NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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Admission

Individuals interested in starting an online degree program or taking online degree eligible classes through NDSU must apply for admission to North Dakota State University.  Individuals who are already admitted to NDSU do not need to complete the admission process; however, if it has been more than one semester since you have taken classes at NDSU you will need to complete a form to reactivate your student account. The admission process takes time, so please be sure your completed application is submitted at least six weeks prior to the semester you plan to take classes.  If you plan to apply for financial aid you will want to ensure that your application is submitted prior to any financial aid deadlines.  The information below provides more details regarding the admission process, as well as contact information for admission questions.

Other admission options are listed below.  Students at another university who want to take online classes to supplement their degree program may find our non-degree seeking option useful. Current high school students may find distance-based online classes to be a convenient way to begin taking college classes and become acclimated to the college learning environment. High school students may be eligible for early entry or PSEO.  Students from other North Dakota University System schools may be interested in the collaborative student admission option. 

Use the menu here to guide you to more information about NDSU admission requirements. Choose the option that matches your situation.

 

 

New Undergraduate Admission
Transfer Student Undergraduate Admission
Graduate Admission
Other Admission Options

 

 

 


 

 

Undergraduate Admission

If you are a resident of the United States and are applying to an online undergraduate program you will apply through the NDSU Office of Admission.  If you are a resident of any country outside the United States and are applying to an online undergraduate program you will apply through the NDSU Office of International Programs. Individuals who are already admitted to NDSU do not need to complete the admission process; however, if it has been more than one semester since you have taken classes at NDSU you will need to complete a form to reactivate your student account. Students who want to enroll in a limited number of degree eligible classes through NDSU should apply as a non-degree seeking student. Students who are not seeking a degree are permitted to register for up to 15 total credits. You must fill out the admission application through the NDSU Office of Admission; however, on the application you will indicate you are not seeking a degree. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.

 

Online Application for Domestic Students
Online Application for International Students

Online Application for Non-Degree Seeking Students

Reactivate Student Status

 

The admission process takes time, so please be sure your completed application is submitted at least six weeks prior to the semester you plan to take classes.  If you plan to apply for financial aid you will want to ensure that your application is submitted prior to any financial aid deadlines. 

 

 

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Undergraduate transfer student admission

Students who plan to transfer to NDSU will complete the application for admission and may also be required to complete an application to their specific academic program.  Transfer credits are evaluated upon formal admission; however, you may also view the transfer equivalency database to view courses that are already approved for transfer.  

 

Transfer Student Application

 

An undergraduate transfer student must have a minimum of 60 semester credits from a four-year institution to earn a degree from NDSU. Of these, at least 36 must be credits taken while at NDSU. Within these 36 resident credits, minimum requirements include 15 semester credits in courses numbered 300 or above (37 upper-level credits must still be earned in total) and 15 semester credits in the major field of study.

 

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Graduate Admission

Individuals interested in an online graduate degree or graduate certificate must apply through the NDSU Graduate School. Individuals interested in a Great Plains IDEA program, a multi-institution consortium, must apply and be admitted at one university. Your degree is received from the university you apply to. Individuals not seeking a degree but want to enroll in a limited number of degree eligible classes through NDSU will apply through the NDSU Graduate School, but indicate "Non-Degree Status" under "Department" on the admissions application.. Some individual classes are only offered to students accepted into the full program.  For individuals who have previously taken classes at NDSU and want to resume taking classes but have not taken classes in two years or less, may fill out a reactivation form to reactivate their student account. If you have not taken classes for more than two years, you must reapply for graduate admission.

The NDSU Graduate School will process your application once all required documents are received. The applicant is responsible for gathering all supporting credentials and verifying your application is complete with the exception of any required test scores.  If the graduate program requires a GRE exam, please ensure you have taken this test early enough for results to be sent to the NDSU Graduate School prior to the semester you wish to take classes in.

 

Online Application for Domestic Students
Online Application for International Students
Online Application for Non-degree Seeking Students

Reactivate Student Status

 

Deadline for application submission is dependent upon the program.  If no deadline is listed, all application materials are due at least six weeks prior to the start of the semester. For questions regarding the admission process contact the NDSU Graduate School. 

 

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Other Admission Options

Collaborative Student
Students in the North Dakota University System who want to take online classes from NDSU Distance and Continuing Education, concurrent with their enrollment in another North Dakota University System school, may register "collaboratively". For more information regarding collaborative admission contact NDSU Registration and Records Office or view the following documents:

Collaborative Student Contract.pdf
Collaborative Course Request (VCSU classes at NDSU).pdf

Dual Credit Student
The Dual Credit Program in North Dakota and Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program in Minnesota allow high school students to take college course work as part of their full-time high school enrollment and receive college credit and/or credit toward high school graduation requirements. Online classes offered through NDSU Distance and Continuing Education are a great way to save time by not having to drive to the nearest college campus.  This is also a great way to get some of your general education classes completed before getting to college. Dual Credit and PSEO students must apply for freshman admission to NDSU. Contact the NDSU Office of Admission for details.

Early Entry Student
High school students wanting to take online classes with NDSU Distance and Continuing Education prior to high school graduation may enroll under Early Entry Student status. This is also a great way to get some of your general education classes completed before getting to college. For more information regarding the Early Entry application contact the NDSU Office of Admission.

Tri-College Student
Distance and Continuing Education classes are not available through the Tri-College program. Tri-college students must be admitted to NDSU as either a Degree Seeking Student or a Non-Degree Seeking Student prior to registering for distance learning classes.

 

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