Quit embarassing yourself, Metro.
NDSU does about twice the research in a year that UND does about $100 million to $50. If you took away their medical and law schools (which are jokes) and their hockey program you'd have a big bemidji state.
Cal-Davis is of a caliber that UND can't even imagine (nor can NDSU). Please don't refer to them as piers.
Perfect case of flagship envy.
Freud would have a field day with you.
Here are the peer institutions for James Madison University which includes the University of Notre Dame, University of Delaware, University of Rhode Island, Baylor, TCU, Ohio U, and the University of North Dakota:
Idaho State uses a number of flagships/land grants as peer institutions as well, including UND:
The University of Texas system compares flagships across the nation on tuition rates, UND is included:
As well as the peer institutions with Northern Arizona University with 5 state flagships:
So, yes, it is a typical small state flagship university along the lines of the University of Montana, University of Wyoming, University of Nevada-Reno, University of Idaho, University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the University of South Dakota. The University of Texas system recognizes UND as a flagship for the state of North Dakota.
The comparison with UC-Davis is more along the lines of generalities. UC-Davis has Pac 10 and Big 10 academics. That is not what I am getting at. The schools in the Intermountain West that would like to get into the Big Sky or the Big Sky would invite, well there aren't that many that are flagship. They would be UC-Davis, UND, NDSU and SDSU (I don't know if USD was sent a letter or not from the Big Sky and/or if they would like to be in the Big Sky). When I made that reference, that is what I was referring to. U Wyoming, CSU, UUtah, Utah State, New Mexico State, UNM, UNevada are not going to join the Big Sky. These schools would be between UC-Davis and UND/NDSU/SDSU/USD.
You know, there was a poster on here that was from NDSU that thought a NDSU degree was the equivalant of a Harvard degree.
Talk about a Freudian slip.