It's good to be a college town
One of the proud definitions of Fargo-Moorhead is "college town." Metro campuses and day schools are beginning the new academic year in August and September, with thousands of students descending on campuses and classrooms. The influx of young pe...
One of the proud definitions of Fargo-Moorhead is "college town." Metro campuses and day schools are beginning the new academic year in August and September, with thousands of students descending on campuses and classrooms. The influx of young people (and older-than-average students) reinvigorates the cities with their energy and participation.
The three major campuses -- North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College -- are complemented by Minnesota Community and State Technical College and several private business and professional colleges. One result is a school-year population of something near 25,000 students. Not only do they focus on academic studies, they also comprise the backbone of a part-time work force and bring with them their buying power in the local retail economy.
Not every metropolitan area of F-M's size can call itself a college town. But there is a deep and abiding commitment here to higher education in all its various forms -- from two-year professional and technical studies to advanced degree programs and research. Students seeking an education and the faculty and staff providing that education change the population mix for the better.
While pursuit of that college degree is paramount, lively campuses also mean sports, art, music and a plethora of lectures, exhibits and career-enhancement opportunities. The benefits to a college town are incalculable -- not only in dollars, but also in quality of life.
We welcome new and returning students to the residential campuses and to the schools that are commuter-based. We repeat our admiration for the students and their teachers and mentors. It's a good time in the community because the campuses are filling up again.