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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.

Institutional Mission

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