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Colleges and Universities in Bismarck, North Dakota

Updated on April 9, 2012
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Cari Jean is a freelance writer and author. Her inspiring memoir, "Having Faith" is available on Amazon. She resides in North Dakota.

With a population of over 100,000 people in the Bismarck-Mandan metropolitan area, Bismarck, North Dakota is home to five opportunities for higher education. These include:

  • Bismarck State College (BSC)
  • University of Mary (U-Mary)
  • United Tribes Technical College (UTTC)
  • Medcenter One College of Nursing
  • Rasmussen College

Bismarck State College

Bismarck State College (BSC) was founded in 1939, being the first two-year college in the state of North Dakota. BSC is the fourth largest in North Dakota's University system with 4000 undergraduates.

BSC is a proud home to the National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE). Students can receive degrees in energy education including process plant technology, ethanol training, nuclear power technology and electric power technology.

Besides being an energy-friendly school it is military friendly as well. BSC offers educational programs for those serving in the U.S. Military, their spouses and dependents. G.I. Jobs has placed BSC in the top 15 percentile for military friendly schools and also made the 2009 Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities list by Military Advanced Education.

For athletics, BSC is home to the Mystics and play in the NCJAA region 13 division.

Location: 1500 Edwards Avenue

Phone: 1-800-445-5073 or 701-224-5400


University of Mary

The University of Mary is a private school that was founded in 1955 by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Priory. The University claims they are unique in that they nurture the mind, body and spirit. They are proud to have a 95 percent job placement rate for their graduates. They have about 2,800 students.

Recently, U-Mary announced its Director of Campus for their new campus in Rome, Italy. The new Director, Kathleen Crane, says, " it is my hope that this unique liberal arts experience will allow U-Mary students to enter deeply into an investigation not only of Italian history and culture, but also of the ongoing relevance of the Catholic Church to the modern world.

For athletics, U-Mary is home to the Marauders and plays in the NCAA Division II.

Location: 7500 University Dr

Phone: 701-355-8030 • 800-288-6279


University of Mary Campus, Bismarck, North Dakota
University of Mary Campus, Bismarck, North Dakota
university of mary campus in Rome, Italy
university of mary campus in Rome, Italy

United Tribes Technical College

The United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) was founded in 1969 by the United Tribes of North Dakota Development Corporation. UTTC's objective is to provide a community in which Indian people can acquire an education and obtain employment.

Since it's founding, UTTC has served over ten thousand American Indian students from more than 75 federally recognized Indian Tribes across the nation. United Tribes Technical College offers 22 Associate of Applied Science Degrees and 7 Certificates.

For athletics, UTTC is home to the Thunderbirds who play in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NCJAA).

Location: 3315 University Drive

Phone: 701-255-3285 or 1-888-643-8882


Each fall, UTTC holds their annual Powwow, one of the largest in the nation
Each fall, UTTC holds their annual Powwow, one of the largest in the nation

MedCenter One College of Nursing

When Medcenter One (one of two major hospitals/clinics in Bismarck) originally opened, it was known as the Bismarck Evangelical Hospital which established their School of Nursing in 1909. Three years later, the first students graduated from the School of Nursing. As things changed through the years, the School of Nursing became Medcenter One College of Nursing. In 2009, they celebrated their 100th anniversary, A Century of Serving Humanity.

Medcenter One College of Nursing offers an upper-division program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN). Their mission states, "It is the mission of Medcenter One College of Nursing to provide a quality baccalaureate education designed to prepare a knowledgeable and caring professional nurse who is cognizant of and sensitive to the health needs of diverse individuals, families and communities in a variety of health care delivery models."

Location: 512 N. 7th Street

Phone: 701-323-6271


Rasmussen College

Rasmussen College is a nationally-known program that was founded by Walter Rasmussen at the turn of the century in order to meet the needs of a growing business class. Their aim and purpose is: to prepare young men and women for responsible positions in all lines of business and to help pupils win their way to a noble manhood or womanhood. Rasmussen College states that 92% of their graduates have a career in their field or are continuing their education.

Rasmussen College is also located in the following states: Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Florida,

Location: 1701 E. Century Ave.

Phone: 701-530-9600


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A markerBismarck State College -
1500 Edwards Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501, USA
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B markerMedcenter One College of Nursing -
512 N 7th St, Bismarck, ND 58501, USA
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C markerUniversity of Mary -
7500 University Dr, Bismarck, ND 58504, USA
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D markerRasmussen College -
1701 E Century Ave, Bismarck, ND 58503, USA
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E markerUnited Tribes Technical College -
3515 University Dr, Bismarck, ND 58504, USA
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      Cari Jean 7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      bayoulady - thanks for your comment. Yes, the scenery around here is beautiful!

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Nice job! The bismark campus is in such a lovely setting.

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      Cari Jean 7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Pamela - thanks for your comment. Is is interesting that in a state with such a small population (about 650,000) there are many opportunities for higher education.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Cari, This is interesting as I never had a clue that you have so many educational opportunities. The picture of the countryside is beautiful also.

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      Cari Jean 7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Hello, hello - thanks so much for your encouraging comment.

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      Cari Jean 7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Simone Smith - it is great, esp. since college is so expensive and it gives students the opportunity to live at home while going to school to help them save money. Thanks for your oomment!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a fascinating and informative hub.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Cool! There are so many local choices!