Student Life

An advertisement in the 1894 Fargo Forum, described the courses of study available a few years after the College opened;

Courses of study.--Three preparatory and three college courses; a Normal course for those preparing to teach; a Business course, providing thorough instruction in Bookkeeping, Business Forms and Practice; a course in the English Bible, for those desiring to become trained Christian workers but are unable to take a full theological course. Science Department.--Special attention will be given to instruction in Science and Mathematics. Mr. Herbert N. McVoy, late of Purdue University. Mr. H. Amerland has been engaged to give instruction in the business department upon the typewriter. With no extra cost for tuition it is proposed to make the business course equal to any. Tuition, $10 a term; board $2.75 a week; rooms furnished, heated, and lighted $1 a week. In addition, there are departments for the study of Music and Art in which the tuition is according to the course pursued. For further information address H.C. Simmons, President, or E.T. Curtis, Principal.

The preparatory courses mentioned were high school courses who those preparing for college. In those days, high schools were not prevalent and colleges often offered advanced high school courses.

Fargo College offered three "college" options: the Classical, which led to a BA in classical languages; the Literary, which provided a BA without classical languages; and Science, which provided a BS degree.

Fargo College boasted the oldest and best equipped school of music in the northwest. The Conservatory of Music attained distinction through the Northwest. It held many musicals and was a cultural center for the College and Fargo.

The school also offered many many social activities as well as academics.

Attendance at Fargo College appears to have been modest. The monthly student publication, Blue and Gold lists just 17 graduating seniors in 1919.