Established in 1883 as Jamestown College, University of Jamestown is a private, liberal arts university granting bachelor of arts, science and science in nursing degrees, as well as master’s degrees in education and leadership, and a Fargo-based doctor of physical therapy degree.

University of Jamestown offers more than 40 areas of study. With the Journey to Success, 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 and integrates the liberal arts with sound professional programs. The Journey includes a guaranteed internship.


University of Jamestown is consistently ranked in the Top Tier by U.S. News & World Report in its annual “Best Colleges” ranking. University of Jamestown has also been named a Best Midwestern College by the Princeton Review.


Jamestown, a city of 17,000, is located in the scenic James River Valley in Central North Dakota.


Our beautiful campus sits on 110 wooded acres and is made up of 27 buildings which include 10 classroom buildings and six residence halls.


1000 students from 37 states and 17 countries.




The majority of our faculty have earned their Ph.D. or highest degree in their field; 13:1 student faculty ratio.

At University of Jamestown, you’re not just a number!
Your professors will get to know you, your interests, and your goals for the future.

Average Class Size

Most classes have fewer than 30 students. The average class size is 19 students.

Library Facilities

Raugust Library houses more than 150,000 items from books and periodicals to government documents to audio-visual materials to microforms.

  • Member of ODIN (Online Dakota Information Network) allowing access to 80 other North Dakota Libraries
  • Numerous database subscriptions bringing journals and e-books to your fingertips
  • Curriculum Library houses more than 20,000 items for children and supports Teacher Education program

Financial Aid

University of Jamestown is affordable! Nearly 100 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid. The University awards $7.7 million in institutional aid alone each year. Our aid packages are based on individual need as well as on academic merit, leadership and special talents. We encourage you to apply for both University of Jamestown and federal aid.



The Jimmies proudly compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Eight men’s and eight women’s sports are offered:

Baseball (M)

Basketball (M,W)

Cross Country (M,W)


Football (M)

Golf (M,W)

Soccer (M,W)

Softball (W)

Track & Field (M,W)

Volleyball (W)

Wrestling (M,W)



University of Jamestown at a glance

Financial Aid

  • Academic Scholarships
  • Athletic Scholarships
  • Fine Arts Performance Awards
  • Journey Awards

Campus Demographics

Placement Rate

1,100 students from 30 states and 20 countries
(Undergraduate 2017)

Student to Faculty Ratio - 12:1