Founded in 1883 by Presbyterian settlers, University of Jamestown is a private four-year liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The university enrolls approximately 960 students, including students from 31 states and 13 foreign countries. In addition to being named the highest-ranked North Dakota Top Tier school by U.S. News & World Report, University of Jamestown has been named to America's 100 Best College Buys by Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc., a Best Midwestern College by the Princeton Review and Most Influential College in North Dakota by the higher education information website, Noodle.
Over 70 percent of students live on campus. University of Jamestown has a student-faculty ratio of 13:1. Some have called University of Jamestown the "Ivy League of the Region", not only because of the stunning beauty of the campus, but also because it offers many of the advantages of a large university in a small college setting.
At the University of Jamestown, emphasis is placed not only on preparing students academically in their chosen areas of study, but also on preparing students through an experience that is student-centered. With self-assessment, personalized advising, mentoring and career counseling from admission through graduation, students are encouraged to look inward to examine their interests and goals, look outward to use their strengths for service, look beyond to learn about other people, cultures, and ways of life, and look forward as they prepare for careers or further study in graduate school.
Many benefactors have allowed the continual expansion of the facilities and services offered to students. Recent additions and renovations include a renovated science building, a state-of-the-art laboratory building, a science and nursing department, updated and renovated residence halls, and a renovated student activities area.
Main CampusJamestown, North Dakota, United States Campus Website0 - 5,000 on Campus<100,000 residents in JamestownLanguage(s) spoken on campus: English
The 110-acre campus is located on a wooded hill overlooking the community of Jamestown. The University evokes a classic academic environment with its red brick ivy-covered buildings and green spaces. Jamestown offers small town ambience and four-season recreation ranging from birding to ice-fishing. The town is situated one and one-half hours' drive from the commercial and cultural city of Fargo and the state capital of Bismarck. Jamestown has local cab service and it also offers both airline and bus services. The campus offers a free student shuttle to certain locations around the community.
Thirty-six campus organizations offer a variety of activities to appeal to individual interests. The International Students Organization offers a variety of social, cultural and academic opportunities. Each week the Student Activities office and the Residence Life staff provide programming activities for students. Sports facilities include a running track, football and soccer fields, and racquetball, handball, basketball and volleyball courts and are available to ISEP students free of charge. The community provides a number of additional sports and recreational facilities including a swimming pool, softball fields, tennis courts, ice rinks and golf courses.