The proud tradition of North Dakota State University athletics was one of the finest in the country at the NCAA Division II level for many years. The Bison men's and women's programs were regular contenders for championships on a national scale. Now a Division I program featuring 16 varsity sports, the vision for North Dakota State is "Continuing the Championship Tradition of Bison Athletics."
Why the Bison?
North Dakota State University's athletic teams have progressed from the "Farmers" in the 1890's to the "Aggies" in the early 1900's to the "Bison," NDSU's current athletic symbol. In 1919, head football coach Stan Borleske developed it because he and members of the football team didn't like being known as "Aggies." Borleske wanted a strong and fierce mascot. The "Bison" was a logical choice. The great animals once roamed the North Dakota prairie in vast numbers, and over the years Bison athletic teams added an additional name, the "Thundering Herd."
Name of School: North Dakota State University
City/Zip: Fargo, ND 58102 (pop. 105,549)
Enrollment: 14,443 (fall 2012)
School Colors: Yellow and Green (PMS 123, 343)
Affiliation: NCAA Division I (FCS)
Conferences: The Summit League, Missouri Valley Football Conference, Western Wrestling Conference
President: Dr. Dean L. Bresciani (Humboldt State, 1984)
Athletic Director: Gene Taylor (Arizona State, 1980)
Women's Athletic Director: Lynn Dorn (Bemidji State, 1972)
Athletic Department Phone: (701) 231-8981
Athletic Department Fax: (701) 231-6246
Ticket Office Phone: (701) 231-NDSU
Ticket Office Toll Free: (888) 231-NDSU
University Web Site: http://www.ndsu.edu
Mailing Address: NDSU Dept. 1200, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Overnight Address: Bison Sports Arena, 1600 University Dr. N., Fargo, ND 58102