History and Mission of Dakota College at Bottineau
A referendum in 1894 stated that a School of Forestry should be located in Bottineau,
North Dakota, to provide, in addition to forestry, comprehensive junior college
curriculums. The North Dakota Century Code identified a special niche for the college
by mandating it to offer programs in agriculture, forestry, and horticulture. Since then,
the college not only has expanded its natural resource programming, but it has also
added programs in numerous other areas that serve the need of its constituents — most
notably in Allied Health and the online delivery of instruction.
The relationship between the School of Forestry and North Dakota State University
was first established in 1969 when the Board of Higher Education approved the
“administrative attachment” of the two institutions. The School of Forestry became
known as North Dakota State University-Bottineau Branch and Institute of Forestry at
that time. In 1987, the name was modified to North Dakota State University-Bottineau.
In April of 1996, the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education affiliated the
College with Minot State University, and the name of the school was changed to Minot
State University-Bottineau Campus. This realignment continues to be productive and
has resulted in many collaborative efforts.
In the summer of 2006, the college celebrated a century (1906-2006) of excellence
commemorating the determination, strength, and resourcefulness of our students,
faculty, staff and community. For 100 years, as the North Dakota School of Forestry,
NDSU-Bottineau, and MSU-Bottineau, the institution prepared men and women
to become contributing members of society. Campus aspirations were reflected in the
centennial motto: Rooted in the past–growing towards the future.
On August 1, 2009, MSU-Bottineau became Dakota College at Bottineau. The new
name gives the institution a unique identity in a way that reflects its location; history;
mission; and ongoing Nature, Technology, and Beyond focus, but does not change the
college’s affiliation with Minot State University.
The new name describes the college’s unique spirit and vibrancy. And the campus
remains a place that provides students with a quality education in a caring environment.
Dakota College at Bottineau provides students with a quality education in a caring
environment. The institution values diversity and personal enrichment by promoting
engaged learning for employment and university transfer.With the help of a supportive
History and Mission