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Capture Welcomes New Partner the University of Jamestown

Capture Welcomes New Partner the University of Jamestown

Capture Higher Ed is proud to introduce one of its newest partners, the University of Jamestown in North Dakota.

Located on a beautiful, wooded, 110-acre campus in the scenic James River Valley in Central North Dakota, Jamestown is a private, liberal arts university granting bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in more than 30 areas of study.

With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the university offers a unique educational experience it calls, “Journey to Success,” a student-based approach integrating the liberal arts with sound professional programs. The “Journey” includes a four-year graduation guarantee and a guaranteed internship.

Jamestown perennially ranks in the top tier of U.S. News and World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” list and has been named a “Best Midwestern College” by the Princeton Review. 

History of the University of Jamestown

Founded as Jamestown College in 1883 — six years before North Dakota became a state — the institution can trace its beginnings to as early as 1880 when Rev. C.B. Stevens of Fargo wrote to an associate urging that the Presbyterian Church consider Jamestown as the site for a college. By 1886, his wish was granted when the college opened its doors to the young people of the Dakota Territory.

“Jamestown College fall term opens in the North Side School House at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29,” announced the Jamestown Alert newspaper on Sept. 28, 1886. “This school has full collegiate powers and will be conducted on the most modern college plan. All grades of students admitted. Expenses reasonable. The school is open to all denominations.”

By the fall of 1890, the financial panic that gripped the entire country pressed especially hard on the young institution whose every phase of growth depended on inflowing revenue. In the spring of 1893, the college’s doors were closed. 

University of Jamestown Rebirth

The next chapter in the story of Jamestown College came in 1909. Improved methods of farming, combined with an adaptation to the climate and character of the soil, had brought a growing population to the state. Prosperity had made possible the development of the great interior of North Dakota, and with no college between Fargo and Missoula, Mont. — a distance of 700 miles — the time had come for the rebirth of the college.

Jamestown College officially reopened its doors on Sept. 22, 1909. Over the subsequent decades, the college grew from the fledgling “College on the Hill” into a thriving campus, embracing its traditions with pride. In 2013, the college changed its name to University of Jamestown.

Today, the university is home to students from more than 31 states and 13 countries; 70 percent of its student body lives on campus. Jamestown also has more than 40 campus organizations as well as eight men’s and nine women’s NAIA athletic programs. The Jimmies compete in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

According to its mission, the University of Jamestown adheres “to a curriculum of academic excellence which balances the ideals of the liberal arts tradition and sound professional preparation.”

We are proud to welcome the University of Jamestown to the Capture family of partners.