How is it that NDSU earns a #1 ranking while also being one of the most affordable universities in North Dakota? Don't be fooled by its low net price - this school performs at a level that rivals some of the school's most expensive colleges. In fact, it's one of just a small percentage of schools that classifies as very high research activity according to the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. And in terms of student success, NDSU really is one of the top colleges in North Dakota. Just ask PayScale.com, which reported that the school maintains an average 20-year net ROI of nearly $420,000.