Top 25 reasons why Fargo-Moorhead is a college town
1. Between NDSU, Concordia, MSUM, MSCTC, Rasmussen and other technical colleges there are eight colleges in town that reached an enrollment of 34,288 students last year.
2. Thousands of spectators come to enjoy sports at the three main colleges. These sports bring in thousands of dollars to the community and provide great entertainment. What’s great is that in the same day they can watch a national championship winning football team or simply enjoy an intramural Rugby match.
3. Although it’s impossible to calculate the exact number, college students bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars to the economy. During the summer months restaurants and bars report smaller profits, due in large part to the fewer number of college students in town.
4. Students can get whatever type of education they’re looking for, whether it’s a doctorate at NDSU or a 13-month cosmetology degree from Josef’s School of Hair Design. There’s something for those who love school and for those who want to finish up as soon as possible.
5. Concordia, NDSU and MSUM have strong theatre programs. Each year students put on performances that not only benefit the students but also entertain Fargo-Moorhead. Here’s what’s coming soon.
a. MSUM: Cabaret, Sept. 28 – Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 1 and 2 at 2 p.m.
b. Concordia: The Foreigner, Oct. 6 – 8 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 9 at 2 p.m.
c. NDSU: ANON, Oct. 10 – 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 14 at 2 p.m.
6. Fargo-Moorhead is a relatively small city. Everything is fairly close to each other, that goes for the colleges as well. Concordia and MSUM are only a couple of blocks apart. All the colleges can be reached with a 15-minute drive.
7. The three largest colleges, MSUM, Concordia and NDSU, have the Tri-College system. This allows students to attend classes at one school while still being enrolled at another. For example, a NDSU student can take classes at Concordia but still pay NDSU tuition.
8. Go to any bar along Broadway on a Friday night during the school year and you will realize just how much Fargo-Moorhead is a college town. These students study hard, so they have to play hard… Right?
9. Businesses are more than eager to get college students to their establishments so a lot of places around Fargo-Moorhead offer college discount with a student ID. These are some of our favorite.
a. Tuesday nights at the Bomb Shelter: $5 all you can drink.
b. MATBUS: Unlimited free rides with college ID.
c. Doyle’s Cab: In the evenings you can get a half priced cab ride.
d. Thursdays at Sunset Lanes: $5.95 all you can bowl from 9:30 – 11:30 p.m.
e. Sunday nights at Buffalo Wild Wings: Half off any food item with college ID from 9 – midnight.
10. Fargo-Moorhead has a large music scene. Almost any night of the week students can go out and find some great music. A lot of these bands are college students with dreams of making it big. And, a majority of the audience is college students hoping to discover their new favorite band.
11. There is a LOT of shopping in the FM area. Students can find almost anything they’d ever want. Whether they’re looking for the newest computer at Best Buy or looking for a Nigerian yam at the African Market. There is something for everybody’s taste.
12. Students need to think about their futures after college. Fargo-Moorhead has one of the best economies in the country. In fact, Forbes magazine recently ranked Fargo as the number two best small place for business and careers. There are lots of job opportunities in the area for students fresh out of college.
13. Some exciting things are taking place in the art community of Fargo-Moorhead, especially in downtown Fargo. Between the Plains Art Museum, Rourke Art Gallery and several other small art studios there is constantly new art being added to the area. Art students at one of the colleges around town create a good portion of this art.
14. According to the Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo Chamber of Commerce there are around 350 restaurants in the Fargo-Moorhead area. This creates an incredible culinary diversity. College students are constantly looking for something new. Whether they want wholesome midwestern cooking or they want to surprise their tastebuds by trying some Indian cuisine, they can find it in the FM area.
15. All these students need a place to live. Fargo-Moorhead offers that. Apartment buildings line almost every street. Many of these buildings offer affordable rates and managable leases.
16. Fargo has one of the lowest costs of living in the country. According to Sperlings Best Places To Live, the cost of living in Fargo is 8.5 percent lower than the US average. College students can survive on a part time job. These types of jobs are easy to find in the area, especially on campuses.
17. Students never have to fear about their security. Fargo is one of the safer cities in the country. NDSU, Concordia and MSUM have their own campus securities that patrol their campuses 24 hours a day.
18. Fargo has some of the best health care in the region. Between Sanford Health and Essentia Health, state of the art healthcare is available. Some of the universities give students the opportunity to sign up for healthcare through their school and include that cost in the tuition.
19. Students don’t have to worry about the freshman 15, there are plenty of activities to stay fit in the area. They can visit one of the 175 parks, walk, run, bike, rollerblade or skip on the 90 miles of paths or take part in one of the many races that take place throughout the year.
20. Even during the winter, when most life doesn’t seem to survive, we thrive. Between Fargo Force games, ice-skating, snowball fights and cross country skiing, we are never bored when the snow starts falling down.
21. All of the colleges in Fargo-Moorhead are affordable. Students don’t have to sign away their lives in order to afford going to school here.
22. All the men should be flocking to Fargo. Men’s Health ranked Fargo as the number one city to live for the best quality of life for men and ranked it number six for the overall best place to live.
23. Students should be able to get a job relatively easy. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in Fargo is only 2.8 percent compared to the national average of 8.2 percent.
24. There are plenty of festivals and big events that take place throughout the year. Keep your eyes open for these festivals coming in September.
a. Lobster and Lefse Fest: Sept. 6 – 8, Downtown Fargo, www.lobsterandlefse.com
b. Greater Moorhead Days: Sept. 7, Moorhead, www.cityofmoorhead.com
c. Big Iron Farm Show: Sept. 11 – 13, Red River Valley Fairgrounds, Red River Valley Fairgrounds, www.bigironfarmshow.com
d. Fargo Fest: Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Downtown Fargo, www.fargofestevent.com
25. We’re not the only ones who think we’re a great college town. Livability.com listed Fargo as the number 10 top college towns in the country.
Programs: 102 bachelor, 66 master, 44 doctoral and three pro doctoral programs.
Student Organizations: Over 300
Notable Alumni: Mark Andrews (Senator), Alf Clauses (Composer for “The Simpsons” and movies), David Bernauer (Former CEO of Walgreens)
Employees: 617 full-time, 218 part-time
Programs: 76 majors and more than 172 emphases and option.
Student Organizations: Over 120
Notable Alumni: Kevin Sorbo (Actor), Ed Schultz (Radio Personality), Jan Maxwell (Actor), Jeryy Ver Dorn (Actor)
Employees: Over 400
Programs: 61 majors, 18 honors majors and 12 preprofessional programs
Student Organizations: Over 100
Notable Alumni: Roxana Saberi (International journalist), Ron Offutt (RDO), Judge John Tunheim (U.S. District Judge, served as chair of President Clinton’s Warren Commission), Clint Hill (former U.S. Secret Service), Kelby Krabbenhoft (President, CEO Sanford Health)