The Pathway Program is a collaborative agreement between North Dakota State University and North Dakota State College of Science that prepares students for the academic rigors of college level course work. Applicants who do not meet general admission guidelines at NDSU may be eligible to participate in the Pathway Program. Students who apply for admission to NDSU and are found to be appropriate to participate in the Pathway Program will receive additional information on the program, along with instructions to indicate their interest in participation, included with their decision letter.
Pathway students are typically enrolled in the program for two or three semesters.
Pathway students may take a combination of academic readiness course work and general education classes through NDSCS-Fargo, located adjacent to the NDSU campus, along with a limited number of general education classes at NDSU.
Course placement is based on ACT or SAT sub-scores. Students take the COMPASS placement exam at NDSCS-Fargo prior to orientation in an attempt to increase their placement scores.
Billing and Financial Aid
Pathway students pay NDSCS tuition and fees for all classes taken through NDSCS, and NDSU tuition and fees for all classes taken through NDSU. All costs, including tuition, fees, room and board, etc., are combined and administered through NDSCS.
While students are in the Pathway Program, NDSCS serves as their “home” campus, and NDSU serves as their “host” campus. As such, students applying for financial aid will do so through NDSCS, by indicating their school code (002996) on the FAFSA, which can be completed at www.fafsa.gov.
For NDSU costs, go to www.ndsu.edu/admission/cost_tuition/cost/. For NDSCS costs, go to https://www.ndscs.edu/paying-for-college/things-to-know-paying-for-college/costs-at-ndscs-tuition-fees/.
Being a Pathway Student
Pathway students are eligible to utilize services and resources on both campuses. These include tutoring services, use of the NDSU Wallman Wellness Center and Student Health Services, admission to athletic and fine arts events, participation in student organizations, and much more.
Pathway students typically live on campus at NDSU, and are subject to the same codes of conduct as full time NDSU and NDSCS students.
Transitioning to NDSU
Pathway students typically participate in the program for two or three semesters. In order to successfully transition full time to NDSU, Pathway students must pass all applicable academic readiness courses, and must complete at least 24 college-level credits, earning a minimum NDSU and cumulative grade point average of 2.0.