Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat University (SNRU) (มหาวิทยาลัยราชภัฏสกลนคร) is located 6 kilometers from downtown Sakon Nakhon on a campus of 240 acres, filled with gorgeous trees and landscaping. The "Rajabhat" university system in Thailand is similar to the State University system in the United States. SNRU has nine faculties and a Vietnam Studies Center. It draws students not only from Sakon Nakhon, but surrounding provinces, such as Nakhon Phanom, Kalasin, and Udon Thani.
In 2007, Maha Vajiralongkorn Auditorium (หอประชุมมหาวชิราลงกรณ) was completed. A gorgeous example of contemporary Thai architecture, it is the venue for the graduation ceremony for graduates from Rajabhat universities of the Northeast Region. The auditorium is named after the current King of Thailand, His Majesty Maha Vajiralongkorn, who has a palace in Sakon Nakhon. It also is a venue for national and international exhibitions, educational seminars, and the promotion of Thai arts and culture.