Rasmussen College / Aakers
Rasmussen College is a private college offering two and four-year degrees in a variety of fields, specializing in business, IT, and healthcare programs.
The Bismarck campus opened in 2003 as Aakers Business College. In 2007, the Aakers name was officially retired and rebranded as Rasmussen College, who had owned Aakers since 1998.
Aakers College began in Fargo, North Dakota in 1902 as a business trade school. Aakers opened their second campus in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1905. The Fargo location was sold in 1912, with Grand Forks remaining the only Aakers location for decades. Rasmussen College purchased Aakers in 1998 and soon after moved the campus from Grand Forks back to Fargo.
In April 2015, Rasmussen announced plans to close its Bismarck campus.