NDSCS excited about near-record enrollment growth.

Old Main steeple with fall colored leaves

North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS), a leading institution of higher education, is thrilled to announce a significant growth in college enrollment for the fall 2023 semester. The institution has experienced a remarkable increase in the number of students choosing NDSCS as their educational home, reflecting the college's commitment to academic excellence, innovation, and inclusivity.

The official headcount, taken on the 20th instructional day each semester, shows that enrollment at NDSCS has risen to 3,140 for the fall semester of 2023, an increase of over 6% compared to the fall 2022 headcount. 

NDSCS President, Dr. Rod Flanigan, talks about the enrollment growth, "As we begin another transformative year at NDSCS, the increased enrollment is a testament to our unwavering commitment to students -- a commitment that includes creating the best possible educational experience for our students and a dedication to continuous improvement by our staff and faculty."

The 2023 NDSCS student body includes 1,505 full-time students and 1,635 part-time students. Students residing in an on-campus residence hall or a campus apartment increased nearly 3% over last fall.  Dr. Flanigan shared, “We're a two-year college with a four-year feel. Performing Arts, sports, and residential life are all key to the experience of being here at NDSCS. When the data shows more and more students are wanting to be part of that experience, I know we're on the right track.”

The noteworthy rise in enrollment underscores the trust that students and their families have placed in the institution to provide a world-class education and a supportive learning environment. The total number of students from North Dakota is 2,333, which comprises 74.3% of the student body. Minnesota students comprise 19.8% of the student body with the remainder drawn from 32 other states and 7 foreign countries. NDSCS enrolls students from 50 of the state’s 53 counties.

NDSCS is excited to embark on this new academic year with a thriving and diverse community of learners. As we celebrate this remarkable increase in enrollment, we remain steadfast in our mission to provide an exceptional education and prepare students for a bright and promising future.

NDSCS Wildcats Attempt to Avenge Last Season’s Championship Game Defeat at Home This Saturday

NDSCS vs DuPage

The North Dakota State College of Science Wildcats football team will host (from Glen Ellyn, Illinois) College of DuPage – the same team that defeated NDSCS in last season’s NJCAA Division III Championship Game, 14-12 – a game hosted by College of DuPage.

DuPage is ranked #1 in NJCAA Division III rankings. NDSCS is ranked #2.

DuPage is the current two-time National Champion.

Both teams come into this matchup currently undefeated. DuPage’s first three games were vs. Ellsworth Community College (17-10), Rochester Community & Technical College (24-21), and at home vs. Hocking College, a 45-0 victory.

NDSCS defeated University of Jamestown JV 36-14 in their opener, beat Minnesota West Community & Technical College 29-9, and then topped M-State 30-14 this past weekend in Fergus Falls.

The NDSCS Wildcats are currently averaging an impressive 410 yards of Total Offense Per Game and 226 Yards Rushing Per Game.

In last year’s Championship Game, DuPage won 14-12 with a dominating rushing attack of its own (167 yards) and by having a huge advantage in Time Of Possession. The Chaparrals took a 14-6 lead into the 4th Quarter and then held the ball for all but two plays of the game’s final 9:04 of playing time.

Join us:

Time: This Saturday — 1 p.m. Kickoff

Location: Frank Vertin Field at Earl “Skip” Bute Alumni Stadium, Wahpeton, ND

Tickets: Available at gate only

Listen Live: KBMW AM 1450 or B92.7 FM

Live Video: YouTube.com/NDSCSathletics


Go Wildcats!

NDSCS Alumni Foundation will celebrate Alumni and friends in Rapid City, S.D.

NDSCS Old Main in the Fall

You’re Invited! The North Dakota State College of Science Alumni Foundation announces their 2023 Rapid City, S.D. Meet & Greet, which will be held at the Dahl Arts Center, located at 713 7th St. in Downtown Rapid City on Thursday, September 21 at 5:00 p.m. (MDT).

Come catch up with other alumni, hear about what has been going on at North Dakota State College of Science and in the Alumni Foundation, enjoy a meal and be immersed at the premier western South Dakota arts center for contemporary visual arts, arts education and performing arts. Cost is $20/person for the event. If you are an alum of NDSCS, we’d LOVE to have you join us! Not an alum, but have ties to the college? You’re invited too!

The North Dakota State College of Science Alumni Foundation’s mission is to support and assist those activities that develop and strengthen North Dakota State College of Science. It is our goal to make sure every individual has the opportunity to attend NDSCS to reach his or her potential. The role of the Alumni Foundation is building relationships and discovering what is important to our Alumni and friends. We are the professional fundraising arm of NDSCS that helps our career and technical college yield BIG RESULTS!

The Alumni/Foundation invites you to “Grow with Us”.  Whether it be through Homecoming activities, reunions, Meet & Greets, recruiting new students, scholarship donations, endowments for programs, the annual DREAMS Auction (our largest fundraising event) or the Alumni Review, — our goal is to help you stay connected.

We hope you can join us Thursday, September 21 from 5-7 p.m. MDT, at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, S.D.! Pre-registration is appreciated for this event — Go online to NDSCSalumni.com/Events/Meet-Greets or call 701-671-2247 to register.

“Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat!”

NDSCS Adds Women’s Soccer Beginning in 2024, Launches Search for Head Coach

Wildcat head

To bolster the growth of an already-successful athletics program, NDSCS announces the launch of its brand-new Women's Soccer Program–set to kick off in Fall, 2024. This addition showcases the college’s commitment to expanding opportunities for female athletes and underscores its belief in the transformative power of sports. Women’s Soccer joins a growing list of championship-quality athletic programs offered by the college, located in Wahpeton, North Dakota.

"Soccer has always been more than just a game. It embodies teamwork, dedication, and the pursuit of excellence–all things we take pride in teaching here at NDSCS," said Dr. Rod Flanigan, President of NDSCS. "We're incredibly excited to provide our talented women another way to showcase these values both on and off the field."

Program Highlights:

      The program is currently seeking a head coach and assistant coach. That search will begin immediately and inquiries should go to Athletic Director Stu Engen.

      A state-of-the-art turf field is currently in the planning stages. The plan is for a shared, multi-purpose turf field to be used by both NDSCS and Wahpeton High School–located on the NDSCS Wahpeton campus.

      NDSCS has already agreed to join the Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC). The MCAC currently has four women’s soccer members. They are: Rochester CTC; Lake Superior College; Anoka-Ramsey CC; and Alexandria Technical & Community College. The conference competes at NJCAA Division III level.

      More information can be found here: MCAC Conference

      The Women’s Soccer season will begin in August and run through October each year. 

      The team will roster 16-22 players each season.

      The program will soon have an informational web page located on the NDSCS Athletics website.

Community support for soccer has been overwhelming. “NDSCS Athletics had a stellar year in 2022-2023. We are excited to add another sport that will expand our presence, grow our profile, and welcome new athletes to be part of our successful program–helping female athletes continue their soccer careers and their education,” shared NDSCS Athletic Director Stu Engen.

Soccer is the world's most popular sport, with millions of fans across every continent. It is also the #1-played sport throughout North Dakota. This reach will bring in new audiences and add to the diverse student population at NDSCS.

NDSCS to Begin 121st Academic Year August 21

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Opening weekend events at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton will kick off on Saturday, August 19 when residence halls open for student move-in at 10 a.m. NDSCS has some exciting updates and events to share with students and the community:

Welcome Week, an annual series of events designed to help students connect to the College community and establish positive and healthy habits, will take place from August 19-25 and will include outdoor evening activities for new and returning students.

Some of these events will include:

  • Saturday, August 19
    • 12 – 8 p.m. Move-in Music on The Oval
    • 9 - 11 p.m. Outdoor Movie on The Oval
  • Sunday, August 20
    • 4:30 – 7 p.m. Community Block Party (The Wahpeton-Breckenridge and surrounding community is invited! Register your business/organization to be involved and learn more at NDSCS.edu/Block-Party)
      • Due to road construction around the NDSCS campus, guests will be able to find parking for the Block Party in Lot 2, North of the Old Main building. All parking for the event will be free.
    • 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. Street Dance in Lot 2 north of Old Main with music provided by a D.J.
  • Monday, August 21
    • 7:30 - 10 p.m. Party on The Oval with music provided by a D.J.
  • Wednesday, August 23
    • 8 – 10 p.m. Karaoke and Open Mic Night on The Oval
  • Thursday, August 24
    • 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. Street Dance in Lot 2 north of Old Main with music provided by a D.J.
  • Friday, August 25
    • 7 – 9 p.m. Mini Golf on The Oval

(Please forgive us for any loud noise that comes from the NDSCS Wahpeton campus that week — we are welcoming students and helping them make memories!)

In addition to student move-in and events, NDSCS Dining Services is excited to share their recent updates with students — The Wildcat Express has added a taco/burrito restaurant and a burger restaurant, and the Wildcat Dining Room has developed a whole new layout, adding a pasta bar (that includes their delicious homemade Mac ‘N Cheese!), and various other food stations. The Den has also experienced updates over the summer to make it even better for our students to hang out and grab a snack at the new c-store.

North Dakota State College of Science fall semester classes will begin Monday, August 21 at 4 p.m. for all students in Wahpeton, Fargo and Online. Students who are not yet enrolled for fall semester can still do so by contacting the Office of Admission at 701-671-2521 or online at NDSCS.edu/Apply.