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Pride of the Prairie Part 2: University of Jamestown

With roots dating back to 1883 (a time before North Dakota was even a state), the University of Jamestown (UJ) has been a regional fixture for well over a century. It represents a historical significance that almost never came to be. During its infancy, the school was closed due to the Panic of 1893 (a depression that plagued the U.S. until 1897). That could have been the end of the University’s story, but a full economic recovery led to an educational void that begged for it to reopen. Jamestown College (as it was originally named) reopened on September 22, 1909, and the rest is history.

Editor's Note: This is the second installment of our Jamestown Client Spotlight.


University of Jamestown: Your Success, Our Tradition

UJ is a private liberal arts university founded by the Presbyterian Church. It was strategically built in Jamestown due to its central location and abundant natural beauty. The 110-acre campus offers more than 40 areas of study to over 1,000 students. The school’s curriculum balances the ideals of the liberal arts tradition with professional preparation of students by encouraging self-discipline, responsibility and individual growth.

Outside the classroom, UJ offers over 40 campus activities and organizations. From student government, honorary societies, community service programs and a variety of NAIA athletic teams, students have endless opportunities to shape their minds and build character. Some of these activities take place in the newest addition to the campus – the Harold Newman Arena. Built in 2017, this $15 million, 61,000-square-foot facility is the largest project on campus to date. The arena honors Harold’s legacy, who was a dedicated UJ sports fan. It even has an orange seat inscribed with his name to memorialize his support.

UJ consistently ranks in the Top Tier by U.S. News & World Report in its annual “Best Colleges” review. It has also been named a Best Midwestern College by the Princeton Review. Year after year, nearly 100% of its graduates are employed or attending graduate school within six months of graduation. Recent graduates have gone on to hold prominent positions with Deloitte & Touche, the Department of Defense, the U.S. House of Representatives, Wells Fargo, BP Oil, 3M and more.

UJ takes great pride in its history and looks forward to molding an even brighter future – one student at a time.

This article originally appeared in the 2019 | ISSUE TWO of the SilverLink magazine, under the title “Pride of the Prairie | Jamestown, North Dakota.” To receive a complimentary subscription to the SilverLink magazine, sign up here.


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