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Admission information, requirements and application materials are available on the respective department web site:

In addition to the standard admission requirements and processes, special application instructions and admission information applies to special populations of students as identified below.

Admission of Early-Entry Students

High school juniors and seniors wishing to take coursework at NDSU prior to high school graduation may enroll as an early-entry student and must submit all of the following:

  1. Completed application for admission and a $35 nonrefundable application fee;

  2. High school transcript;

  3. Early-entry permission form signed by a parent or guardian and by a high school counselor or principal;

  4. Students seeking early-entry status must show evidence of strong academic ability and adequate progress toward meeting the core curriculum requirements. Credit earned will be made official upon receipt of the final high school transcript;

  5. College credit may apply toward high school graduation requirements. Students should consult their high school policy regarding this issue and must initiate the Dual Credit Enrollment Application with the high school counselor.

Note: A cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 is recommended; however, each application will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Admission of Non-Degree Seeking Students

Special status is reserved for non-degree seeking students who have already obtained a high school diploma or GED and wish to enroll in a limited number of courses at NDSU. Non-degree students are permitted to register for up to 15 credits without submitting official transcripts (unless college coursework was attempted within one year prior to application). Interested students should request from and submit to the Office of Admission an Application for Admission and a $35 nonrefundable application fee. If students wish to take additional courses or become degree-seeking, official high school and/or college transcripts must be submitted to be considered for admission.

Students currently enrolled at another college or university and planning to take limited coursework at NDSU with intention of transferring NDSU credits to their home institution should follow application procedures for non-degree student status.

Admission by Examination (GED)

Persons 19 years of age or older may substitute satisfactory scores on the General Education Development (GED) tests in place of a high school diploma. North Dakota residents may take these tests by appointment at the NDSU Counseling Center or at high schools throughout the state. Others should consult with schools in their home state for details about testing centers.

Students who present an overall average score of 450 on the GED with no subject score lower than 410 will be considered for admission to the university. ACT/SAT scores are required if applicant is under 25 years of age.

Readmission of Returning Students

Returning students are those who have previously attended NDSU and are returning after a leave of absence of at least one full term (exclusive of summer session), or following an academic suspension. Returning undergraduate students must submit a Reactivation/Petition for Readmission Form to the Office of Registration and Records at least 30 days prior to their expected return. Returning graduate students should contact the Graduate School for information on returning from a leave of absence. Students who have enrolled in courses at other institutions since leaving NDSU must arrange for official transcripts to be sent to the Office of Registration and Records, NDSU Dept. 5210, P.O. Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050. Failure to list all colleges, universities, and schools attended while away from NDSU may result in denial of readmission, rescission of admission, dismissal, loss of credit(s), or other appropriate sanctions. Returning students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all NDSU and transfer coursework. The Reactivation/Petition for Readmission Form is available online at

Selective and Limited Admission Programs

Admission to a number of programs is selective and/or limited. Admission to the university does not guarantee entrance to a specific major. Supplemental applications may be required for students seeking admission to the professional-level programs. Some programs require that minimum standards be met and maintained for continuous enrollment and advancement in the program. Contact the respective department for further admission criteria and application deadlines for the following programs:

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Communication
  • Architecture
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dietetics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Design
  • Exercise Science
  • Finance
  • Health Communication
  • Industrial Engineering and Management
  • Interior Design
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Management
  • Management Communication
  • Management Information Systems
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Music
  • New Media and Web Design
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Political Science
  • Public Relations and Advertising
  • Radiologic Sciences
  • Respiratory Care
  • Sport and Recreation Studies
  • Teacher Education (all disciplines)
  • Veterinary Technology

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Undergraduate Bulletin
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7981 / Toll Free: +1 (800) 608-6378 / Fax: (701) 231-8959
Campus address: Ceres Hall 110
Physical/delivery address: 1301 Administration Ave., Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 5210 / P.O. Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Office of Registration and Records

Last Updated: Thursday, August 22, 2013 1:36:53 PM