Hebei North University is a government administrated multi-faculty university, which offers Bachelor’s Degree programs and Master’s Degree programs. The University was founded in September 2003 after approval from the Ministry of Education. It is made up of three former provincially-administrated institutions of higher learning in Zhangjiakou: Zhangjiakou Medical College (ZJKMC), Zhangjiakou Teachers’ College (ZJKTC), Zhangjiakou Advanced Postsecondary Agronomy School (ZJKAPAS). It's the only multi-faculty university in the north of Hebei Province.

The former Zhangjiakou Medical College (ZJKMC) was upgraded to an undergraduate college in 1982 and then successfully certified to award undergraduate degrees by the Ministry of Education. The former Zhangjiakou Teachers College was founded in 1923, and the former Zhangjiakou Advanced Postsecondary Agronomy School (ZJKAPAS) was founded in 1954. All the three colleges have a long history and contribute greatly to talent discovery, education, and social development.

The main courses of the university focus on full-time undergraduate education together with postgraduate, postsecondary and adult education. At present, there are 22,267 registered students.

Up until now, the university has educated more than 100,000 students for the nation and more than 1500 overseas students from 70 countries.

The university boasts of 12 colleges: Biomedical College, college of medicine, the first College of Clinical Medicine, the Second College of Clinical Medicine, College of Literature, College of Science, College of Agronomy and Horticulture, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Foreign Languages and Adult Education. There also three teaching departments, two scientific research centers as well as eight affiliated teaching facilities of the University.

The University possesses a strong teaching force with 1366 on staff. Its equipment for teaching and scientific research is valued at $13 million, 1.40 million volumes of books in the library, as well as two affiliated hospitals and five nonaffiliated hospitals with 3000 patient beds. The first affiliated hospital, situated at the intersection of Hebei Province, Shanxi Province, Beijing and Inner Mongolia, is a first-class hospital with an excellent environment and advanced infrastructure and equipment.

The existing academic areas of the university cover ten academic classifications, which are medicine, agronomy, literature, pedagogy, law, management science, history, economics, science, and engineering, belonging to 76 academic areas of undergraduate and postsecondary specialized schooling. Clinical medicine is a traditional and specialized academic area. Laboratory medicine, medical information management, and information system were first set up among other universities in Hebei province, so also was forensic medicine among the first in universities of Hebei province.

Graduates of the University are appreciated by their employers all the time, and the schools quality has been approved of by the society. Now, the employment rate for medical graduates of Hebei North is highly ranked compared to other universities, while the employment rate of laboratory medicine undergraduates is now 100% and the supply of all agronomy graduates falls short on demand.

After many years of development, we possess numerous superior academic areas, such as pathology and pathophysiology, human anatomy, histology and embryology, pharmacology, clinical laboratory test diagnostics, mathematics, computer application, Chinese literature and linguistics, animal and plant reproduction, and veterinary science. These courses have a strong influence in Hebei province, and even in the whole country. The papers published in ''Science Citation Index'' have been increasing year by year and the ability to blaze new trails has been raised in the university. Pathology, pathophysiology, human anatomy, histology and embryology, pharmacology, etiology, crop cultivation and plowing, internal medicine, preventive veterinary, ancient Chinese literature and basic mathematics are key academic areas in the university. Among those, we also offer Master's degrees in pathophysiology, human anatomy, histology and embryology, pharmacology, microbiology, and immunology.

Pathophysiology and Experimental diagnostics are two provincial elite courses. Pathophysiological department of the university takes the lead in the country conducting lymphatic microcirculation investigation in vivo, of which physiological and pathological investigation in lymphatic microcirculation is characteristic in Hebei province, with its research achievements being internationally recognized and receiving provincial awards several times.