North Dakota State College of Science

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North Dakota State College of Science
Motto NDSCS The Science of Success.®
Established 1903
Type Two-Year College
President John Richman, Ph.D
Students 3,127 (Fall 2011)
Location Wahpeton, ND, United States
Campus Rural
Colors Red and Black
Nickname Wildcats
Mascot Willie
Affiliations North Dakota University System
NDSCS logo full.jpg

The North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) is a 2-year public college in Wahpeton, in the U.S. state of North Dakota and part of the North Dakota University System. Founded in 1903 by provision of the state constitution, the State College of Science offers degrees, certificates and diplomas in more than 80 academic options in traditional career and technical studies as well as the liberal arts. The college also offers a variety of distance education and online courses. Approximately 98% of graduates are employed or pursuing additional college education.

Unlike most two-year colleges, NDSCS in Wahpeton boasts a university atmosphere for its students, complete with residence halls, 35 affiliated clubs and organizations, music groups, theater productions, intercollegiate athletics, intramural athletics and numerous social activities.


1903 - NDSCS was provided for in the Constitution of the State of North Dakota and began actual operation, making it one of the oldest public two-year colleges in the United States.

1905 - The Arts and Science Division was the first division to be organized, and the Business Division began operation shortly after.

1922 - The first trade and technical programs were offered, and since that time, NDSCS has become widely accepted by employers from across the United States. Since 1922, NDSCS has followed the basic principles of the Babcock Plan and the North Dakota Plan. The original plan of four interacting curriculum divisions was the result of a survey conducted in 1921 by Dean Earl J. Babcock of the School of Mines of the University of North Dakota. In 1922, the North Dakota State College of Science was named the central trade and technical institution for the state of North Dakota. Under the North Dakota Plan, all trade-technical training in the state for many years was centralized in this institution — a method which proved very satisfactory in a state with sparse population and where agriculture continues to be the primary industry.

Since 1922 when these plans became operative, the North Dakota State College of Science has provided practical, hands-on education for thousands of students who, upon graduation, became available to meet business, professional, and industrial needs.

1987 - North Dakota State School of Science changed its name to North Dakota State College of Science, and converted from the quarter system to the semester system in 1992 as part of a North Dakota University System initiative.

1997 - NDSCS established the Skills and Technology Training Center (STTC) as a regional workforce training center located in Fargo.

2002 - The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education officially recognizes NDSCS as a Centennial College.

2005 - NDSCS expands welding technology program to Fargo site. NDSCS kicks off the Center for Nanoscience Technology in Fargo.

2007 - A $1.5 million renovation begins on the Earl "Skip" Bute Alumni Stadium and Frank Vertin Field.

2008 - NDSCS and West Fargo Public Schools join together to offer the Early College Program - allowing 11th and 12th grade students to take college classes and earn credit toward an associate degree while in high school.

2009 - Wilbur A. Lunday, an NDSCS alumnus, and his wife Betty, both deceased, donate more than $1 million to the College.

2010 - In July, a $5.7 million renovation of Horton Hall was completed. The building, originally constructed in 1927 for $65,000, is LEED certified.


The main campus of the North Dakota State College of Science is located in Wahpeton, N.D. A second site, referred to as NDSCS-Fargo, is located on 19th Avenue North in Fargo, N.D.

Main Campus[edit]

The main campus sits on 128 acres of land and consists of 35 campus buildings. Nestled in the heart of Wahpeton, the campus is located by 8th Avenue to the south and 4th Street to the east. Old Main — the centerpiece of the NDSCS campus for generations — has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984. Designed by architect John M. Coxhead, Old Main was built in 1891 as the original home of Red River Valley University. The North Dakota Academy of Science opened in the building’s west wing in 1903. Old Main sits on the north side of the main oval, where many campus activities take place.


NDSCS-Fargo is a growing campus of North Dakota State College of Science. Located in the Skills and Technology Training Center on 19th Avenue North in Fargo, NDSCS-Fargo serves as the home to academic programming and non-credit training.


NDSCS offers academic options in the following career clusters:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Business, Management and Administration
  • Finance
  • Education and Training
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing, Sales and Services
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Transportation

College Organization[edit]

The institution is state-assisted and is organized to provide for statewide comprehensive education and training programs of fewer than four years. The North Dakota State College of Science is organized to support academic affairs, administrative/business affairs and student support services.

Major curriculum divisions are the Arts, Science and Business Division and the Technologies and Services Division.

The Arts, Science and Business Division offers courses and programs in liberal arts, pre-professional and general education for transfer to bachelor degree-granting colleges and universities. The ASB Division also offers highly regarded programs in agriculture, allied health, business, computer information systems and other related careers which prepare students for immediate employment.

The Technologies and Services Division provides learning experiences through theory, laboratory and shop curriculum practices in various fields of training. Students are provided technical and trade competencies, as well as preparation for life in this increasingly technological age. While credit is recorded for these courses, they are not intended for transfer. However, should students, upon completion of trade or technical programs, desire to pursue additional training at other colleges, they may have their transcripts evaluated by those colleges and universities.

The College Outreach Division is responsible for courses and programs provided through TrainND, Related Study, and NDSCS-Fargo at the Skills and Technology Training Center. The primary purpose of College Outreach is to ensure that the services of NDSCS are made available to individuals, businesses and other groups who have educational or training needs that typically cannot be met through regular instructional schedule or course offerings.

The Extended Learning Division's mission is to provide students with access to information through technology. This division includes Distance Education, Instructional Technology and the Mildred Johnson Library.


The North Dakota State College of Science's sports teams are known as the Wildcats. The NDSCS Wildcats are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

NDSCS's intercollegiate teams include:

  • Women's Basketball
  • Men's Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Softball
  • Football

Fight song[edit]

Go Science Go is the North Dakota State College of Science fight song. The song was written by former student Roland Chestney in 1929.

Notable alumni[edit]


In 2012, North Dakota State College of Science received media attention when student athlete Jamie Kuntz claimed that he was dismissed from the school's football team because he was gay.[2] NDSCS responded to say that his dismissal was for a violation of team rules, not because of his sexual orientation. [3]

Kuntz was injured and had volunteered to film an away game for the team. During the game, Kuntz invited his boyfriend into the press box and, according to NDSCS, engaged in conduct that was "ongoing and explicit in nature" and "drew complaints from numerous parents and players."[4] Kuntz lied to his coach about his relationship with the man and stated that it was his grandfather. Kuntz later admitted to lying. Based on this conduct, the football coach dismissed Kuntz from the team.

Kuntz alleges that if his companion had been female, he would not have been removed from the team. NDSCS president John Richman is quoted as saying, "[The coach's and my] conversation consisted of if this was a heterosexual incident, would we come to the same conclusion, and Coach Parsons answer was yes, Mr. Kuntz simply and plainly failed to perform his duties as assigned and was ongoing distraction to the game ... Despite how this is being portrayed by some, Jamie's sexual orientation had nothing to do with his dismissal from the football team."[5] Jamie Kuntz's football scholarship was not revoked, but he later voluntarily withdrew from the college.[6]


  1. ^ "Montana Governor Donald Grant Nutter". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Gay football player says kiss got him booted from team". Associated Press. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "NDSCS AD gives school's side of story for dismissing football player". WDAY. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Athletic director, president say Jamie Kuntz being gay had nothing to do with dismissal". Outsports. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "NDSCS AD gives school's side of story for dismissing football player". WDAY. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Engen, Stu (September 12, 2012). The Mike McFeely Show. Interview with Mike McFeely. KFGO. Fargo, North Dakota. 

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