Stanley Busche, 40, was sentenced by Cass County District Court to 20 years in prison with five years suspended for an assault at the Bison Arms Apartments.
The Argusville, N.D., native was also given 10 years of probation and is required to undergo sex offender treatment, The Forum reported.
Busche turned himself in following a manhunt Dec. 28 for the Dec. 20 assault at the apartments, which are just over 100 feet from campus.
Wearing a mask, he held three international students at knifepoint while forcing them to undress.
He sexually assaulted two of the women before they were able to escape to other apartments.
He pleaded guilty in June to the six charges against him including two counts of gross sexual imposition, attempted gross sexual imposition, terrorizing, burglary and tampering with physical evidence.
The Forum reported prosecutor Cherie Clark, who recommended a 13-year sentence for Busche, described the suspect as a hunter who “stalked his prey” before he entered their apartment last December.
Defense attorney Steven Mottinger called his client an “interesting individual” who “did his best to live a normal life. He couldn’t.”
Mottinger sought no more than 10 years in prison for his client, The Forum reported.
He also said his client showed a small amount of good character by not raping the third female student.
Busche made a tearful apology at his sentencing, requesting “mercy” from the judge to spare him from a long sentence for the sake of his family.
He also made a statement that 10 months in jail had made him a better man and he knew he “was very wrong.”
“Now I’m actually relieved that I know what my problems are,” The Forum reported Busche said.
“You weren’t provoked to do this,” judge Steven Marquart told Busche. “The victims didn’t induce this.”
Busche had previously pleaded guilty in 1997 to a burglary involving underwear from NDSU’s Kappa Delta sorority house.
The 318 days he has already served will count toward his jail time.