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A Commitment to Education

The Minot community prides itself on its ability to provide superior educational opportunities for students of all ages. With top quality public and private secondary and elementary schools, a major universityrade and vocational schools, adult education, and programs for the mentally and physically disabled, Minot serves as a regional center for learning.

Minot's commitment to education is evident in a number of important statistics. The following are some examples of the positive educational atmosphere in Minot:

The public and private high school graduation rates are 90% and 100% respectively, far superior to the national graduation rate of 71%.

The average daily attendance rates are 98% for both the public and private high schools.

Between 70 and 85% of high school students who graduate from Minot public schools go on to continue their formal education. Ninety percent of those who graduate from the private Bishop Ryan High School go on to continue their formal training.

The Minot schools offer a broad academic base with special emphasis on computer technology. There is one computer for every two students in the Minot schools.


Character Counts! is a local, grass roots effort of concerned citizens in Minot and many communities nationwide which embrace the Six Pillars of Character as the basis for understanding and evaluating all ethical behavior. The overriding mission of Character Counts! is to strengthen the character of America's youth. The Minot Public School Board has endorsed and is supporting this movement.


Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement is a program that brings business people into K-5 classrooms to lead the students through hands-on activities that show the relevance of education to success in business and in life. You can be a part of this interactive learning experience by volunteering to become a facilitator for JA. Classroom sessions involve about one hour per week for five weeks, and all training and materials are provided. If you are interested in becoming a JA facilitator, contact the Chamber at 852-6000 or email carla@minotchamber.org
Junior Achievement
MSU Campus

MINOT STATE UNIVERSITY, 1-800-777-0750 OR 858-3000, www.minotstateu.edu

 Located in north central North Dakota, Minot State University is a place where east meets west. Nestled on the northern edge of the Mouse River Valley, the campus stands at the heart of the "Magic City."

With 60 undergraduate majors, several graduate degrees, a specialist degree and many pre-professional programs, Minot State is positions to meet growth in fields such as nursing, communication disorders, education, energy economics and finance, management, social work, the sciences and management information systems. Graduates from our master's program in speech-language pathology are nationall recognized and sought after.

MSU provides students an exceptional education at one of the most affordable prices in the nation. MSU is committed to individual student success, with a student-teacher ratio of 13:1; class sizes are optimal for hands-on learning. Student involvement is encouraged in research and campus and community engagement. The strong athletic programs participate in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in NCAA Division II.

With a diverse student population, approximately 3,500 strong, MSU offers all the advantages of a big campus with the benefits of a friendly campus. Nearly all 50 states and several Native American tribes are represented in our student body and on our faculty. A strong study abroad program allows students to study nearly anywhere in the world.

Minot State University: A place to have the experience of a lifetime. Be seen. Be heard.

Minot State University Center for Extended Learning

 MSU’s Center for Extended Learning provides outreach activities to the city, region, state and beyond. CEL offers courses at Minot Air Force Base, Bismarck, Fargo, Dickinson, and Williston; online, via the Interactive Video Network and at North Dakota high school campuses through the Dual Credit program.  CEL also conducts professional development workshops for area teachers and non-credit activities such as the 65+ program, College for Kids, the Municipal Auditors’ Institute and the BISK CPA exam.
CEL offers ACT, CLEP and other computerized testing services on the MSU campus and Minot Air Force Base. MSU Online offers over 200 courses, nine undergraduate degrees, two graduate degrees and four certificate programs. For more information go to www.misu.nodak.edu/cel or call 800-777-0750 ext. 3822 or 701-858-3822.

Dakota College at Bottineau

Dakota College at Bottineau,  
1-800-542-6866 or 701-858-4338 (Minot Campus) 
Founded in 1906, Dakota College is affiliated with Minot State University, DCB has open enrollment to high school and GED graduates.  Accredited by the  Higher Learning Commission, Dakota College at Bottineau offers a variety of programs and courses in business, caregiver services, computer technology, paraeducation, child development, health professions including nursing, medical assistant, and health information management, and natural resources including forestry, recreation management, horticulture, environmental technology and wildlife.  Dakota College also offers a strong liberal arts/general education program that provides content and general education coursework toward a  Bachelor’s Degree. Associate Degrees (AA, AS, AAS), Diplomas, and Program Certificates are offered in Minot, Bottineau, Bismarck, Valley City and online.  Dakota College provides a personalized education by focusing on a nature, technology and beyond theme while stimulating economic, social, and cultural growth.

701.852.6000 1020 20th Ave Sw, Minot, ND 58701
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