Transfer students are encouraged to complete the application process prior to early registration in April (for summer or fall) or November (for spring semester) to allow processing time for both your application and your credit evaluation. The priority application deadline for Fall Semester is August 1. The priority application deadline for Spring Semester is December 1. (Exceptions include students who have answered Yes to any Safety and Security questions on the Application for Admission.) Please note it may take two to three weeks from the date all materials are received to process your application. You can expect an admission decision by mail.
An admission decision will be based on a review of your total academic record.
- If you have earned fewer than 24 transferable college credits at the time of application, your high school record and test scores will be taken into consideration, along with the your GPA in college course work.
- If you have more than 24 transferable credits, a decision will be based on your cumulative GPA from all previously attended post-secondary institutions.
Our general recommendation is that all applicants present at least a 2.0 GPA in all college course work to be considered for admission. If you have credits from more than one college or university, all credits will be combined to determine the cumulative GPA for admission consideration. When reviewing applications, particular attention is paid to students' most recent course work. If you have in-progress course work at the time of application, all course work must be completed with passing grades.
Transfer Admission Procedures
- Students interested in transferring to NDSU from another college or university should submit the following.
- Completed Application for Admission. The application is available online.
- A $35 nonrefundable Application Fee. The fee can be paid at the time you apply online or paid online at a later date. An admission decision is not made until the fee is paid.
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be submitted directly to the Office of Admission from the college or post-secondary institution you attended. Transcripts must be signed by the school official and contain the school seal. NDSU does not accept faxed transcripts.
- An official high school transcript (unless 60 semester/90 quarter credits of transferable college work have been completed at the time of application).
- ACT or SAT score (unless at least 24 credits of college work completed at the time of application or the applicant is 25 or older).
- Supplemental Applications may be required by students seeking admission to professional programs. The following academic programs use some form of selective admission for transfer students beyond general university admission standards:
- Agricultural Communication
- Business Administration
- Construction Engineering
- Construction Management
- Computer Engineering
- Education (all programs)
- Electrical Engineering
- Exercise Science
- Health Communication
- Industrial Engineering and Management
- Interior Design
- International Studies
- Landscape Architecture
- Management Communication
- Management Information Systems
- Mechanical Engineering
- Medical Lab Science
- Public Relations and Advertising
- Radiologic Sciences
- Respiratory Care
- Sport and Recreation Studies
- Veterinary Technology
Upon admission to NDSU, your transcripts will be forwarded to the NDSU Office of Registration and Records for an evaluation of transfer credits. You can expect an evaluation approximately three to four weeks after your admission to NDSU. To help you in preparation for a transfer, courses that are accepted in transfer to NDSU and the NDSU course equivalencies are listed online with other academic information.
NDSU's admission staff is available to work with you one-on-one to select classes at your home institution that will transfer to NDSU and continue with advising as you prepare your NDSU course schedule. It is important for you to contact us early in your college career to ensure your course work will apply to your degree of study at NDSU.