Lake Region State College is a vibrant multi-campus college with a diverse student body. We have over 1900 students spread out across the state and across the globe. Lake Region State College programs and courses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and approved by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education.
Devils Lake Campus
The Devils Lake campus is our main campus and houses most of our administrative offices. We have residential housing available to students. Students especially appreciate being able to go from their dorm rooms to class without having to go outside.
The college is set in a rural area, yet there is plenty to do. The college offers a wide range of cultural activities, sports, weight rooms, clubs, and job opportunities for students.
Courses are offered for Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.
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Lake Region State College was founded in 1941 as an extension of the public school system in Devils Lake.
First known as Devils Lake Junior College and Business School, the college developed over the next 20 years into a junior college offering liberal arts and business programs.
Mission Change: In the early 1960s, a dramatic change occurred in the mission and size of the college. The mission changed in response to regional economic needs by introducing a wide variety of vocational, technical, and career-oriented programs. At the same time the college preparatory program developed considerably to meet standards acceptable for transfer to baccalaureate degree programs in four-year colleges and universities. In 1960 the College was renamed Lake Region Junior College.
New Location: Rapid increases in enrollment resulted in a building program, and the college moved to its present campus in 1966. The campus is situated on the northern edge of the city of Devils Lake, three miles from Devils Lake, North Dakota’s largest natural body of water.
Cleverly designed to be accessible for everyone and for the northern climate, the residence halls, library, student union, recreation room, gym, and most classrooms are all connected.
Since construction of the new campus, there have been several additions to the original structures. The Erlandson Building, which houses classrooms for Peace Officer Training, Simulator Maintenance Technician, Automobile Technology, Diesel Technology, and Adult Farm Management Programs, is located nearby.
Affiliations: The name of the College was changed from “Junior” to “Community” College in August, 1981. On July 1, 1984, the College joined the state system of higher education. Administrative supervision was transferred to the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton in 1985. Then, the College became affiliated with the University of North Dakota, in 1987 and operated as a branch campus under the name of UND-Lake Region.
Today's College: July 1, 1999 the College attained independent status within the North Dakota University System as Lake Region State College and was charged with addressing workforce training needs in the northeast quadrant of North Dakota. This change was interpreted as a vote of confidence, providing recognition and autonomy on par with other independent colleges within the University System. Lake Region State College now reports directly to the University System Chancellor and the State Board of Higher Education.
Community Support: The College has received support since 1959 from the Community College Foundation, a group of local citizens dedicated to the advancement of the College. Their support includes funds for scholarships, construction and renovations, endowment funds, athletics, and staff development programs.
We enhance lives and community vitality through quality education.
~ Lake Region State College Mission Statement
- Academic Education -- Provides academic courses and programs that lead to an Associate in Arts degree, meeting the North Dakota University System General Education requirements, and allows for seamless transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions.
- Vocational/Technical Training -- Provides courses and programs in vocational and technical career training that lead to a certificate of completion, a diploma, or an Associate in Applied Science degree preparing students for an immediate career, advancement in specific occupations, or transfer to an articulated technical baccalaureate program.
- Workforce Training -- Develops linkages with businesses, industry, and organizations to encourage economic development.
- Educational Outreach Opportunities -- Provides educational outreach opportunities for individuals who are time and/or place bound.
- Life-Long Learning -- Provides opportunities for continuing and life-long learning in the form of cultural, educational, occupational, social, athletic, and vocational programs, courses, workshops, and institutes. Lake Region is committed to being a responsive diverse institution, which prepares students for successful living and citizenship in a rapidly changing local, national, and world community.