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Hey what's up? I'm Nicole Erin and this is Youniversity TV where we put in university. Today, we're in North Dakota State University, home of the Bison. 

 NDSU is located in Fargo, North Dakota which got the nickname, the gateway to the west in the late 1800s as a railroad moved towards the west coast. Sitting on the banks of the Red River of the North, Fargo features a population of just under 100,000 residents with about 175,000 in the entire metropolitan area. North Dakota State University sits on a 258-acre campus and has more than 90 major buildings. The school features beautiful landscaping and a nice mixture of classic college and modern exteriors. Enrollment at North Dakota State is approximately 12,000 students with just over 10,000 undergraduates. The student body is also diverse with over 800 international students and more than 700 transfer students. 

 The nice thing about what I think of as sort of a middle-sized school with NDSU is--is we pull undergraduates into the lab. So very early on, if you're a chemistry major, for example, you're pulled in to the lab research of professors who are doing really internationally recognized work. Not everyone gets involved in that but when we can, we like pulling folks in as soon as they are first year here. 

 In addition to required core high school courses, students should have a 2.5 grade point average or better along with the 21 or higher on the ACT or 970 or better in the SAT. 

 Our core courses are important as well. College prep courses, courses that students will take in high school, as well as around the 2.5 GPA, what we do is we take a look at the core GPA. So we are very concerned about those college courses, those college prep courses that they have to take. 

 Tuition including room and board runs approximately 12,000 dollars per year for in-state students and approximately 20,000 dollars per year for out-of-state students. 

 I think one of the most exciting things that we're doing in engineering is we're putting together teams of engineering students with business students and having them work with faculty on some kind of engineering innovation. The idea being that the students will develop the intellectual property. They will also develop the business marketing and finance plan, and then actually spin off a company. And so last summer, we had our first success. We have a team of students that developed a medical device to test other medical devices and then span off a company and we've got, 3 or 4 more ready to go this year. 

 NDSU offers more than 100 undergraduate majors, 56 master's programs, and 41 doctoral programs. Some of the more popular majors include engineering, business, education and natural sciences. Here, we are in the IV room and what happens here? 

 Here, students learn how to properly take a look at a medication or a prescription perhaps that the patient would be receiving in a hospital and they use our laminar air flow hoods. We've got two different types in here. So we're very fortunate, to learn how to compare these in an aseptic manner. For example here, we've got an antibiotic that will typically prepared--be prepared for our patient in a hospital. 

. Since 80 percent of undergraduate classes at NDSU have 40 students or less and major courses average about 25 students per classroom, you're not likely to get lost in the crowd. NDSU supports a wide range of innovative technology research projects that include visual neuroscience, nanotechnology, bioengineering, and more. NDSU employs over 450 full-time faculty members and an impressive 95 percent hold a PhD or the highest degree attainable in their field. The university also has a student to teacher ratio of 19 to 1. 

 Touchdown in the Fargo Dome. Athletics play a huge part on campus life with 14 men and women Bison teams, NDSU has the first division 1 athletic program in the state. 

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 NDSU's woman wellness center is just one place for students to get fit. They have everything from racquetball courts to climbing walls. 

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 12 residence halls plus additional housing options gives students a great opportunity to live on campus and make new friends while being close to class. As a sign note, all first year students are required to live on campus. 

 In the dorm life, you just meet so many people and then the nice thing about NDSU is when you're walking across campus, you always run into a familiar face which a lot of people really, really enjoy and appreciate. 

 With over 200 organizations and 15 sororities and fraternities on campus, there are lots of opportunities for students to get involved. The division of fine arts in particular provides student involvement and entertainment. 

 Architecture landscape students designed this babbling brook. A couple of times a year, this brook babbles over after some mischievous student slip in some soap. 

 NDSU is gaining a national reputation for its research activities. When research funding exceeded 100 million in 2004, NDSU jumps in to the top 20 percent of the nation's research universities. 

 Are you missing you best friends? Well at NDSU there are baby beagles here waiting for your love. Today, I'm taking a stroll with Pyla and Dipsticks and they are part of NDSU's four-year veterinary tech program. 

 If you're looking for a medium-sized mid western college that offers technological research programs and comfortable class sizes, you probably wanna make North Dakota State University next on your list of schools to visit. 

 Thanks for joining us here in Fargo in our tour of North Dakota State University. I'm Nicole Erin, goodbye for now. 

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