Location: Moorhead, Minn., and Fargo, N.D., separated by the Red River of the North, are full of places to go, things to do, and people to meet. With a metropolitan-area population of about 230,000, the two cities offer the convenience of small-town living with many of the advantages of the big city. Minneapolis-St. Paul is only 235 miles southeast on Interstate 94; Winnipeg, Manitoba, is 222 miles to the north. Rich farmland, beautiful lake country and pine forests are just minutes away.
Universities: Concordia’s resources are enhanced by two other universities within the cities’ limits: North Dakota State University, Fargo, and Minnesota State University Moorhead. Together, these three schools form a consortium called Tri-College University, a system that triples the number of courses available to area students. The colleges bring in noted concert artists, lecturers and art exhibits each year. Conventions, tournaments and athletic games add variety to life in Fargo-Moorhead. Concordia also has a student exchange program with Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State) and North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS).
Shopping Centers: Both Moorhead and Fargo have many indoor shopping centers as well as downtown shopping malls. Moorhead’s shopping areas are within walking distance of Concordia.
Medical Facilities: Located only minutes from Concordia’s campus are numerous hospitals and clinics; roughly 375 physicians and surgeons practice in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Cultural Opportunities: The Fargo-Moorhead area is rich in cultural and recreational opportunities. For music lovers, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony presents classical and pops concerts during the academic year; the Fargo Moorhead Opera regularly brings in famous vocalists to star in leading roles; and the Fargo-Moorhead Master Chorale, composed of area musicians, presents a series of concerts. The Fargodome hosts athletic events and headline entertainment. Cobbers also attend theatrical productions at the F-M Community Theatre and Theatre B, and watch dance recitals performed by F-M dance companies. The Plains Art Museum and Rourke Art Gallery offer regular shows and special courses. At the Fargo and Moorhead public libraries, students may attend special film showings, hear live chamber music and jazz ensembles or listen to poetry readings.
Bicycle Trails: Both Fargo and Moorhead offer miles of bicycle trails within the cities; many of these trails follow the Red River and wind through parks. In the fall and spring, these grassy areas are great places to “get away from it all.”
Other Entertainment: Concordia has a daily e-newsletter, the Daily CobberNet Message, which provides daily and weekly listings of events on campus. The High Plains Reader, a free weekly community publication, has listings of community events. The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead is the daily newspaper. Since 1971, Concordia has been the home of KCCM, the first outstate station established by Minnesota Public Radio. Located in the Welcome Center, KCCM-KCCD plays 24 hours of classical music and public affairs programming.
Transportation: Daily bus transportation operates throughout Fargo-Moorhead and is free of charge to Concordia students. In addition, 24-hour taxicab and Uber services are available. Hector International Airport in Fargo serves both Moorhead and Fargo citizens with its regularly scheduled flights with Delta, United, Allegiant, American and Frontier. Jefferson Lines, served by a bus terminal in Fargo, and several companies operate charter-bus services for organizational trips. The Amtrak railway system operates a station in downtown Fargo. For college-related activities, individuals and groups may rent cars and vans from the college through Transportation Services.