2019 Best Online Community Colleges in North Dakota


North Dakota is home to five community colleges where students can earn an online associate degree or certificate. All but one of the schools ranked here offer 10 or more online associate degrees. Top-ranked Bismarck State College gives students 18 different options, and tuition is just $5,340 per year. Prospective students who are searching for an even more affordable option should consider Williston State College or Dakota College at Bottineau, where tuition is $3,798 and $4,509, respectively.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Campus Location
#1 #1 $5,340 Bismarck (ND)
#2 #2 $6,138 Wahpeton (ND)
#3 #3 $5,850 Devils Lake (ND)
#4 #4 $3,798 Williston (ND)
#5 #5 $4,509 Bottineau (ND)

2019 Online Community Colleges in North Dakota - Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,340
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Bismarck
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North Dakota's Bismarck State College offers several, fully online associate degrees, which include administrative assistant, business administration, cybersecurity & computer networks, criminal justice, electric power technology, electrical transmission systems technology, energy services and renewable technician, geographic information systems, information processing specialist, management, and web page development and design. Students can also pursue a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Energy Management online. At BSC, 44 percent of the student body is enrolled exclusively in online classes while almost two-thirds of the students are enrolled in at least one online class.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,138
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Wahpeton
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Located in Wahpeton, North Dakota, North Dakota State College of Science provides students looking for online associate degrees with a number of options, including business technology management, health information technician, paramedic technology, pharmacy technician, and technical studies. NDSCS enlists the help of academic advisors who can assist students with their online studies through setting academic goals, developing a plan for their education, and referring them to helpful student support services on campus.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,850
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Devils Lake
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Lake Region State College is located in Devils Lake, North Dakota, and provides a number of Associate in Science degrees, all of which can be completed online. These include concentrations in business administration, early childhood education, law enforcement, and speech language pathology paraprofessional. Out-of-state students living anywhere except California may be authorized to seek an education at LRSC through their online program. LRSC uses Blackboard as its online education platform.

  • Annual Tuition: $3,798
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Williston
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Williston State College is located in Williston, North Dakota, and boasts several online Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree programs with concentrations in business management and speech language pathology paraprofessional. WSC’s learning management system is Blackboard, which offers instant messaging, web conferencing capabilities and lecture capture capabilities. In addition, free online tutoring through SmartThinking is a 24-hour option for students who are taking online courses. The WSC bookstore is available online, as is the HippoCampus library, which has over 5,000 digital documents to assist student learning.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,509
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Bottineau
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Dakota College at Bottineau in Bottineau, North Dakota, provides the opportunity for students to earn degrees through completely-online coursework. DCB offers Associate in Applied Science degrees in information management – administration and information management – accounting, as well as Associate of Applied Science degrees in caregiver services, medical administrative assistant, medical assistant, paraprofessional educator, photography, recreation management, and urban forest management. In addition, students can seek an online Associate in Arts degree in liberal arts. DCB offers free online tutoring for all students.

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