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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It's a small town but located next to a big town. There are three colleges in the area so there is always something fun to do.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I like it but it doesn't compare to Minneapolis

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are not many attractions or night-life activities in the Fargo/Moorhead area, but the area is very safe and the economy here is great.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: People accept each other here. Though there are some tight friend groups, once one breaks through the initial wall, the people are incredibly nice. Ensembles are an instigator of such friendships.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The Fargo/Moorhead community is great! There are two universities within 15 minutes of campus so there are a lot of college kids in the area.


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Matt Gantz
Eagan, MN
International Business and English Writing
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Concordia is constantly referred to as a bubble in which students can live life nearly completely autonomously from the rest of society. The campus and surrounding areas are considered extremely safe by the majority of students. Minnesota State University Moorhead is a few blocks away, but the two institutions are generally in separate spheres. There are numerous places to visit off campus, as well as many things to do on campus.

Concordia’s Campus Entertainment Commission uses funds from student tuition to hold events and activities on campus. The group is devoted to creating a positive social experience for all Cobbers and creates events ranging from live Chinese acrobat performances to Cornstock, Concordia’s full-day concert held in the spring. Many students choose to stay on campus during weekends and only leave to go to stores or do other chores. With that being said, the Fargo-Moorhead area has an abundance of activities for people to do during free time. There are many restaurants and specialty drink stores that students enjoy trying on weekends. Of course, the hours of some places, like the Moorhead mall, are limited. Think of the F-M area as your ticket to the small town as influenced by the big city atmosphere of consumerism. Walking down Broadway in Fargo, seeing blinking lights and “open” signs, you will feel like you are walking through the downtown streets of a large city, only in a miniature form.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Moorhead is 898 feet above sea level but floods nearly every spring.
  2. Expect sandbagging in the early spring to help with the flood. Concordia students are prone to helping out in the community.
  3. The land is inhabited by a multitude of Scandinavians.
  4. Moorhead was named after William G. Moorhead, a Northern Pacific Railway director.
  5. Moorhead gets an average of 36 inches of snow each year.
Notable Natives
  • Ingebrikt Grose - founding president of Concordia College
  • Jan Maxwell - Tony Award-winning actress
  • Johnny Lang - Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter
  • William G. Moorhead - Namesake of Moorhead, Minn.; Northern Pacific Railway director
  • William H. Gass - novelist, philosophy professor
Local Slang
  • Don'cha know!: Minnesotan accents
  • Hot dish: Various kinds of casserole
  • The Mall: The Mall of America
  • Pop: Not soda
  • The River: The Mississippi River
Shopping Centers
West Acres Shopping Mall
Movie Theaters
Marcus Safari Cinema
925 30th Ave. S
(701) 461-8902
Movie Theaters
West Acres Cinema
4101 17th Ave. SW
(701) 461-8902
Major Sports Teams
Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks: Minor-league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Fargo, N.D.: : 5 minutes
  • Minneapolis, Minn.: : 4 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 33 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 34 responses

  • 3% Painfully remote.
  • 18% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 12% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 59% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 9% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 34 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 18% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 82% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 34 responses

  • 29% No way.
  • 47% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 24% Totally.


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