Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Tri-College University

Tri-College University

Fargo-Moorhead is fortunate to have several institutions of higher education within its boundaries. The Tri-College University (TCU) program is a consortium of Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM), North Dakota State University (NDSU), Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State), and North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS). Each of these schools has outstanding departments, and students from these schools are able to take advantage of each school’s respective strengths under this program. TCU also provides several services and programs of interest to Concordia students.

Students regularly make use of the student exchange for courses in such fields as ROTC, special education and East Asian languages.

Student Exchange: Full-time Concordia students may take courses at NDSU, MSUM, NDSCS, M State, and MSUM during fall and spring semester at no additional charge, but are subject to the following limitations:

  1. a student may take only one course each term,
  2. a student may not take a course also offered at Concordia College, and
  3. an overload charge is assessed if total semester credits in a student’s load are greater than 17.

Grades and credits received for such courses are applied to a student’s Concordia grade point average and graduation requirements. The appropriate department or program chair must approve substitution of TCU courses in a Concordia major. Students should see the Office of the Registrar for information on available courses and further details about TCU registration.

Tri-College Minors: The Tri-College institutions recognize minors earned through the TCU course exchange. This means students can receive recognition on their transcripts for minors completed on one of the other TCU campuses, if in compliance with graduation requirements at Concordia. This policy applies only to minors earned in programs not available on a student’s home campus. This option makes it possible to combine majors at Concordia with complementary minors on another campus.

Library Services: Concordia students have direct access to the local collections at Minnesota State University Moorhead, North Dakota State University, M State, and North Dakota State College of Science through the Tri-College Library Consortium, providing library resources of more than two million in combined books, journals, and media holdings representing all academic disciplines. Materials are delivered between libraries daily.

Bus Service: Community bus service is provided between campuses on a regular weekday schedule during the academic year.

Parking: Concordia students enrolled in TCU who park at any of the other campuses must display their Concordia parking permit.