North Dakota

Graduation Students 43%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. North Dakota Students By Gender

National North Dakota
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 47%
Women 53%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

The student population in North Dakota is not very diverse. Of the 54,049 students studying in the state's colleges and universities, 53% are female, and 11% identify themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority. National statistics are inconsistent with these numbers. Around the country, 58% of the student population is female and 28% belong to a racial or ethnic minority group.

National Vs. North Dakota Students Minorities

National North Dakota
Minorities 29%
Minorities 11%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in North Dakota

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  1. North Dakota Teaching Schools35,682 Employed
  2. North Dakota Business Schools26,496 Employed
  3. North Dakota Engineering Schools14,247 Employed
  4. North Dakota Biology Schools8,152 Employed
  5. North Dakota Business Administration Schools7,638 Employed
  6. North Dakota Communications Schools6,762 Employed
  7. North Dakota Special Education Schools6,226 Employed
  8. North Dakota Management Schools5,704 Employed
  9. North Dakota Liberal Arts Schools5,368 Employed
  10. North Dakota Finance Schools5,311 Employed
  11. North Dakota Psychology Schools5,242 Employed
  12. North Dakota Information Systems Schools4,985 Employed
  13. North Dakota Nursing Schools4,469 Employed
  14. North Dakota Law Schools4,250 Employed
  15. North Dakota Accounting Schools4,179 Employed
  16. North Dakota English Schools3,705 Employed
  17. North Dakota Art Schools3,635 Employed
  18. North Dakota Music Schools3,626 Employed
  19. North Dakota Counseling Schools3,582 Employed
  20. North Dakota Math Schools3,076 Employed
  21. North Dakota BSN Schools2,918 Employed
  22. North Dakota Forensic Nursing Schools2,918 Employed
  23. North Dakota RN to BSN Schools2,918 Employed
  24. North Dakota Nutrition Schools2,880 Employed
  25. North Dakota MBA Schools2,869 Employed
  26. North Dakota History Schools2,825 Employed
  27. North Dakota Chemistry Schools2,805 Employed
  28. North Dakota Educational Leadership Schools2,734 Employed
  29. North Dakota Design Schools2,675 Employed
  30. North Dakota Criminal Justice Schools2,570 Employed
  31. North Dakota Speech Therapy Schools2,449 Employed
  32. North Dakota Architecture Schools2,445 Employed
  33. North Dakota Civil Engineering Schools2,357 Employed
  34. North Dakota Information Technology Schools2,263 Employed
  35. North Dakota Veterinary Schools2,241 Employed
  36. North Dakota Biochemistry Schools2,225 Employed
  37. North Dakota Health Science Schools2,065 Employed
  38. North Dakota Marketing Schools1,966 Employed
  39. North Dakota Elementary Education Schools1,887 Employed
  40. North Dakota Sports Medicine Schools1,866 Employed
  41. North Dakota International Business Schools1,851 Employed
  42. North Dakota Business Management Schools1,829 Employed
  43. North Dakota Human Services Schools1,785 Employed
  44. North Dakota Early Childhood Education Schools1,779 Employed
  45. North Dakota Public Relations Schools1,717 Employed
  46. North Dakota Physics Schools1,667 Employed
  47. North Dakota Sociology Schools1,667 Employed
  48. North Dakota Political Science Schools1,590 Employed
  49. North Dakota Construction Management Schools1,545 Employed
  50. North Dakota Computer Engineering Schools1,494 Employed
  51. North Dakota Computer Science Schools1,478 Employed
  52. North Dakota Property Management Schools1,406 Employed
  53. North Dakota Mechanical Engineering Schools1,406 Employed
  54. North Dakota Public Administration Schools1,346 Employed
  55. North Dakota Social Work Schools1,342 Employed
  56. North Dakota Sports Management Schools1,331 Employed
  57. North Dakota Radiology Technology Schools1,279 Employed
  58. North Dakota Theology Schools1,117 Employed
  59. North Dakota Occupational Therapy Schools1,062 Employed
  60. North Dakota Small Business Schools970 Employed
  61. North Dakota Advertising Schools970 Employed
  62. North Dakota Visual Communications Schools970 Employed
  63. North Dakota Respiratory Therapy Schools946 Employed
  64. North Dakota X Ray Technician Schools946 Employed
  65. North Dakota Healthcare Administration Schools934 Employed
  66. North Dakota Human Resources Schools926 Employed
  67. North Dakota Physical Therapy Schools858 Employed
  68. North Dakota Electrical Engineering Schools786 Employed
  69. North Dakota Fashion Design Schools747 Employed
  70. North Dakota Gerontology Schools747 Employed
  71. North Dakota Homeland Security Schools747 Employed
  72. North Dakota Hospitality Schools747 Employed
  73. North Dakota Journalism Schools747 Employed
  74. North Dakota Interior Design Schools747 Employed
  75. North Dakota Fashion Marketing Schools747 Employed
  76. North Dakota Software Engineering Schools747 Employed
  77. North Dakota Graphic Design Schools735 Employed
  78. North Dakota Music Therapy Schools659 Employed
  79. North Dakota Physician Assistant Schools659 Employed
  80. North Dakota Clinical Psychology Schools659 Employed
  81. North Dakota Forensic Science Schools659 Employed
  82. North Dakota Forensic Psychology Schools659 Employed
  83. North Dakota Computer Networking Schools546 Employed
  84. North Dakota Mental Health Schools459 Employed
  85. North Dakota Health Information Schools404 Employed
  86. North Dakota Web Design Schools299 Employed
  87. North Dakota Paralegal Schools287 Employed
  88. North Dakota School Psychology Schools261 Employed
  89. North Dakota Carpentry Schools251 Employed
  90. North Dakota Fire Science Schools223 Employed
  91. North Dakota Surgical Technology Schools223 Employed
  92. North Dakota Supply Chain Management Schools223 Employed
  93. North Dakota Dental Hygienist Schools204 Employed
  94. North Dakota Computer Programming Schools204 Employed
  95. North Dakota Culinary Schools204 Employed
  96. North Dakota Public Health Schools184 Employed
  97. North Dakota Creative Writing Schools184 Employed
  98. North Dakota Medical Coding Schools100 Employed
  99. North Dakota Animation Schools76 Employed
  100. North Dakota Physical Therapy Assistant Schools56 Employed
  101. North Dakota Forestry Schools44 Employed
  102. North Dakota Web Development Schools44 Employed

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