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North Dakota State University

North Dakota State University of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, more commonly known as North Dakota State University, is a public university in Fargo, in the U.S. state of North Dakota.



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The bill founding North Dakota Agricultural College (NDAC) was signed on March 8, 1890, seven years after initial plans to start an agricultural college in the northern portion of the Dakota Territory. NDAC was established as a land-grant university. On October 15, 1890, Horace E. Stockbridge became the first NDAC president and the Board of Trustees was formed. Classes were initially held in six classrooms rented from Fargo College. A provisional course was held on January 6, 1891, and the first regular class of students was admitted on September 8, 1891. College Hall (Old Main), completed in 1892, was the first building and consisted of offices, classrooms, and a library to serve the four NDAC students. In 1908, the school's alma mater The Yellow and The Green was written and a year later the school�s official colors, Yellow and Green, were selected. NDAC continued to grow and became known as North Dakota State University on November 8, 1960. The name change was to reflect the increasing field of study breadth of the institution. A 36-acre (15 ha) area including 12 historic buildings was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as North Dakota State University District in 1986 Around the start of the 21st century, NDSU began a phase of growth. NDSU surpassed 10,000 students in the fall of 2000 for the first time, and by Fall Semester of 2009, NDSU increased enrollment by another 10% to 14,189 students. Research, athletic programs, and campus facilities benefited from increases in student enrollment. Between 2000 and 2007, NDSU added a number of undergraduate programs and 31 graduate programs. Several buildings have been built or expanded and remodeled over the past seven years, including the Wallman Wellness Center, Memorial Union, and the College of Business. In 2004, all athletic programs moved to Division I.

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With energy and momentum, North Dakota State University addresses the needs and aspirations of people in a changing world by building on our land-grant foundation.



Humayun Ahmed (Ph. D. in polymer chemistry) - famous contemporary Bengali fictionist and playwright, film-maker and former professor of Chemistry at the University of Dhaka Mark Andrews - former U.S. Senator Bob Backlund - former World Wrestling Federation champion wrestler Rick Berg - former U.S. Congressman Jeff Bentrim - former Canadian Football League Player - Harlon Hill Award Winner David Bernauer - former CEO, current chairman of Walgreens Gus Bradley- current NFL Head Coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars Tyrone Braxton - former NFL player Alf Clausen - composer for "The Simpsons" as well as other television programs and motion pictures Craig Dahl - current NFL player Lamar Gordon - current NFL player Jean Guy - former First Lady of North Dakota William L. Guy - former Governor of North Dakota Phil Hansen - former NFL player Kole Heckendorf - former NFL Player Ramon Humber - current NFL player Rob Hunt - former NFL player Ravindra Khattree - academic statistician Jon Lindgren Mayor of Fargo, North Dakota, 1978-1994, Chairman of the Economics Department at NDSU and pioneering LGBT rights advocate. Arthur A. Link - former governor of North Dakota Doug Lloyd - former NFL player Joe Mays - current NFL player Clarence McGeary - former NFL player Earl Mindell - writer and nutritionist Steve Nelson - former NFL player Annette Olson - Miss North Dakota 2006 Mancur Olson - 20th century economist and social scientist Tyler Roehl - former NFL player Stacy Robinson - former NFL player Nick Schommer - former NFL player Andre Smith - American Basketball Player Isaac Snell - current NFL player Matt Veldman - current NFL player Gen. Charles F. Wald - former Deputy Commander of United States European Command Milton R. Young - former U.S. Senator Neil Wagner - Major League Baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays Ben Woodside - American Basketball Player Ralph Herseth - 21st Governor of South Dakota from January 6, 1959 to January 3, 1961



Urban - Fargo Campus: 258 acres (1.0 km�)