North Dakota may not be the most densely populated state in the union, but its residents certainly enjoy a diverse higher education system with numerous options. North Dakota has two large public universities with extensive campus systems, including The University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University. Altogether, North Dakota has 18 colleges and universities. The state’s higher education system is heavily influenced by the local Native American community. Tribal institutions dominate the community college system, which has inspired an emerging trend in education with Native American students.